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Born: Jun 05, 1936

Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2021

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Surrounded by the love of his family, Harold Peter Arthur Siemens passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, January 11, 2021 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Harold was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Vilma Maxine Helga (nee Swanson) in 2016.
Left to cherish his memory are their daughters, Alayna (Geoff), and Brenda; grandchildren, Reese (Meagan), Evan, and Stacy; his brother Walter (Irene) and family; brother-in-law Marvin (Syd) and family; sister-in-law Doreen (Gary) and family; extended family and longtime friends. He was also predeceased by his parents, Arthur Peter and Olga (nee Papke) Siemens; sister-in-law Viola, brother-in-law Floyd, and nephew Dwayne.
Harold was born June 5, 1936 in Winkler, MB. After completing high school, he worked in the federal weather offices on Sable Island and in remote northern areas, enjoying the peace and solitude these locations provided before joining Air Traffic Control in Thunder Bay and then Winnipeg. While working in this field, Harold continued his education, obtaining a BSc at the University of Winnipeg and a teaching certificate from the University of Manitoba.
Harold had an incredible knowledge and gift for building, carpentry, and repairs of any kind. He was a true craftsman who worked with amazing precision, skill, and pride. "Ask Grandpa. Grandpa can fix anything" was the phrase heard most often around our family.
He had a gift for growing the most amazing vegetable garden. He was the go-to guy for anything to do with growing tomatoes, and he loved to share not only his knowledge and experience, but also his bounty of cucumbers and tomatoes at the end of every growing season.
Harold took pride in being the 'old curmudgeon'. He loved a good joke, but he was also a reflective man who thought deeply and felt things profoundly. He was a good man who lived by a strong ethical code. He was a firm believer in hard work and working for our rewards. He and mom were also strong believers in supporting those in need, and they were quiet donors to organizations that support and feed the hungry.
Dad was devoted to our mom, and he felt her death very profoundly. We take comfort in knowing that they are finally resting together in the peace and love of God.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place virtually over Zoom on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Courtenay Reedman Parker presiding. To register for the service, contact Messiah Lutheran Church at or (204) 888-1042 no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, January 22. A private interment with immediate family will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Urban (Lutheran Urban Ministry) or Messiah Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We would like of offer our deepest condolences to Harold’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed my many. As far back as I can remember Harold was always our neighbour across the street and we have been in our house over 50 years. My Dad, Harold and Greg (our next door neighbour) would stand at the end of the driveway and solve the world’s problems. After my father passed Harold watched over us. When Greg passed away he watched over Janet. It gave us a great deal of comfort knowing he was watching. One day he saw myself and Janet carrying her big ladder and before we knew it he was over and cleaning out my eaves, but he did remind us to call him first before picking up such a big ladder. When I had trouble with my car he was over in a flash. If I couldn’t figure something out I would call Harold and he always had the answer. When my lawn mower wouldn’t work Harold had it started in seconds with a big grin on his face. I will miss the phone calls from Harold telling me that I left my garage door open again. He will be greatly missed in this neighbourhood and he was the epidemy of wonderful neighbour and great friend. - Posted by: Gail and Marion Colclough (Neighbour) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • May care, love and prayers provide comfort and peace to get through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences. (cousin) Ron A Siemens. - Posted by: Ron A. Siemens (Cousin) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences to Brenda and family💜 And To Alayna, Geoff and family 💜 - Posted by: Holly & Bob (Friends) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. Our condolences from our family to yours. Love Dina and Danny Dasilva - Posted by: Dina and Danny Dasilva (friend and neighbors ) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Our condolences to all the family. Mary Anne & Joe McNeil - Posted by: Mary Anne McNeil (Cousin) on: Jan 16, 2021

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