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Born: Sep 09, 1933

Date of Passing: Oct 27, 2020

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September 9, 1933 - October 27, 2020

Cy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at the age of 87.
Dad will be greatly missed by his children, Cheryl, Karen (Rob), Debbie (Allan), Brad (Leslie) and Sonia (John); grandchildren, Sean, Drew, Kayla and Amber; and sister-in-law Betty.
Dad was predeceased by the love of his life, Sophie, and his brother, Murray.
Dad was born to Peter and Jennie Nimchuk and raised in Hazelridge, Manitoba. Growing up, Dad loved all sports, with special interest in baseball and hockey. After working on the family farm, Dad enrolled in Teachers' Training College to become an educator.
Dad's teaching career began at Beatrice School and after two years, Dad relocated to St. Vital School Division where he would spend the next 30 plus years. Most of Dad's career as an educator was spent as a principal of various schools, Lavallee, Windsor and Dr. Penner, to name but three. As Dad was such a people person and greatly respected, it was even in his retirement that staff and students alike continuously kept in touch.
Throughout his life, Dad pursued his love of music teaching himself mostly to both read music and play the accordion. The first band that Dad played in was with Jack Findlay and the Night Riders where he met the love of his life, a feisty Sophie Margaret. While Dad played with other bands, he eventually founded the Western Canadians and the band played at countless dances, weddings and the like throughout Winnipeg and the surrounding areas of Manitoba.
Dad was involved in many organizations throughout his lifetime and always found his way into leadership positions. Some of these organizations included: St. Vital Rotary, the Seniors' Group of St. Anne's Church, the Senior Scene at Victoria Beach and the church vestries of St. Saviour's Church.
As a family, our favourite memories include camping weekends, family trips throughout Canada and the U.S., sit-down dinners for 40 at 987 Moncton Ave., house parties, Thanksgiving weekends at Hillside and so many more.
When Mom and Dad both retired, they took their dream trip to Europe and spent many years as snowbirds in San Antonio.
The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. S. Thiem for taking such great care of Dad in his final years. We would also like to thank Dr. Schacter, Joanne and Myra (Health Sciences Centre) for the exceptional kindness and care shown to our father in these most difficult times and his final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dad's name to either Winnipeg Harvest or Siloam Mission! Dad always believed in helping people.
Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Condolences for Simon's family may be left, and tribute video viewed, at

Dad, we miss you beyond measure,
but we also know that you are once again dancing with Mom.

Publish Date: Nov 7, 2020


Cy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at the age of 87.
Full obituary to appear in the Saturday, November 7, 2020, edition.

Publish Date: Nov 3, 2020

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 03, 2020, Nov 07, 2020

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I hope you have many happy memories of Mr. Nimchuk (as I knew him) to comfort you at this time. I remember his tenure at Windsor while I was there. I seldom had an issue at school requiring an intervention by the principal, but there was one disruption in an assembly where a bully picked on me, and we were both kept after school. He heard both of us out, gave suggestions on how better behaviour was possible, and gave me a 10 minute head start to get home before the bully was allowed to leave. He had a good hand at leading students. Stern enough to retain authority, and thoughtful enough to encourage better behaviour. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Susan Doreen Turner (Former Student) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • To the family of Simon & Sophie. We got to know them both through our connection at St Ann's Ukrainian Church. Simon sang in the Choir along with David, he and I sang well together. Simon would always greet us with a great big smile, a hearty hand shake and "Great to see you" as we entered the Church. His love for his Sophie was very evident for all to see. We will greatly miss them both. Although Simon was very sick he took time to attended David's 80th birthday celebration this last Summer, I will never forget him. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this very difficult time. - Posted by: David and Gloria Bibby (Friends) on: Nov 16, 2020

  • To the entire family on the passing of your precious father and your mom too. As Karen said they are dancing together now. What a wonderful man he was and such a giving loving heart who could be serious as you said and create music and Laughter too. For all that he was. My deepest sympathies to all of you as you celebrate his gentle soul and spirit. Many happy memories indeed to reflect upon. All my love, Kim and Ian Anderson - Posted by: Kimberly A Anderson (Friend to Cy daughter ) on: Nov 13, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies on the passing of Mr. Nimchuk. I was 5 years old when I started at Lavallee School. While it was a very scary day, I will always remember singing For He's a Jolly ol Fellow to Mr. Nimchuk. (Although to my young ears, never having heard the song before, I sang it as "For ish Capelly ca Pello") I always remember him as being a wonderful man who made my first years at school not so scary. Many years have gone by since those days, but I have never forgotten Mr. Nimchuk. I hope, in time, your pain will be replaced with many happy memories of this wonderful man. - Posted by: Sharon McAskill (Prior student) on: Nov 09, 2020

