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Date of Passing: Nov 01, 2018

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DEIRDRE JILL BENEDICT It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter, sister and granddaughter Deirdre Benedict. Deirdre passed away suddenly on November 1, 2018 at the age of 56. She was predeceased by her grandfather John Ferguson, her grandmother Helen Jones, her aunt Joan and uncle Don Donegani, and her close friend Rodger. Left to cherish Deirdre's memory are her parents, Jack and June Benedict, her grandmother June Ferguson, her sister Rennie (Roman and his family), her uncles, Guy (Judy), Neil (Carol) and James (Ursula), her many cousins and her dear friends, especially Oly in Calgary and Victor on Vancouver Island. Deirdre grew up in the heart of St. James where she resided with her parents on Deer Lodge Place and then on her own on Collegiate Street. As a child, she enjoyed playing in Bruce Park, only steps away from her family home. Deirdre remained in St. James for most of her life so she could be near family and to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amenities of Assiniboine Park. Deirdre enjoyed spending quality time with her family and had many fond memories of her travels including family camping trips throughout Canada and the US, visiting her grandparents' cabin at Rock Lake and journeying to Bowser/Nanaimo to visit with her parents when they resided in BC. Deirdre was an extremely bright student who excelled in school, a talented ballet dancer who performed locally and nationally, and a supportive friend, especially to those in need. She took particular pride in the work she performed as a physiotherapist. Deirdre was at her happiest when she helped people recover from injury, enabling them to return to normal life activities. A private family gathering will be held with interment to occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter or a charity of one's choice in Deirdre's name. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 204-885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 10, 2018

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • I met Deirdre in the pre masters of social work program at the University of Manitoba. From the beginning, her kind, caring and compassionate nature shone through. I developed a wonderful friendship with Deirdre over the next few years and we would talk regularly about anything and everything. She had such a big heart and cared so deeply for everyone who crossed her path. She always put others before herself and wanted the best for everyone. She will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Kristy (Friend ) on: Dec 04, 2018

  • I am so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Deirdre. She worked downtown with me for awhile years ago and was an excellent Physiotherapist. She always had a smile for everyone. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Stephanie Roberecki (Fellow physiotherapist) on: Nov 14, 2018

  • My condolences to Dee’s family. I had known Dee from her time as a physio student through her years with us at SPC. She truly had a passion for everything she tackled. She always had a beautiful smile as was evident in the picture above. I was fortunate to have many interactions with her on the phone as a friend and mentor. She will be missed. Russ and Pat Horbal - Posted by: Russ Horbal (Colleague gue and friend ) on: Nov 13, 2018

  • My deepest sympathies to Deirdre's (Deed's) family. We attended school together K-12. I am flooded with memories of our childhood. Her 10th Birthday party where she stated "I am now a decade". I always remembered that and just recently shared that story with my granddaughter on her 10th Birthday. I also remember red velvet cake and a dog named Honey if I am not mistaken. Deirdre was an amazing person, gone far too soon. I wish we had stayed in touch. Love to all her family and friends. - Posted by: Angela Salateski (childhood friend) on: Nov 13, 2018

  • I am so very sorry to learn of Deirdre's passing. She was a lovely person. Please accept my sincere condolences. Mary Rose. - Posted by: Mary Rose Coffey (Acquaintance) on: Nov 12, 2018

  • I knew Dee through the Winnipeg Dance community - she was my physiotherapist and friend. It is a tragedy that she is gone so soon. As often happens in life, Dee and I hadn't been in touch for many years but I have thought of her often. We shared some great conversations together through some tumultuous times. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Jacqui (Dance community) on: Nov 12, 2018

