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Date of Passing: Feb 29, 2020

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It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Edward Clark "Champ" Russenholt at the age of 86, on February 29, 2020.
Champ was predeceased by his mother (Kay); father (Ed); aunt (Mary); sister (Lynne); brothers-in-law, (Bob and Don) and sister-in-law (Shirley). He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Fayre; brother Ben; sons, Jeff (Vicki), Ben (Jackie), Drew (Angela); grandchildren, Elliott, Jaxon, Annie and many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Growing up on Rupertsland Avenue and Wolseley Avenue, Champ attended Luxton, Wolseley, Isaac Brock and Gordon Bell schools. He graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1956 and was member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. On July 9, 1960, Champ and Fayre were married at Norwood United Church.
Starting in 1950, Champ farmed along the Assiniboine River. In 1963, he began a career at Manitoba Pool Elevators, working first in the Farm Supply Department, then as a Field Supervisor in Southern Manitoba and finally as an Assistant Information Director in Winnipeg. When Champ left MPE, he worked for a time at Seedex Canada in Carman. The last 10 years of his working life saw Champ employed as Assistant Classified Advertising Manager for the Manitoba Co-operator.
While playing for the Winnipeg Warriors at the age of 24, Champ worked as a practice goalie for both the Jets and visiting teams. He later shared his expertise at goaltending clinics, as a coach at the Silver Heights Community Club and with the St. James Canadians.
Champ instilled a love of nature in his three boys while spending time fishing, sailing and playing in the water at Victoria Beach every summer. In the 1990s, they adventured in a 26 foot sloop called TT&A (for "Today, Tomorrow and Always") that sailed out of Gimli Yacht Club.
After taking an early retirement package in 1996, Champ and Fayre moved to their cottage at Lochwoods Estates on Lake Winnipeg. While living there, Champ enjoyed golfing at Northernaire, swimming at Camp Morton, communicating with others via Ham radio, watching Jack Nicklaus play in the Senior PGA and creating wood projects using his scroll saw. Following the sale of the cottage in 2011, Champ and Fayre spent time living at Agape Villa and then Dakota House in Winnipeg. In June of 2018, Champ moved to Charleswood Care Centre and then to Golden Links Lodge, where he spent the last months of his life.
The family would like to thank the compassionate staff from Friendly Care Giver Services, Home Care, Charleswood Care Centre and Golden Links Lodge for taking such good care of Champ over the last year and a half. Thank you especially to Noreen and Maureen for your kindness and special care in his final hours.
A celebration of Champ's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • We had many good times with Champ and Fayre during our years living in Silver Heights as our children attended school, the Silver Heights community club, and great up together..Our condolences to Fayre and her family..RIP Champ-we remember you always as an enthusiastic and friendly person who got involved. - Posted by: Bill and Lynda Nicholson (Friends and former neighbours in Silver Heights) on: Mar 07, 2020

  • I attended Wolseley School grades 1 to 6 with Ben. I recall playing shinny at the school skating rink, and biking the monkey trails at Oman's Creek with Cam Shepherd, Peter Anderson and Ben. We all looked up to big brother Champ, as a role model. Th Russenholt family home was always a fun place to be - plenty of activity, especially for me as my father was basically absent at his "job" in Ottawa. Very fond years, at that very impressionable age. I was pleased to learn about all Champ's accomplishments, and the very full life he enjoyed. My thought and prayers are with you all as you celebrate his life. - Posted by: David Knowles (friend of Ben's) on: Mar 07, 2020

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