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FREDERICK DONALD BENJAMINSON (FRED)

Born: Nov 19, 1942

Date of Passing: May 11, 2019

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FREDERICK DONALD BENJAMINSON

With sadness we announce the passing of our loved husband, dad and grandpa, Frederick Benjaminson. Unexpectedly on May 11, 2019, while at one of his favourite places, he succumbed to a heart attack.
Fred is survived by his wife Margaret, daughters, Karen and Karilyn (William), grandchildren, William (Marcia), Danielle, Alicia (Adam), Ashley (Mitch) and Hendrik; his siblings, Wade (Sharron), Rita (John), Patricia (David), Jeanne (Marlon), and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents, Mavis and Frederick Benjaminson who instilled in him the importance and dedication to family.
Fred was born on November 19, 1942 and was raised in Kirkfield Park. He was the eldest of five children in a close family. From an early age he enjoyed the outdoors and helping on the family farm, a mink ranch and later the car wash. After high school, Fred began a career at Richardson Grain Company, and later switched to computer programming work at the Health Sciences Centre. Fred spent the majority of his working years with MPIC, as a computer programmer and then manager. He rarely took a sick day. In 2009 he retired after 35 years of service. He enjoyed his annual road trips to all the rural claim centres across Manitoba, and especially when Mom accompanied him during these travels and side trips they took to see local parks and waterfalls.
Dad met Mom when she was 14 years old and love took its interest at a Westwood basketball game. They fell in love hard and fast and through all the years they made it last!
As a young family man Dad had fun taking us camping and hiking in Manitoba's parks. Summer was swimming and boating, winter crosscountry skiing. Dad thrived in nature and enjoyed hunting especially his trips with his dad and friends to go hunting for pheasant in South Dakota.
As a grandpa, he enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren, going with them to the zoo, playing card and board games and going with his oldest grandchild and mother to the occasional Moose and Bomber games. His most favourite thing was to take his grandkids out dog training and dog walking which included driving around on county back-roads, and if you could get stuck in mud or snow that was even more fun (for him).
One of Dad's passions in life and retirement was his dogs. In 1965 he started hunting waterfowl with his Labrador. Dad spent many hours training his loved Labs for field and hunt trials and dedicated countless hours to volunteering in the Manitoba Gun Dog Association. He made many friends over the years and enjoyed socializing at the club grounds and also enjoyed a cold beer or two! We are happy that his last day/moments were there. Two of Dad's dogs earned their National Master Hunter titles.
As a judge of field trials, Dad said "Watching happy, stylish dogs that are under control on line as well as in the field is delightful. I prefer marks that test the dogs' natural abilities". Dad also had life member status with The Canadian Kennel Club and with 30 plus consecutive years was honoured with outstanding dedication.
Celebration of Life will take place at St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
The family wishes to thank all our relatives and friends for offers of help, prayers and words of encouragement and sympathy. We especially thank Colin McMichael and Mark Anderson for performing CPR.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • We were so sad to hear of Fred’s passing and our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. We knew Fred through field trials and hunt tests and we always looked forward to seeing him and visiting with him at local and National Retriever events. Fred was a leader in our sport and contributed tremendously by judging local and National events, serving on the executive of National clubs and serving on CKC committees. Fred always had time and a smile for newcomers to the retriever game. He had some very good dogs - always wild but lots of fun to watch. We will miss him greatly. - Posted by: Sue and Garry Taylor (Friends) on: May 19, 2019

