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Born: Sep 01, 1935
Date of Passing: Sep 22, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Dad will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years, Marilyn (Riediger) and his four children, Christine (Peter), Robert (Sheri), Frederick (Marlene) and Michael; as well as his grandchildren, Bridgitte, Erin and Elliott Jansen; Charles and Lily Winter; and Isabella, Abigail and Nolan Winter. He is also survived by one sister Tina Loewen (Peter); sister-in- law Helen Winter, sister-in-law Kay Winter, cousins, Frank and Nettie Winter; brother-in-law Ken Riediger (Carla), brother-in-law Barry Riediger, brother-in-law Nick Riediger (Libby), sister-in-law Helen Kasdorf (Ewald); numerous other cousins, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anna Winter; brothers, Frank, Peter and John and sisters, Susan and Annie.
Dad was born September 1, 1935 in Neuenberg, Ukraine. When Dad was two years old, during the Stalin persecution of the Mennonites in the Ukraine, his father was imprisoned and executed. As the Second World War began, he fled Russia with his mother and siblings through Europe, mostly living in refugee camps, eventually coming to Canada on the Volendam ship in 1948 when he was 12. After coming to Canada, the family lived on a farm in Pigeon Lake, Manitoba. Dad worked on the farm in the summer and was able to go to school during the winter. At the age of 15 they moved to Winnipeg, where he dropped out of school to work full time to help support his family and learn English and history at night. He worked at Kruse Autobody and then Rich Brothers Autobody and learned the trade of collision repair on the job. Dad was baptized upon confession of his faith in 1955 at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. He was a member there his entire life and the church was very important to him. During this time, he also became a Canadian Citizen. At the age of 25, he started his own business, Winter's Auto Body, and then DMC apartments at the age of 38. His three sons made him very proud in continuing to grow the business.
Dad was a very hard worker, very determined and driven. He loved gardening and the cottage at Brereton Lake. He was a man of few words, never complained, and accepted his cancer diagnosis in September 2018 with grace and dignity.
The family would like to thank all the doctors at CancerCare Manitoba, and all the homecare workers who we grew to know as they helped with Dad's care over the last two years. Special thanks to Freddie who always went above and beyond to help him and became like a friend to the family.
A private funeral will be held with interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Mennonite Church, CancerCare Manitoba, or Bethania Personal Care Home Spiritual Program.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
I'm very saddened to hear of Daves' passing. He was a great friend & neighbor as our businesses are just one street apart. I cherish the times he would take his daily walks & drop in unannounced at our office to chat. Sometimes about business. Other times just to have a nice chat. He had the greatest dry wit & I loved his sense of humor. I had the greatest respect for him... My condolences to the whole Winter family Please rest easy Dave. You are missed. - Posted by: Rudy Kessen (Friend / Neighbor) on: Oct 28, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss, my prayers are with you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: LISA Mcknight (Friend of Christine's) on: Oct 09, 2020
The team at Eastern Chrysler is deeply saddened to hear about Dave's passing. As someone who has been a partner in the industry for many years, it is clear that the level of quality, care and craftsmanship he put into his work everyday is what lead to his great success. He has been an integral part of the autobody industry in Winnipeg and his dedication and contributions will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Michael Blackey - Eastern Chrysler (Industry Colleague and Friend) on: Oct 07, 2020
My first full time job was at Winter’s Auto Body in 1971. He taught me a lot that I carried throughout my career. My condolences and prayers go out to his family. - Posted by: Harry Schellenberg (Former employer) on: Oct 01, 2020
Marilyn and family. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing My heart goes out to you. May he Rest In Peace. Patti - Posted by: Pat Arnel (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2020
We are sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Our sympathy is extended to the family. Aunt Shelagh and Uncle Walter. - Posted by: Shelagh Wiebe (aunt) on: Sep 27, 2020
For the past 15 years, Dave was a thoughtful and constant friend to our parents. Whenever we ran into Dave around their block, we appreciated his ready smile and his wise conversation! We send our heartfelt condolences to the Winters family and we mourn alongside our parents. - Posted by: Chantal Vincent and Stephen Baggs (Maurice And Brenda Vincent’s daughter and son-in-law) on: Sep 27, 2020
Our sincere sympathy to everyone touched by Dave's passing. Deepest condolences to Marilyn and family. - Posted by: Jack & Marge Winters & Family (Cousins) on: Sep 26, 2020
Our condolences to the Winter family. In our Auto-body industries Dave was supportive and showed the rest of us what true quality of workmanship looked like. Thanks, Travel well old friend. Don and Joyce - Posted by: Don and Joyce Sobering (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2020
Maurice and I are deeply saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was a wonderful person, a great man and a great employer. We have spent many years working with Dave which has developped into a great friendship, we will truly miss him. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Dave's family and friends. - Posted by: Maurice and Brenda Vincent (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020
Worked for Dave for a short while. Found him to be a focused, up front boss. A good man. Rest in Peace. My sincerest condolences. - Posted by: Larry Skrumeda (Former Employee) on: Sep 26, 2020
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