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Born: Nov 24, 1961

Date of Passing: Apr 22, 2020

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November 24 1961 - April 22, 2020

Facing his battle with courage and a stubborn will, Alan's fight with liver disease (PSC) ended peacefully at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg on April 22, 2020.
His integrity, honesty, good humour, sportsmanship and kindness will live on through all who knew him.
Alan had a very close relationship with two of his siblings, brother Terry Sosnowsky, (niece Randene, Tyler and Parker) and sister Darena Snowe (Darlene Sosnowsky) (Mark Potash, nephew Lev, niece Lily), both of whom now feel much more alone in the world without their little brother. He leaves behind a sister Marlene Hawcroft (nephews, Tanner and Jadon, niece Desiree) and brother Michael (Leah, nieces Hayley and Carly). Al was predeceased by his sister-in-law Darlene Sosnowsky (2001), his father Jerry Sosnowich (2004), his mother Anne Sosnowich (2017), and his nephew Trevor Sosnowsky (2020).
Alan will be greatly missed by his two children, son Sean (Nikki), grandson Jaxon and daughter Lauren (Stefano) and their mother Maureen (Darren). Al loved and wanted the best for his children and his Jaxon. He so loved spending time with them, whether it was camping at Lilac, dance conventions, family BBQs or sleepovers with Jaxon.
Al's wife and best friend, Joelle Guillou, was a steady source of love, dedication and compassion, and they had some of the happiest moments of their lives together. His stepdaughters, Sara (Scott) and Hannah, will miss his generous spirit and the laughs they shared with their "Alibaba".
The Guillou family has given Al the gift of an extended family. His parents-in-law, Gerry and Gaetane; brother-in-law Dan (Janet, nephews Jaidon, Cade and Ethan); and sisters-in-law, Janelle (Scott Hosfield, nephew William, niece Allison) and Michelle (Brent Warga, nephew Cole, niece Lexi) will all miss his kind nature and practical jokes.
Al was quick to admit that he was not a scholar; it was sport that he loved most about his time at Luxton School and St. John's High School. He loved sports and excelled at many. He was attracted to golf, baseball, football and, of course, hockey. His commitment and passion to his NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres, never waned.
Al gave 37 years to the electrical trade. He began his career with Mallin G. Electric working on the tools. For the past 20 years, he continued sharing his expertise at Nor-Tec Group as an Electrical Estimator. He enjoyed the comraderie of the people he worked with, many of whom became good friends. On the weekends, he loved building, repairing, tinkering around the house and doing the odd side job. These activities brought him great joy and satisfaction.
Al loved to entertain family and friends and always made the most of creating memories. Al believed that laughter might be the best medicine and everyone who experienced his uncanny wit, kind smile and charming laugh walked away feeling a bit better. He was generous to a fault with everything - his knowledge, time, and especially his love.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation or Cancer Care MB would be greatly appreciated. Al would encourage you to consider becoming an organ donor a cause that was very dear to him and his family.
A celebration of Al's life will take place at a future date, when public health conditions permit.
We wish to thank everyone for their warm messages of support. Please know that we are feeling your love and are taking strength from it.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (24 entries)

  • When Great Trees Fall by Maya Angelou When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber to safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around them becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependant upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves. And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They exited. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed. Alan is not anywhere Alan is everywhere He is within me and he is within you. - Posted by: Darena Snowe (sister) on: Apr 22, 2021

  • Dear Joelle, We are saddened to hear of Al's passing. He was always so friendly with a big smile on his face. Our condolences, Sandy & Lyle (former neighbors) - Posted by: Sandy (Former Neighbor) on: May 02, 2020

  • My heart goes out to Sean, Lauren and Maureen and Joelle and her family. This is very sad news of Al. What a great man he was. May you cherish your memories made. Love to all. Karla and Tim - Posted by: Karla Kewell (Friend of the family) on: Apr 29, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Al. Jo, you always had a sparkle in your eyes and a smile on your face when you spoke of him. Your hope for a miracle never ran out but so sad than time did. Thinking of you and the kids at these difficult times. Take care of yourselves. - Posted by: Judy Rempel (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences go out to Joelle, Jaxon, Sean, Lauren and all of Al's family. It broke our heart to hear of Al's passing. Al always had a smile on his face. He was a friendly, caring, thoughtful loving guy and such a amazing Grandpa to Jaxon. Our family always enjoyed seeing Al and Joelle at Family functions that will never be the same again without him. He will be very sadly missed. RIP Al. Your pain is now gone and I know your loved ones have an angel watching over them. - Posted by: The Weselake Family (Shared Grandson and Friend.) on: Apr 27, 2020