  • Deidre or Dee as I always knew her came to hold a special place in my heart as a young student at the RWB where I was a student. I saw her quite often the years I was there. She was patient, caring and was a lifeline for me in those days. She had a genuine kindness about her and this showed each and every time I saw her in that capacity. A beautiful person, such a loss. Rest in peace dear Dee. My sincerest condolences to her loved ones and to all who's lives she touched, which I can imagine, are many. Sincelry, Victoria May - Posted by: Victoria May (Patient ) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • I am shocked to learn of Deirdre's passing. I knew her through her help at our food bank, and attendance at Happy Mic's coffee house. Deirdre was such a kind and gentle person ... always with good things to say, and a smile to share. She loved the food bank ladies and the clients she had gotten to know. She shared life events with us: she was so delighted to have been able to return to university, and determined with her studies, saddened while her friend Rodger was ill, worried about her parents in BC and pleased to be able to tell us when they returned to Winnipeg to live and her visits with them, happy when we built and planted our community gardens; Deirdre shared her concerns about her house and her sheer delight at the new apartment she was moving to and its amenities. While she could no longer see us at SJAC, she still kept in touch, and I'm so sorry that i wasn't home to answer her last phone call to me on the 28th. My heart goes out to her family and friends ... we at St James are saddened by your loss. Please contact me, if you can. Elizabeth - Posted by: Elizabeth Bonnett (friend/neighbour, Peoples' Warden St James Anglican Church) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of Dee’s death. Many happy memories of our time together as co-workers and friends at SPC. A great sadness. Andy Turner. - Posted by: Andy Lessing Turner (Friend and colleague ) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • I have warm memories of Christmas afternoons spent together as little girls on Deer Lodge Place. Thinking of you all fondly at this sad time. - Posted by: Jillian (Schmidt) Lamothe (Childhood Neighbour) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • Dee was the physiotherapist at the RWB when I was a student there. I had a significant back injury and ended up spending a lot of time with Dee. She was the reason I became a physiotherapist. She was always so kind, thoughtful and caring and was a great support to injured dancers. She will be missed. RIP Dee. - Posted by: Jennifer Nagy (Patient ) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • I will always remember Deirdre as one of my closest friends in the studio over the years we trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. We shared so many dancing moments to remember, among them dancing in Coppelia in Toronto, soothing our weary bodies in Winnipeg's hotel hot tubs, and surviving the stern yet loving gaze of Jean Mackenzie who was our guardian angel in many ways. Outside of the studio, I will always so fondly remember riding through the Assiniboine Park on my bike, crossing the bridge in the park over the river, in order to visit and hang out with my dear friend at her home in St. James. I was so saddened to learn of Deirdre's passing. My deepest of condolences to her family and prayers that they may be blessed with the strength to keep Deirdre alive in their hearts and carry on with the joie de vivre with which I remember Deirdre living. - Posted by: Sonia M. Lismer (Childhood friend) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • To all of Deirdre's family, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Having gone through school with Deirdre from kinder to year 12, I have such fond memories of her during our formative years and have thought of her often whilst living on the other side of the world, 1 am certain her spirit will live on and within all of you. Sincerest condolences.. - Posted by: sue coles (friend) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • Deirdre's passing at a young age makes me sad, but her life is one to be celebrated. Douglas Donegani Toronto - Posted by: Douglas Donegani (Relative via Joan and Don Donegani) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • I began babysitting Dee Dee when she was a baby as well as her older sister, Dana, when I was in Grade Nine. After a couple of years each of three of my sisters also babysat the girls. I kept in touch with her family and some years later was delighted to meet Dee Dee at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in her capacity as their Physio Therapist. I am so sorry to read of Dee Dee's passing and I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to her parents Jack and June, and her sister Rennie (Dana). I hope that your precious memories of your beloved Deirdre, and the love and support of your family and friends provide comfort to you. Love, Lou-Anne (Buhr) - Posted by: Lou-Anne Buhr (Babysitter) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • My mother spoke so very highly of Jack and their years together. I know she would be very saddened to hear of your timely loss and to offer our condolences. May your happy memories serve you well in this time of pain and grief. - Posted by: Lana Thiessen Storey (daughter of the late Jean Thiessen, coworker of Jack at Dominion Tanners) on: Nov 10, 2018

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