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Born: Dec 27, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 13, 2019

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1932 - 2019

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Gordon Stelmack, on Friday, September 13, 2019 at the age of 86 years.
He will be cherished and deeply missed by his daughters, Debbie, Lori and Susan, grandchildren, Amanda, Hilary, Zachary (Kelly), Olivia, and great-grandchildren, Barak, Nolan, Jillian and Jackson.
Gordon was predeceased by his beloved wife, Diana, his sister Lorraine Rose, brother Ronald Stelmack, and his son-in-law Mark Everton. He is survived by his sister Linda Wright and brother Larry Stelmack, brother-in-law Glen Nordholt (Carol), sisters-in-law, Pearl Stelmack and Myrna McReynolds.
Gordon was born in St. Boniface on December 27, 1932, the second child to Marie and Harry. He grew into a young, good-looking man who liked to horse around with friends and just have fun. Gord left school early to work with his father at General Heating and Sheet Metal. He loved that job and spent most of his days riding around in his little red truck. In 1952, he met the "love of his life", Diana, and they married in 1954. Their union produced three girls whom Gord adored and referred to as "my little girl" or "peanut" throughout their adult lives.
Gord and Diana had many good times during their marriage and hosted many a party; the Halloween parties were the ones he enjoyed the most. They also moved several times as Gord made a hobby of subcontracting the houses that made their home. When General Heating closed it's doors, Gord went to work for CNR where he retired in 1991. During that time, he went back to his old hobby when he found a piece of property in the Municipality of Victoria Beach and developed it into eight lakefront properties, one of which he kept for himself and Diana. Gord built a beautiful family cottage where some of the best days of his life were spent with family. By this time, grandchildren had arrived and he was affectionately known as "grandfather frog" from his countless hours of play. Gord eventually sold his beloved cottage when he and Diana built their dream house on Okanagan Lake - which he referred to as "beautiful Peachland". Although he loved his spectacular view and fruit trees, Gord and Diana moved back to be with family and bought their final home in St. Vital. During his busy life, Gord and Diana also travelled extensively and loved their many adventures.
In the later years of life, Gord was a devoted caregiver to Diana until her passing from Parkinson's disease earlier this year. With a broken heart, he continued to fight his own battle of cancer for the sake of "his girls". Regardless of how he felt, he would always say "tip-top, ship-shape" so not to worry them. He was a "rock" for his girls. He truly loved and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gord had a zest for life and approached it with kindness, generosity and humour.
A private family interment was held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Glen Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gordon's memory to CancerCare Manitoba.

"The loss is immeasurable
but so the love left behind"

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We have been neighbors of Gord for the past 5 plus years. We also got to meet his lovely wife Diana before her passing. Gord was a caring, genuine man who always asked the question, "How are you guys doing"? If more of us were like Gord, this world would be a much better place. Ken & Pat Hoy 211-2000 St. Mary's Road Winnipeg, Mb. R2N 0J2 - Posted by: Ken and Pat (friend) on: Sep 26, 2019

  • I am so sad to see this loss of a wonderful man. Knowing his family since I was young has been a blessing. I witnessed his love for his wife and daughters many times over the years. My interactions with him left me admiring his calm passive nature and his subtle sense of humour. May times he would mumble little observations that gave me a chuckle. My heart goes out to those he left behind as this loss leaves a large hole in the lives of his daughters and their children. I do however believe that he has joined his wife and son in-law Mark as they watch over their family. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Cathie (Friend of the family) on: Sep 24, 2019

  • I miss you every minute dad. My love forever. Sue - Posted by: Susan (Daughter) on: Sep 23, 2019

  • I worked with Gord at the CNR and have many fond memories of our friendship. We send our condolences to the family. Sam and Betty Singer - Posted by: Sam Singer (Former co-worker and friend) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • There are just not enough or the right words to express the loss of Gordon. He was a friend and a second dad to me. Loving, kind and considerate. - Posted by: Albert Bijl (friend) on: Sep 22, 2019

  • He will be missed dearly. He was someone as a child I looked up to. He was the dad of my best friend Sue and next door neighbor.Rest in peace Mr. Stelmack. - Posted by: Terry Manthey (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

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