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Date of Passing: Oct 16, 2020

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dad, Willie Ribbers, on October 16, 2020 at the age of 64 years.
Dad was predeceased by his parents, Theodorus and Maria Ribbers and his wife, Louise Ribbers. He leaves to mourn his partner, Norma; his two children, Stacey (David) and Andrew (Sondra) and his two grandchildren, Sarah and Ava. Also left to mourn are brothers, Harry (Allison), Henry (Selma), Ted (Kim), Gary and sisters, Anny (Garth), Agnes (Murray) and Maryann; as well as a large extended family and many friends.
Dad was born in Winnipeg. He was the first of eight children. For the first two years of Dad's life, he lived on a mink farm in Charleswood. His family then moved to the family farm in Headingley, where he was taught how to be the hard worker we all knew him to be. In 1981, Dad married his wife and love of his life, Louise. They went on to have two children, Stacey and Andrew.
Dad worked most of his life as a mechanic. Anyone who knew Dad, knew his unique laugh and his love for spending time out in his shop, where he achieved one of his life-long dreams and was able to fully restore his '68 Cutlass.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be live-streamed on October 26, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to enable family and friends to join in his Celebration of Life. To access this information, please contact Chapel Lawn Funeral Home at 204-885-9715 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Our condolences go out to all of Willie`s family and friends. I first met Willie almost 17 years ago and since then, I also came to know much of his family. Willie did always have a special way of looking at something or someone to see the good in all of it. It could have been family, friends, a co-worker or even a piece of equipment. Willie had a lot of important life experience that he was always keen to share. Over time, Willie and I had many great coffee chats! It is those moments that I will definitely miss a lot. Willie was a good friend and co-worker who was never too proud to give someone else a helping hand if and when they needed it. He was someone that has made a permanent positive impact in our lives. Willie will definitely be missed by us and all that knew him! Bruce & Brigitte Eberling - Posted by: Bruce and Brigitte (friend) on: Oct 28, 2020

  • Condolences to Ribbers family. Lots of fun with Willie durning my working years with him. - Posted by: Les Booker (Friend) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Condolences to Norma and all the Ribbers family, We met Willie when we moved in across the street 7 yrs ago. He was very likeable and always willing to help, with his knowledge, his kabota, or himself.. He was always busy in his garage, he could bring home a piece of junk and turn it into a collectors item. We will sadly miss him, and his unique laugh. Earl & Fern Martin - Posted by: Earl Martin (neighbor) on: Oct 24, 2020

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