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Born: Mar 25, 1953

Date of Passing: Jul 01, 2019

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Sherman Lewis Kreiner, 66, passed away on July 1, 2019 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Sherman was born on March 25, 1953 to Melvin and Rhoda Kreiner in Philadelphia, PA, USA. In 1974 he married Cindy Coker, who he met at Swarthmore College. Together they raised two children, Corey Coker and Meta Kreiner. Following a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Sherman worked tirelessly for democracy and social justice through PACE, the Crocus Investment Fund, the University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation (UWCRC), Sholem Aleichem Community, and numerous volunteer organizations.
Sherman was an intelligent, thoughtful, kind, curious, witty and courageous human being who thought carefully about the work and life he wanted to create and live with Cindy. Together, they worked to make their shared vision for a better world a reality each and every day. He also was a "Phanatic" in the greatest sense of his beloved Philadelphia sports teams.
Sherman's sister, Debbie Stevens (nee Kreiner) was an amazing support to him through his battle with leukaemia and gave him the gift of an extra year through a stem cell donation.
Sherman is survived by his parents, sister, brother-in-law Scott Stevens, son-in-law Sophan Chhin, grandchildren, Soveren Chhin-Kreiner and Solas Chhin-Kreiner, daughter-in-law Ashlee Coker (nee Kneeshaw), and his brother and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Sherman was predeceased by his sister, Anna Kreiner.
A private funeral will be held, followed by sitting Shiva (family visitation) July 6 to July 8 2019 at 1532 Mathers Bay W., Winnipeg, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a social justice organization of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 05, 2019

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Dear Cindy, I remember you and Sherman dating at S’more and was so glad to hear you married in 1974. You two are special and I am glad to hear that you both accomplished good work together. My love and prayers to you and all your family. You two are very special!!! - Posted by: Janis Sanchez-Hucles (Senior Resident) on: Apr 11, 2022

  • Just read of Sherman’s death in the Swarthmore bulletin. Although we had lost contact with each other many years ago I still have warm memories of our friendship at Swarthmore and our cross country trip together. My deepest sympathy to Cindy and their children. - Posted by: Richard King (College Friend) on: Oct 12, 2019

  • I'm sorry to hear of Sherm's passing. Passionate, caring, funny. He will be missed. CIndy, my condolences. - Posted by: David Shavin (College friend) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • I will truly miss the way Sherman’s unique approach to everything, caused everyone around him to dig deep, and truly think about what they were doing, and why they were doing it. I have never met anyone who could challenge the status quo in quite the same way; without seeking accolades for his efforts. Sherman’s passing will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. Our city has lost a true advocate. - Posted by: Michael Delaurier (Colleague) on: Jul 11, 2019

  • Having attended numerous community consultations, a few hockey games (despite him cheering for the Flyers) and meetings to discuss financing and community banking issues, I benefitted immensely from Sherman's wisdom which always left me more inspired imagining the "possibilities". Sherman is remembered as a visionary thinker who shared his wealth of experience in a manner that challenged us to think of how we can make a good pursuit even better! I understood years ago when I first met Sherman that this was a person with not only a brilliant mind but also one with a compassionate heart who genuinely cared about those whose voices went unheard among the masses. He has left a positive mark on many individuals fortunate to learn from him with legacy always with us as the quarterback behind several housing and community development projects in our downtown, West Broadway and North End of Winnipeg. Deepest condolences to Cindy, Corey and the extended family lifting you up in prayer for strength and peace during this difficult time. - Posted by: Nigel Mohammed (Colleague in community development with Sherman and Cindy) on: Jul 10, 2019

  • So shocked and saddened to learn of Sherman's passing. His untiring commitment to others was inspirational and a lesson for us all. He didn't just talk the talk, he walked (no, ran) the walk, leaving a legacy worthy of two lifetimes. He was the most principled person I've ever known. The democratic corporate culture at Crocus was the best I've experienced; only those of us who worked there know this. Condolences to the family. Take care of yourselves now. - Posted by: Stephanie Fraser (Co-worker) on: Jul 08, 2019

  • My sincere condolences to Cindy, Meta and Corey and the rest of the family. I will never forget my employment interview with him when we shared our passion for the Mondragon model and employee ownership. He was passionate about social justice issues and had many creative ideas that he put into action in Winnipeg over the years. Many organizations will miss him dearly along with family and friends. Gone too soon :( - Posted by: Cheryl Crowe (Co-worker) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Cindy and family, I am saddened to hear of Sherman’s passing. He was a kind, thoughtful and caring man who felt the pain of social injustice inflicted on others and he wanted always to alleviate that pain. He was a good man. My condolences to Cindy and family. Rob Hilliard - Posted by: Rob Hilliard (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • My heart goes out to Cindy and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sherman has left our world a better place. - Posted by: Kathryn Simpson (Co-worker) on: Jul 06, 2019

  • Condolences to Cindy and family. I was shocked to hear of his untimely passing. I enjoyed working with Sherman as a board member of Crocus. He was someone who worked tirelessly to make the city, the province and the country a better place. Manitoba has lost an advocate who never stopped working for social justice. He will be sadly missed. - Posted by: David G Friesen (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • I was fortunate to work with Sherman at Crocus. We were all so proud of the Fund. To this day I can’t select a black jelly bean or jujube without thinking of him. Sherman was such a wise, kind and gentle man who gave equal respect to everyone he encountered. I totally admired and respected him. What a terrible loss for Cindy and his family. I am so sorry. Kathy McGill - Posted by: Kathy McGill (Co-worker) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • Our condolences to Cindy and family. I will say that it was a great honour to work with Sherman. His understanding and compassion was something felt and seen every day we worked together at Crocus. He will be missed. Greg and Jeff - Posted by: Gregory Stevenson (Coworker) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • Not everyone will know that for some years Sherman contributed his bass singing voice to Winnipeg's North End Jewish Folk Choir. It was a pleasure to get to know Sherman and Cindy socially through the choir, as well as being grateful for his thoughtful consultations on First Nations community economic development. I will miss him. Robert Miller - Posted by: Robert Miller (Friend) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • My condolences to Cindy and family for your loss. - Posted by: Susan Hart-Kulbaba (Co-worker) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • I'm sorry to hear about Sherman's passing. I worked with Sherman in my role at the United Way during his tenure at the University of Winnipeg and found him to be insightful, smart, honest, funny and certainly singularly focused on building a better, more inclusive community / world. My condolences to Cindy and the rest of the family! - Posted by: Erika Wiebe (Work) on: Jul 05, 2019

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