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Date of Passing: Jul 07, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
Sheldon died suddenly at the Simkin Centre in Winnipeg on July 7, 2019 at the age of 73.
Sheldon was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Tillie. He is survived by his daughter Rebecca, his son David and daughter-in-law Elena, her sons, Ethan, Tyler and Stephen, and former wife Polly.
Sheldon's career in the meatpacking firm that his father established after the Second World War was long and illustrious. Jack Forgan Meats was a family business competing in a stressful, unpredictable, wild environment against giant competitors. Sheldon knew every facet of the meat industry. His business acumen, tenacity and fortitude guided the company through many challenges, all the while assiduously serving his customers locally, nationally and internationally.
David joined the Sure-Good Forgan Meats family alliance to become its third generation member. The Jack/Sheldon/David triad was a force to be reckoned with! David credits Sheldon for his own successful business now called Sure Good Foods, named as a tribute to his ardent and beloved mentors.
Sheldon played the odds whether at work or at play. He enjoyed poker in Winnipeg, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and in his younger days, betting the GGs at Assiniboia Downs. Sheldon never missed an opportunity to toss a coin or make a bet.
Laughter was his hallmark and he sparked it in others with his shtick and shenanigans. There was never a dull moment in Sheldon's company. He was funny and off-the-wall all the time. In Rebecca's words: gregarious and hilarious.
Lesser known, yet well honed, was Sheldon's caring and sensitive side. Rebecca recalls him getting her through many a crisis with love and compassion. He was known to take in 'orphans' and to be a surrogate dad and mentor.
In Sheldon's latter years, when Alzheimer disease assaulted him mercilessly, his dementia was cushioned by David and Rebecca's unfailing love and support, by the stalwart, constant friendship of Howard Wohl, by the abiding devotion and companionship of Lhyn Vinan and by the frequent visits and kibitzing of Auntie Jo.
We mourn our father and friend.
Online donations may be made to alzheimer.mb.ca in Sheldon's memory.
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Publish Date: Jul 27, 2019
Funeral service will be held at Chesed Shel Emes, 1023 Main St. on Tuesday, July 9 at 11:30 a.m.
A longer obituary will follow.
Publish Date: Jul 9, 2019
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 09, 2019, Jul 27, 2019
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
My condolences to Polly. It was at 705 where you were a cashier that I met you and discovered that you were married to Sheldon. Sheldon and I were in the same classroom for grades 5 and 6 at Ralph Brown School. Both of us were in school patrols and he was so proud of his tropical fish, he invited me to his house to see them one night after school. In school when the teacher would call a student out, Sheldon always came to his assistant or offered advise. Many times the teacher asked Sheldon is he was the student's agent. Further on in our careers, Sheldon called me a couple of times on meat cutter applicants he was considering on hiring. He was looking for references. I can still look back at the good times we shared when we were in grade school and the character Sheldon was. Reading the obit, Sheldon was a character. Certain people leave you with life time memories and Sheldon left me with many that I can look back on. Sorry I didn't reconnect again. - Posted by: colin dederick (former school mate) on: Aug 28, 2019
It is with sadness in my heart to have just learned of Sheldon's passing .. he was such an awesome loving caring man with a heart of gold ... a light of presence few people possess. Deepest condolences to his right hand man DAVID ...am so terribly sorry for your loss I know how much he meant to you and how close you were. Beriefed - Posted by: Shari Greenberg (Shirley Forgan- Howard Cohen -bonus son ) on: Aug 02, 2019
Our first date was at Skinner’s in Lockport in 1965. Sheldon settled the tab by rolling dice with the owner: double or nothing. Other memorable eateries abounded for the newlyweds: Simon’s, Oscar’s, White House, Shanghai, Rae & Jerry’s, Hy’s, Miracle & Gunn’s bakeries, Pancake House and so many more. Sheldon was a foodie before the term was invented. Our home freezer was filled to the brim with Forgan meats. Sheldon’s jingle was: ‘Sheldon brings it like a man. Polly cooks it in a pan’. We had years and years of love and laughter, countless happy memories and 2 fabulous kids. Rest easy, Sheldon - Posted by: Polly, White Rock BC (Former wife) on: Jul 31, 2019
We had wonderful times, sitting snugly together, contemplating life, both of us trying to make sense of the world around us. It was a symbiotic relationship, each being comforted and grounded by the other, secure and safe and totally accepted. - Posted by: Brodie Boy (Family) on: Jul 28, 2019
Fitting tribute to that lil guy. He’s in our hearts and minds. - Posted by: Jo-Anne Sutherland (JouJou aka Auntie Jo) on: Jul 27, 2019
David, sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great person to work for - Posted by: Eleanor Marland (Former co-worker) on: Jul 18, 2019
We were very saddened to learn of your dad's passing, Dave. There is an emptiness in your heart now but your memories of your dad will help you through this most difficult time. We often think of you & the "boys" you hung around with in your younger years. May God Bless you & help you through this tough time. Alicia & Richard Topor - Posted by: Alicia & Richard Topor (Friend of Dave) on: Jul 09, 2019
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