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Born: Oct 04, 1940

Date of Passing: Apr 03, 2021

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October 4, 1940 – April 3, 2021

"I will be right over". These were the words from a man who would drop everything so that he could be there to help you out.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad and Papa. He fought the good fight and has now joined the love of his life Donna and his grandson Derek.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Tami (Brad), Nancy (Don), Jeff, Greg, Jennifer (Reg) and Karen Goodale; his grandchildren, Tess (Steven), Brendan, Gabrielle, Emma, Connor, Leah, Emmet, Ryan and Michael whom he was all very proud of.
We would like to share with you how important our Dad was to his family, friends, and community during his 80 years with us. Dad's work ethic was instilled in us at an early age. He was a loyal and dedicated employee to Comstock Canada for 45 years working as an Electrical Superintendent mentoring apprentices, managing job sites, and earning the respect and friendship of his employees during his career. Dad was also very involved in the Oak Bluff community way before it became what it is today. He and several friends donated their time building the Oak Bluff Recreation Club where we all grew up playing hockey, ringette and attending the occasional social. He laced up the blades and played a few seasons as an "Old Timer" where he and Vic eventually hung up their equipment in exchange for the stripes to get out and enjoy their time on the ice. He also volunteered coaching hockey and baseball where he was a role model to many kids at the time who have all now grown and still fondly refer to him as "Coach" or "Uncle George".
Dad loved spending time visiting with his nieces and nephews who will miss his hug (he gave the best ones), smile and laugh. He would light up a room just by entering it. We know that he rather enjoyed his visits outside over this last year and of course the baking that was dropped off, as he did have a bit of a sweet tooth! He was a genuine friend to many and was always willing to lend a hand, dropping in for visits at the farm, having a rum or beer with, and his favourite thing was being invited to your homes for dinner over the last few years. To his children he was larger than life, a father and a friend all rolled into one. Dad loved the outdoors; fishing was one of his absolute favourite pastimes with regular trips to Dauphin River or Grand Rapids. Papa taught each of his grandchildren how to fish, would offer advice, enjoyed quality time with, and most importantly he loved each and every one of you more than you will ever know.
He worked hard over the years to ensure that we never went without. We spent many summers on family camping trips and were always able to play our favourite sports. We remember having all kinds of different animals as pets such as horses, sheep, ducks, chickens but mostly dogs as this was his favourite. Above all he made and spent time for us - always - without a question this was his largest gift to us. We remember the countless hours he spent driving us to and from practices and games, cheering us on from behind the bench or on the sidelines. Dad was wise, a knower of all things, if it was broken, he could fix it. If you didn't know what to do, he would tell you. He had the largest, warmest, kindest hands and if you had the privilege of shaking his, you would understand how large this man's heart was. Since our Mom passed, Dad enjoyed taking his Sophie to Assiniboine Park where he would spark up conversations with strangers who soon became regular acquaintances on a Sunday afternoon. This was a common occurrence for Dad because he had a genuine curiosity and interest about people, one of his many great qualities as a human being. Over this past year we had seen him progressively get weaker with his treatments and frustrated that he could not do the things he loved to do. However, his sense of humour never left him, I think we can all hear him today in that voice of his starting off or ending a sentence with "JC"! It is an understatement when we say we will miss him. There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled but we do have a lifetime of memories that will carry us through until we see him again.
Thank-you to the Doctors and Nursing staff at the Grace General Hospital for their compassion and care. With your intuition we were able to be with him and hold his hand while he slipped away, a gift that most were not able to have with their loved ones during this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society.
A private graveside ceremony will take place to abide by current Public Health restrictions.
Thank-you to all who have sent their messages of condolence to the family, we appreciate the love and support. We ask that you raise a glass this Saturday around the dinner table with your loved ones and toast George, Papa, Geo, Big G or Uncle George.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 09, 2021

Condolences & Memories (25 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to the entire Bossuyt family. Your dad and grandpa was definitely one of the great guys. Very sorry for your loss, take care. - Posted by: Naomi Bestland-Janzen (Family friend) on: Apr 21, 2021

