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REX DEWEY MERRETT
Date of Passing: Jan 30, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
REX DEWEY MERRETT
Dewey was predeceased by his wife, Pat; parents, Mabel and Arthur; sisters, Shannon and Marliss; brothers, Ronald and Bob. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Ryan; and grandchildren, Elise and Joshua.
Dewey was raised in Prince Albert, and later moved to Ottawa, where he was employed with CNR. He subsequently became a union representative, and thus began a new career in labour relations. In the early 1980s, Dewey and family relocated to Winnipeg when he accepted a Conciliation Officer position with the Manitoba Department of Labour. His skills, interspersed with his charm and wit, were instrumental in the successful conclusion of many collective agreements. After his retirement, Dewey continued to take on contract work, and had wide credibility within the labour relations community in Manitoba.
Dewey was an avid golfer and long standing member of the former Southwood Golf Club. He was part of the hole-in-one fraternity, having sunk a couple of aces. He loved woodworking in his garage, which he converted to a workshop. He meticulously crafted birdhouses and clocks that were given to friends as gifts. Dewey was also a member of the Fraternal Order Of Eagles in St. Norbert, where he spent many hours in friendship, playing cards and at the pool table. Morning coffee with the guys at the Pembina Highway Dairy Queen was an almost daily event for several years. Dewey will be missed by many people who had the privilege of knowing him.
A gathering to celebrate Dewey's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of one's choice.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
Dewey has been my friend for many years. I Am in Florida with my partner Carolyn and my daughter Linda at the moment and I may miss the funeral. Dewey was an outstanding human being, I am sure that all who knew him respected his wit, his knowledge of so many issues, and his thoughtful friendship. I know I will miss Dewey, as I am sure so many of us will. My thoughts are with Ryan, Shannon, and all those like me who loved and respected Dewey. Fred Drewe - Posted by: Fred Drewe (Longtime friend) on: Feb 14, 2020
Ryan, Josh & Elise: We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s/grandfather’s passing and are thinking of you during this difficult time. We have a lot of fond memories of Dewey, especially during the time he lived in Ottawa. He was a real character with such a great sense of humour. When we were both members of Kanata Golf Club, he was always my (Bill’s) partner in the golf tournaments and we were hard to beat. Treasure the memories and may they always make you smile. He will be sorely missed and is gone but not forgotten. Bill & Pat Moffat and Melissa Paquin - Posted by: Bill & Pat Moffat (Friends) on: Feb 08, 2020
My condolences to Shannon, Ryan and family. Dewey was one of our Southwood golf buddies who helped originate the 96ers group which morphed into the EDG gang back in the “good old days”! His dry sense of humour and friendship was appreciated by all who knew him and his presence will be missed! So long old pal, see you on the “other” side!! - Posted by: Don Corner (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2020
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