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Born: Aug 11, 1931

Date of Passing: May 15, 2020

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Respecting the restrictions of COVID 19, Funeral Mass will be live streamed this morning, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Please see the St. Vital Parish website, to view the service. A drive by procession will follow in the Oak Bluff Community Centre parking lot from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at a later date.

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Publish Date: May 23, 2020

August 11, 1931 - May 15, 2020

With broken hearts we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and treasured friend, Rudy Dusik, at the age of 88, on May 15, 2020, the day after his great-granddaughter's birth, at home with his family by his side.
Rudy is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joyce, his children, Doug (Joanne), Brian (Margaret) and Jodi (Kevin Sharpe), as well as 10 grandchildren, Travis, Ryan and Anthony Dusik, Tawni (Chris Baker) and Kendyl Lauzon, Michael, Matthew (Jasmine Masse) and Laura Sharpe, and Benjamin and Adam Dusik. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Warren and Faron Sharpe, and Owen and Ellie Sharpe. Also left to survive him are his sister-in-law Jolana Dusik, brothers, Joe (Doreen), Irvin (Marilyn), Vick (Jude), and numerous cousins. He had a special friendship with cousins, Mike Balazovic, George Bossuyt and Hubert (Bernice) Kleysen. Rudy also leaves to mourn brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Margaret Ross, Isabelle Bossuyt, Lorne (Polly) Bossuyt, John (Bev) Bossuyt, Vic (Vivian) Bossuyt and Donna (Rodney Burns), and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, James (Jim) and Florence, brother Jerry, mother and father-in-law Archie and Marie Bossuyt, and brothers-in-law, Rod Ross and Connie Bossuyt.
Born the second of five sons to immigrant parents, Rudy learned at a young age both the value and expectation of hard work, family, faith, community and lifelong learning. Growing up in Oak Bluff, he appreciated and respected farming life and the value of a hard-earned dollar. He married his high school sweetheart in 1955 and together they built the family home and raised a family, taking pride in their yard and being present in all community functions and endeavours. They moved to the Fort Whyte area in 2017. Rudy was an electrician and worked at Canada Cement (LaFarge Ltd.) for 35 years retiring as a Plant Foreman. An electrician first and foremost, but he was a Jack of all Trades. There was nothing he couldn't fix or build. He helped to build or renovate all of his children's homes. His tool belt readily at hand with a motto of learning by doing.
There was nothing Rudy enjoyed more (aside from dancing with Joyce), than being part of his children and grandchildren's lives, cheering them on at sporting events, school functions, babysitting, and in later years "supervising" a car being fixed or a project being built.
Rudy spent his life giving to others. Volunteering of his skills and time was important to him. Helping a friend harvest a crop, helping to build the Oak Bluff Community Centre, decades of being a minor hockey referee and baseball ump, and sitting on numerous church committees over the years. Both Rudy and Joyce were the recipients of the Municipality of Macdonald Volunteer award in 2014. Rudy was a very proud member of the Knights of Columbus of St. Vital Parish and was active on the church fundraising and finance committees attending his last meeting in March 2020. He was also a Eucharistic Minister for many years, only stopping in recent months when he physically could no longer fulfill his duties.
Round and Square dance groups brought great joy to Rudy and Joyce for over 32 years. The friendships they have made over those years have enriched their lives to this day. It was common that they would attend a dance function three or more times a week. The only break from dancing was a winter trip, no longer than three weeks so as not to be away from their children and grandchildren for too long. They cruised 16 times to the Caribbean, Hawaii and Alaska, and travelled to European countries several times to square and round dance with favourite destinations being Austria, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.
Thank you to Rudy's health care team over the years, Dr. C. Fletcher, Dr. Milner, Dr. Gingerich and nurse Cheryl, the Wheels of Hope Volunteer drivers of CancerCare Manitoba, to all the nurses of the Fort Garry Home Care office, especially Lily whose kindness and support will not be forgotten, and to health care aide Dauda whose compassion was so comforting in Rudy's final days.
A friend to all, he left this world a better place. Donations in Rudy's memory can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, the Oak Bluff Cemetery c/o Box 456, Oak Bluff, MB R0G 1N0, or to a charity of your choice. As a family, we would encourage you to extend your hand to someone in need, volunteer and simply make a difference to someone, just as Rudy has to all who have known and loved him.
Respecting the restrictions of COVID-19, Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Please see the St. Vital Parish website, to view the service. A drive by procession will follow in the Oak Bluff Community Centre parking lot from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at a later date.

To those I have left behind. You held my hand. I felt your strength. I was not alone.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight. I finished my course. I have kept the faith.