  • Very sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences and sympathies. As a young boy I have fond memories of time spent with his family on our family summer visits to Winnipeg, my parents original hometown. Out at St. Charles by the Assiniboine River across from Auntie Inga's place. Uncle Scooly (sp), his sisters Rita, Patty and Jeanne, brother Wade. The mink farm, the car wash, the 1927 Whippet. (I believe it was a 1927. ) going to a Bombers Blue and Gold intra-squad game. My given names are Andrew Benjamin and I usually went by Andy but when I was there I was Benji :o) Once again our condolences. - Posted by: Benji Sommerfeld (Cousin) on: May 19, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of BENJI passing. We became friends in Grade One at Sturgeon Creek School. Completed our schooling together through Kirkfield schools which I believe was 5 different buildings. I will miss reconnecting with Don at our Kirkfield reunions at the ANAF. Many a fond memory of this guy and one trait that always stuck in my mind was he was one hell of a strong swimmer and tested it often in the Assiniboine river. - Posted by: Bob Harbottle (Friend) on: May 18, 2019

  • Fred always was friendly and helpful to this Minnesota boy whenever I came up to run Field Trials--my condolences to Margarete, Karen, Karilyn and families. Fred now in His Mighty grip - Posted by: Paul Hanson (Retirever world) on: May 16, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to all the family on Fred's passing. I grew up with "Don" in Kirkfield Park and have many great memories from our earliest childhood years to the present of curling, pheasant hunting and sharing the occasional beer over a story or two. I will miss him dearly and the friendship we shared for over 50 years! Goodbye my friend. - Posted by: Doug Kilpatrick (Friend) on: May 16, 2019

  • I worked with Fred at MPI and he was the guy who could make anything happen. I remember the time I had been trying to get a parking spot at CityPlace for a couple of years and there were no spots available so I was forced to park in the underground parking lot at the library. When Fred heard that I was harassed by some guys walking to the parking lot after hours, he worked his magic and the next day, I had a parking spot at CityPlace. That act of kindness cemented our friendship and although we worked in different departments, we always made time to go for a coffee and help each other out whenever needed. Fred was a stand up guy, a kind man and well respected, My condolences to Margaret and family. - Posted by: Carla Hocken (Friend and Co-worker) on: May 15, 2019

  • So sorry and shocked at your loss. Our deepest sympathy go to you and your family. Cherish your memories of “Don”. We will miss him. - Posted by: Gerry and Raisa Davies (Friend ) on: May 15, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences go to the family. I knew Fred through MPI, and had frequent dealings with him. I always enjoyed talking with him. He was a very pleasant individual. I recall his love of dogs. - Posted by: Chic Seabrook (Work associate) on: May 15, 2019

  • As a Westwood boy from a young age until adulthood, I knew two of Fred's sisters, but never had the opportunity to meet Fred. That all changed in April, 1987 when I was transferred from the Division of Driver and Vehicle Licensing to MPI. One of the first people I was privileged to meet was Fred Benjaminson. Fred was an extremely helpful and caring man who was always willing to be of assistance to his colleagues. I recall with great fondness our coffee sessions together and the laughter that would emanate from our table. I had the extreme pleasure of being invited to Fred's home, along with other employees, to enjoy an evening of tasting Fred's homemade beer. After a few beer and loads of popcorn, Fred also mentioned that he made homemade wine. The story gets somewhat foggy from there. It was a real honour to get to know Fred and to be able to call him friend. My sincerest condolences are extended to Fred's wife and children, along with the entire Benjaminson extended family. - Posted by: Don Halbert (Colleague) on: May 15, 2019

  • My deepest condolences on your brother's passing Wade, Sharron and family. -Heather Schaub- - Posted by: Heather Schaub (Friend) on: May 15, 2019

  • Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Marg, I know you will be surrounded by family and friends, make sure and rest and we’ll talk soon once you are more settled. Our condolences to entire family. Aurlie, Donna and Jackie - Posted by: Aurlie Young and family (Friends) on: May 15, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Mr Benjamonson's passing. I have many fond memories of the camping trips our families shared at Sandy Lake and Lake Katherine. Our deepest condolences to the family. Liam Tunny and Raymond Minialo. - Posted by: Liam Tunny (Friend of the family ) on: May 15, 2019

  • We were so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. Our condolences to all the family. We have lots of good memories of our time in the Gun Dog Club. We had lots of laughs. - Posted by: Syd and Jen Stamper (Friends) on: May 15, 2019

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