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Date of Passing: Apr 24, 2019

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1932 - 2019

On April 24, 2019, William Harris (Bill) Knipe passed away.

He is lovingly remembered by his nephew Derek (Cathie), their son and Bill’s grand nephew Christopher, his niece Patricia (Don) and sister-in-law Doreen (Jack).
He was predeceased by his mother and father, John and Lily Knipe and brother Jack.
Bill was born and lived most of his life in Winnipeg's North End. He lived in his family home and attended Atlantic-Garden City United Church where, for many years, he coached the youth basketball team. In the late 1940s, with his father and older brother, he was part of their collective dream of having property near a lake. Together they cleared the land and renovated a cabin on Longbow Lake in North Western Ontario. He vacationed there almost every year of his life and "Boulder Shore" remains part of the family heritage.
Bill worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway for 41 years until his retirement in 1992. Not surprisingly this led to his love of trains, big and small.
He was a member of the Orange Order and Manitoba Grand Master in 1982. Bill was proud of his heritage and welcomed the entire Irish Community into his life. His soft spot was reserved for his dogs, and was never without one.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Seven Oaks Hospital Renal Health Clinic for their kindness.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at Atlantic-Garden City United Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Atlantic-Garden City United Church, 725 Atlantic Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2W 0S6.

Bardal Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Bill and I were involved with the church basketball league many years ago, probably at least 65+ years and became friends and fellow members of the old name Atlantic Avenue United. I have mailed a donation in your memory Bill to Atlantic-Garden City. Rest In Peace my friend Jack - Posted by: Jack Thorgeirson (Friend many years ago) on: Sep 19, 2019

  • Bill and I became friends approximately 65 years ago. My second home was Atlantic Avenue - Garden City United Church. Bill was my mentor, Sunday School teacher, church basketball coach and a leader for a boy's group called Tyros. My younger brother, Dennis and I spent most of our time there. I eventually moved from Winnipeg and when I returned to Winnipeg many years later I began attending my old church. Every Sunday I sat with Bill and another former Sunday School teacher, Don Druce. Over the years they had been very good friends. Don died about a year ago and now he has his old friend with him. I send my deepest condolence to Bill's family. Sincerely, Bill Bell. - Posted by: Bill BELL (Good friend) on: May 06, 2019

  • Bill and my brother Bill were friends from Atlantic United Church. We all went to church and different things together. He was a very special person. Sadly, my brother Bill also passed on May 3 this year. My condolences to Bill Knipe's remaining family. - Posted by: Joyce (Russell) Finch (Friend and former member of Atlantic Church) on: May 04, 2019

  • Bill and I were friends of Bill's. Bill knew him from Atlantic Garden City and enjoyed a long friendship along with several other family and friends. Bill was a quiet nice man. He will be missed. Condolences go out to his family. - Posted by: Bill and Liz Cook (Friends) on: May 04, 2019

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