  • Hey, Buddy - Thanks so much for being the older brother I never had. You were always a role model for me to strive to become as I matured. Certainly, my parents, Kay and Paul, had faith in your maturity which allowed me to help you to begin The Western Canadians when I was 12 years old. Think about that! Turning your 12 year old son over to a nephew who would have him out all hours at weddings, dances, graduations, etc. This is the best accolade I can bestow on your character. They trusted you and I grew to do the same. Thank you. I believe that where you now are there is the most beautiful golf course ever created. Please book a tee time. I don't have a date yet, but you'll know. Enjoy the lack of, Ron (and Lovie) - Posted by: Ron Nimchuk (Cousin) on: Nov 08, 2020

  • Uncle Cy was a caring man. I remember most his smile and kindness. I have the fondest of memories on Moncton, including his accordion playing on a Saturday or Sunday morning after an adventurous evening out with Deb. My sincerest condolences. Love to all my cousins xox - Posted by: Susan Chura (Niece ) on: Nov 08, 2020

  • I think that the picture of Cy pretty well says it all. We met him years back when he visited his Daughter on Kimberly ave and became friends . He was a fellow that enjoyed a good laugh as well as having serious conversations when needed... He will be missed My sincere sympathy. Roger - Posted by: Roger McNeill (Friend) on: Nov 08, 2020

  • Cy was our daughters first principal at Darwin School. He was a natural born leader and loved his education career, especially the people. We had the good fortune to catch up with Cy and Sophie at a funeral a few years ago and we had a special walk down memory lane with both of them. He was one of the great ones...our deepest sympathies to your family... Gayle & David Hansen - Posted by: Gayle Hansen (Friends) on: Nov 08, 2020

  • I am very sorry for you and your family's loss Cheryl. Your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man. - Posted by: Roxanne Hudson (friend) on: Nov 07, 2020

  • Cy was a great educator and a kind man. May he Respect in Peace. My deepest sympathy to his family. - Posted by: Terry Borys (Colleague, St. Vital School Division ) on: Nov 07, 2020

  • To the family of Cy & Sophie...We are sorry to hear of the passing of your parents...” Lovely couple “. We got to know them at Kildonan Place Mall...We are sure you have many great memories of times spent with your parents. - Posted by: Bill & Karen Shanski (Friends) on: Nov 07, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies. Your parents were the best neighbors. We spoke to your dad every day we really missed them when they moved away. Our prayers are with you and that you find peace in the love of god. - Posted by: Maurice and Lina Richard (Neighbours from Hollside Beach) on: Nov 07, 2020

  • Our cousin Judy phoned to tell us the sad news of your dads passing. To have lost both your mom and dad in such a short space of time must be extremely hard and difficult. Know our thoughts and prayers go out your way. Our families heart felt condolences. Your dad was always considered to be one of our Dads (Ted) favourite cousins. He was always kind to us as kids and made us feel very grown up!! As adults he showed up... and remembered his family. It meant a lot to have both him and your mom at both our mom and dads funerals. . I’m sure they are united with Your Baba (Our great Aunty Jenny) our Baba (Doris)and all the aunties and uncles enjoying each other’s company again... 🥰 Please send us your emails so we can exchange some pictures God Bless each of you Love Cousin Patricia Brokke ,oldest daughter of Ted and Mary Lucko. and all my siblings Lynda(Krampetz) Angela(LoftusL) Brian, Raymond and Doreen (Enns) - Posted by: Patricia( Pat) Brokke (nee Lucko) (Your third cousins?) on: Nov 04, 2020

  • To the family of Cy & Sophie. We knew them both from Hillside Beach. Coffee at the local cafe, bingo, dances & just the socializing at the lake. Our condolences from not only Roger & I but also from my parents Walter & Pauline (also from Hillside). Our prayers for you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Debora-Lynne Griffiths (Friend from the lake) on: Nov 03, 2020

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