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Born: Sep 24, 1937

Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2020

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Mervin Ostap Antonation of Winnipeg, Manitoba passed peacefully on August 20, 2020, at the age of 82, at Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg.
Merv was born September 24, 1937 in Olha, Manitoba. He started his trucking career in the 1950s. His passion for trucking spanned 47 years, working out of Thompson, Fort Frances, and Winnipeg. Eventually landing at Lakehead Freightways in 1969 and Burns Food Transport in 1991 as an owner operator before finishing his career with Neil Birkett and sons.
Merv was predeceased by his beloved wife of 40 years, Valerie (Kropp), granddaughter Eastynn, parents, Steve and Annie, his brothers, Morris, Boris, John, and Peter, and by his sisters, Jean, and Vera.
He is survived by his son Darren (Christine) and his favourite little girl, his granddaughter Emersynn.
The family would like to thank his granddaughter Crystal-Lynn, the doctors and nurses at the Grace Hospital, Winnipeg Fire and Paramedics, and Nurse Tony from 3E at Riverview Health Centre. Also, thank you to Wayne, Bert, and Stewart for always checking in on Dad.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
The family will hold a private memorial at a later time.

"I love you Dad. Hop in the bunk and get a good sleep, I'll take the wheel from here."

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • he was my grandfather. Pa and Oma ( his wife) were my dad together. he loved me more than words could say. he taught me baseball which is one of my favourite sports now. he taught everything that a dad teaches you and i could not be more thankful and grateful to call him my grandfather (my pa). and i know he’s in heaven with omi and everyone else. and that’s all i have before i say my whole life story with this amazing man that i got to have as a pa ❤️ - Posted by: lily antonation (granddaughter ) on: Sep 18, 2020

  • Condolences to the Family, I only met Merv a couple times, he was well respected by my Dad, RIP, say hi to Fred W. I am sure you will reunite in Heaven💚 - Posted by: Pauline (Merv knee my father also a trucker) on: Aug 31, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of Mervin's passing. Our sincere condolences to you all. Jim has many good memories of Mervin. - Posted by: Janet Hagen and Jim Minaker (old friend) on: Aug 30, 2020

  • The first time i met Merv was while on summer vacation in the late sixties, riding along with my Pops. That red Dodge cabover Merv owned on Lakehead freightways has stuck in my memory as I recall him and my Pop racing back and forth with each other trying to see who had the fastest truck. They both had 250 hp Cummins, so it was pretty even matched, but they loved to tease each other about who had the most power. Everytime they stopped for coffee, it was joke and story telling time. What a great role model Merv was to a young fellow who wanted to be a trucker. Merv's laugh and smiling face always made you glad to sit at the truckstop table and listen to him and the other truckers enjoy each others company. Rest in Peace Merv, and say hi to my Pops. - Posted by: Peter Polet (friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

  • Very interesting old trucker, tons of great stories and I enjoyed getting to know him, what a nice man indeed. Rest peacefully - Posted by: Willy (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

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