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Born: Sep 09, 1927

Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2020

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September 9, 1927 – September 20, 2020

Youngest son of Clara (Campbell) and Robert William Rutherford, the last of his generation and sibling of Bob, Bill, Clara (Powell) and Doris (Roberts). He passed peacefully at home in Mexico with his loving family at his side. He is predeceased by sons, Peter (1987) and Mark (2010) and first wife, Willow (2012). He leaves behind his wife, Margo, step-son, Keith (Faby), step-daughter Mariela, step-grandchildren, Edwin Cristo, Jeremy, Bandiem and DesiRey, sons, Edwin (Marilyn), Gerald, Thomas (Jill), Bruce (Stephan), David (Jaimee), and Jose (Elisabeth), daughter, Daniela, daughter-in-law, Heather (Mark), grandchildren, Willow (Jordan), Cassandra (Bryn), Coral (Eric), Autumn (Jordan), Victoria, Jody, Eden, Sinai, Roberto and Mateo and great-grandchildren, Peter, Dinah, Mark, Oliver, Florence and Ozzy. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends in Canada and Mexico.
Dad's life began at 25 Lenore St. where he grew up during the Great Depression and Second World War. He played sports, attended church, delivered newspapers and enjoyed summers at Lac du Bonnet and the family farm near Balmoral. He attended Laura Secord School, Gordon Bell and United College and started buying and selling cars while still in school. He and some friends began building a cabin on Star Lake in 1947, which became a family focal point and still is. In 1949, he began Stonewall Motors when he obtained an old garage in Stonewall. He married Willow (Bradford) and eventually raised six sons, Mark, Ed, Gerry, Tom, Bruce, and Peter. Stonewall Motors grew rapidly and moved to a Winnipeg site near Polo Park in the mid 1950s. Dad was the general manager for almost ten years until it became Stadium Ford, under new management, but retained the property and adjacent Shell gas station. He went on to manage other dealerships including Pan Am Motors, St. James VW, and Ed Rutherford Chev-Olds. Dad also bought and sold commercial real estate and other assets. He was a tree hugger and had great respect for nature. He enjoyed road trips, boating, skiing, swimming, hockey and cycling. He provided his kids with summers at Star Lake, canoe trips, sail or motorboat trips and winter ski trips. He was heavily involved in community sports and was a consummate supporter of the underdog. He coached and managed several hockey teams and was a founder of the Manitoba Major Junior B Hockey League and the Charleswood Hawks.
He was on the cycling committee during the Pan Am Games in 1967 and a big supporter of the Blue Bombers and other sports clubs.
Dad discovered Mexico in the 1970s, fell in love with Puerto Escondido, began investing there in the early 1980s and moved there permanently in 1987. He was the first Canadian developer and tourist operator in the region. He met Flor Marquez and they had three children together, David, Jose and Daniela. In 1995, he married Margarita Avendaño Santiago (Margo) with whom he shared his last 25 years.
For the last 30-plus years, Dad's daily routine began at his favorite restaurant and hub of social and business activity, El Cafecito, in Puerto Escondido. He was usually the first patron to arrive every morning and loved to share stories over coffee with an ever-changing group of people. His friends and family delighted him with a surprise breakfast birthday party and his last meal there on his 93rd birthday, just 10 days before his passing, marking the end of an era.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sorry to hear of Ed's passing. My late husband, Howard Carter, was one of ED's closest friends and among the Star Lake cabin creators. Our family had many happy times there sharing with Ed and Willow ....very busy weekends with active boys and later our daughters, waterskiing, swimming and generally enjoying our families and friends. My condolences to all of you both in Canada and Mexico. We lost touch but it is lovely to know that he has a large family who will remember him. - Posted by: Marnie Carter (Family friend in 1950s in Winnipeg) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Our condolences to the Rutherford family from the MMJHL Charleswood Hawks. We lost contact when Ed moved "south" but his legacy remained in Winnipeg. In March of this year the MMJHL Charleswood Hawks celebrated 50 years as the sole remaining founding member/team of the MMJHL. Ed was featured prominently as the founder, and first President (Pres. 1970 to 1975) He would have been proud to see the official faceoff with players from that first team (Wayne Gogal- Al Hilton- Brian Duncan- John Tennant-Burke Thornton) Charleswood as a community will forever be thankful and appreciative of the service rendered to our community and our team by Ed He was a leader and an innovator. He left a legacy. Larry Ring for the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League Charleswood Hawks - Posted by: Larry Ring (Hockey fraternity) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Ed was a “gem” of a man. I knew Ed in years past when we were both involved with the Charleswood Hawks. I remember him to be a “go getter” in the start up of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League and the Charleswood Hawks. We were fortunate to have Ed in our corner as he was a strong leader with bountiful ideas on how to make the team successful and had numerous contacts to make things happen. It was a pleasure working alongside Ed and a honour to have known him. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Moe Dushenko (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of Ed's passing. A beautiful obituary that brought back memories. We knew Ed from our time in Puerto Escondido. In the early 90's we traded Bahama property to Ed for 15 year time share in his property in Puerto so got to know Ed, Flor, David, Jose and (baby) Daniella- and of course Federico. Most years we escaped Winnipeg winters to stay in Bacocho but a few times stayed in his property in Carrizalillo, overlooking the beautiful little beach. Ed was a generous and entertaining host who loved showing us around the country from a bull fight in a neighbouring town, to his favorite taco place for whole grilled onions and Argentinian beef, to a picnic on one of the the deserted beaches in Bahias de Huatulco - long before Club Med or any of the other developments. Thanks Ed for the good times - Posted by: Janet Ingersoll & Jack Alsip (friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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