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Born: Jan 28, 1932
Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
January 28, 1932 - February 27, 2021
He was predeceased by his wife Laura (2019), and son Roger (2016). He is survived by his daughter Roxane (Craig), grandchildren, Kristen (Kirk), Jennifer, Wesley (Brenna), Michelle (John) and Brayden; his son Ross (Sonya), grandchildren, Kaila, Kailen, and Rye; and his son Rodney (Diana), grandchildren, Jade (Garrett), Jake, and Jacey.
Surviving family members are sisters, Kay and Gloria; as well as sisters-in-law, Helen and Myrtle, along with many nieces and nephews.
He is now reunited with his parents, Fred and Anna; sister Mary; brothers, John, Harry, Mike, Steve, Alex, Joe, Kost, Paul, and Dan; sister-in-law Hattie; brothers-in-law, Mike and John; niece Linda; and nephews, Clayton, Gary, and Brian.
Dad was born on the family farm in Wheathill. In 1949, he moved to nearby Chatfield to operate his father's General Store. Mom and Dad were married in 1954. Together, they operated the store until 1970, when they made the big decision to move the store and attached house to Teulon and converted the building into a restaurant. With their four children, they opened G & L Restaurant in 1971, quickly becoming famous far and wide thanks to Mom's incredible cooking. Expansions included The Cardinal Lounge and Motel, and eventually they sold the highly successful establishment in 1986.
Dad entered the construction business with his partner, Nick, in 1965, when they started land clearing. Later, they worked for the municipalities of Armstrong and Rockwood building roads, in addition to digging dugouts and drainages. Dad was an active business owner until just a few years ago as his health began to decline. Rodney worked alongside Dad for 20 years.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman, and for many decades he was well-known for his trapping skills. One of his many pastimes was digging Seneca roots to be sold for medicinal use. Dad operated a grain farm near Silver in the '70s.
His lifelong passion was baseball. In 1946, he joined the Chatfield baseball team, along with four of his brothers, and as their pitcher he lead the team to dominance throughout the Interlake. In the early '50s, he was invited to a professional baseball tryout in Florida but declined to continue operating the store. The Chatfield team was inducted to Manitoba's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of their great success from 1952 to 1957. While playing in tournaments with Chatfield, Dad played league-organized baseball with the Balmoral Orioles. He became involved with the Teulon Whips in 1971, winning back-to-back provincial titles in 1974 and 1975, when they also went on to win the Western Canadian championship. He continued to play, coach, and manage Teulon men's baseball over the course of five decades. Serving as a town council member in Teulon throughout the 1980s, Dad had an essential role in the development of Green Acres Park. In addition to their numerous provincial titles, the Teulon Cardinals' all-time highlights included a spot at Nationals in 1991 and again in 1998, which was also the year that Dad had been inducted to Manitoba's Baseball Hall of Fame for his individual achievements both as a player and as a coach. Dad was involved in baseball for 68 consecutive years (1946 to 2014). Dad pitched his last game when he was 68 years old at Chatfield Oldtimers' tournament in 2000; ironically the same place where he threw his first pitch in 1946 with the Chatfield Cardinals. Ross and Rodney played for the Teulon Cardinals for many years, keeping the team active until 2014. Many have cherished memories of Dad's baseball journey. Sport truly does create friendships and memories that last a lifetime!
We would like to thank the staff at Teulon Hospital and Goodwin Lodge for their care and compassion over the past few years.
Special thanks to Ken Loehmer for his thoughtfulness and unwavering support. Sincere gratitude to Father Peter Chorney and Father Barry Schoonbaert.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences or to share memories on his tribute wall at www.klfuneralservices.ca.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Teulon Senior Resource, Box 418, Teulon, MB R0C 3B0, or IERHA - Attn. Goodwin Lodge, Box 89, Teulon, MB R0C 3B0, or a charity of one's choice.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021
Condolences & Memories (19 entries)
Uncle George was an awesome Uncle and will be missed greatly. The last of 10 boys in the Ledochowski clan is gone, I am sad we cannot get together to celebrate. As I reflect on the past and and remember the uncles always getting together and "talking" with a bottle of whiskey, how lucky were these boys to grow up I such a large family and of course Uncle George was the "Funniest" uncle, in my opinion. My dad (Paul) and George were not only brothers, but close friends. I always felt like part of George and Laura's family and loved to visit whenever I could. Uncle George, I will miss you, miss your quick wit, funny sayings, and when I think of you, I will always smile. - Posted by: Louise Mallett (Niece) on: Mar 26, 2021
Condolences to the Ledowchoski family. Rod and Ross, your dad was a class act, always had a smile and treated us like gold when we played both together and against each other in ball from our Elmwood days and then the games we played against each other in Teulon. I still remember taking the Grey Goose out there with the Junior boys from Elmwood and crashing in a trailer in your backyard. Your parents treated us like one of their own. Prayers are with you and your families. Howie Prociuk - Posted by: Howie Prociuk (friend) on: Mar 24, 2021
Our condolences to all of you on the passing of your father and grandfather. We will cherish all the good times at your parents house after the baseball games. Paul and Iris Demianiw - Posted by: Paul & Iris Demianiw (friends) on: Mar 18, 2021
We are very saddened to hear of George’s passing, and offer our deepest sympathies to Rodney, Ross and Roxanne and their families. George was a great man, on and off the field, a tremendous ambassador for the town of Teulon, and a baseball legend in Manitoba. When I joined the Cardinals, it became a wonderous adventure, made even more special when George and Laura opened up their home to the team after games. They made everyone feel like family. As gracious hosts, they made being a Cardinal a lot of fun. George had a way of getting the best out of people in his own unique way, and all he asked is that the players make the Cardinals proud. His generosity knew no bounds and he did everything he could for the team. Safe Home, George, you will be missed. - Posted by: Morgan de Pena and Caroline Irvine (Friends and former player) on: Mar 16, 2021
