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Born: Aug 23, 1936

Date of Passing: Apr 08, 2020

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August 23, 1936 - April 8, 2020

Roman Swiderek, Manitoba artist, died peacefully on April 8, 2020, at the age of 83 years.
Roman will be lovingly remembered by his life partner, Suzanne; his children, Monica, Yvonne, Robert (Stacey); and his grandchildren, Adrian (Jenny), Devon and Rylee.
Roman was born in Lodz, Poland. In 1961 he immigrated to Canada, and settled in Winnipeg with his young family.
From 1965 to 1989, he founded four companies with a design focus for the fashion industry in Winnipeg. In 1989, he put aside the business world to focus on his art.
Roman was an artist to his core. His travels across Canada, in his trusted Econoline, always included easels, paper, canvas, paint and pencils.
A thirteen year summer odyssey to the Alberta Columbia Icefields ended when the 1997 Red River Flood of the Century threatened his studio. During this time, Roman worked on a series of flood paintings, raising over $100,000 for Manitoba flood relief.
He is best known for his large collection of Winnipeg cityscapes, capturing landmarks and images of the city that people recognize and relate to.
Regardless of the project, and there were many, Roman always added an artistic element.
At Roman's request there will be no service.
He insisted his celebration of life was the retrospective art exhibition of his Winnipeg Cityscapes presented by Woodlands Gallery in March 2018.
A creative and artistic life well lived.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • I’ve just seen this and would like to offer my condolences. Roman’s art assuaged my homesickness when I moved to Florida and I have many of his prints of Winnipeg scenes, all framed. I am about to move and the prints will once again have a place on my walls. - Posted by: Tracey Alderson (Customer ) on: May 25, 2022

  • My sincere condolences to the Swiderek family. Although we share the same last name, we are not related. However, I always had a sense of pride seeing Roman's work and how he represented Winnipeg and Manitoba city and landscapes. I have many copies of his work hanging in my home. - Posted by: Ray Swiderek (None) on: May 05, 2020

  • My sincere condolences Susan. Roman was always good for an interesting conversation. I miss his visits when he would pop in to muse and to philosophize, We are poorer now. Please take care. - Posted by: Rod Sasaki (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • Suzanne. Lorraine and I are sending our deepest and sincere condolences. We hope and trust that you are holding up, and so are the puppies. We have only wonderful thoughts of Roman. From the moment that I met him, on our drive from your house out to Rainbow Stage, I developed a love and respect for this very genuine, gifted, kind, and gentle person. He was a tremendous supporter of Rainbow Stage, and all of the special paintings that he commissioned specifically for us are and will continue to be appreciated. More than that, however, we became good friends, and I value the times when we met or just talked on the phone. A very special time was when the four of us enjoyed lunch together. If I have a regret, it is that we lost contact over that last year or so. But i take solace in the fact that his work will live on, and so will our memories of a beautiful human being. May you find strength and courage in your own memories. - Posted by: Campbell and Lorraine McIntyre (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • I was very sad to read of the passing of Roman! I enjoyed our chats and his love for his family and dogs. He was very passionate of supporting not for profits and children who needed his support. We will miss him dearly and his wonderful culture and history he loved to share with everyone. - Posted by: Christine Schollenberg (he was a huge supporter of the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation) on: Apr 15, 2020

  • I met Roman because I was sent to his home to do service work, but gained a friend in the process. He always had an unusual or more practical way that he wanted work done. Work turned into visits and visits into memories. I hope that you will be able to run again with Mruz, Paprika,Charcoal and Cooper. I will miss you Roman. Take care Suzanne - Posted by: Bruce (Friend) on: Apr 14, 2020

  • Suzanne our deepest sympathies to yourself and Family. We have many fond memories and discussions with Roman. Wishing you all the best. Paul & Cathleen J - Posted by: Paul & Cathleen Jensson (Fellow Wildlife Acquaintance) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • I met Roman when I worked for BMO and bought some of his paintings from time to time. I would often see him on Dunkirk walking his dogs. He was passionate about his work and was a very pleasant person to talk to. He will surely be missed, my condolences to the family. He was a small man with a big heart. - Posted by: Diane Ritchot (Work Customer) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. I have and love 3 of his drawings that hang in my home. - Posted by: Christine Rider (Appreciated his art. ) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • I am saddened to see that Roman Swiderek has left this earth. I am one of his greatest fans. I love his paintings, of which I have several. I am always watching for more which speak to me. - Posted by: Sis Thomas Moore (none) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy to Susan and Family, we have great memories of the visits with Roman whenever he was in need of work on his Garage Doors and Openers. - Posted by: George Burelle (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • I only had the privilege of knowing Roman after my daughter Jenny met his grandson Adrian. He was truly an artist. He was a gentle and kind man who made his love for Jenny and Adrian very apparent. He will be greatly missed. Bonnie Johnson McKinley - Posted by: Bonnie Johnson McKinley (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Suzanne with deepest sympathies to yourself and family. I know how proud you were of Romans work. His memories will live on by all who enjoy his art and the special memories each piece brings Trish Bergal - Posted by: Trish Bergal (Former colleague of Suzannes) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to your family at this time. - Posted by: Rossana De Luca (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • RIP dear Roman ,our deepest sympathy to Susan and family ;Roman was a fantastic artist also a very kind heart to adopt and care for the love he gave to rescue dogs ;I enjoy our chat when walking the dog passing by my house ;we will dearly miss him . - Posted by: Anna Basset (neighbor ) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences Monica for you and your family. Heaven is a never ending canvas look up to the skies - Posted by: joe & brigitte missalino (Friends & coworker) on: Apr 11, 2020

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