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Born: Feb 11, 1952

Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2020

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February 11, 1952 – March 26, 2020

It is with great sadness we, the family of Conrad Kirkness, announce his passing on March 26, 2020 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg MB.
Survived by his daughter Rhonda Kirkness; grandsons, Jonathan, Jonah and Isaiah Garson; siblings, Bob Spence, Dale Spence, June (Bruce) Montour, Jeff (Terina) Spence and Tim (Dawn) Spence; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Conrad was predeceased by his wife Geraldine Kirkness; his mother Verna Spence; father-in-law Jimmy (James) Govereau and his grandparents who raised him, Miles and Sarah Kirkness.
Born on February 11, 1952, Conrad resided on the Fisher River Cree Nation and was a miner for close to 30 years working at various mines throughout Canada; Thompson, Bissett, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, NWT and the Yukon. During his many months away working in the mines, he made many lifelong buddies. He grew up next door to his "other brothers," Stuart, Marshall and Benjo Cochrane, and they often went mining together. Conrad had many friends and close buddies in Fisher River and all over the place.
Active Pallbearers - Myles Spence, Kyle Spence, Tristan Kirkness, Cameron Kirkness, Farrell Favell and Garnet Favell.
Honorary Mining Pallbearers - Stewart Cochrane, Ben Cochrane Jr., Leonard Bowman, Johnny Bjorson, Harold LaForte, the late Marshall Cochrane and Morton Sinclair and all his mining buddies from across Canada.
Honorary Pallbearers, close buddies – Winston Murdock, Lawson Kirkness, David Kirkness, Larry Karatchuk, Archie Cochrane, Lorne Cochrane, Jeff Cochrane, Mike Whiteway, Russell Mallette, Robert Murdock and Bob Crate.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at the Fisher River United Church at 2:00 p.m.
Due to circumstances concerning Covid-19, there will be a limited amount of seating for immediate family. Conrad will be laid to rest near the Kirkness family plot at the Fisher River United Church.
A Celebration of Life service will be planned at a later date.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of Ward GA4 at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, the staff at CancerCare, as well as David and Terri Kirkness for their loving support during Conrad's illness.
In lieu of flowers, please make donation to CancerCare Manitoba.

For Dad
"The most precious and important thing to come out of any mine…. is the miner!"
A man stood outside the pearly gates,
His head was bent and low,
He meekly asked the man of fate
the way that he should go,
What have you done? St. Peter said
to gain admittance here,
I have been a miner he replied
for many, many years…
Each day I descended into the mining hole…
To earn my living digging
and blasting the earth below…
I always prayed and prayed to the heavens above…that I would return to those I loved.
If somehow death I should meet…
I want to awake at Jesus's feet…
I want my loved ones to rest assured
that in his arms I am secure.

Entrusted with arrangements.
204-372-6803 or 204-372-6271

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Sending hugs to Rhonda on this great loss. May you find comfort in family and friends. Thinking of you and sending prayers for strength and comfort. - Posted by: Marie Walker (Co-worker) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences Rhonda and the boys for the loss father and grandfather. I continue to send prayers to you and the whole family. Sending Love from Heather and Family - Posted by: Heather Sinclair and family (Friend ) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • Conrad was a good friend in high school 1966-69. A guy who loved to laugh and tease, also a real instigator to make school life interesting and take the boredom out of the daily grind of everyday classroom mundane. He had a passion just to make life exciting and challenging for persons like myself and other classmates during our last high school years of education at the Peguis High School in 66-69. Because of our lack of focus in 68 we both repeated grade 8, but we sure had a real change of attitude the following year. We both ended up with an 80% GPA and we were off to Winnipeg to join those that went ahead of us the previous year. We really became solid friends the last year of our education in 1968/69. The thing I really learned from Conrad was how to have fun even when your life seemed to be upside down. In 1967 I lost my dad very suddenly and he was there to support me in my grief and was always encouraging me by saying "come on partner let's go to the gym, let's go bug those guys or girls, or lets see if we can avoid this class or this extra curricular activity by hiding out. And we always managed to pull it off. Conrad was a a guy with a full and unique personality that no one could ever replace or duplicate. He will be remembered and missed by many. Now he is at peace. No more sickness, no more pain, and now reunited with those he loved that have gone before him. Rest in peace my friend. Romans 10:13 - For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. - Posted by: Marshall Murdock (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2020

  • Dear Rhonda and siblings. I always remember Conrad as the older brother to the Spence kids growing up. He was like the cool guy that lived in Fisher River. I viewed him as a very kind man. I respected this man in raising his daughter after his dear wife passed. He did a good job in raising his daughter. I see her today and she is a very respectable young woman. I’m so happy she went on to give her dad grandchildren to enrich his life. You did a wonderful job as a daughter Rhonda to your father. I could see he loved you dearly and was so proud of you! Condolences to the little brothers and sister he had in Peguis. I know you all recognized this man as the big brother. Sending love and prayers to all the family and relatives of Conrad. - Posted by: Lorraine Bear (Friend of daughter and siblings in Peguis ) on: Mar 29, 2020

  • I would like to offer my condolences to the Kirkness family on the passing of Conrad. I have many memories of Conrad while growing up in Fisher River and working at my dad's store - Stattin's Store during my teenage years. May you rest in rest in peace Conrad. - Posted by: Wallianna "Wally" Sheardown nee Stattin (Acquantaince) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • I got to know Conrad and did some landscaping and graveled his driveway, he was a great man and liked to talk and have coffee. Will miss you and I am honoured to meet such a great guy. - Posted by: Edward Charrier (Friends ) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Glennis Sutherland (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Sending condolences to the family and extended families from Peguis First Nation. - Posted by: Glenn Hudson (Family Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • It was a pleasure to work with Conrad at many mine sites over the years. A real genuine guy. May he Rest in Peace and be free from pain. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Hoping to pay our respects at his Celebration of Life later. - Posted by: Harold and Joanna LaForte (co worker and friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences, my BFF Rhon and the boys on the loss of your pop/grandpa. - Posted by: Cyndi Asham (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

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