I want to offer my sincerest sympathies to Ross and Sonya, Rodney and Diana and Roxanne and Craig and your families on George's passing. George was one of those special people outside of my family that positively influenced who I am today. My connection to George was through both baseball and my friendship with Ross growing up. George was very encouraging to me in baseball. I came to a fair number of Teulon Cardinals games to watch as a teenager, but was also able to go occasionally to the basement gathering of players and others after the game was over. I remember George introducing me to the team by name and raising one of my accomplishments with the team of adult players (I was probably about 13 or 14 at the time). Earlier that week, I had hit a three run home run in the bottom of the final inning of a play-off game (I think we were playing Balmoral) to come back from a deficit and win the game. He really boosted my confidence and treated me like someone who mattered, even though I was a kid among adults. So encouraging! George also went out of his way to reconnect every time we crossed paths. He enthusiastically said hello and genuinely wanted to know how things were going with me. Although I didn't have a lot of occasions over the last number of years to reconnect, this approach was one of the many influences I've had to creating and nurturing relationships, treating people with respect and making people feel that they matter. George was a community builder and a gentleman. He will be missed. I am thankful that he and Laura passed on so many great traits and opportunities to their children. Your family is one that I hold in very high regard. Big hugs to all of you mourning George's passing. - Posted by: Maurice Bouvier (Friend of the Family) on: Mar 14, 2021
Roxanne, we are sending our sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dad. Dads are precious, your memories of him will remain with you forever. You are all in our thoughts and hearts. Love Sharon Pawluk and family - Posted by: Sharon Pawluk (Cousin) on: Mar 13, 2021
I PLAYED BALL FOR GEORGE AND KNEW HIM FOR YEARS. I grew up knowing both Ross and Rod. Good man, never treated anyone any different than anyone else. Always gave you good advice with his grin. - Posted by: neil murdock (friend) on: Mar 12, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. - Posted by: Peggy Rybachuk (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2021
To the family.....our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. As an active force within the community, George will be missed. May your love and your memories sustain you as they remain with you. - Posted by: Steven and Mitzi Maksymyk and family (Friends) on: Mar 11, 2021
To the Ledochowski Family, we would like to extend our sincere sympathy to you all. My Mom worked at the G & L Restaurant for many years, many great memories. Cherish the Memories. Take Care. - Posted by: Bev, Grant Stephanie McDonnell (Friends) on: Mar 09, 2021
My condolences to all the family. George was one of my best bosses I ever had. George was a terrific man! - Posted by: Val Shupenis (Friend/ Former Employee) on: Mar 08, 2021
So sorry for your loss of your Dad. I remember when your Mom and Dad opened G & L restaurant in Teulon. Our family had many great meals there. Your Dad always made time to come to our table and update us on all the baseball games, etc. with the biggest proud grind and always ended with a joke or story. My Deepest Sympathy do you Roxane and your brothers and families. - Posted by: Deanna Pringle (Drohomereski) (Friend of the family ) on: Mar 07, 2021
Sorry for your loss, sounds as if he was quite an individual and you have great memories. - Posted by: noreen stone (friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
Roxanne, Ross & Rodney, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, please accept my sincere condolences to all of you and your families. Your dad was an incredible man, he did so much for his community, his family, his friends and every baseball player that ever had the pleasure of meeting him. I had the ultimate pleasure of playing for him in Teulon and can honestly say that those years were the best baseball memories of my life. Our post game gatherings at George and Laura’s home were always the highlight of the evening, win or lose! I never understood a thing he said to me but I always understood what he meant! He was a true gentlemen and always showed class and dignity to anyone he met. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. RIP George! - Posted by: Stu Gilman (Friend & Baseball lover) on: Mar 06, 2021
You have my sympathies and condolences to Rod & Ross in the passing of your Father. I go way back in the 70's as I used to umpire Sr. Jr. baseball and met George in Tuelon. It was a wonder to have known George as he was a gentleman and sincere when he spoke with you. God Bless you George and see you on the diamond on the other side. - Posted by: Paul L Lagimodiere (old time friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
Roxane, we extend our sincere sympathy to you and all the family. Your Dad will be remembered by many in the Interlake area as a friendly and helpful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gordon & Eileen Zinkowski - Posted by: Gordon & Eileen Zinkowski (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
I would like to offer the family my deepest sympathy. I had the opportunity to play baseball with the Teulon Whips for a few years back it the early 1970’s. George was the mainstay of the team and had the utmost respect from the baseball fraternity. - Posted by: Glen McKenzie (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
My recently deceased husband, Joe Psooy, played tournament ball with George and some of his brothers, and had fond memories of those days. - Posted by: pat psooy (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
Rod and Ross, I’m greatly saddened to hear about your dad and wish you both my sincere condolences. I will never forget all the times showing up in Teulon for a game and joking with George while he got the field ready. He was a great guy! - Posted by: Jeff Bouchard (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021
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