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Publish Date: May 21, 2020

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 21, 2020, May 23, 2020

Condolences & Memories (28 entries)

  • Dear Joyce and Family, I am sad to hear about Rudy's passing. Please accept my condolences. I always enjoyed and will remember our little family gatherings with my Mom and Dad when I came to town. - Posted by: Rick Dusik (Cousin Calgary) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • I just found out that Rudy, my godfather passed away & I'm very thankful I got to have an awesome conversation with him not very long ago. You are loved & will be missed. God Bless you all. - Posted by: Christine (Goodman) Neufeld (goddaughter ) on: Jun 09, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and family. I first met Joyce and Rudy when I worked my first election. I remember always how cheerful Rudy was. And when we met on the street or in a store neither of you failed to say hi and to ask how our family was doing. Joyce we just found out about Rudy's passing. We are deeply sorrowful for you and pray you will find comfort in the love of God, your family and church. Deepest condolences to you and your family from Lawrence and Katharina Arendt and family. - Posted by: Katharina Arendt (Oak Bluff acquaintance) on: Jun 08, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and Family. So sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. Such wonderful memories Steve and I both have of our visits to your home in Oak Bluff, Bird River and Vancouver. You were always there for Steve's parents Walter and Joan. Rudy will surely be missed by the family and all who knew him. May he now be at peace. Hugs Steve and Sue - Posted by: Steve and Suzanne Granger (Friends) on: May 29, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and family, On behalf of the Ciszewski family I would like to extend sincere condolences on the loss of Rudy. Dad and Mom always enjoyed your visits! - Posted by: Geraldine Zabudny (distant relative) on: May 28, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and family My deepest sympathy on the loss of Rudy. Although we did not see each other often. When we did you were both smiling and always said hello. You just knew he was a very happy person As my mom Phyllis always tells me “Rudy and Joyce are both wonderful people and remember that Rudy saved your life” For that I am grateful! May he Rest In Peace Angie - Posted by: Angela Carvalho (Kuklica) (Cousin from mom Phyllis Kuklica (Capka) ) on: May 27, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the Dusik Family Remember all those wonderful family memories and hold them in your heart forever - Posted by: Kim and David Wery (Family aquaintence) on: May 26, 2020

  • Joyce and family, I am so sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers. - Posted by: Nancy Speziale (Dusik) (Cousin ) on: May 24, 2020

  • Dear Joyce....we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Rudy was truly a gem and we will always remember the kindness that you both showed to our mom in her final years. On behalf of the family of Firmin Wyndels, we send to you and all of your family our love and deepest condolences. - Posted by: Christine Carpenter (nee Wyndels) (Relative) on: May 24, 2020

  • We are so saddened by the news of Rudy’s passing! The Isaak/Koch family would like to send deep and sincere condolences to the Dusik family at this time. Our mom and dad had such admiration and respect for both Rudy and yourself Joyce, and spoke of you often. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Lillian & Rick Koch and family - Posted by: Lillian Koch (Daughter of Harold & Betty Isaak) on: May 24, 2020

  • Dear Auntie Joyce, Doug,Brian, Jodie, and families Sending you love and hugs at this difficult time. Take comfort in knowing that uncle Rudy lead a full and wonderful life. Sincerest condolences Love Sandra, Ken and family - Posted by: Ken Ross (family) on: May 24, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences Joyce and family. I always enjoyed the talks I had with Rudy at the rink or at the Oak Bluff hall. I learned a lot about the Rec club from Rudy - Posted by: David & Joyce Van Wynsberghe (Friend ) on: May 23, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and family, Sending our condolences and prayers at this difficult time. Words can't fix the pain and void that has been left but know there are many friends and family that you can reach out to. Rudy would never pass by a person without striking up a friendly conversation We appreciated his friendship. - Posted by: Abe Lois Lione (Camille)and Amber Penner (Former Oak Bluff acquaintances) on: May 23, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Joyce and family. We were saddened by the news of Rudy's passing. He is now with our Lord in heaven. Rudy was such a wonderful person, always kind and helpful. We will remember him fondly for his lovely smile and kind words. May his soul rest in peace. Joyce, your memories of Rudy and your wonderful life together will keep you strong. When we are able to, expect a huge hug from us! - Posted by: Violette da Costa (Friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • On Behalf of the Pasieczka Family, we wish the Dusik Family our Prayers and Condolences, as in our Ukrainian Tradition, we also say "To HIS Eternal Memory", Vichnaya Pam'yat. May His Memory be with you all as he enters Heaven. Our stories - are many with Mr Dusik, Martin remembers meeting him for the first time (high school), when going over to his Friend's Brian house. He was strong, stoic but yet inviting at the same time, with much Wisdom. But more so the memories of him smiling, will be treasured by our Children as we visited over many years on Halloween Night, with Mr Dusik Smiling and having fun talking with the Kids. Halloween was Not Complete, till we stopped to see Mr and Mrs Dusik. Mrs Dusik would wait for us, as we always came much later, towards the end of the Night. The Dancing skills of Mr Dusik was something that Martin watched in awe, especially the special steps with Square Dancing, as He twirl His love Mrs Dusik around the Dance Floor. To Mrs Dusik and Family, Keep His memories close to your Heart, But continue to tell His stories to the others you meet. With our love and understanding the Pasieczka Family (Martin, Caroline, Anastasia, Nicholas, Adriana - Posted by: Martin, Caroline & Children Anastasia, Nicholas, Adriana (Friends of the Family) on: May 23, 2020

