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Born: Apr 17, 1941

Date of Passing: Jan 15, 2020

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April 17, 1941 - January 15, 2020

Our much-loved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 78.
Montie will be missed by Geri, wife of 45 years; children, Carmen (Steve), Monica (Glen) and Graeme (Connie); and grand-children, Matthew, Elizabeth and Finley.
He will also be missed by his siblings, Greta (Jim), Anne (Ken), Gilbert (Leona), Bernard (Leslie), Barry (Rose), and other extended family.
Montie was predeceased by parents, Ted and Frances Lowe, brother Wallace, parents-in-law, Neil and Elizabeth Unruh.
Montie was born and raised on a farm in Austin, MB surrounded by a large family including uncles, aunts and cousins. Montie attended Teacher's College in Winnipeg, completed a BA, and taught in Norway House, Portage la Prairie and Winnipeg, MB. Always strongly political, he was proud to serve as an executive assistant for the NDP ministers of Municipal Affairs and Northern Affairs (1969 to 1975) in Manitoba.
In 1969, at age 27, he was diagnosed with kidney disease and became part of the early dialysis program. In 1970, Montie received an incredible gift - a kidney transplant, the fifth one performed in Winnipeg. This opened up a new life for him. He married Geri Unruh in 1974, they travelled Europe in 1975, purchased Caliper Lake Lodge in Nestor Falls, ON in 1978, and had three children between 1977 and 1981. The years in Ontario were incredibly active and fulfilling - teaching and administrating at Whitefish Bay First Nation; running and expanding the lodge, building a house, and raising a family with Geri.
In 1987 they moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to health care and family as Montie's health declined again. He continued to teach and consult on indigenous education as his health allowed. In 1996 he started dialysis again. On January 1, 2002 Montie was fortunate to receive a second kidney transplant. With renewed health, he travelled, savoured time with friends and family, and welcomed an expanded family. Montie, always respectful of the transplant gifts he had received, pursued a healthy lifestyle and kept active by cycling, bowling, gardening. He was proud to cycle weekly to The Forks from Charleswood with his friend Art, and to win a National Bowling title in 2006.
While transplants gave Montie a long and productive life, health challenges continued to arise as the years went on. Our thanks to the many healthcare professionals who have supported Montie over the last 50 years: the transplant teams at Health Sciences Centre under Dr. Ashley Thomson, Dr. John Jeffrey and Dr. David Rush, with supports in recent years from Dr. J. Embil, Dr. L. Sigurdson, Dr. R. Kroeker, Dr. AW Hamam, home care nursing and the palliative team at Riverview Health Centre.

We feel blessed to have had him in our
lives for so many years.
His positive attitude and strength of character have guided us.

A Celebration of Life reception will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Monday, January 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a tribute at 2:30 p.m.
Donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, in Montie's memory, are appreciated.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • A true person, Montie was always interested in me when I stayed with them @ Caliper Lake Lodge. Geri & I were friends since grade 10 @ River East Collegiate, & then @ nursing education at the U of M. I was able to visit them in their home in Charleswood. Montie had a remarkable life, thanks to 2 donated kidneys. I think he might hold a record for how long he lived. My sincere condolences to Geri & family & extensive friends. It is hard to say good-bye permanently. When I was in Winnipeg last, he was too ill to be able to connect with me. I treasure the memories I have. - Posted by: Sharon Elizabeth McDonald (Friend) on: Feb 07, 2020

  • May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends today and always. - Posted by: Cathie Hiller (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2020

  • Montie will be missed and my thoughts are with Geri and her family during this time. - Posted by: Lorraine Unruh (Cousin) on: Jan 19, 2020

  • May fond memories of Monty bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. My heart and prayers go out to you Geri and your family. - Posted by: Gail and Gary White (Aunt ) on: Jan 18, 2020

  • Thinking of you at this time. - Posted by: the Secords (Friends) on: Jan 18, 2020

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