  • Dearest Darena, please accept our sincere condolence. To lose your younger brother is so very sad and In this time of global reset we send you our heartfelt sadness as you wait to put Alan to rest. Joe and the Balas Twins - Posted by: Shawna Balas (Friend) on: Apr 27, 2020

  • Al was my very first Journeyman as I entered the trades and we later worked together at the Nortec Group. My last memories of him was when we met up randomly at a Jets/Coyotes game in Phoenix. He was a great guy and will miss him. Take care - Posted by: Joel Vandenbosch (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • Sadly, it was only recently that we had the pleasure of enjoying Al's presence. His wit, humour and joie de vivre was an inspiration and he will be missed. - Posted by: Donna & Michael Josefchuk (Aunt (and uncle)) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • I don’t remember who introduced us or even what you it was, all I know is I’m so glad that we became friends. We played hockey together for at least 10 years. Watched you recover from your transplant so quickly, then you were right back to Hockey. Golfing was always a blast. Lots of laughter. That’s what I’ll miss the most. Through you Al, we met Joelle. Always wonderful to meet up with you guys whether in Winnipeg or even Cozumel! We will cherish the memories of that day for so many reasons, but all included much laughter and friendship. You will definitely be missed Al. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Les Rykiss (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • Janelle, My condolence to you and your family for your very sad loss. I am thinking about you all. Bev Hansell. - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We want to express our sympathy to the Sosnowsky Family and let you know that our thoughts are with you. May your life long memories give you peace and comfort. - Posted by: Gerry & Marilyn Mallin, and The Staff of G. Mallin Electric Ltd. (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Condolences to the family. Al was a great person and we had many laughs together. You will be missed. - Posted by: Debbie (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about your loss ! Thinking of you Joelle and your family during this difficult time ! My thoughts and my prayers are with you ! Bernie - Posted by: Bernie Gosselin (Co worker ( EMU)) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Coming from an isolated elementary school and into a gigantic combined middle and high school with over a thousand students, was to say the least, nerve wracking. Alan was from a different grade school and I'm sure, as nervous as I was. We shared the same home room to begin the adventure. Alan was the first friend I had there and I always appreciated that. We went on to play hockey together at Luxton and that was truly a great experience. I ran into him a couple of years ago and we caught up on lost time which was fantastic. I marvelled at his strength, courage and his unwavering positivity. Time truly flies, as Alan is right now through the heavens. It was an honour and privilege, and for sure we'll see you around again. - Posted by: myron may (FRIEND) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We loved Al, he was our friend and we were better people because we knew him. Our sincerest condolences to Joelle, Lauren, Sean, Sara, Hannah and his family. We just want you to know that our many hearts are thinking of you and loving you as you go through this difficult goodbye. - Posted by: John and Debbie Knysh (friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • To know Al, was to love Al. His truly warm smile and light hearted humour could make a bad day go away. We have very happy memories of the times we had together. Whether it was stories that Doug would tell when he would come home from work, working with Al, or the glory days we had, watching his children grow and having a good time together. Forever in our hearts, Doug & Eileen, Hugs..... - Posted by: Doug & Eileen Hoover (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Al and I only met once, at Sara and Scott's wedding. Al impressed me then as a very kind and thoughtful person. No wonder that he was so much loved and appreciated. I now wish his whole family a gentle recovery from this painful loss. May his love surround you in this process. - Posted by: Christa Duclos (Scott Humphreys' grandmother) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • We would like to express our sincere condolences to Joelle and Alan's family. We will miss his kind heart and friendship. He always had time to talk wherever you met him. We will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Janet and Dieter Steidinger (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Had many hockey games with AL. He was fast and clever when he played, and it was a honor to play along beside him. Rest my friend. My hockey stick on my wall is now dedicated to you my bro. Love you, Hawk - Posted by: wayne hochkievich (hockey buddie 10 years old till 16 years old) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss! My deepest condolences to Alan’s family, he will be greatly missed but live on in your heart with all of your beautiful memories of him. Blessings . - Posted by: Lori Leftrook (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Al was a kind and gentle man who made our Joëlle so happy! It was an honor to know him. He will be truly missed. Our deepest condolences to Joëlle, Sean, Lauren, Sara and Hannah and their families. Sending you all our love. Au revoir notre ami Xxoo - Posted by: Andrea Léger, Keith Penner (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Thoughts and prayers to Lauren and her family. - Posted by: Tyler Bonni (Friend of Lauren) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Al will be remembered for his kind, loving and generous spirit. He cared deeply for those around him and will be truly missed by so many. Our thoughts are with all who mourn the loss of this incredible man! - Posted by: Mike, Darcelle, Brett & Garrett Saunders (Friends) on: Apr 25, 2020

  • Such a great loss! A real treasure of a guy... our thoughts are with you. Josee and the Roy Griffin clan. - Posted by: Josee Roy and family (Friend) on: Apr 25, 2020

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