  • Just one of many stories; about ten years ago our granddaughter met the man she would marry. Being a very smart guy he wished for a trade opportunity. He opted for electrician. I made one phone call. Cousin George made an appointment for him to meet the union boss. Come the date of this appointment George phoned this young man...he was stocking shelves in town. After acknowledging that he hadn’t a vehicle to make it to said appointment he accepted George’s (“meet me out front and I’ll be there in twenty minutes”). Long story shortened; Harold Resanzoff is now my grandson-in-law with a very good job and a highly respected electrician. - Posted by: Lorene Chambers (Cousin and close friend) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • So sorry to hear about your dad. Seen him a few years ago at a birthday party, always so friendly! My thoughts are with all of you ❤️ - Posted by: Kimberly Peters (Anseeuw) (Family friend) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences to Tami, Nancy, Jeff, Gregg, Jennifer and their families. We will remember Uncle George for his wonderful sense of humor, wit, kindness, big hands and his big heart. He was very devoted to his family, friends and community. After Auntie Donna passed away, he could often be seen down at the cemetery spending time at her grave. Rest in peace, dear Uncle George, you will be missed by so many. - Posted by: Brian, Margaret, Benjamin & Adam Dusik (Cousin) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • We first met George and Donna when we bought our property in the neighborhood. They both were kind, welcoming and helpful and treated us as family. George was our electrician when we built our home, then our shop, then our electric gate. Everywhere we see George's handywork. We have happy memories of George stopping by for coffee or going out for breakfast together. We will miss him so much and we send our deepest condolences to all of the family. - Posted by: Ivan and Vesna Vasik (Neighbour) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • My thoughts are with all of you at this time. Uncle George was one of the kindest people I have ever met and a friend to all. His larger than life persona will be missed, and his life, by example, has been a gift to many. - Posted by: Jodi Dusik Sharpe (cousin) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • So saddened to hear of his passing. He was a person who made you feel comfortable wherever and he will be missed by many. My condolences to the family. Aileen S. Tycholis - Posted by: Aileen Tycholis (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Sending our heartfelt condolences to the Bossuyt family. George was one of the good ones, happy, caring and a pillar of strength for his family and community. He will be lovingly remembered and missed. Darren, Wendy Dusik and family❤️ - Posted by: Darren and Wendy Dusik (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences and love to the entire Bossuyt Family. George was always a friendly face in the community and will always hold fond memories for us. George and his puppy at the Rink is one of our favourites!! May you continue to feel his loving presence even this his physical presence has moved on. ❤️ - Posted by: Joanne and Keith Rempel (Community members and friends ) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • To George's family, we were greatly saddened to learn of George's passing. A prince of a man, we will never forget his wonderful, engaging smile which matched his generous and kind heart. James Wyndels on behalf of the Wyndels Family (Connie and Thérèse) - Posted by: james wyndels (relative) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • To the wonderful Bossuyt family, our deepest condolences on the passing of your Dad. I always felt like family around your Mom and Dad and especially remember his beloved Jack Russel Bruno. Beautiful memories to hold onto - Posted by: Margaret and Greg Zed (Friends) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • George was one of the good ones. I worked with him for 8 years at Comstock Canada in the late 70s and early 80s and he made life easier for a young guy who was new to the construction industry. It was a big change for me coming from Manitoba Hydro and George made the transition much more pleasant with his easy, good natured attitude. I have always appreciated the way he helped me to fit in. I believe he was respected by everyone he touched in the electrical construction industry. My sympathy is extended to his family. - Posted by: Al Dunsmore (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Uncle George you will be missed by so so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this very difficult time!! We raise our glass to you, 🥃 Cheers Uncle George, until we meet again!! ❤ Doug and Joanne - Posted by: Doug and Joanne Dusik (Cousin ) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • You were always a special and maybe even unique guy, George. A friend to everyone and liked by everyone....a good man. I know Donna is with you and I would love to think you finally meet your father, our “uncle Joe”. We are missing you today. Lorene. - Posted by: Jack and Lorene Chambers (First cousin...nee Kleysen) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • Oh George, what a fun guy! We meet when he and my husband worked for Comstock, became lifelong friends. Although I had not been able to see him in the last 18 months, we had a couple good conversations. It seemed his voicemail was always full so not always able to connect with him. To George’s kids.. my heart goes out to you. I know how you will miss him as will everyone else. We shared the Belgian genes which was good for a chuckle. Rest In Peace dear friend.. you made the world a more interesting place! - Posted by: Eileen Wilton (Harry) (Friend) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • I was so saddened to hear of George’s passing. I went to high school with him (Pat Fisher, at that time) and from then on George became a family friend. George and Donna were special to our family, especially to my brother Don who spent many hours with them. They made him feel like family. I last saw him at my Mom’s funeral and he was the same warm friendly guy.....with the biggest bear hug! I know you all will miss him so much but you will never forget the memories he left for you. - Posted by: Pat Chychrun (Friend ) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • Tami, Brad & family, Dallas and I are saddened by your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies to all of you ❤️ Dallas and Lynne - Posted by: Lynne Johnston (Friend ) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • Words cannot express the loss of someone so dear. Uncle George was truly a spark of life and positivity. I am very fortunate to have hugged and talk to him at a family gathering in 2016, and so glad I have a picture of the two of us. With time you will heal and remember all the great times. Uncle George is at peace and pain free. I can't imagine the antics him and my father Wayne are now up to. Pray that God keeps them in line. Love and hugs, Christie - Posted by: Christina Kleysen (Godfather and my father's cousin) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • You always felt welcome at George and Donna's campsite. He was always so positive, funny, genuine, helpful and kind. The definition of a truly beautiful person is “GEORGE”. We enjoyed many laughs and good times at Forall Campground and loved his sweet pups Bruno, Skippy and Jackson who are with him now💞 Our deepest sympathy to his family. Lori & Keith - Posted by: Lori King & Keith Blackburn (Campground friend) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was truly a huggable teddy-bear of a man, whom we all loved. So many memories of Donna and him, and our fishing trip, camping trips and vacations will keep him alive in our minds. Condolences to each and everyone of his children and grandchildren. He will be missed. - Posted by: Tini Denton (Kleysen) (Friend) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • Sending condolences to all the family. Uncle George was a great man and his humour and generous personality will be missed by all! Some of my best memories were watching him at the rink watching hockey with his dogs with him. And his most recent time helping me was with an electrical issue in the house a couple years ago. We will miss you Uncle George. Say hi to my dad for me! :) Shawnda Muir (Bossuyt) - Posted by: Shawnda Muir (niece) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • I’m very sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I’m deepest condolences to you all your families. Barb - Posted by: Barbara Hallick (Friend) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • May happy memories ease your sorrow. Thoughts of George's caring and warmth of person will be cherished. - Posted by: Sister Louise Van Belleghem (Cousin ) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • I am so very sorry to read of George’s death. Your obituary told the whole story on him. The biggest heart, and always there for you. My sincere condolences to your family. Grief is the consequence of loving someone. Aileen Tycholis - Posted by: Aileen Tycholis (Friend) on: Apr 09, 2021

  • George was an inspiration and a glow of sunshine. No matter what issues where at hand, George always had a positive spin to offer. We (I) will miss him greatly. - Posted by: Louis Girard (Co-worker) on: Apr 09, 2021

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