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Born: Jul 25, 1941

Date of Passing: Jun 14, 2019

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July 25, 1941 - June 14, 2019

He is survived by his wife Ursula; daughters, Zaley and Jade; and son Stefan. He is also survived by sisters, Irene, Marlies, and Hedy; and brothers, Werner and Peter.
He is predeceased by his parents, David and Margaretha; brothers, David and John; and sister Margaret.
Alf worked as a meteorologist in Winnipeg and Churchill. He was also Flood Forecaster for the Province of Manitoba for 41 years. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Memorial will take place at 2:00 p.m. on July 6, 2019, at Westwood Community Church.
Donations can be made to Agape Table, in lieu of flowers.
Thank you to Riverview Palliative Care, and Manitoba Palliative Program for their excellent care.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 22, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Our condolences to Ursula and your Family. We are so glad our daughter Kristin and your daughter Jade became fiends! That fortunate event allowed us to become friends with you Alf and your Family! Alf was a wonderful person and getting to know him contributed to our life and our family's life. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. - Larry and Carolyn Larson - Posted by: Larry and Carolyn Larson (Friends) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • My condolences to Ursula and the family and his siblings. I considered Alfred to be a life-long friend. We grew up on farms about a mile apart and kept in touch throughout all the years. We attended the same one-room school and later the same high school. He was always an excellent student. Living in another province made frequent visits impossible, but I was glad to have had the opportunity to visit him and Ursula briefly in January. - Posted by: Rudy Esau (friend) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • I don't think we'll ever see someone like Alf again in such a high profile gov't post. He was committed to truth-telling to a fault. I think people in his dept wished at times he'd just go along with the gov't spin but that wasn't him. He couldn't be political. He was really a man of the people, taking calls from landowners. Most people wouldn't have the time but Alf made time and used people's observations to inform his data. We had a special relationship over the years. He always took the time to answer my questions and give me perspective. The last interview he said the flooding this spring was shaping up to be another 1966 and it was exactly that. Right again, as usual. When the real flooding returns some day, we may appreciate him even more and wish he was still around. - Posted by: Bill Redekop (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time Zaley. - Posted by: Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts (Friend) on: Jun 25, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family Zaley. You have always been such an amazing young woman, dedicated, hardworking, intelligent in your approach to your artistry as a dancer. You are kind and considerate of others and always willing to help wherever you can. This is a testament of your upbringing. I send you and your family love and hope in this very difficult time. - Posted by: Gaile Petursson-Hiley (Teacher, Mentor at the School of Contemporary Dancers) on: Jun 23, 2019

  • Thinking if you during this difficult time and sending our deepest condolences. Love Cindy, Hess, Emmerson and Grayson - Posted by: Cindy-Lou Henwood (Niece) on: Jun 23, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies to you and your family during this very sad time. With love, Dawn and Rodney - Posted by: Dawn Henwood (Sister-in-law ) on: Jun 23, 2019

  • I was the Reeve and Emergency Coordinator for RM of Morris during the 1997 flood. It did not take me long to learn to trust and utilize Alf's ability to forecast flooding situations in the Red River Valley and beyond. He was a very capable man, well liked and admired. We, as Manitobans will miss him! May God bless you, the family during this time of loss. - Posted by: Herm Martens (Former Reeve of R.M. of Morris) on: Jun 23, 2019

  • I knew Alfred all his life and found him a fresh delight every time we met. He was a nosy kid but kind and circumspect, clever and good company. He was born to his job as a reader and forecaster of weather moods and foibles and everything else the Prairie has to offer. He was fascinated by nature and by goodwill and will be missed by everyone who mattered. Love you, Alf, now as then, Dien Frind, Jack Thiessen - Posted by: Jack Thiessen (Lifelong friend) on: Jun 23, 2019

  • I worked out of the same Provincial department with Alf for many years, during which time he provided extremely valuable and accurate data on expected discharges on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers plus many other water basins. During the 1997 flood event, I received calls from numerous news media outlets around the world asking more or less the same question: "Who is that guy and how do we contact him". A testament to a man who became a good friend. I wish him well on his next journey. - Posted by: Roger Leuzinger (Former Co-Worker) on: Jun 22, 2019

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