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Date of Passing: Jan 04, 2018

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DONN CRAIG SYLVESTER March 21, 1937 - January 4, 2018 "A good friend to all and a true gentleman." It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donn Craig Sylvester - husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor and friend - on January 4, 2018 at 80 years of age. Donn was born in Winnipeg on March 21, 1937 to Walter Oliver Sylvester (1902 - 1984) and Edith Mae Sylvester (Kissack) (1903 - 1977). Dad was an only child but grew up with many aunts, uncles and cousins from both sides of his family. Gradually the families spread out geographically such that Dad had direct relations in Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia and the United States. Dad leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, best friend, and confidant of 36 years - Shirley Anne Sylvester (nee Dawes), son - Scott Sylvester (Sonia) and grandchildren, Sara and Joshua, son - Murray Sylvester (Nikki) and grandchildren, Jacob, Liam, Zach and Danica, daughter - Andrea Kingston (nee Sylvester) (John) and grandchildren, Sydney, Bryson, and Dawson, daughter - Kathy Corfield and grandchildren, Terry, Tyson, Katerina and Cameron, son - Jim Corfield (Tannis) and grandchildren, Lee and great-grandchild Declan, and Stacie (Jake), son - Kelly Corfield (Penny) and grandchildren, Christopher (Cory) and great-grandchildren, Aneesia, Kashus, and Isabel; grandchildren, Kaleb (Brie), and Kaicie, daughter - Jennifer Sherman (nee Corfield) (Don) and grandchildren, Allan (Brandy), Meghan and great-grandchild Jase, and grandchild Beth. When Dad was quite young, his family moved to Portage la Prairie where his father owned and operated "Sylvester Shoes" for many years. Dad even worked there informally to help his father. While growing up in Portage, Dad was a lover of all things outdoors. Hunting, fishing, camping, etc. such that he spent numerous summers working as a fishing guide at Oak Point Lodge. Dad also enjoyed playing football and hockey on the school teams. When Dad graduated from Portage Collegiate Institute, he started his work life in the oil fields around Virden, Manitoba. It is unsure how long Dad spent on the rigs, but he eventually started a career with Manitoba Hydro (Manitoba Power Commission at the time). Dad began his career as a laborer on a pole crew, and became a Lineman, worked his way into the Madison Meter Shop for some time, taught school to apprentice Linemen/Electricians, and closed out his 36-year career on December 31, 1992 as a Technical Assistant. During the latter part of his career, Dad and Shirley became snowbirds of a sort and would spend many months each winter in Cancun, Mexico enjoying the company of their many expatriate and local friends. Also prior to retirement, Dad and Shirley, along with Shirley's brother Dave; began construction of a golf course in the Grand Beach area. "Beaches Golf Course" was created, built and operated for many years and eventually sold. Also during this time, Dad and Shirley built "The Little Place" and their cottage home and made the final move to Victoria Beach, Manitoba. In that process they established many great friendships that were instrumental in their making a home and being comfortable; all of whom are certain to miss Dad. For many years too, Dad was a member of the Grand Haven Lodge in southwestern Manitoba. During his time there he also developed long lasting friendships with the lodge members and with many of the local families in the area. Over the last few years, as his health became worse, he reminisced fondly about all of the good times and great hunts he had had in that area. During his life, Dad was always ready to lend a hand with anything that was going on. Regardless of what the task, he believed there was always a laugh to be had. This was one of the most important parts of Dad's life. He believed in being able to help and looked forward to every opportunity to spend time with friends or family either working on a project or just sharing a laugh. This attitude was clear and it was obviously appreciated. In his latter years, there were many folks always ready to lend a hand when he needed it. During his final weeks, Dad always had a visitor. As a family, we are very grateful to everyone for their efforts. Dad's family would like to express our deepest thanks for the care and compassion provided by the staff at Pine Falls Hospital and Selkirk Regional Hospital. Dad was a long time blood donor so, in lieu of flowers, please kindly makes a donation to The Red Cross, The Heart & Stroke Foundation or The Kidney Foundation of Manitoba. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at a later date.
Publish Date: Jan 13, 2018

DONN CRAIG SYLVESTER On Thursday, January 4, 2018 Donn passed away peacefully, at Selkirk Regional Hospital, at the age of 80 years. Our many thanks go to the staff of Pine Falls Hospital and Selkirk Regional Hospital for the compassion and care you provided to Donn during his time of need. A longer obituary will follow. Arrangements by Voyage Funeral Home.
Publish Date: Jan 6, 2018

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 13, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I new Don for he was my cousin. My Dad was George was Don Uncle. Don and my brother Ed were close friends and cousins while growing up. Don and Ed would go out to East Meadows goose Ranch to help my Dad. Don would go Hunting together all of the time. They would take th Bombadere out to look for wolverines, cyotes and evry thing that was a threat to to geese, ducks ext. My Heart goes out to you all, He was a good man and we kept in touch. God Bless and may he rest in peace Gail Kissack - Posted by: Gail Kissack (Cousins) on: Aug 30, 2018

  • I knew Don when we were kids, I mean, 75 years ago but don’t think I’d seen him since late 1940s! Sorry I didn’t get a chance to reconnect! - Posted by: Jim Arnett (His aunt Elsie was my aunt by marriage) on: May 05, 2018

  • We are so sorry to hear of Donn's passing. We were friends of Donn and Shirley's for many years out at the lake, first meeting them at the golf course. We spent time with them in Cancun as well. Donn was a great guy, friend to all. Not sure if there's someone else worthy enough to take his bar stool at the Birch. - Posted by: Janet and Dick Ruggles (Friends) on: Feb 16, 2018

  • Sorry to read of Donn's passing . My husband worked with Donn at Manitoba Hydro. Henry always spoke well of his work ethics. And they both had golfing as a topic of conversation. My thoughts and prayers with Donn's family at this time. Betty Wikdahl - Posted by: Betty Wikdahl (Wife of a fellow worker at Manitoba Hydro) on: Jan 13, 2018

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