  • I am so very sorry for your loss Joyce, and family. We will certainly be missing him at mass. Rest peacefully Rudy. You are with God now. Terry Stroppa - Posted by: Terry Stroppa (friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy to you and your family. - Posted by: Lucille Lambert (Friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • We were very fond of Rudy and enjoyed his enthusiasm for life. We also enjoyed dancing with Rudy and Joyce in our younger days. We will remember Rudy fondly. With sincere sympathy, Tom and Joy - Posted by: Tom and Joy Wilton (Square Dance friends) on: May 23, 2020

  • Joyce, Doug, Brian and family. I send sincere condolences to you all in the passing of Rudy. I always enjoyed having to talk with Rudy every time we bumped into one another. Take care Ray Jones (Canada Cement) - Posted by: Ray Jones (Friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • Dear Joyce I am so sorry to hear of Rudy's passing. I feel like I've lost a dear friend! Rudy always had a smile, and a good word to pass along. I won't forget that. And when it's appropriate, I've got the biggest hug for you! You are in my prayers - Posted by: Maureen Morris (friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • Dear Joyce, Doug, Brian, Jodie and your families, sending you all love and prayers during this sad time. Only God knows what you are feeling but I want you to know that I share your sorrow. Rudy was a great brother to Jerry and even though separated by miles, we were able to celebrate many happy occasions together. They are together now celebrating in God's eternal glory! May God bless you with His Peace Sincere condolences, Jolana Dusik (sister-in-law Kelowna, BC) - Posted by: Jolana Dusik (Sister-in-law) on: May 22, 2020

  • Dear Auntie Joyce, Doug,Brian, Jodi and families- Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the passing of Uncle Rudy. He will be missed by all who knew him. Sending ours hugs your way. Love Darren, Wendy and family - Posted by: Darren & Wendy Dusik (Nephew) on: May 22, 2020

  • Please except my sincere Condolences. Barb & Larry Scervino - Posted by: Larry Scervino (Cousin) on: May 21, 2020

  • In Memory of my Parents and Grandparents, Ray & Doris Lepoder & Mr. & Mrs. Yawny I am sending Sympathy and Understanding with a passing of a Father. May all your Memories bring a Smile to Your Hearts. Rudy,s name was mentioned throughout the years, as a friend, co, worker and a gentleman in our home, Thank you Shirley Thomas (Lepoder) - Posted by: Shirley Thomas (Fort Whyte ) on: May 21, 2020

  • Accept my condolences and pray the Lord grant his gentle soul eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him. I saw him last at pancake breakfast organized by Knight of Columbus-St Vital Parish this year. - Posted by: Jude Mekwunye (Brother Knights of St. Columbus(Bishop Grandin Council) of St Vital Parish) on: May 21, 2020

  • That is a beautiful and fitting testimony of Uncle Rudy’s life. He was such an easy and fun person to be around. I remember fondly his sense of humour and his laugh. My heartfelt sympathies to all of you. It is difficult to adequately express sympathy at this time of the pandemic...I am very sad to not be able to attend his funeral in person and to give each of you a hug. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. Love Lisa and family - Posted by: Lisa Bossuyt Whalen (Niece) on: May 21, 2020

  • Sending our deepest condolences to Our friends Jodi/Kevin and the entire Dusik family. Although We didn’t know Rudy well, hearing all of Jodi’s hilarious and endearing stories about her father over the years really speaks to the father he was. Rest Peacefully Rudy Tammy and James - Posted by: Tammy and James Wiebe (Friends) on: May 21, 2020

  • On behalf of the Wight family, I would like to offer our condolences on the passing of Rudy. His story is a tribute to a life well led and dedicated to everyone and everything he valued. You have wonderful memories to treasure. I will always picture him with a steady gait entering the basement of the rink, ready to cheer or ref the games (and my admiration of that beautiful tree in the front yard - I'm sure he used his skills to keep that a spectacle for all to enjoy). Our deepest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Susan Becker (Wight) (Friend) on: May 21, 2020

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