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Born: May 10, 1977

Date of Passing: Mar 29, 2020

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We are saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Rebecca Julie Lechman on March 29, 2020 at her home in Winnipeg.
Rebecca was born May 10, 1977 and spent her childhood playing with a close-knit group of friends - swimming, exploring the local parks and riding bikes. She enjoyed driving with the family on summer trips all over North America. This love for adventure and, in particular, road-trips followed her into adulthood.
She attended Emerson Elementary followed by Balmoral Hall where she graduated as Head Girl. Rebecca graduated from the University of Manitoba and in true Bec-style, she studied everything from biology to theatre.
Rebecca loved to work and be busy. She started off in hospitality while in school. She and her sister Ginny could often be found working together at Tony Roma's on Kennedy Street. Following this, she dabbled in numerous careers, most notably returning to Balmoral Hall as the Director of Residence and then finally landing at Banville & Jones Wine Co. seven years ago. She loved learning about wine, became certified as a sommelier and had a passion for teaching others about the magical world of grapes.
During a brief period living in Newfoundland, she and her partner Ryan fell in love with the province and the people. Some time after moving back to Winnipeg, they bought a second home in the community of Herring Neck, Newfoundland. Rebecca spent as much time here in the summer as she could - jigging for cod, hiking with her dog Daisy, visiting with friends and enjoying the beautiful landscape. She spent the rest of the year telling everyone how they needed to go see the island and meet the locals.
Rebecca thrived on the energy of people and surrounded herself with so many wonderful friends and colleagues. She was always the first to offer support, and would tell you the hard things you needed to hear. She pushed herself and everyone around her to be better and to find the things that made them happy. In the recent months, so many of you have gone above and beyond to return that support to her. Please know we appreciate you and your gestures. Rebecca felt your love.
The bond between Rebecca and her mother Barbara and sister Ginny was admirable. The sisterly connection between Becca and Ginny was impressive and never wavered. And while always close with her mother, this link had grown stronger recently as Barb helped Rebecca navigate the journey of heart surgery. The recent addition of two nieces, Flora and Aneska, gave Rebecca so much joy. She loved to brag about how amazing they are and showed anyone and everyone their pictures.
Her family was her heart and soul. When her heart failed her, we felt like our hearts physically broke as well. She had so much more to give, to those of us already in her life, but also to those she had yet to meet. Words cannot describe the immense loss we feel, and void her passing leaves in our lives.
Due to current social distancing measures, we plan to celebrate Rebecca's life at a later date. Please no flowers. We ask that if you would like to honour Rebecca please consider donating to Winnipeg Animal Services (where she adopted Daisy from), the Herring Neck Dory Festival which was incredibly special to her ( or a charity of your choice.

Korban Funeral Chapel

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 04, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Dear Barb and Ginny, I am so sorry that you are having to go through such a heartbreaking loss. It is very evident based on the memories of her friends and family that she clearly had an extraordinary ability to connect with everyone in her life. Please know that my heart is with you - Posted by: Allyson (Kowton) Bashaw (Family) on: Apr 16, 2020

  • Everyone in Edmonton was incredibly saddened to hear of Becca's health struggles and then her passing. We all have great memories of her during our regular visits to Winnipeg when the kids were growing up. We will forever treasure the family time spent with Becca, Ginny and Barb. Becca will live on in our hearts forever. - Posted by: Cal and Sue Kowton (Family) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Angie Baseraba (Friend) on: Apr 09, 2020

  • Barb, Ginny and Family. Nick & I and the boys are deeply saddened to hear the news. We are lost for words. It was an honour to have known Becca, a wonderful and caring daughter and sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Mary and Nick (Coworker/friend to Barb (mom) ) on: Apr 09, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear this news. Becca’s energy and enthusiasm at BH was marvellous. I will remember her 18 year old self always. My sincere condolences to her family and to Ginny in particular. - Posted by: Maggie (Trott) McD (Friend, classmate) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • When I arrived at BH Rebecca quickly took me under her wing and into the fold of her family. Her friendship helped me adjust to a new life in Winnipeg easily. She was a life force that I and everyone who met her admired. Funny, beautiful, and smart, she was the person everyone wanted to be around. I am so thankful for our friendship, all those years ago. Xoxo Sending all my love to her family and friends. May she always be with us. -Kat - Posted by: Kat Zaworonok (Friend) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • This is a complete shock ... I am so sorry for your loss; Rebecca had so many more years of enjoyment due to her. An air hug to all of her family and friends... grief is hard enough to live through in regular times, but physical distancing makes it so much more difficult. Take care of each other. - Posted by: Elizabeth Bonnett (BH Teacher) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • Dear Genevieve….so shocked! When I was the Head of BHS, Rebecca always stood out as such a lovely, considerate, but definite, personality with a sharp, no nonsense mind. And, Rebecca always wanted to help others. She was a student with a disciplined academic bent and tried to achieve her best. BHS was absolutely my favourite headship amongst my schools in Canada, the UK and Europe; and, Rebecca stands out prominently amongst the stellar girls I’ve ever met; we shall all miss her so much in our lives! My heart goes out to her family for everyone's huge loss! Brian Porter. BHS Head (1985-1989) - Posted by: Brian Porter (BHS Head (1985-1989)) on: Apr 06, 2020

  • Rebecca, Bec, Reba; We met 17 years ago in Gander. A place I’m sure you never expected to end up. But, for my sake, I am glad you did. You’ve been the most amazing friend to me. No matter how much time had passed, I could call you up, book a flight, and show up on your doorstep. I will forever cherish every memory that you, Ryan and I had together. Especially my visits with you both in Winnipeg and when we went to the lake. As well as your incredible home and life you created in Herring Neck. I will miss you greatly. My condolences go out to your family and Ryan during this incredibly hard time. Love you always, Kat - Posted by: Katherine Woodd (Friend ) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • We are so sorry to hear of Becca's passing..a total shock...our thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and family... Larry. - Posted by: Larry (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • Barb and Family, Our deepest heartfelt sympathy at your incredible loss. May God Bless Becca's journey, she will be watching over you all forever more. - Posted by: Pat and Ron in Sandy Hook (friend) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of working with Reba in Gander and while it was a short time her friendship was ever lastnight. Checking in on each other a few times in the year and always seeking her advice for good wine. Ryan you are in my thoughts. Ginny, although we never met she talked highly of you and I want to send you my condolences to you and your family Xo Sarah - Posted by: Sarah Baggs/Nolan (Friend ) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all the family. Rebecca was a great friend to our daughter Alex. She was also so incredibly friendly to us every time we came to buy wine. And we will never forget our visit to Ryan and Rebecca one beautiful summer evening in Herring Neck. May you find peace in knowing that Rebecca will live on in all our hearts. - Posted by: Kathie and John Allardyce (Friends) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Ryan and family. So very sorry for your loss. Rebecca sounded like a fabulous person. Will be thinking of you as you endure this tremendous loss. Our deepest condolences. Kerry & Krista Berger - Posted by: Kerry Berger (Co-Worker) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • I met Rebecca several years ago when she joined Banville & Jones. Always friendly with a great big smile. If she knew you she would follow you around the store asking questions until we agreed upon a perfect wine. Very sad ho hear of her passing. She was one of the good ones! - Posted by: John Ford (Aquaintance) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • Condolences to Barb and Ginny. Thinking of you at this sad time. - Posted by: Art and Iona Godfrey (Cousins) on: Apr 04, 2020

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