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LARRY ADAM VILK Obituary pic


Born: Oct 22, 1951

Date of Passing: Oct 09, 2020

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October 22, 1951 – October 9, 2020

The world lost a bright spark when Larry crossed over. He was a person who wholeheartedly embraced life and all it had to offer. Larry passed peacefully and comfortably with his wife by his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adam and Julia, and his brother Russell. Larry leaves to mourn his wife of 36 years, Sherri Wood, his two nephews, Jefferey Vilk (Laura) and Greg Vilk (Bozena), as well as great-nephews, Adam, Malcolm, Brett, Zakk and Jeff. He will be missed by extended family members, his countless friends and his dog Cheyenne.
Larry enjoyed a long career as a Correctional Officer with the Province of Manitoba, retiring in 2003 due to ill health. He was a man of many passions. He loved music, collecting albums, concert t-shirts and attending concerts. He was an avid sports fan, and he also enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia and team jerseys. Larry was a Toastmaster for 24 years. During this time, he loved to enter speech contests and had served in many leadership roles. He was recognized with the Eric Stuhlmueller Memorial award for some of these contributions, just prior to his passing. Larry loved volunteering at CancerCare Manitoba on Thursday mornings for 15 years, and he made friends with staff and fellow volunteers along the way.
Larry and Sherri married in 1983. Over these years, they shared their home with many dogs. Angel, Zak, Woodstock and Molly, will be waiting eagerly for Larry. Larry and Sherri had a mutual passion for travel. They went to Egypt, Europe, Scotland, and England and many other destinations in the US and Canada. One of the more notable travel highlights, was Las Vegas 2008. It was here that they repeated their wedding vows after 25 years of marriage.
Sherri would like to thank the amazing staff on CAU at WRS 3 for their compassionate care during Larry's final days. They treated him with loving kindness and dignity. Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Cooke, who came to his hospital room to ensure Larry's transition was as smooth as possible.
His memorial service took place on Thursday, October 15, 2020, with details entrusted to Cropo Funeral Chapel and Reverend Bruce Farshau. For those who were unable to attend, they may contact Sherri for a copy of the service
In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the HSC Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of one's choice would be most appreciated.

Pobachymos' (see you later) my love.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Vilk's passing. Mr. Vilk was a regular customer at the Jefferson Safeway where I worked between 1997 an 2005. I got to know him during his regular visits to the store and I have never forgotten him. Mr. Vilk was one of a handful of my favourites, because he was always so kind, so funny and our conversations were genuine (not just: "did you find everything ok today?"). I have thought about him often over the years since I left, and always hoped to run into him at the store since I still lived in the area and shopped there, but I was never so lucky. As insignificant as it may seem that he left a lasting impression on a cashier at a grocery store, I see it as a testament to the kind and wonderful person that he was. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Silvana Romano (Safeway Cashier) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • We had many great times together. Much fun & laughter. I SHARE MY LOVE. MOST IMPORTANTLY MY HEART AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU. - Posted by: Carol Montgomery ( Dear Friend of both Larry & Sherri) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • Sherri! I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Larry. I found Larry to be a real gentleman. I ask the good lord to take you into the palm of his hand and hold you until such time as the pain of loosing Larry goes slowly away. Nestor Krawec ATM-S POBACHEMOS VICHNAYA PAMYAT - Posted by: NESTOR KRAWEC (acquaintence) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • I send Love and Warmth to you Sherri. Larry was such a unique person and set such an example for us all. May Happy memories sustain you at this time. John Melnick - Posted by: John Melnick (Toastmaster Acquaintence ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • A beautiful bright light has gone out with Larry’s passing. We grew up in St. James and attended the same schools however I didn’t really know Larry until he married my amazing cousin Sherri. When I got to know him, I couldn’t figure out why this Teddy Bear of a man could be in corrections. He was full of warmth and humour and his job required discipline, awareness and rules. Then he told me about his football history and I knew he was an incredibly well-rounded person. He proved me right with his wit, musical passion, love of trivia detail, responsibility and dedication to his wife and family. I have been truly honoured to know and love Larry, and I feel his loss deeply for myself, for Sherri, for our families and for those who were fortunate enough to know him. I take comfort in his freedom from pain and knowing that his beautiful light will shine down on everyone from the heavens and stars above♥️ - Posted by: Colleen O’Neill (Cousin-in-law) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to all the family on Larry's passing. We crossed paths back in the early 70s at St. James Collegiate. I remember him well even after 5o years for his athletics and intensity. - Posted by: Tom Dercola (Former teacher at SJCI) on: Oct 17, 2020

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