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Born: Sep 04, 1931

Date of Passing: Oct 30, 2019

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September 4, 1931 - October 30, 2019

The world lost a sparkling spirit on October 30, when Reg Pendgracs passed away.
Anyone who knew Reg for a long period of time was likely the recipient of his "kibitzing" and jokes. Reg loved to laugh, but even more, he loved to make other people laugh and feel good.
Reg was born in Bowsman, MB, the only child of Edythe (Peggy) Van Kleek and John Pendgracs. He spent several childhood years in Woodrow, SK, and throughout his life immediately warmed to anyone he met who also had Saskatchewan roots.
Reg married Lil Elwood in the 1950s and they had two daughters, Debbi and Sharon. Debbi and Dale White had two daughters, Marika and Kyra. Sharon and Jeff Muirhead had two sons, Brendan and Liam, all of Winnipeg. Reg always enjoyed family gatherings and wished there were more of them.
In 1990, Reg began his relationship with Doreen (von Thuelen/Herneshen) and the two married in 1995, enjoying 12 years together on an acreage near Birds Hill Park, followed by 12 years in Matlock. When Reg was diagnosed with vascular dementia, he moved to the Gimli Betel Personal Care Home, where he lived from May, 2018, until his passing.
Prior to his ill health, Reg and Doreen took many trips abroad, where Reg would befriend nearly everyone he spoke with. He loved to dance, golf, ride motorcycles and snowmobile. He enjoyed music and social gatherings of all kinds - especially time with his best friend Horace Paulmark.
Reg spent the majority of his working life in the insurance industry, making a name for himself as the Corporate Columbo of Manitoba Public Insurance, where he worked as a claims investigator for 22 years, saving the corporation millions of dollars fighting claims against arson, embezzlement and fraud.
Suffering from a fall that broke his hip, Reg developed complications and succumbed to a peaceful passing exactly two weeks following hip surgery at Grace Hospital. The family would like to thank the staff at Gimli Hospital for the incredible care Reg was given during the final week of his life. And heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Gimli Betel Home, with extra special thanks to Gina, Glynnis and Melissa for always taking time to be kind and caring.
Thanks also to Dr. Jeff Wiebe of Kin Place in Oakbank who gave Reg incredible care for many years before he moved to Gimli Betel Home.
It was Reg's wish that there be no formal service. An informal Celebration of Life will be held for family and close friends at a later date.
Thanks to Seasons Funeral Service in Oakbank for taking care of the final arrangements.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • It’s wonderful to hear friends old and new sharing warm thoughts of Reg. He was truly one of a kind. - Posted by: Doreen Pendgracs (Wife) on: Nov 05, 2019

  • Reg and I met about 75 years ago when we were in junior high school. He was easy to befriend. We had many adventures along with our other pals in the years that followed. He remained a happy optimist, eager to experience new encounters. We later lived in different parts of Canada, but from time to time we were able to renew our friendship. It seemed all the people he met broke into a smile as he spoke to them. He was a gift to all of us. I think we would agree that if his life with us had a theme song it was "I Did It My Way!!" - Posted by: Stan Baldwinson (Old Friend) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • I met Reg at Toastmasters in Gimli. He had a zest for life and always made me feel welcome, with his “go go go” smile . We talked politics and policing along with the fun side of life. Rest In Peace Reg Blessings to Doreen on new path Sherry - Posted by: Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk (Friends ) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • Debbi and Sharon. What a perfect way to describe your Dad. That is exactly how I remember him. "kibitzing" and jokes. Great picture too. Big smile on his face. That was Reg. I remember the green Rambler and Reg always had it humming. Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Grant McLaren (Freemont "brat" ) on: Nov 03, 2019

  • Doreen, sincere condolences in the loss of your husband Reg. - Posted by: Fran Tobin (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2019

  • I had the pleasure of working with Reg. He was always helpful, patient and thorough with his investigations. More importantly, he always had a smile and took time to laugh and enjoy life . It was easy to like Reg, what a guy! - Posted by: Brian A. Klym (acquaintance) on: Nov 02, 2019

  • Doreen, Debbie, Sharon and families, on behalf of all the Muir family our sincere condolences on your loss. Reg was like a second father to many of the boys on Freemont Bay and we all have many happy memories of time spent with him. A truly kind and very funny man, he will be missed. - Posted by: Dale Muir (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss Sharon and family, your dad was truly one of a kind. - Posted by: Michele Banash (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2019

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