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Born: Feb 16, 1934
Date of Passing: Nov 12, 2018Offer Condolences or Memory
EMIL HEDMAN Surrounded by his loving family, Emil Hedman passed away Monday, November 12, at 84. His passing was gentle and quiet, much like the man himself. Emil was born February 16, 1934 in Kenora, Ontario, and grew up on his family's dairy farm in Pellat, among many other Swedes and Norwegians, including members of his extended family. Speaking Swedish at home, Emil didn't learn English until he started school at the one-room school house two miles down the road. Whenever he was having a good time, especially telling a particularly funny story of life on the farm or at the lake, his Swedish accent would come to life. He was proud of his Scandinavian heritage and it was a big part of the man that he was. In the summer of 1958 he met the love of his life when Lorraine Wensel visited Kenora from Winnipeg. At that time, he worked as first mate on a tug boat on Lake of the Woods towing log booms to the paper mill in Kenora. He and Lorraine married in 1959, and shortly after moved to the city. While the couple raised their family in Transcona, Emil never lost touch with his roots as the family spent most weekends at their cottage on Muriel Lake, just down the road from the farm. Emil worked for Winnipeg Hydro for 30 years, retiring back to 'the lake' where he and Lorraine spent many happy years. He was a man of the land and was happiest when he was outside, whether he was chopping wood, blueberry picking (so Lorraine could bake his favourite pie), or out on the lake fishing, there was no place he'd rather be. Emil is survived by his adoring wife Lorraine, their children, Barbara (Murray MacDonald), David (Louise) and Karen (Richard Holland) and granddaughters, Samantha, Megan, Amanda, Grace, Sarah and Caroline. He was predeceased by his parents, Hjalmar and Beda (Johnson), and twin brother Donald. "His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him, That nature could stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man.' " Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. A special thank you to the staff at Park Manor Personal Care Home for their compassionate and loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 15, 2018
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
It was a privilege for us to have the opportunity to get to know Emil and hear his stories. He took a great deal of pride in his heritage and it was fun to bring him home something Swedish. We see a lot of his quiet strength in Karen and our granddaughters, Samantha and Megan. We have missed and will continue to miss his steadying influence. - Posted by: John and Diane Holland (Grandchildren in common) on: Nov 16, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of Emil’s passing!! Lorraine & Emil, you were such good neighbours & both so kind-hearted!! - Posted by: Mela McLaughlin (Former Neighbour) on: Nov 15, 2018
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