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Date of Passing: May 08, 2018

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LEE EDWARDS May 8, 2018 Aged 59 Please join the family and friends of Lee for a celebration of her life to be held at the Union Centre, 275 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB on May 31, 2018 between the hours of 12 noon and 2:00 p.m. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Publish Date: May 26, 2018

LEE EDWARDS It is with the utmost sadness that the family wishes to advise of the passing, on May 8, 2018, of our wife, mother and grandmother. Lee passed away in the loving arms of her husband, Tony, after a short and valiant battle with cancer. Lee is survived by her husband Tony Sproule; children, Melissa Cabral (Michael), Colton Edwards, Megan Sproule (Jordan) and her precious grandson Cole Sproule; brothers, Rick (Terry), Darren (Emily), Garry (Linda); and many nieces and nephews. Lee dedicated her career and life to the betterment of others, both in personal interactions and guidance in her family life and with her fire and compassion in her professional career. Lee was a labour leader, a strong negotiator and fierce fighter for advancing the rights and needs of her peers and union members. While portraying a tiger on the surface, Lee had an unbelievable soft heart and this was most evident to those who knew her personally. Lee came to Winnipeg as an International Staff Representative for the United Steelworkers (USW) in early 2000. During her career as a USW representative Lee was charged with structuring a committee to advance the rights of women and minority groups within the industry she serviced. One of her biggest passions was facilitating many different types of labour, anti-harassment and human rights courses throughout the district and even across Canada and the U.S. When work relocation was required, Lee chose to leave the USW and immediately was brought on as staff representative with the Manitoba Government and General Employees Union. This was again a perfect fit for Lee. She was assigned to the MGEU Women's Committee almost immediately and Lee's passion and abilities were again challenged, with trying to help make something really great for her members. Lee really felt at home with the MGEU and her integrity and work ethics were evident to her peers, as she was elected and served for two terms as president of the Association of Commercial and Technical Employees until her passing. Through her illness, Lee was the rock of the family and kept everyone on track. This courage and strength was fuelled by the undying support of her loving, devoted husband Tony. He never left her side and the comfort that he provided her is truly the definition of love. Her kids and the rest of the family were instrumental in providing the needed love and guidance for Lee and for each other. Lee's ability to focus on her health would not have been so successful had it not been for the unfettered support of her employer (MGEU) and her husband's (USW), their many great coworkers and special friends with their continued offering of support and always going far out of their way to make sure any need was addressed. A huge hug and special thanks to all of the staff at CancerCare Manitoba for assisting Lee through her daunting battle. A very special thank you to oncology Dr. Leonard Minuk and Lee's oncology nurse Alexis for their compassion, support and being there to immediately assist with our troubles and for providing every option available to us. As per the wishes of Lee, cremation has taken place and an event for the celebration of her life will be forthcoming in the near future. In lieu of flowers, should you wish, please make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba and the Multiple Myeloma Clinic. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences:
Publish Date: May 12, 2018

LEE EDWARDS It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Lee Edwards on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. A longer obituary to follow. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences:
Publish Date: May 10, 2018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 12, 2018, May 26, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • It's so very difficult to put into words the loss I'm feeling of my dear Sister's passing. Lee inspired me and so many others with her dedication to our Union movement. My heart is broken as I say how deeply sorry I am for Tony and their family. Lee has left us here on earth to prepare our meeting with her, for our hope, in eternal life. Lee has, without a doubt, found her way into our hearts through the relationships we all had with her. An absolutely wonderful blessing to have been a part of her life. Rest easy Lee Your work is done! ❤️ - Posted by: Ed Hinsburg (Dear Friend ) on: May 17, 2018

  • Oh...shoot! I am so deeply sorry to learn this news. I was hoping with her fierce effort, she would have won. However, she won over many hearts and that was an absolute celebrative attribute of hers. She will be missed personally & professionally. Thank you Lee. I am grateful in many ways to have met you. My deepest condolences to her family. Rest Easy my dear easy. - Posted by: Leza Jacques (Friend) on: May 14, 2018

  • I've been lucky enough to work with Lee for 9 years and have her serve as my ACTE president for the past many years and will miss her wise and fierce ways deeply. Lee was true salt of the earth, tell it like it is, tough as that tiger on the outside but always, always with that heart of gold and a kindness that knew no limits. On so very many mornings I rode the elevator with her and Tony and we always seemed to share a laugh despite the early hour - how I've missed that these past months... Lee was a friend to all of us and a mentor to many and a champion for all that was right and fair and good. This loss and her absence will be very deeply felt around our MGEU offices for a very, very long time to come. RIP were one of a kind.. - Posted by: Darlene K (coworker) on: May 14, 2018

  • This news of the loss of Lee truly broke my heart. Worked with her on many employee situations and she was very open in solving employee and employer concerns. She was sturdy in meetings, but we could always have great conversations to get the deal done. With a tear in my eye, I will miss you Lee. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Robin Drylick (Labour Relations) on: May 12, 2018

  • This news of the loss of Lee truly broke my heart. Worked with her on many employee situations and she was very open in solving employee and employer concerns. She was sturdy in meetings, but we could always have great conversations to get the deal done. With a tear in my eye, I will miss you Lee. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Robin Drylick (Labour Relations) on: May 12, 2018

  • I am so sorry to hear Lee has left us. I worked with her on the MGEU's Women's Committee and so admired her smarts, compassion and true advocacy on behalf of the members she served. Lee was an excellent Staff Representative, mentor and educator; I learned a great deal from her. Lee will be greatly missed by her Union family. RIP - Posted by: Jan Henley (Friend) on: May 12, 2018

  • It's hard to put into words, what a great lady , staff rep, negotiator and friend Lee was to me. I can truly say that with out her friendship and advice. I don't know where I'd be today with out her. My heart goes out to Tony and her children and grandchildren. She shared many stories with me and with that Gilmer in her eye, as she spoke of her family. Know you where loved deeply. God speed my dear friend. Till we meet again. Thank you for the Times we shared and great memories. You will never be forgotten. Teresa - Posted by: Teresa Anderson (Friend) on: May 12, 2018

  • Tony, So sorry for your loss Lee was a true mentor for me but first and foremost she was a true friend to me and my family. The labour movement lost a true trade unionist and friend. If there is anything that we can do in this time of need, your Union family is here for you. Paul - Posted by: paul lussier (friend) on: May 12, 2018

  • Tony , I am so sorry to hear of Lee's passing. I met Lee in the labour movement and what a mentor she was to many young women. I have many memories of her. The days ahead will be hard and I will keep you in my prayers. - Posted by: Lois Wales (Friend) on: May 10, 2018

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