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Born: Nov 24, 1930

Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2020

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It is with great sadness we wish to announce the passing of our father, Willi Glesmann, on April 8, 2020.
Predeceased by his loving wife, Betty; Willi is survived by sons, George (Betty), Ralph (Debbie); daughter, Debbie (George); brother, Harry (Sieglinde); six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; along with many relatives and dear friends.
Born on November 24, 1930, the son of a Baptist minister, Willi would use his spiritual upbringing to not only model his personal life, but to share with all who knew him in the business community as well. Together with his brother, Harry, he began his life's work in the furniture manufacturing and construction business. Dad never had a passion for the typical activities like golf or fishing, instead he had a passion for building! Willi's knack for finding a piece of land and putting a building on it was a source of pride for him. Known for his frugalness, Dad never forgot of all his blessing given to him throughout his life, paying it forward to many charitable mission projects in the Bahamas, Ukraine, and in Cuba, to name a few. He was a generous and exceptional father, and an incredible example of strength and faith to his Lord and Saviour. He will be greatly missed by all.
A private interment has taken place in Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, with a memorial service to follow at a later date.

One Lord, one faith, one baptism.

Ephesians 4:5

Publish Date: Apr 18, 2020


On April 8, 2020, Willi Glesmann went to be with his Lord and Saviour.
An interment will be held at Glen Eden Cemetery with a service to follow at a later date.
Full obituary to follow. This obituary may also be viewed at

Publish Date: Apr 11, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 11, 2020, Apr 18, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • George, Ralph and Debbie. Betty sent me the news of your dad's passing. Our prayers are with you and your families. I have many fond memories of your dad especially his sense of hunger. Just as Betty said, choir practices at Ellice Church were never dull!!!!!😁 On Sunday's night before we would gi up onto the platform sing, he OFTEN cracked a joke, right before we were to be a little bit more serious. I loved being around your dad and also remember his wonderful deep voice! We will never forget him! Michael and Margret Schalm - Posted by: Margret and Michael Schalm (Friend) on: May 04, 2020

  • George, Ralph and Debbie ... So sorry for your loss of your dad amid these unprecedented and difficult times. May God bless you and your families as you grieve and we trust God will provide comfort and fill the void that has been left in your lives and hearts. Growing up in Ellice Church, we have so many wonderful memories of your dad as well as socializing out out at Gull Lake. Loved his sense of humour and how he always loved to joke and play little pranks. I also appreciated the opportuninty he gave me as a student with one of my first summer jobs in the furniture plant. I remember him as usually having a very positive outlook in life and he was an inspiration to many. As Betty also mentioned, choir practises were never dull with your dad in the back row expounding his sense of humour. Fond memories of your dad shall remain in our hearts. - Posted by: Kurt Radtke (Family Friend) on: May 02, 2020

  • George, Ralph and Debbie - Our condolences on the passing of your dad. I just saw the obituary today. There are a lot of memories connected in my mind with your dad - many of them of things that happened in choir at Ellice Church. He would sit behind the alto section and keep us in stitches while Eddie was trying to teach us new pieces! My first summer job was at Glesco Furniture sorting mail and answering phones while the shop was closed for holidays. It was a great learning opportunity, and I am grateful to both your dad and Harry for helping me get this experience. Our thoughts are with you all. Betty/Ted - Posted by: Ted and Betty Dick (friends) on: Apr 23, 2020

  • Debbie, Sorry to read of the loss of your father. Hoping that life has treated you well. Take care. - Posted by: Michelle Vermette (Old friend of Debbie from St. Andrews) on: Apr 18, 2020

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