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Born: Sep 27, 1946

Date of Passing: Aug 11, 2019

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Peacefully and with family by his side, Cliff passed away on August 11, 2019 at the Health Sciences Centre after an almost three-year battle with Mesothelioma.
Cliff was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 27, 1946 and lived his entire life in the Ashfield area.
He is survived by: his wife Alyce; daughters, Tara Hnatiuk (Brad Taplin) and Stacy (Corey) Stewart; stepchildren, Hans (Michely) Berger, Kurt (Sara) Berger and Stephanie (Kerry) O'Brien; grandchildren, Emery, Macalan, Isabella, Alyssia, Tobias, Michael and Brielle; as well as, his brother Allan (Wendy) Hnatiuk and sister-in-law Honey Kowall (Harry Reiss). He is also survived by his aunts, Irene Banash and Olga Hnatiuk, his nieces, nephews and cousins.
Cliff was predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Doris Hnatiuk; brother Harold Hnatiuk; brother-in-law Bert Gillman and his first wife Diane Hnatiuk.
Cliff began his trade as an electrician as a young man and worked for many electrical contractors as an apprentice, journeyman and trade electrician. From 1987 to 1990 he worked as a Maintenance Electrician in the Diesel Shop at CPR, then from 1990 to 2011 until his retirement he worked as an Electrician, Maintenance Supervisor and Acting Chief of Works at Stony Mountain Institution.
Nothing was more important to Cliff than family and he loved being surrounded by his grandchildren. He enjoyed curling and was a Past President of the Selkirk Curling Club, he and Alyce enjoyed golfing, camping and fishing especially up at Hecla Island. Cliff always looked forward to spending winters with a group of wonderful friends in Yuma, Arizona, and took the opportunity to explore other areas in Arizona, California and northern Mexico.
A prayer service will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church with Father Peter Chorney officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Hans Berger, Kurt Berger, Brad Taplin, Corey Stewart, Kerry O'Brien and Tobias Berger.
The family would like to thank Doctors Friesen and Wheeler, the nurses and unit assistants at HSC GD5. So much caring, kindness and compassion was shown by these staff members to both Cliff and the family. We would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Selkirk CancerCare who guided Cliff through chemotherapy.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to CancerCare Manitoba would be sincerely appreciated.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2019

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Alyce, I am so sorry for your loss. Cliff was a fun person to work with! - Posted by: Richard Petrowski (Co-worker) on: Aug 16, 2019

  • Dear Tara, Stacey, and Alyce - I'm thinking of you all and sending my love - I wish I could hug you all so tightly right now. In my memory, my cousin Clifford will always be smiling and laughing - how wonderful to remember someone that way. You were all so lucky to have him in your life, and he was so lucky to have you all in his. Love to you all, Connie - Posted by: Connie Dupuis (Cousin) on: Aug 14, 2019

  • My deepest condolences Alyce. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with both of you during our trip to the East Coast last fall. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time - Posted by: Jean Heroux (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2019

  • Condolences to Alyce and families We are very sorry to hear about Cliff's passing, he will surely be missed. Cliff and I had worked together for many years both on maintenance programs and on the Stony Mountain institutional Fire Department. He was a great person to work with. - Posted by: Bruce and Diana Sabatini (Co-worker -Bruce) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • It is a honor for us to have met Cliff. For the short time we got to spend with him and Alyce we had some good visits both here and Yuma. Our prayers go out to Alyce and their family. - Posted by: John and Jackie and Justin (Friends) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Sincerest condolences to Stephanie and all the family during this very sad time. I only met Cliff a handful of times but he was a lovely and kind person. So very loved by his family and friends. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Anastasia O'Brien (Sister-in-law to Stephanie) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Cliff was one off the best he will be missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts go to Alyce and all the family - Posted by: Gordon & Marlene (Friends) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • I’ve only had the pleasure of meeting you once, Alyce, at Costco. My parents & Cliffords parents were longtime friends. I’ve known him for over 60 years. Cliff was always a fun-loving, carefree person who loved life. He was a go-getter & very dedicated to his family & family friends. He was always kind & pleasant to everyone. He will be truly missed. He will now be with his family in heaven. May he Rest In Peace. Eternal memories. - Posted by: Alicia Topor (Old Family Friend) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • My deepest and sincere condolences go out to you Alyce and your entire family. Cliff was a very kind and thoughtful man. I enjoyed working with him at Stony Mountain Institution and he was a great boss. His laugh was contagious and he always was so upbeat. May the memories you’ve made over the years help to comfort you during this difficult time. He will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Linda and Wayne Major (Friends/Co-worker) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Dear Alyce and family, he will be missed by a great number of people. Our thoughts are with the family June and Bill - Posted by: June and Bill Hanchakove (Good friends) on: Aug 13, 2019

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