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Born: May 26, 1960

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2020

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1960 - 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband and father, Randy Scharnik, on November 5, 2020.
Randy was born on May 26, 1960 in Winnipeg.
Randy is survived by his wife of 35 years, Hazel; children, Lindsay (Ian), and Mitch; siblings, Richard (Trish), and Barbara (Dennis); and nieces, Stacy and Rylee; the Kotz family – sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews; as well as many close family friends. Randy is predeceased by his parents, Mollie and Bernard Scharnik; in-laws, Kay Kotz and Mytro Kotz; brother-in-law, Ron; and nephew, Leigh.
Randy was born and raised in Elmwood, growing up a few houses down from his best friend, Peter. The two were inseparable as children, and continued their friendship as they grew older. After graduating from Elmwood High, Randy went to Red River College where he met the love of his life, Hazel. After graduating from Red River, he began his career at Canada Revenue Agency, where he worked for 35 years, and made many lifelong friends. Randy and Hazel built a house in North Kildonan, not straying too far from his family and Elmwood friends that he grew up with. He loved his Elmwood crowd.
Randy's passion was his home, his family and friends. He spent much of his time raising his kids, and taking them to hockey and swimming. He enjoyed cooking for his family, and was famous for his delicious home-made pizza and apple crumble. Randy doted on his mother, taking care of her and her home for many years. Gardening was a passion he shared with others. Randy enjoyed travelling to some hot destinations, but most of the time he enjoyed being at home, spending time in his backyard enjoying the sun, garden and blasting some tunes. Summer memories include times at the beach - Randy enjoyed having fun in the water. Randy retired in 2015, spending much of his time with his furry friend, Sugar. Randy and Hazel bought a cabin at Betula Lake, to spend time with family and friends.
Randy will be remembered as a very kind and loving man. He always had a kind word for everyone, and had a fondness for creating nicknames for those close to him. Our world will not be the same without him. He will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
A big thank you to the staff at CancerCare, the Thoracic Surgery Clinic at HSC, and Riverview Health Centre for the care provided to Randy. A special thank you to Dr. James Paul.
Those who wish may make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba in Randy's honour.
A private family burial has taken place.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I was shocked and very sorry to hear of Randy's passing, my sincere condolences to the family especially Hazel. He was one of the most kind, friendly person you could possible meet. He always had a smile and a hello for you. - Posted by: Joy Tandberg (Ex-coworker) on: May 13, 2021

  • Going to miss the old dog. This took me by shock reading the obits. I had just seen him at the Wellness Centre pre Covid and he looked fine to me. Worked with Randall (that's how I called him) at the CRA both at the WTC and audit at the downtown district office. We had many many laughs and very many drinks together. Remember the times way back when we would go to Bemidji, MN for the annual Hands Across the Border Golf Tournament with the Americans from the Minnesota IRS Department. One great guy is gone. My condolences to Hazel and the family. - Posted by: Walter Mazepa (Friend and co worker) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • I will forever remember Uncle Randy's smile. I have memories of camping with him and his family and BBQs at their family home. One spring/summer I worked at the tax centre and was able to hitch a ride with him - it was nice spending time with him. He was my dad's best friend, and though not blood, he was my uncle - he will be greatly missed. Sending love and strength to Auntie Hazel, Lindsay and Mitch. xo - Posted by: Natalie Thompson (Peter's daughter) on: Nov 15, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of working out at the old "super spa" with Randy, one of the most pleasant nice guys I've known, haven't seen Randy in awhile but when moving back to Winnipeg I found a momento that Randy and Brent were a part of 1981, it brought back some laughter and memories. Irwin - Posted by: irwin (friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • I grew up with my friend Randy playing football in the fall and spongee in the winter time on our Johnson avenue back lane. We also played hockey and lacrosse together out of Kelvin CC and later, with the Winnipeg Wreckers. Randy was a very good athlete in his younger years and had the hardest wrist shot l have ever seen. I believe he got his superior wrist strength from his work at Pete’s fur business, where he worked weekends while growing up. As nice a guy as Randy was he was equally brilliant. In grade 11 l had a “D” going into the final math exam that was worth 55% of the final mark. Randy offered to tutor me for the final. He spent two evenings at my kitchen table and l learned more in those two nights about math than l had learned in the eleven years in school. With Randy’s tutoring help l managed o get the highest mark in that final exam and my mark rose to a solid B+. A better friend, husband or father you could not find. Randy was a true gentleman and l will dearly miss my good friend. - Posted by: Brent Paul (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Randy was one of the group of many Elmwood alumni that have stayed in contact from back in the school days. Played lacrosse with all the guys and never missed a lacrosse alumni reunion at the LaSalle Hotel and then the Elmwood Legion. Our family and the Scharniks were good friends going back to the Kelvin CC days and you never lose the great Elmwood connection we all have. Thoughts and prayers to Hazel and all the family. All our Love, Keith , Sandy, Derek, Trent & all the McLennans. - Posted by: Keith McLennan (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to the family, Randy is one of the nicest guys I have known, I will always remember him smiling and laughing. Jason & Cheryl White - Posted by: Jason White (Friend ) on: Nov 14, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy, & condolences to the entire Scharnik Family. Not only was Randy my accountant for many years, he was also a great guy & good friend. He will be missed. - Posted by: Rob McLaughlin (Friend of the Family) on: Nov 14, 2020

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