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Born: May 28, 1948

Date of Passing: Feb 01, 2019

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SIETGE (SIGGY) DYKSTRA May 28, 1948 - February 1, 2019 It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Siggy Dykstra, longtime resident of Transcona. With family at his side, he died peacefully at Concordia Hospital. Siggy was a great man, and loved by many. In his earlier years he was involved in everything and everywhere volunteering, and was the recipient of the Canada Volunteer Award Medal and Certificate of Honour in 1995. He and his wife Bunny travelled to Ottawa to receive the award given by the Minister of National Health and Welfare. He was a Bus Driver for many years, and was voted in as Financial Secretary Treasurer for the ATU 1505 and retired in 2002. He is survived by his wife Bunny, a daughter Carrie (Percy), sons, Darryl (Jen) and Jonathan (Michelle), numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, two brothers, Korey (Heidi) and Yelle (Donna), sister Heddy (Rick). Condolences may be offered to the family at: Memorial Service will be held at Union Centre Inc., 275 Broadway Ave., Winnipeg on February 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Complimentary parking for attendees at parkade in rear of the building. Flowers gratefully declined, if you wish to contribute to honour Siggy and bless Bunny, make cheques to L.C. Dykstra, Box 224, Grand Marais, MB R0E 0T0.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I have known Sig for many years & I am saddened by his passing. Did not find out until today, Feb 26. He was a friend & c-oworker & had a lot of laughs over the years. RIP SIG - Posted by: Ward Mcpherson (Friend and co-worker) on: Feb 26, 2019

  • Offered a memory which might be taken the wrong way...I mentioned the Winnipeg Rabbit Hunters which Siggy started. For those not in the know, there were no actual rabbits harmed by this group. It was a game of hide and seek in the lifetime of CB radios. One member would go hide in their vehicle, but not on private property. That person would start talking on the radio for 30 seconds, go silent for 5 minutes, then talk again, and continue until found. The rest of the members would use their vehicle radios to track the signal of that person (referred to as the Bunny). It sometimes took hours, but we always found our 'Rabbit'. It would go on for hours, usually on a Friday or Saturday night :) I guess you could say our meetings were a 'Fluffle', which refers to a group of bunnies. Right Bunny. Then someone else would go hide. Sigmeister was the leader. - Posted by: Randy Clark (Friend) on: Feb 15, 2019

  • Siggy and I met when he was the President of the Winnipeg Rabbit Hunters starting in the mid 1970s. Just call me 'The Salesman'. Many years later we re-connected on a Transit Bus he was driving. I asked what he was up to. I asked why he was not connected through a charity and I said 'like Variety Club'. His reply, you can't do that unless 'you know someone'. I told him he did 'know someone', which became the beginnings of the ATU-1505 connection to a pair of well-known fundraisers for the Variety Club of Manitoba in 1986: - Cues for Kids - The Variety Telethon. Sig brought in hundreds of Transit workers, and one of his 'things' was to work the Work Bus overnight. This was his chance to talk to drivers one-on-one, which was his calling. Hundreds of Transit Drivers and other workers stepped up as truck drivers to move the gear and food for Telethons...some 22,000 pounds of materials each year. He has just moved onto Heavens Work Bus for Bingos, Telethons, Cues for Kids, Books for the Deaf, and much more. Call this my letter of reference for him. He is now in great hands Bunny and family. Will miss you Bubble... - Posted by: Randy Clark (Formerly Variety Club of Manitoba - Siggy's original contact) on: Feb 15, 2019

  • Dear Bunny and family, I remember living next door to you as a little girl with my family. We always had bbq's together. I've always thought of you guys over the years. I remember getting on Siggy's transit and just taking a ride. You guys are forever in my heart, always like a second family growing up. Siggy will be missed but not forgotten. Love you 💖💖💖 - Posted by: Elizabeth Wylie (Neighbor on Hatcher Road) on: Feb 13, 2019

  • Sig was a good friend. I remember all the laughs when he was on the work bus out of Transcona in the early morning. Rest Peacefully Siggy. Jack Aspin - Posted by: Jack Aspin (Friend and Fellow Bus Driver) on: Feb 11, 2019

  • Dear Bunny and family. We are so sad to hear of Sig's death. Sig and I are cousins with only a few months difference in our ages. When we were kids, his family used to visit us in the village of Stirling, Ontario every summer. My brothers and I all looked forward to 2 weeks of fun with our cool older cousins from the big city of Winnipeg. Even at a young age Sig had a way of lighting up a room and making people laugh. Our visits became fewer as we grew up and started families of our own. But on visits to Winnipeg I could always be sure of a warm welcome, a coffee and a few laughs at your home. We hope your happy memories of the man with a big heart will help console you in this sad time. Love, Ali and Dwight - Posted by: Ali and Dwight Weisenberg (cousin) on: Feb 11, 2019

  • Transit Tummies.....that's how we met. Transit Drivers that wanted to lose weight for Charity signed up. That was the name given to the them. I would jump on his Bus, update him, give what I needed to give him and jump off and we laughed the whole time. I walked back to the office. You my friend are going to be missed, but not ever forgotten. Darlene Newman - Posted by: Darlene Newmand (Friend) on: Feb 10, 2019

  • Bunny and family I am so sorry for the loss of such a great guy. I never forget that he always was doing something for someone. He leaves many memories for all who new him. 😢 - Posted by: Joanne Lapointe (Old friend ) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • For many many years my family has known Sight. He was a great man and I was proud to call him a friend. He was a very caring man and would help anyone who needed it. We was full of life and laughter I will never forget him. Rest my friend - Posted by: Tina Harris (Jackson) (Friend) on: Feb 09, 2019

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