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Date of Passing: Oct 28, 2020

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Peacefully on October 28, 2020, in the
comfort of his home, it is with profound
sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, and
brother Douglas, aged 73 years.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 40 years, Linda, his son Derek, granddaughters, Marin and Ella, brother Ronald of Calgary, sisters, Susan Dokken, Donna Moore, brother-in-law John Moore, sister-in-law Donna Topp and in-laws, Michael and Mary Kyluk all of Transcona. Doug was predeceased by his parents Peter and Mary Manitowich, brother-in-law Richard Dokken of Transcona and sister-in-law Mary Anne Manitowich of Calgary. He is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and
Doug, also known as Butch to many family and friends, was a lifelong resident of Transcona. Doug worked at Regent Billiards (a family business) throughout his school years. After high school Doug went on to work at Manitoba Telephone Systems retiring after 38 years of service.
In his early years, he spent many summers on his grandparents' farms in the Poplar Park area where he loved to trap, hunt and fish. Doug's love of the outdoors continued throughout his life and family and friends have many wonderful memories of camping, hunting and fishing trips.
In his teenage years, he and his brother Ron enjoyed playing hockey for the Pirates Community Club. His love of sports continued through the years and his great enjoyment was going to his son's games and cheering him on. Doug loved to participate in many
different sports, but he especially enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Transcona Golf and Country Club for many years.
Doug was an enthusiastic card player throughout his life from his pool hall days to playing poker on Thursdays with the MTS
retiree group, to cribbage nights at the Transcona Legion Branch No. 7 where Doug was an Associate Member. Card games were very often a part of family get togethers.
Doug and Linda loved to entertain. Their home was always open to family and friends and many holidays and special occasions were celebrated there. During the summer, Doug loved to BBQ with family and friends who spent many a fun filled evening in the backyard gazebo.
Doug had many interests, one of them being his exceptional wine making skills. He was a member of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints and for many years he was responsible for making the communion wine.
Doug was a very proud grandfather who cherished the moments he was able to spend with his granddaughters. He loved the cards and gifts the girls made for grandpa and
enjoyed listening to their stories.
Doug was a kind, gentle person with a
wonderful sense of humour. He always put his family first and his calm demeanour and quiet strength were a source of comfort to us. He was always cheerful and positive. He was an "amazing spirit" .
Although in later years, when illness
became a major part of his life, Doug would not have wanted to be defined by it. Throughout those years there were many good
moments and he took advantage of those times and lived his life to the fullest.
We would like to thank the Doctors and Nurses of Health Sciences Centre who took great care of Doug through his illness and the Palliative Care Team who's support to the end was appreciated.
Due to COVID-19 restrictioins, a private funeral service will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of All Saints on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Transcona Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doug's memory to a charity of your choice.
Cropo Funeral Chapel in charge of


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Many weekends hunting ,fishing ,partying ,a wonderful guy whom will be missed! We partied with our fathers ,our suns and friends ! He is missed. Our condolences to You Linda, Derek and family ❣️ - Posted by: Leslie and Bill Leake (Friends) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Those we have held in our arms, we hold in our hearts forever. We pray the love of God enfolds you Linda & family during your time of grief. Our deepest & heartfelt sympathy. Shirley & John - Posted by: John & Shirley Zurkowski (Friend) on: Nov 23, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda, Derek, Susan, Ron, Donna and families. Butch was truly one of the kindest people you could ever meet. I have many wonderful memories of him including one in particular hunting trip to Virden where he displayed his exceptional shooting skills. He was always so positive and upbeat and will be sadly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Butch rest in peace. - Posted by: Terry and Teresa Manitowich (cousin) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Linda and family. I’m so sad to hear this news of Butch’s passing. Wishing you peace, comfort and love during this difficult time. I know my Dad and Sharon are very grateful to have had the friendship of Doug and yourself for so many years and all of us will miss him. Take care. - Posted by: Sheri McKinnon (Family friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • Linda, So sorry for your loss. I do remember the good times at Crib with you and Doug. He was an amazing player for sure and a great soul inside and out. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. sending you virtual HUGS...Take care and BE SAFE - Posted by: Sheila Webb (Friend) on: Nov 22, 2020

  • My condolences LINDA TO A WONDERFUL GUY WHO WAS ALWAYS CALM AND respectful to everyone.My family lived across the back lane from Doug’s family and my older brothers played sports as kids with Doug .My late wife Jackie and I had the pleasure to socialize with Doug and Linda over the years and he will be sadly missed. Glenn McIvor - Posted by: Glenn McIvor (Friend ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Thanks for all the wonderful memories Uncle Butch. Growing up on Dowling Ave West was made easy by folks like yourself and you left me with so many wonderful stories of us ; fishing, card games , parties, etc that I will continue to share with whomever I can. Cheers upstairs to you and Mom having Caesars as we speak. - Posted by: Kevin Boutet (Friend of family ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences to my son Derek, Linda and all Butch's family and friends. Butch was a kind and gentle soul and will be sadly missed. RIP - Posted by: KRISTINE COLE (Derek's mother) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So saddened to hear of Doug’s passing. I know my Dad and Sharon are truly grateful for the friendship both you and Doug have given them over the years. Butch will be missed dearly. Thinking of you and sending virtual hugs to you and your family Linda. XXOO - Posted by: Sheri (Family friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy Linda and family. - Posted by: Cathy Willey (Knew Doug and Linda through my work ) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Our condolences to all the family. Butch was an awesome man. Kind with a heart of gold. I smile as I write this as my memories of him are a smiling guy which I have known since childhood. May your memories comfort you all at this time. - Posted by: Carol Chudley (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda and family Doug has left many wonderful memories for all of us Fred and Joan - Posted by: Joan Bosko (cousin) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Condolences to family and friends. We hunted, fished and had a few cool ones together - "the good times." Take care and be safe, Tony & Anna Zienkiewicz - Posted by: Tony Zienkiewicz (friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. He was a gentleman and a true friend. I met Butch more than 40 years ago, when his father Peter hired me to work at Regent Billiards. My heart goes out to Linda and her entire extended family. I hope that all her memories of Butch can comfort her and her family through this truly sad time. Peace to Butch, and the Manitowich and Kyluk families. May each thought of Butch, truly be a blessing. Rod Suggitt. - Posted by: Rodney K. Suggitt (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

  • Very sorry for your loss. Butch was a great man that will be dearly missed. Please know that your family is in the thoughts and prayers of the Trudel family. - Posted by: Guy Trudel (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2020

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