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ROY WILFRED WILKE

Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2020

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ROY WILFRED WILKE

After a 17 year battle with cancer, with Eileen at his side, Roy lost the fight on December 5, 2020. This last year was rough but Roy never complained.
Predeceased by daughter Susan Wilke; parents, William and Rose Wilke; parents-in-law, Edward and Rose Wenzoski.
Survived by his wife of 59 years, Eileen; daughter Kelly Beasse (Len); son Dennis Wilke (Isabelle); granddaughter Nicole Deniset (Jean Pierre); grandson Ryan Beasse; great-grandson Louis Deniset; brother Leonard Wilke (Lynda); nieces, Dana, Pamela, Amanda; great-niece Adyson and great-nephew Ardon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Keith and Marilyn Wenzoski.
Roy's children and grandchildren were a source of pride and joy to him. He was very proud to be a great-grandfather.
Roy was a hard worker and always willing to help others. He founded Dakota Plumbing & Heating Ltd and ran it successfully for 25 years. Roy retired at the age of 59 and then spent his summers at the cabin and winters in Texas until his health declined.
Roy's favourite hobby was fishing. He was a master angler with 25 different species of fish. He also liked hunting, curling, playing cards and country music. He loved the Toronto Blue Jays and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Roy always had a full social life. He met friends for coffee every morning and spent Sunday mornings with friends over breakfast. His quick wit kept his friends laughing over many fishing trips.
Roy was happiest when he was outdoors in nature. He always encouraged his family to spend time outside, whether it was hunting trips with his son, or in a boat pulling his granddaughter on water skis.
We will miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank Drs. Coates, Wong, Butler and Kerr.
Donations in Roy's memory may be made to the Never Alone Foundation, P.O. Box 51064, RPO Tyndall, Winnipeg, MB R2X 3C6.

Fisherman's Prayer
God grant that I may live to fish
until my dying day,
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's safe landing
net I'm peacefully asleep,
That in His mercy I be judged
as good enough to keep.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
ejcoutu.ca

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 12, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • I was very saddened to learn of Roy's passing. I had the good fortune to have Roy & Eileen as neighbors for the 13+ years I lived in Winnipeg. The summary of Roy's life describes him to a "T". Another talent that always impressed me was his gardening and even though the rabbits did interfere, he grew amazing veggies. The suffering is over my friend...rest in peace. Condolences to you Eileen and to all the family. - Posted by: Sylvia Lindaas (friend) on: Dec 28, 2020

  • I cherish every memory I have with my uncle Roy. He was always my guy and I will forever be his ‘city mouse’. Uncle Roy and I had a special bond that survived everything. I just know he loved how I made everybody have dinner for years even though I was away. Deepest condolences to my Aunty Eileen, cousins Kelly and Dennis and their spouses and children. I wish with all my heart we could meet and hug one another. Sending you all my love during this difficult time. Love Pam - Posted by: Pam Wilke (Niece ) on: Dec 16, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of Roy's passing. We are thinking of you at this most difficult time. From: DOROTHY Kalinski and family. - Posted by: Dorothy Kalinski (Cousin ) on: Dec 16, 2020

  • Eileen and Family; Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Roy. We got to know you as our good neighbors in Magic Valley in Texas, then realizing that you were from Tyndall area, we had something in common. We had so many good times Wintering with you in M.V. Park. Roy enjoyed all the activities, and neighbors. He spent a lot of time in the pool hall. This world has lost a great guy. We will be in touch. Ann & Gerry - Posted by: Ann & Gerald Graves (Friend and Neighbor in Beausejour and Texas) on: Dec 14, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Eileen, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. Roy's smile and his witty humour would always lift up one's spirit even through his challenge with his illness. You were sure to have a few laughs whenever you met up with him. May you hold on to the special memories to bring some comfort and peace. - Posted by: Wm & Emily Evans (Cousun) on: Dec 13, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your passing. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Vi Cherny (Acquaintance Magic Valley Trailer Park Texas ) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • I have known Roy since I was a kid. I went to school with Roy and used to sit in the old double desk with him. Had lots of fond memories with him and our sexy teacher. We didn't learn much but we did have a good time. RIP Roy, you deserve it. - Posted by: Gerry Mastaler (Old Friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • Eileen, We are sorry to hear of our friend Roy's passing. Our sincere condolences to you, Kelly, Dennis, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Roy and I worked on many home renovation projects together over the years before his retirement. Through all the hard work we had time to share a few laughs. A young Dennis would help his dad on some jobs, Roy was very proud of him and the work he did. It was a privilege to have Roy as a friend. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Tom, Pat and Kent Ferris (Friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • Go in peace,Roy. Catch the big one up there. Eileen.Our condolences go out to you and family. Missed you in Texas. - Posted by: John and Roberta Robillard (Friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • Roy was a great guy. We were always happy to sit beside Roy and Eileen at Sunday breakfast. Our deepest condolences to the family Merv and Jo-Anne - Posted by: Merv and Jo-Anne Pollock (Friend ) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • I've known Roy since 1971.I worked under Roy for a year as a plumber where he taught me a lot.After we were both retired we realized we had another thing in common.FISHING.As I lived close to lake Wpg.Roy would make the 125km trip .and fish for the day with me.He did this many times a winter for many years.He didn't care if he caught fish or not,he just liked being in the lake. I'm gonna miss you a lot,my friend. Brian Jonasson - Posted by: brian jonasson (friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • I've known Roy since 1971.I worked under Roy for a year as a plumber where he taught me a lot.After we were both retired we realized we had another thing in common.FISHING.As I lived close to lake Wpg.Roy would make the 125km trip .and fish for the day with me.He did this many times a winter for many years.He didn't care if he caught fish or not,he just liked being in the lake. I'm gonna miss you a lot,my friend. Brian Jonasson - Posted by: brian jonasson (friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

  • Roy was always a friendly chap. Enjoyed talking to him especially at Magic Valley breakfasts. RIP Roy Eileen may the LORD help you thru this difficult time. - Posted by: Jeannette and Roger Hardy (MV friend) on: Dec 12, 2020

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