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Born: Dec 30, 1927

Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2018

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WILLIAM JOHN (JACK) KIRKLAND December 30, 1927 to February 21, 2018 Devoted husband, beloved father and grandfather, uncle and friend, North End boy, proud Canadian, book worm, curmudgeon, railroad buff, and volunteer, who believed in deeds not words, personal integrity, punctuality, polished shoes, crispy bacon and a place for everything and everything in its place. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of W.J. (Jack) Kirkland on February 21, 2018. A man of integrity and strong beliefs, he is mourned by his wife Joyce; daughters Ann (J.P. Robert), Alison (Morris Antosh), Lindsay (Darrin Bizruchak); granddaughters Madeleine and Catherine Robert; stepsons Bruce Surgeoner (Michelle, David, Robert, Olivia and Rebecca) and Darren Surgeoner (Shannon, Ian and Emily. He was the only child of Bill and Lola (Adair) Kirkland. Jack and Margaret were two kids from the North End who married in 1950. They moved to St. Vital, which seemed like the end of the earth, and spent 49 years together raising their daughters and caring for extended family. Weekend trips to Grand Forks and longer travels further afield to England, Scotland, the Netherlands, Florida and Hawaii were highlights once 'the girls' were old enough to manage on their own. Dad worked for more than 40 years in the transportation industry where he was highly regarded for his professionalism, honesty, fairness and ethics. His passion for transportation carried over into his hobbies. A dedicated model railroad enthusiast, we remember an elaborate train set he built with his own hands in the basement of our family home. On his retirement, Dad dedicated many, many hours as a volunteer at the Western Canada Aviation Museum. After the passing of his beloved Margaret, Dad was so pleased and excited to find happiness again with Joyce. Wonderful friends and companions, they enjoyed 18 years together, filled with travel, friends and family events. In his speech at their wedding, he referenced the Frank Sinatra song 'Second Time Around', noting how appropriately the lyrics applied to them. He was a member of the Masonic Order for more than 65 years and a majority member of the Order of DeMolay. To the end, Dad always had a book close at hand and gave the newspaper a thorough read each morning. Rest in peace Dad, you are so loved. Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. A Celebration of Life will take place on Tuesday, February 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Rae & Jerry's Steakhouse, 1405 Portage Ave. Flowers are gratefully declined. Should you wish, donations in his memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6 or, Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 or or the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 (204) 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 24, 2018

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know he will be sorely missed by all of your family. Although I never met him, I’m sure he was a wonderful man given what lovely caring children he raised. Thinking of you. Take care. - Posted by: Terry Biggs () on: Feb 28, 2018

  • Lins, Ann and Alison. I was so saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. I'll be thinking of you in the days and weeks to come and prayers that you'll find peace and comfort as you say goodbye. - Posted by: Pam Porter (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2018

  • I know Jack loved history. Here is a quote for him, I always liked the sentiment. "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived". George S. Patton. - Posted by: Bruce Surgeoner (Step son) on: Feb 25, 2018

  • To Lindsay, Darrin and the Kirkland family, A lovely announcement that celebrates your dad and husband’s life. Jack sounds like a wonderful man and I am sure you have amazing memories. Please know we are thinking of you during this time. Please take care. Lynn and Denis Thibodeau - Posted by: Lynn and Denis Thibodeau (Friend and co-worker) on: Feb 25, 2018

  • Heartfelt thoughts to all of Jack's (Dad's) family. May you cherish your many memories of such a fine man and his long life. Hugs to you all. - Posted by: Lynn and Dale Checkley () on: Feb 24, 2018

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