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NORMAN (ELMER) BECKER

Born: Dec 02, 1926

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2018

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NORMAN (ELMER) BECKER December 2, 1926 - January 5, 2018 With deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Elmer Becker. Elmer leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 68 years, Jean; his sons, Gary (Kim), and Bruce (Alicia); daughter Heather (Bob); seven grandchildren, Cheryl, Angela, Erica, Matt, Justin, Kyle and Jeff; and one great-grandson, Loic. Dad was born on the family homestead near MacNutt, Saskatchewan on December 2, 1926. He was the oldest of six siblings. Dad went as far as Grade 8 at Clova School, and had to quit to help his dad on the farm as he was the only son at that time. Dad liked to kid his children that he was always "at the top of his class" - we were very impressed until we realized that in a one-room schoolhouse, there might only be three or four kids in that grade. Nevertheless, Dad went far in life in spite of his lack of education. In Dad's early life he liked to "tinker" and make things. His love was carpentry. Dad played baseball in his youth and enjoyed watching it on TV as an adult. In his middle age, Dad joined a 5-pin bowling league and his 410 points was 40 shy of a perfect game on one occasion. Elmer met Jean Mack in the mid 1940s and they married in November 1949. Shortly after, they relocated to Winnipeg where Elmer started his career at Eaton's. He remained there until 1964. In 1965, Elmer pursued his true dream of becoming a carpenter. Dad was a great father. He was a chauffeur at all hours of the day or night, and a handyman who could fix any problem. He was always there for us. In the last few months of his life, Dad was lucky enough to live with his son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Alicia. Dad cherished this special time he spent with them. Dad was a true jack of all trades. He built his dream home on Weaver Bay in 1961, and later took great pride in building (with Bruce) his son's home in Fort Garry. He was forever bringing guests over there to show off his work. His fingerprints are all over the houses of his children, and many others in the city of Winnipeg. He was actively involved in his Church, Faith Lutheran, and was often consulted for his expertise. He also owned an apartment block and a couple of other rental properties for a time. Dad even built a miniature model of the house he grew up in, and the house on Weaver Bay, accurate right to the very last detail. Elmer and Jean raised their family in their home on Weaver Bay and were lucky enough to reside there until 2015. This home was the scene of many a wild New Years party, with the evening often ending with Dad having a lampshade or similar object on his head. In their tamer golden years, the alcohol grew more and more stale in the bar but nevertheless, good times continued to be had with friends and family often stopping over to visit, or stay for a short period of time. Christmas dinners, New Years dinners, birthdays, and other special get-togethers were all very memorable. In 1981, Elmer built a sunroom onto the back of his house, and he and Jean entertained family and friends there over 34 years. That was Dad's cottage! Family was very important to Dad. At one point, long before the internet made genealogy simple, Dad had traced his family tree back to Galicia, Austria-Hungary. Mom and Dad loved the fact that their children and grandchildren lived close by (with Heather and Bob even living on the same street), and they were the masters of the unexpected "drop-in" visit. When the Dynasty pulled into the driveway, you knew that your plans for the evening had suddenly changed. Dad's seven grandchildren brought him lots of joy. No band concert, Christmas concert, or school play was ever missed. He took great pride in building beds, desks, bookshelves, and numerous toys (doll houses, garages, "stores," tin men) for them over the years. Dad was very proud to be able to live to see the marriages of three of his grandchildren, and even danced a polka at one of their weddings. He also took great joy in his new great-grandson, Loic. He beamed with pride when he met and held him for the first time. Dad had many friends and would help anyone who asked him. He was a jack of all trades and master of them all. He was never too busy to help anyone who asked. Elmer was recently predeceased by his sister Cynthia, and is survived by two sisters, June and Rosalind, and his brothers Frank (Judy) and Don (Susan). He also leaves his lifelong friends, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Ruth and Herb Wagner, to mourn his passing. We will miss many things about Elmer, but the ever-present mischievous twinkle in his eye and his great laugh will be missed the most. A celebration of Elmer's life was held at Faith Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, MB R2N 1V8. To all my family and friends, shed a tear or two of sadness on my passing but remember fondly the tears of joy and laughter that I shed with you on so many happy occasions. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Jan 13, 2018

NORMAN (ELMER) BECKER December 2, 1926 - January 5, 2018 With deep sadness, we announce the sudden passing of Elmer Becker, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, on January 5, 2018. Elmer leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 68 years, Jean; his sons, Gary (Kim), Bruce (Alicia); daughter Heather (Bob); seven grandchildren, Cheryl, Angela, Erica, Matthew, Justin, Kyle and Jeff; and one great-grandson, Loic. Elmer was recently predeceased by his sister Cynthia and is survived by two sisters, June and Roz; two brothers, Frank (Judy) and Don (Susan). He also leaves his lifelong friends, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ruth and Herb Wagner, to mourn his passing. A celebration of Elmer's life will be held on Thursday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m., with viewing at 1:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota St. in St. Vital. To all my family and friends, shed a tear or two of sadness on my passing but remember fondly the tears of joy and laughter that I shed with you on so many occasions. In lieu of flowers, donations to Faith Lutheran Church, 1311 Dakota St., Winnipeg, MB R2N 1V8. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-220 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Jan 9, 2018

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

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • To Elmer's family I convey my sincere sympathy. During the '80"s we had Elmer build our rec. rm. on which we had many compliments. His workmanship was superb!! Loreen Kenyon - Posted by: Loreen Kenyon (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2018

  • Gary, Kim and family. We very sorry in the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Larry and Joan Kehler (Neighbour) on: Jan 10, 2018

  • We are so sorry to hear of Elmer's passing.We would of liked to come to the funeral but medical problems have occurred & just are unable to come.Our sincerest condolences to the Becker family. - Posted by: Elwood & Beverly Kaminsky (Elmer's first cousin) on: Jan 10, 2018

  • Leo and I were so sorry to hear about Elmer. He and Jean were a huge part of our lives, and we deeply regret having lost touch in the last few years. We will always remember Elmer as a true gentleman. Our son Louis and son-in-law Ron always said how much they learned from him, and mentioned his unwavering patience. This is a huge loss for your family and everyone who knew him. - Posted by: Leo & Lorraine St. Pierre (Friends) on: Jan 10, 2018

  • We are truly sorry to hear of Elmer’s passing. We are many fond memories of our time spent with Elmer and Jean. Elmer helped out us out and a time when we really needed help. We will never forget his generosity. Our condolences to all family members. - Posted by: Pat, Harold, Lindsay and Nolan Winters (Friends) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Elmer was an honest and trustworthy person who contributed much to the Church as well to the many people that he served as an accomplished carpenter. Our sincerest condolences to the Becker family.. Rolly & Edna Otto PUERTO VALLARTA ,MEXICO - Posted by: Edna & Rolly Otto (Friends) on: Jan 09, 2018

  • Jean, Gary, Bruce, Heather and families - I was saddened to hear that your Dad passed away - I would love to be at his funeral but medical problems have occurred and I just cannot make it. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this sad time. Hold on to all the happy memories for support. Hugs to all of you. - Posted by: Carol Densmore (Cousin) on: Jan 09, 2018

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