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Born: Nov 27, 1923

Date of Passing: Jun 16, 2020

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It is with some sadness that we announce the passing of our father George on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Donwood Manor in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
George was born November 27, 1923, in Ukraine and then was brought to Canada as a baby to start his adventures in the Elm Creek area of Manitoba with eight sisters and brothers. George was 96 years old and was predeceased by his wife Rita, son Eric; parents, Peter and Margaret; sisters, Anne, Frieda; and brothers, Nick, Peter and Henry.
He is survived by two brothers, Vic (Vanita), John; one sister Margaret; son Walter (Shirley); daughters, Lori, Sheila (Rick); daughter-in-law Anne, and then some wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dad married Rita in 1949, a marriage that was to last 69 years. Eric was born in 1951, Walter and Lori were born shortly after and Sheila came along as a gift 10 years later. While Dad was a solid rock of a worker as shipper receiver for Randall Plumbing and heating in Winnipeg, his passion together with his wife was in the work of the church. Dad was not only helpful in laying the foundation of the building of the Portage Avenue Mennonite Brethren Church itself in the early 60s, but some years later dad and mom became deacons and dad served throughout his life through visitation and as a practical caregiver.

His very favourite verse was John 3:16…
"God loved the world so much that he gave
his only son, so that everyone who believed
in him may not be lost, but may have
eternal life." He lived that verse.

Dad loved his family, his brothers and sisters and their families. He seldom missed an opportunity when travelling to drop in on cousins and others with whom he was in some way related. It is our hope that he is catching up on some long-lost relatives at this very moment.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on dad's behalf to Mennonite Central Committee.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 20, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I worked with George as his truck driver then took for him as shipper when he retired from Randall Plumbing. George was a true gentleman. He was kind, caring and friendly. It was an honor to know him. - Posted by: Robert Jensen (former co-worker) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • We didn't know George and Rita until later in life (2002). Once we did know them we spent many hours together helping with a Small Group Bible Study which they hosted in their home. John says, " It amazed me how George guided Rita in the direction he wanted to go." He was a dear friend to us. - Posted by: John and Shirley Bergen (friends ) on: Jun 24, 2020

  • I knew George as a friend and co-worker since 1959 when I was a plumbing apprentice at Randall Plumbing and Heating. He was a solid rock employee and managed the back shop with dedication and efficiency. Some 30 years later when I became owner of Randall Plumbing and Heating I realized how dedicated and important he was to the company. Honest, reliable, efficient, dependable, rarely missed a day at work and always seemed to enjoy his job and back shop. He was a gem of an individual someone I appreciated as a friend and employee. My condolences to you Rita, your son and daughter and family. Art McKenzie ...... - Posted by: Arthur MCKENZIE (friend / employer) on: Jun 21, 2020

  • George and Rita were a wonderful Christian family. After I accepted Christ I made sure to share my decision with them. A Godly couple who lived their faith and shared it with others. They were a blessing to many. - Posted by: Lincoln and Nancy Lautermilch (Nancy grew up next door to the Schmidt family) on: Jun 20, 2020

  • Dear Schmidt Family, Your father had a God given gift to make everyone he met, with such a big smile and handshake, feel God's love coming through him. He was one of the ones on the roof with my dad, David Klassen and Nick Dyck shingling that very steep pitched slope at the literal building of the Portage Ave church. We were on the ground praying, rather our mothers were, that they wouldn't fall off... 60 years ago. The entire Schmidt family, kids and siblings included, were known for their kind, gentle ways. What a legacy! May God grant you His peace and comfort as you mourn George's loss yet celebrate a life well lived! Roma Klassen Niessen Kelowna, BC - Posted by: Roma KLassen Niessen (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2020

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