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ROGER HAMELIN Obituary pic ROGER HAMELIN Obituary pic


Born: Apr 27, 1941

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2018

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ROGER HAMELIN It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Roger Hamelin. After a brief illness, Roger passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 25, 2018. He will be sadly and forever missed by his daughters, Kimberley and Karla. Roger was predeceased by his parents, Pierre and Rita Hamelin, and wife Lynn, of 37 years. He is survived by his sister Pat Hamelin, and extended Hamelin family relatives. Roger was born in Winnipeg on April 27, 1941 and was raised in St. Boniface. He attended St. Paul's High School and the Manitoba Technical Institute. Upon graduation, Roger was employed as a draftsman by several engineering firms within the City of Winnipeg. He began his teaching career at Red River Community College where he taught structural drafting for over 25 years. While growing up, Roger participated in many sports (hockey, baseball, track and field, curling) but excelled in the game of football. His love for the game began at St. Paul's High School. During his junior year, he played for the Weston Wild Cats before attending his first Winnipeg Blue Bomber football camp at the young age of 18, signing with the Blue Bombers that same year. He was a member of the Blue Bombers for nine seasons (1961 to 1969). As a proud member of the defensive line during the Bud Grant era he played in three Grey Cups, two of which the Blue Bombers won. In 1994, the 1961 Winnipeg Football Club was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2013, Roger was inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame. His football career gave him lifelong friendships and unique opportunities that carried over throughout the remainder of his life. Commonly referred to as "Big Rog", his love of athletics and passion for participating in all sports was a constant presence in his life. Always remaining physically active, his interests included years of running marathons, curling, and golfing. This active lifestyle was fostered and shared with his daughters. Roger was a devoted son, husband, father, and friend to many. His marriage embraced an enduring love and friendship with his wife Lynn. Kimberley and Karla were raised with unconditional love and support, as he always took great pride in their endeavours and accomplishments. After marrying Lynn, Roger's summer holidays and retirement years were spent with family and friends at their beautiful cottage at Falcon Lake, where he enjoyed all the pursuits of cottage life and always had a summer project on the go. In May of 2011, Roger suffered a serious stroke that affected his physical mobility. His work ethic to regain some independence combined with his unwavering optimism never faltered. He continued to enjoy time at the cottage, visiting with close friends and family. Over the past two and a half years, he and his family are forever grateful for the compassion, care and laughter shown to him at his home at River Park Gardens. The family would like to extend their gratitude for the staff at the Grace Hospital under the care directed by Dr. G. Borrett. As per Roger's wishes, cremation has taken place. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vital Parish, 1629 Pembina Hwy., with Father Mark Tarrant officiating, with interment to be followed at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Roger to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086*

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 01, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Pat & Roger's daughters So sorry to hear of Roger's passing. My thoughts are with you on these difficult days. Roger was a great man. R.I.P. Roger. Sincerely, Ken Meissner - Posted by: Ken Meissner (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2018

  • Please accept my deepest condolences. I was his student from 1987 to 1988. Roger was an amazing instructor, who was very patient, and elevated us to become the best we can be. He will surely be missed. Sending prayers and well wishes. Tony - Posted by: Tony (student) on: Dec 03, 2018

  • Roger was only seven months older than me, he was the son of my Dad's brother Peter. My brother Louis and I, like Roger played all sports growing up. We did not reach the level that Roger did, in becoming a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at the age of nineteen, he had and outstanding career playing, ten years and was honored in being inducted into the Winnipeg Hall of Fame. Louis and I were so proud of his accomplishments and never missed the opportunity to tell everyone we met that our cousin played for the Bombers and played in three Grey Cups, and the infamous fog bowl. Louis and I had so much in common with Roger, though we were not able to spend a lot of time with him, living in B.C. We felt like brothers. I visited Roger and his daughter Kim last year and had a wonderful time. We discussed to great length the Hamelin family history. Roger was the family historian. Louis and I will miss him immensely. - Posted by: Paul Hamelin (cousin) on: Dec 03, 2018

  • Sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I was a student of his at RRCC in 1978, and he was the kindest and most patient teacher...we all loved him. If anybody mentioned football during class, all learning was paused while he relived his Bomber glory days with endless stories. He was a huge man with a soft heart, and it was hard to imagine him as a tough football player. My condolences to his family. Alison Steele (nee Kerr) - Posted by: Alison Steele (Former student) on: Dec 02, 2018

  • Roger was my instructor at Red River College back in 1994. He made learning what would be my eventual career very enjoyable. In doing so he also made a huge difference in my life at a time when I wasn't quite sure if I was taking the right career path. I owe a lot to the man. Thank you Roger. - Posted by: Corey Verhaeghe (Former student at RRCC) on: Dec 01, 2018

  • I have many happy and funny memories of Roger, during his football years and at his home where I had the pleasure of meeting his wife Lynn and his 2 daughters. My brother and I had a wonderful visit with Roger and Kim last year and spent a few days at the summer home. He was so happy to have us visit and I will treasure that as well has my many visits. My love to Kim and Karla, I am here for you both. - Posted by: Lorraine Hamelin (Cousin) on: Dec 01, 2018

  • We attended St. Pauls at the same time. Played on High School Football team together and knew it was just a matter of time before he would play for Winnipeg in the CFL. We entered a team in the High Shcool Curling Bonspiel. We may have won one game but the competiveness and fun was great. Always had a good laugh. We crossed paths a few times over the years. It is hard to forget someone like Roger. He was a thoughtful and classy person. Deepest Condolences to his Family and Friends Edward Goralski - Posted by: Edward Goralski (Class Mate at St. Pauls) on: Dec 01, 2018

  • Worked with Roger at Underwood McLellan & Assoc. in 1969. Super guy with a great sense of humor (big too). I also attended St Pauls 1954-56. RIP Roger Brian - Posted by: Brian Carey (Co-worker) on: Dec 01, 2018

  • Kim & Karla, please accept my condolences on the passing of your father. You are in my thoughts at this time. I relish the memories of times together at Falcon Lake. I am so happy to have had that short time with him at the cottage this past summer. He was a true friend & will be missed. - Posted by: Dorothy Gauer (Family friend) on: Dec 01, 2018

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