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Born: Jun 16, 1928

Date of Passing: Jun 21, 2020

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1928 - 2020

It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Edward Gerald Donolovitch. Peacefully, with his family by his side, he left this world June 21, 2020, at Pinawa Hospital.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years Esthela, daughter Marla (Colin) and granddaughter Shaylene. He was predeceased by both sons, Joey and Gerry.
Grandpa was born in Thunder Bay on June 16, 1928, to Joseph and Jeanette. He received his commercial pilot's license at 23 and
shortly after became a flight instructor for the Thunder Bay Flying Club. After many years of teaching, he then ventured north and took a position with Parson's Airways in Lynn Lake, MB as a Bush Pilot. Grandpa loved
flying the north and took pride in his many adventures and could always be heard
sharing stories from his Norseman days. As much as grandpa loved the North he also
enjoyed vacations down south and in 1966, while in Mexico, he his met his wife Esthela, five months later they were married in her hometown of Compostela. After the kids were born, grandpa retired from flying and
became a hoistmen at the local mine to spend more time with his family. In 1990, they
relocated to Lac du Bonnet, where he and grandma built their retirement home. He then retired from Tanco mine. He spent his last 30 years doing what he enjoyed; gardening,
puttering in the yard and spending time with his family. He truly was the best husband, dad, grandfather, and will be forever missed.
Due to COVID restrictions, a service will be held once a venue can be booked.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Auntie Esthela Very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Ed. I remember so many good times. Many Christmas dinners with the ENTIRE family in Baba and Gigi's basement. Driving up to Lynn Lake in (1973) in the big green Ford station wagon to visit You, Uncle Ed, Joey, Gerry and Marla. Uncle Ed arranged for us to go see the mine where he worked, that was cool and scary. lol He is now with my mom (his sister Sonja), Joey and Gerry Baba and Gigi. I will remember him always with fond memories. Sending our deepest sympathies and condolences. Brian Bonnie Breann Brittany Berezowski Shuniah, Ontario Canada - Posted by: Brian Berezowski (Nephew) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Shaylene, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Kerilyn Zielinski (Former colleague of Shaylene) on: Jun 29, 2020

  • Ed was my neighbour two doors down from 1988 - 2011. I enjoyed listening and sharing stories of bush planes and mining. We had both worked in exploration and mining. Ed worked at the same mine as I did in Lynn Lake, MB and here at the Tanco Mine. I will miss our talks old friend. Thinking of Esthela and family. Kevin and Helen McMurren - Posted by: Kevin McMurren (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2020

  • Esthela and Family, Please accept our sincere condolences. Esthela, you were a very good friend to our Mom, Jean, and our hearts are with you during this sad time. Jan & Ron Hoffman - Posted by: Jan & Ron Hoffman (Friends) on: Jun 28, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss Marla...your Dad was a super sweet man! I’ll bet he is flying the skies right now! My heart & prayers go out to you, your Mom, Shaylene & Colin. The obituary was beautifully written & shares some lovely & heartwarming memories! Thinking of you during this time...remember the happy times! - Posted by: Carol (Friend) on: Jun 27, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time and always. - Posted by: Josie and Bob Gebauer (Friends) on: Jun 27, 2020

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