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LEENDERT FIER TULLEKEN
Date of Passing: Oct 25, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
LEENDERT FIER TULLEKEN
Fier's legacy lives on through his son Duncan (Angie), stepsons, Brett and Darryl (Julianna and grandchildren, Kellen and Piper). He leaves his brother Ton and cousin Tineke in the Netherlands, and nephew Bob in Houston.
Fier emigrated from the Netherlands in 1970 in search of adventure that new opportunities bring. Fier's mechanical aptitude and business acumen facilitated his rise at Cars International. He used this experience to create Continental Car Services, and then acquire Gary's Auto Service and Body Shop, which became World Auto. Fier grew World Auto and facilitated the acquisition of Talon Lumber.
This work ethic, sound business acumen and a desire to give back prompted Fier to run for a board position for the Holy Spirit Credit Union. He was elected by the members to the board in 2002, a position he held ever since. During his time on the board Fier made many contributions, including participating on sub committees and also in the roles of Vice-President and President. He was on the board during many impactful decisions the organization has faced; including the re-branding from Holy Spirit to Entegra, branch openings, the closure of the legacy Selkirk branch, and most recently the transition to new CEO leadership for the credit union.
Regardless of the business endeavour at hand, Fier always made time for car racing. Fier raced by the belief that "To finish first, first you had to finish!". Throughout his racing career there were setbacks, but Fier, who built the cars he raced, always managed to learn from the adversity. This perseverance led to numerous Championships. Fier would be the first to tell you that his success was due in large part to the team he attracted to help him with these efforts.
As Fier settled into a more relaxed lifestyle, he pursued another passion, golf, at the Niakawa Country Club. As with racing, Fier attempted to compete at as high a level as possible on the course while building lasting friendships in the clubhouse.
The family would like to thank Dr. Joel Gringerich and Cheryl Greaves for their tireless care for Fier. They would also like to thank the staff at Riverview and the palliative care and home care programs.
Fier was an unbelievable role model for his family throughout his life and final days. His tireless work ethic, brilliant guiding principles, and moral compass were second to none. The way he tackled life is something to be admired!
Cremation has taken place.
Should you be so inclined, a donation in Fier's honour would be appreciated by CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 02, 2019
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Our friendship began at school, the Mulo, in Wassenaar. This last until his immigration to Canada, together with another friend of us, Rudolf Koes. Fier was good friend, always strong interested in technical things, the same as his brother Ton, also a good car restorer. It was a fine family, at that time even his grandfather was living with the family in the same house. Iam very sorry for this lost , my sincere condolences for his wife and children, as well as his brother Ton. I will keep good memories of him. Rob Bolhuis from Waddinxveen, Holland. - Posted by: Rob Bolhuis (friend when he lived in Wassenaar , Holland,) on: Jan 20, 2020
Fier was a really good leader. I worked with him at World Auto Service. He gave me a lot of opportunities and was quick to keep us in line. He was also quick to reward accomplishment. Toss you the keys for the Porsche on the weekend! The camaraderie on Saturdays putting back together smashed race cars and having lunch with the boys. I'll never forget these things. I admired him. Elvis. - Posted by: Rob Moulson (Employee) on: Nov 03, 2019
No words can describe how sorry I am for your loss. I only knew Fier from the times we had golfing at the club but that was enough to see what a caring, and passionate person he was. There was never a conversation we had that he did not ask about how my daughter was doing and there was always the debate as to whether his red Ferrari was better than my red Vette (you can guess what his opinion was) I will miss him. "I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories." —Leo Buscaglia - Posted by: Wayne Urbonas (Friend) on: Nov 03, 2019
Fier was truly a gentleman and it was a pleasure to know him and his interesting stories . Always willing to help and to share his professional experience. He always had such cool cars. I will miss him . - Posted by: Brian A. Klym (acquaintance) on: Nov 02, 2019
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