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Born: Sep 09, 1931

Date of Passing: Aug 28, 2020

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Harvey Rudolph Bergner of Stonewall, Manitoba passed from this world into the next on August 28, 2020. His courageous battle with cancer ended less than two weeks shy of his 89th birthday.
Harvey's memory lives on through Pat, his best friend and wife of 36 years, daughter Wendy (Brad), son Sheldon (Petra), stepsons, Greg (Heather) and Lyle (Sue), sisters, Eileen and Irma, and brother Ray (Debbie), brothers-in-law, Fred (Betty Ann) and Rod (Mary), and granddaughter "his girl" Larissa. Harvey will also be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members too numerous to mention. Harvey's parents, Rudy and Bertha Bergner, both predeceased him.
Harvey was born in Eriksdale, Manitoba, September 9, 1931, and grew up on the family farm in Camper, Manitoba. In his early 20s he and a friend purchased a dump truck and worked for the provincial highways department. The partnership later ended amiably, and Harvey purchased his own trucks and a front-end loader. He hauled lumber in the winter and road fill in the summer. In the late 1950s Harvey relocated to Winnipeg and started Harv's Cartage, offering topsoil sales, landscaping, and bulldozing.
In 1958 Harvey married Margaret Kolesar, originally from Neepawa, Manitoba. Their daughter Wendy was born in 1959. In 1964 the family moved to Gypsumville, Manitoba, where Harvey started Bergner Equipment Rentals Limited. Harvey's son Sheldon was born in 1967. Margaret and Harvey got divorced in 1973, and in 1975 Margaret passed away. Harvey assumed the role of a single parent, doing so while continuing to manage his company.
Harvey's business flourished from 1975 to 1984 with a contract to haul gypsum to Winnipeg. In 1986 Harvey purchased an industrial building and lot in Winnipeg and started Bergner Equipment Sales and Trailers (BEST). Harvey sold BEST in 1986 but continued to manage his industrial building. He started a new business, CITI, in 2011 once again venturing into the storage container and trailer rental business. Harvey sold the industrial property and ceased CITI operations in 2015, retiring at the age of 83.
Harvey married Patricia (Pat) Shabaga in 1984. His soulmate, Pat supported Harvey in everything he did, and their love for each other never wavered in their 36 years of marriage. Pat and Harvey purchased a home in Stonewall, Manitoba and relocated there in 2004.
Pat shares the following verse in memory of Harvey:

I have lost my
soul's companion
A life linked
with my own;
And day by day
I miss him more,
As I walk
through life alone.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Venter and the other staff at the Stonewall Hospital for Harvey's compassionate and professional care.
Harvey's service will be held at the Stonewall Cemetery on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Social distancing will be in effect and attendees are strongly urged to wear face masks.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • My thoughts are with you Auntie, Wendy and Sheldon. I knew Mr. Bergner as one of my childhood friends father. Spent quite a bit of time at his home in Gypsumville. I recall all the business of trucks and heavy equipment coming in and out of the yard. I also remember a big fishing trip he had and then all the fish being filleted in the huge shop. Everyone was laughing and teasing me and Wendy while doing their task and grossing us out. And I can still smell that sweet smokey scent of his cigars. I remember how happy you and him were together Auntie. Always chatting and laughing. I hope you can find peace without him until you meet again. - Posted by: Norma Crawford (Niece) on: Sep 24, 2020

  • Sad to see that Harvey has passed away.. We have both known Harvey, mostly from the years when He was in Camper as a Young Fellow, {Me Janet}; and when He was in Gypsumville, {Ron}.. We know He will be really missed by You Pat; and All your Family, and Families...We Wish to extend our Very Deep Sympathy to you all; Sincerely Janet Jundt, and, Ron McCurdy. - Posted by: Janet Jundt (aquaintances) on: Sep 07, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Harvey's passing. I will share this news with my family and especially my Mom. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Shirley and Phil - Posted by: Shirley (Shabaga) Bauch and Phil Bauch (Pat's niece.) on: Sep 04, 2020

  • Sincere Condolences to you Pat, Wendy & Sheldon & Families. Condolences From The Roche Family - Posted by: Bruce Roche (Family Friends) on: Sep 03, 2020

  • Dear Pat and Family: Our deepest sympathy on the passing of this fine gentleman. Harvey was highly respected both as a very successful businessman and a great friend. He will be sadly missed at our coffee time at the Rock with knowledgeable input and good humour to our conversation; and so often he left early and very generously treated the table. Most certainly a life well lived. - Posted by: Fred & Laura Ross (Friends) on: Sep 03, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Uncle Harvey’s passing. He was always a part of our family from the time I was a child. May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to all & may your memories last forever. Thinking of you all (((HUGS))) - Posted by: Carmen Dawyduk (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • Uncle Harvey you will greatly missed by many, for our Lord has taken another. My deepest condolences to Pat, Wendy & Sheldon and their families, and the extended families. Allow yourselves time to heal ♥️ Until we meet our loved ones again, they will forever be in our memories and felt by our heart. - Posted by: Susan (Olender) Leduc (Friend) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • I was eighteen yrs old when I met Harvey and he took a chance on me and signing for my class 1 licence. I drove for Harvey that summer hauling gravel and later in life I was a customer of his and he supplied me with gravel for yrs. My condolences to all the family and he was a great man and a great friend. - Posted by: Randy Surgenor (Friend ) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • Condolences Pat and family for your loss. Harvey was a very sweet man. I first met Harvey when I was working at Journeys End Motels, and he came there to stay. I noticed he was from the Gypsumville area and we got to talking and whenever he stayed with us we had a nice visit. Many years later, Lyle and Susan met and married and thank goodness I was always nice to Harvey as he became part of our family. Every time I saw him he always said where is my Brenda. He will be missed. - Posted by: Brenda Duseigne (Friend) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • Our condolences to the family. It’s never easy to say good bye, we can only be hopeful that we will get to say hello again one day on the other side. - Posted by: The Panteluk’s (Family of Family ) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • Pat and families, our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Dennis & Carol Turman (Friends) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Pat and family. My Dad Leonard Jones worked with Harvey gravelling. My Dad always spoke highly of him. When I met him he was genuine and kind. Hugs to all. - Posted by: Fran Jones Kerbrat (friend) on: Sep 01, 2020

  • I have known Harvey for many years and he will be missed. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family Gail and Roy Douglas - Posted by: roy douglas (friend) on: Sep 01, 2020

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