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ERNEST ALEXANDER REGAN (ERNIE)

Born: May 31, 1932

Date of Passing: Feb 22, 2021

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ERNEST ALEXANDER REGAN
May 31, 1932 – February 22, 2021

Charming, stubborn, independent and opinionated. On Monday, February 22, 2021, Ernie left this world in the same way he lived his life - on his own terms.
Ernie leaves to mourn his children and their families: daughter Patti, partner John Kiernan and his daughters, Laura and Julie; son Kevin, his wife Wendy and their children, Calvin, Sharla, Kira, Jerrad (his wife Judit and their son Arlo), and Brysen; and son Jeff, his wife Lynda and daughters, Samara, Molly (Alex) and Hannah; his sister Maureen Morison; sister-in-law Eveline Hebert; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Claudette (Hebert); his mother Dorothy (Watt), father Ernie, and brother-in-law Al Morison; Claudette's parents, Andrea (Valcourt) and Theobald Hebert; Claudette's sisters, Germaine (Gordon Schoenau), and Berthe (Eric Barker); and her brothers, Georges (Juliette), Claude, Charles (Ruth) and Roger (Marge).
Ernie grew up on Larsen Street in Elmwood. He loved sports and was a gifted athlete. Track and field, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, football (with the St. Vital Bulldogs), baseball - you name it - he played it. Hockey was his lifelong passion, and he played defence, often in three or four leagues at the same time well into his 60s. He also played senior baseball and enjoyed golf for many years (especially the semi-annual tournaments with the guys - the Grey Howl and the Fall Con), until injuries and arthritis made it impossible for him to continue.
He worked for 36 years at CN in the Depot on Main Street, retiring in 1988 as a Data Processing Supervisor. It was there that he met Claudette, who worked for CN as a comptometer operator. They were married on May 26, 1956, settled in Old St. Boniface and started a family. As the kids started school, they moved to Transcona.
Ernie took his responsibilities as a father seriously. His expectations were high and his rules were to be followed (earning him the nickname Sargent-Major). Although he left the organizing of activities for the kids to Claudette, he made sure that the resources needed to support participation in competitive swimming, drama, hockey, music lessons and so on were there. He was always proud of his children's accomplishments.
He loved to socialize and be out in the world. He and Claudette had a wide circle of friends, and his charm and sense of humour made him an entertaining and sought after guest. There were many parties, gatherings and backyard BBQs. In recent years, Ernie was greeted by name by staff and patrons (much like Norm from Cheers) at his regular haunts.
Ernie was not a man who embraced change. Home improvement projects usually happened without his knowledge or involvement when he was away on a golf weekend. Cell phones and bank cards were regarded with suspicion, and don't even think about proposing a new restaurant for Sunday breakfast!
He held strong opinions and was not afraid to share them. He was an avid consumer of the news, and his daily routine included reading the Free Press cover to cover, watching BBC News (Katty Kay was a favourite news host), and taking in the local evening news at 5:00 p.m. AND 6:00 p.m. Phone calls from family or friends were NOT appreciated between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
As his physical health forced him to slow down, Ernie still enjoyed being out in the yard in the summer, breakfasts out multiple times a week, a cold beer or a rye and seven with the guys, and watching his beloved Detroit Red Wings/ Dead Things.
Covid restrictions were very hard on Ernie, and he missed his regular outings and social circle. Many thanks to everyone at the Silver Spike and Aalto's Club Regent, for making his pre-Covid days interesting and engaging. And special thanks to his sister Maureen for the regular Thursday morning breakfasts and shopping days.
Ernie's expressed wish was to live independently in the family home as long as possible. In the end, he spent just four nights away from home before passing. As always, and as the song says, he did it his way.
He loved his family with his whole heart, and loved Claudette most of all. He missed her very much after she passed from Lupus in 2009, and although his children and grandchildren will miss his quick wit, love and support, we are comforted by knowing he and Mom are together again.
A memorial service will be held at a later date when we can gather safely again.
Donations in memory of Ernie may be made to the Lupus Society of Manitoba, 386 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3R6 or at https://lupusmanitoba.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I just learned of the passing of your dad today. I an so sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of the Regan family when they moved into the neighbourhood. Our parents became friends. I have several memories such as the kids and the moms going to our cottage at Gull Lake. Your mom's numerous teaspoons of sugar in her coffee, making sugar cookies at your house. Our Dads and their regular watering holes where they were known by all. Again, condolences to Patti, Kevin, Jeff and their families. Your dad will be missed by many. - Posted by: Colleen Wilson (Neighbour) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • I enjoyed reading this beautiful Obituary. I lived next door to the Regan family and have such happy memories of Patti and I. Did we really tie Kevin to the railroad tracks??? I met your father not long before your mother passed away. I was walking into HSC and saw him pacing outside. I approached him and he remembered me instantly. We had a wonderful chat. Patti, Kevin and Jeff, my condolences to the 3 of you and your families. Patti, I would love to reconnect at some point (netters5@telus.net). - Posted by: Annette Duguay (Childhood friend to Patti) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • Sorry for the loss of your father, he was a special person. Our parents were close friends so we played together often as children. Our moms were best friends. Years later I ran into Ernie and your mom who had a special love. After your mom passed I looked forward to seeing your dad at Smittys and reminiscing about you mom. He will be missed but my Heart knows he is at peace in Claudette’s arms. - Posted by: Tracy (Holms) Olafson (Friend ) on: Feb 28, 2021

  • I was to start by saying I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Ernie from the Spike Saturday afternoons for the band and Saturday morning chats with him at Safeway when Kevin would take him shopping. I must say I am truly going to miss seeing his smiling face and fun but sarcastic attitude. He was always good for a good chat that always ended up with many laughs. I would always joke around and say “how’s Ernie today”, his response was always “I don’t know, I’ll tell you when I see him”. He made many people smile. Deepest Condolences, Tara Lischynski - Posted by: Tara Lischynski (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I was so happy to have become friends with Earnie tho later in life.These words by his family completely encompass who he was;his love for Claudette was always evident when talking about her.I knew these days of restrictions were very hard on him and hoped we could make it through to have at least one more afternoon sitting together listening to country music at the Spike or discussing old hockey or football heroes.I will miss you friend. - Posted by: Joe Maloney (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I was to start by saying I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Ernie from the Spike Saturday afternoons for the band and Saturday morning chats with him at Safeway when Kevin would take him shopping. I must say I am truly going to miss seeing his smiling face and fun but sarcastic attitude. He was always good for a good chat that always ended up with many laughs. I would always joke around and say “how’s Ernie today”, his response was always “I don’t know, I’ll tell you when I see him”. He made many people smile. Deepest Condolences, Tara Lischynski - Posted by: Tara Lischynski (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • What a wonderful tribute to a truly unique man! Ernie certainly was his own person. We always enjoyed his humour and his matter of fact approach to life. Claudette and Ernie were great neighbours who always were upbeat. They both had a joie de vivre that will live on in those whose lives they touched. Our loving and heartfelt condolences to Patti, Kevin, Jeff and their families as well as extended family. - Posted by: Ken and Linda Boughton (Neighbours) on: Feb 27, 2021

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