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Born: Mar 20, 1954

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It is with great sadness and disbelief that we announce the sudden and tragic loss of our parents, Ruth Allison Keep, aged 65 years, and Charles Robert Keep, aged 75 years.
Our parents found each other later in life, and between them, forged a family of eight. They married on October 6, 1989. Their love was so natural and effortless...what they had together was beautiful!

Ruth was born in Ashern, Manitoba on March 20, 1954. Mom had an infallible love for all her children - we meant the world to her! She was everyone's biggest cheerleader showering us with loving and affectionate words - and meaning every one. Mom had a nursing career for 20 years and cherished all the wonderful friendships she made. The relationship she had with her sisters was extremely important to her. She always looked forward to the sisters' lunches. 
Charlie was born in Brighton, Sussex, England on September 9, 1943. He was passionate about music. He was always singing and loved to play his guitar. Dad was a second tenor for the Winnipeg Male Chorus for the better part of 20 years. He had just recently accepted the position of vice-president of the choir. The choir meant a great deal to both our parents. They were family to them. Dad taught at Red River College for almost 50 years. He was a well written and organized man, always sending his wife and children amazing letters expressing his love. 

Our parents were long time members of the Headingley United Church. For over 20 years Dad was the presbytery rep for the Church.
The congregation was family. They had many fond memories from potlucks, church plays and a trip to the Maritimes.

Left behind to cherish their memory are their children, Daniel (Trina), Brennan (Rochelle), Shelley (Trevor), Stephen, Kevin, and Jessica (Ray); their grandchildren, Harleigh (Reece), Jade (Keenan), Issabella, BillyBob, Kassidy, Faith, Liam, Donovan, Madison, Brianna, Riley, Nathan, Jonathan, Brayden, Tera Lynn, Kaitlyn, Adrianna, Sabrina and Dante; their great grandchildren, Luca, Ryleigh and Ryleigh; Ruth's sisters, Gail (Len), Sandra (Ron), Bonnie (Albert), Terri (Bill) and Cheryl (Lloyd); Charlie's siblings, Carol (Brian), Tim (Cathy), Tom and Liz (Rob).

Condolences will be held on Wednesday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Cathy Maxwell, presiding at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.
The family would like to thank the Winnipeg Police, Fire & Paramedic and all of the other emergency responders that helped in this situation.

In lieu of flowers, please hug a loved one and take a moment to express the value they bring to your life.
Donations can be made in their names to the Winnipeg Male Chorus or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 31, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Shelly, Trevor and Family; I am so sorry for your loss. May the love of your family and friends help you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Phyllis Greskiw (Friend) on: Sep 10, 2019

  • Sorry terribly sorry to hear about your mother Shelley. What a horrible shock for all of you. I remember you and your mom and grandma so well from the East Braintree days. Have a picture on my fridge of you...Chrissy and the Feilberg and Kelly kids. God bless you and your family. - Posted by: Lorraine Kerr (Former neighbour) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • I am so very sorry for your unthinkable loss. Two beautiful souls taken away without any warning, far too soon. May the love surrounding you from family and friends help you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Julie Kertesz (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2019

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