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Born: Mar 01, 1953

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2020

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Late on January 26, 2020, Eduardo Patricio (Tico) Cornejo passed away suddenly in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, one of many places he called home.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 27 years, Karen, their children, Julia and Paulo, his daughters, Valentina (Marc) and Paz-Andrea (José), grandson Mateo, and siblings in Chile, Ximena, Jorge, Jano, Maria Victoria and their families.
Tico was born March 1, 1953, in San Fernando, Chile, to Maria Victoria and Feliciano Segundo. As a child, he loved spending time at his grandparent's farm, playing soccer, gymnastics, guitar and sharing dreams with friends. He earned a degree in Agriculture from Universidad Técnica del Estado in Santiago.
At the age of 20, while Tico was working in support of the Allende government, a dark time in the history of Chile began. During the Chilean coup d'état, he was detained as a political prisoner for over two years. When not being tortured, he found solace in reading, playing chess and writing poetry. Tico received asylum from Canada and came to Winnipeg in 1976 with the shirt on his back and knowing very little English. He slowly built a life for himself in Canada.
Tico enjoyed being a father, especially camping with his daughters. He spent many nights playing music at Al Café; a place where many Chilean immigrants found community. This is when Tico's love for music and embellished storytelling came to life. He was often found singing with a guitar or pan flute in hand and a smile on his face. During this time, Tico was working the loading docks at the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission and later held roles in the Purchasing Department. This is where he met Karen as they connected over their love of running, which led him to another passion: coaching.
Tico ran several marathons and coached Track and Field at the University of Manitoba for over 10 years, where his loud, booming voice echoed throughout field house "You Gotta Go!". He was known for his legendary speeches, endless support and giving life advice to his athletes.
In 1999, Tico left the MLCC to open Pembina Fine Wines, which was later renamed The Winehouse. Tico travelled the world with his staff, sharing his passion for wine and love of life with many.
He adored being a soccer and hockey dad to Julia and Paulo. As a family, Tico, Karen, Julia and Paulo shared countless memorable times with friends and family at Lake of the Woods, in Puerto Vallarta and on their annual ski trips to Big Sky, Montana.
Tico was larger than life. He made every person he met feel special and wasn't shy to speak his mind. He touched so many lives with his kind words, sage advice, generosity, loud laugh and misunderstood punch lines. Tico, we love you and miss you.
A Celebration of Life will take place in Winnipeg on March 1, 2020. For details and to RSVP, please visit
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My condolences to Eduardo's family. During the time I worked with him at the MLCC he was an honest, down to earth person. I considered him a friend, not just a co-worker, always willing to lend a hand or advice. Thank you for being a friend, Eduardo! You know you were loved! Cheryl Taylor, Retired MLCC Empoyee! - Posted by: Cheryl Taylor (Retired MLCC Employee) on: Feb 18, 2020

  • May you rest in peace EDUARDO. - Posted by: Robert Eng (co-worker at MLCC) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • Our condolences to Val and family on the passing of their father and Mateo’s grandfather. Our thoughts are with you. Jim and Rena Parker - Posted by: Rena Parker (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2020

  • I thought he was a great man - rich in generosity, intellect, passion and love of his fellow man! He was a kind & generous boss and I will mourn his passing for a long time. Another special one taken too soon❤️ - Posted by: Patty Black (Employee) on: Feb 10, 2020

  • Paz So sorry to read of your Dad's passing. My sincerest sympathy. - Posted by: Diane Boyd (Prev co-worker) on: Feb 08, 2020

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