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Born: Dec 29, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2017

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ERNEST ROMEO GAUDREAU December 29, 1932 - November 25, 2017 With heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of our dad and grandpa, Ernie Gaudreau, surrounded by his family, on November 25, 2017 at the age of 84. Ernie is survived by his children Guy (Melanie), Todd, Erin (Rob) Crozier; and granddaughter Samantha Crozier. He is also survived by his younger brother Gerry (Eveline); sisters-in-law Margaret and Florence; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan (2016); eldest son Mark (1991); parents Napoleon and Hosanna Gaudreau; sisters Alice (Wilf) and Yvette (Tony); brothers Rolly (Martha), Danny and Roger. Dad grew up in the heart of St. Boniface and graduated with a Teaching Certificate from St. Boniface College. He began his teaching career at Norberry School and eventually became the Phys-Ed Supervisor for the St. Vital School Division for 33 years. Through their mutual love of sports, Ernie met Joan, the love of his life, and they married in May 1959. Dad was a well-respected educator, coach and mentor and was also instrumental in the implementation of a number of programs and events within the school division, some of which still exist today. He also volunteered on various committees and groups and was very involved in the Norberry Community Club and St. Vital Minor Hockey Association. We were so proud to see our dad inducted into the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012 (player), Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013 (coach), and to have his name placed on the Glenlawn Collegiate "Wall of Fame" in 2010 as a Builder, acknowledging his considerable contributions to that school's sports programs. In addition to Dad's dedication to the community, he always made the time to coach, support and encourage all four of his children in their own athletic pursuits. Dad was famous for his juicy burgers, homemade fries and super duper deluxe sandwiches, which we grew up on. We have fond memories of shooting hoops on the driveway, wrestling matches in the living room, day trips to Grand Beach, swimming at Centennial Pool, summers at Winnipeg Canoe Club, and family vacations in Gimli. Post-retirement, Dad's interests extended to golf, curling, weekly gatherings with his buddies, and spending time with family, especially his granddaughter Samantha, whom he adored. They shared many fun times singing, dancing and putting on a show together. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. Special thanks to the staff at Health Sciences Centre Emergency and Unit D5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 204-925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I was a student at Glenlawn when I met Ernie and I refereed basketball with him many tines over 17 years after I graduated from U of M, Learned a lot from him and enjoyed our times together.I remember playing cards with Ernie at the meetings of the Manitoba referees association meetings. Roger - Posted by: Roger Bartley (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Our condolences to you all. Stay strong. - Posted by: Leslie & Irene Dookeran and Family (Friend) on: Jan 04, 2018

  • The Nygard family's love and genuine respect for Ernie Gaudreau has never left us from the time we met him as students at Norberry Junior High! There are not enough positive adjective to describe this giant of a man. The positive impact on my life began when Mr. Gaudreau was my Grade 7 home room and also French teacher and basketball coach. And may I say...this new young, handsome teacher was adored by most of the young ladies in the school! Ernie's exceptional skill as a coach of all sports, impressed all the athletically minded young men and women. Peter, my brother could not get enough of any sport that Ernie put in front of him! And to this day both Peter and I will attribute a part of the reason for any of the successes we have been privileged to realize to the great influence and role modelling of Mr. Ernie Gaudreau. How critical it is foray young people to have such a person at that very critical age of development. We were truly fortunate. In the eyes of our parents (the late Hilkka and Eeli Nygard) Mr. Gaudreau was royalty. At the top of any guest list for important events in our lives. We are eternally grateful to have had Ernie Gaudreau touch our lives. Guy, Todd and Erin, I was also very close to your Mom, the delightful Joan! I was the first babysitter when your parents lived in the apartment on St Mary's Road, where they started their family. I remember each of your births and rejoiced with your parents (especially when they finally got their GIRL! (by now they had moved to your home in the Pulberry area). It is my hope that we may meet one day. I am back in the St Vital area. May God give you strength now to get through these difficult weeks. Most sincerely, Liisa Nygard Johnson and Peter Nygard. - Posted by: LIISA NYGARD JOHNSON (Former student and lang time friend ..) on: Dec 27, 2017

  • It was with great sadness that Merrilee and I heard of Ernie‘s passing. I’ve always considered him a good friend and role model. He never did a job halfway. He followed through to the end of the job no matter how much effort and time were necessary. He looked for that type of person in hiring phys ed staff in St. Vital. By doing so, he created the best phys ed department in the province. Not just major sports but by championing daily phys ed and the Grade 4 swimming program; that I am sure saved many swimming deaths. Our children referred to Ernie as “Uncle Ernie”, and had great respect for him. He will be fondly remembered by us all. - Posted by: Bill and Merrilee Anthony (Friend) on: Dec 15, 2017

  • Our sincerest condolences to the family of Ernie Gaudreau. We have many fond memories of Ernie's involvement in our sporting activities when were student athletes at Norberry Junior High and Dakota Collegiate in the sixties. He was a friendly and caring man. His contributions to school sport helped in the development of many students as athletes and good citizens. We remember him acting as a starter at track meets and presenting the Cloverleaf Championship Trophy at championship events. We feel fortunate to have known Ernie. - Posted by: Gord and Linda Puttaert () on: Dec 01, 2017

  • Erin, Guy and Todd, I have so many wonderful memories of growing up across the street from your family. We played basketball, baseball, football and lacrosse. Your Dad would often help me with throwing and catching a baseball. He introduced me to lacrosse. Ernie and Joan were like parental figures to all the kids in our neighbourhood of Triton Bay. If we needed anything, they were there for us. Thank you for the memories, Ernie. - Posted by: Kerry Hilton (Neighbour) on: Dec 01, 2017

  • Reading of Ernie's death took me back many years ago when we both were beginning our careers in the St. Vital School Division. Since we also lived close to one another, our families had many things in common, as fellow teachers, as part of the St. Vital community and as parents. My sympathy goes out to both his family and his friends at this time of loss.... Norma Johnson Drosdowech - Posted by: Norma Johnson Drosdowech (Fellow Teacher in the St. Vital School Division ) on: Dec 01, 2017

  • Todd, Guy & Erin my condolences to you all. Your dad was an interesting part of the fabric of my youth well on and into adulthood. Always being around in St. Vital in so many capacities as a coach, mentor and referee. Being at the Canoe Club as one of those guys that golfed morning and afternoon with lunch in the lounge while we were dumb kids hanging out at the pool. Later in life Ernie became the bartender with Bob Hazel after the Glenlawn alumni tournament. He had an immense influence on my life without seemingly trying (to me, I suspect he knew what he was doing all along). - Posted by: Brent Elliott (friend) on: Dec 01, 2017

  • Erin, Guy and Todd, Your Father will always be with me. I have such fond memories of him. He did so much for me growing up. Your mother and he played a big part in my life Coaching, Power skating to just being there in the stands. He even had time to show up at Norberry School to run a lacrosse clinic one summer for me and some friends. We didn't even play in a league but we wanted to play the game. He's always been a guiding force in my life. And I will always take him with me where ever I go. Thinking of everyone. Pat - Posted by: Pat Jackson (Coach and Friend) on: Nov 29, 2017

  • Erin, Guy and Todd, Your dad was a wonderful man and an inspiration to those who knew him!! Thinking of you. - Posted by: Leslee Munro (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2017

  • So Sorry - Condolences to you all. He was one of my all time favorite people. Had a lot of laughs together. Rest in Peace bud! Love Ken & Ruth Werbecki - Posted by: Ken & Ruth Werbecki (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2017

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