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Born: May 13, 1947

Date of Passing: Apr 04, 2021

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May 13, 1947 - April 4, 2021

When we were growing up, you were our hero. We admired your strength and intelligence; you rarely answered a Jeopardy question wrong! You were a fixer of everything; a builder of anything and most importantly, you were a mother and father all in one. You instilled the importance of family and love in your children, which we try to emulate today, but you set the bar so high! Raising three children, George Jr, Kristen and Mike, wasn't easy. You spent most of those days driving to all our sporting events. No matter what obstacles life has thrown our way, you've always been our Number One Fan!
Dad was a teacher, and a great one at that. Everywhere we went, students past and present, would approach us to say that he was their favourite. Dad taught many years, beginning his career right out of university at Knowles Centre, spending over 30 years in the Transcona Springfield School Division before finishing his incredible tenure in the Sunrise School Division.
Dad made many lifelong friends along the way. Some of his favourite times were spent at the cabin in the Whiteshell with "his crew". He loved his "Guys Weekends", filled with fishing, golfing, getting up to no good and endless debauchery - What happens at Dorothy Lake, stays at Dorothy Lake. For those who joined along, you shall remain nameless, you know who you are. If you're reading this and have a smile on your face, you participated.
Dad also had a passion for travel, from the East Coast of Canada, to trips to Europe, to sunning on a beach in Cuba with a Corona in hand. He was so proud of the time he was able to use his Ukrainian ways to bamboozle one of many trips there for free!
Dad spent the last few years in Gimli fixing up his new place. He enjoyed the peacefulness and serenity it brought to his now laidback life, making new friends and feeding any animal that came by. He enjoyed bird watching and spending time sitting on the deck under his favourite umbrella. He was the self-declared "Mayor" of anywhere he called home.
Our Dad was Human, incredibly headstrong, firm but fair and never apologetic for the way he lived his life and the mistakes made along the way. Being loved by this man gave you the sense of being invincible and for that we are forever grateful. He guided his family with love. His heart was as big as his fishing stories and his golf slice.
Dad will be sadly missed by his children, daughters-in-law, Lena and Devan, and his grandchildren, Marcus (MacKenzie), Meghan (Andrew), Myah, Lee, Ava and Raeleen. Dad will be deeply missed by Marijka, his Angel on Earth. Thank you Marijka for loving him unconditionally and being by his side until the very end.
Predeceased by his mother Stephanie and father Michaylo, he will be joining them in rest, back in his mother's arm, at All Saints Cemetery on Main Street.
We would like to send a special thank you to the countless paramedics, nurses and doctors in Gimli, Selkirk and Health Sciences Centre GA4 for all the care they gave to Dad in the last few months.
Due to COVID restrictions a private ceremony with immediate family will be held.
In lieu of flowers or donations, please raise your glass on May 13, 2021, what would have been his 74th birthday, to toast our Father, Gigi, Friend, an incredible man, George.

Until we meet again.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • My sincerest condolences to George's Family and Marijka. I met George as a fellow staff member at John W Gunn. When it came to athletics, whether staff/student competition or the staff hockey team, George was an integral part of the competition and enjoyment that was had by everyone, especially after the hockey games. After the games which usually began at 10pm (school night ), we would invariably go for a few refreshments then to a particular staff member's house for poker and a few more. Many of us would get home at around 5 am; nap and be at school by 7:30 am the next day for coffee and discussion of previous night shenanigans. Somehow we able to teach our best lessons on those days. In Thoughts and Prayers Frankie De Marchi - Posted by: Frankie Demarchi (Former colleague at John W Gunn) on: Apr 16, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a great neighbour at the cabin. The kids enjoyed spending time with him. He tasked them with replenishing his supply of bait. They were happy to have helped with his fishing successes. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ryan and Karlene Fontaine (Lake neighbour) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Little did I know the girl sitting beside me in our Kindergarten class photo (Kristen, Bird’s Hill School, 1975) would become a life long friend, my chosen sister and her family would become an extension of my own. George Sr. (Papa George) was always open, honest and the instigator of many pranks, some of which I still giggle at today. He knew something about everything and his negotiating skills really were top-notch, deals in his favour were always achieved. He welcomed me into their home and family gatherings; a loving, whole-hearted gesture to which I am truly thankful for. In honour of his life well lived, we will raise our glasses and toast on May 13th. Prayers to all family, Dyborja to Papa George, we love you lots. - Posted by: Cori Lapka (Family) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Sorry to read about the loss of your mentor 😪 - Posted by: Shawna Sanchez (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Deepest sympathies to all the Maneluk family. George was my best friend, my fishing and golfing buddy, my teammate. We were friends from 1960 when we met on the football field at Sisler. George was a good athlete and more importantly a great father to George Jr, Mike, and Kristen. Great fathers make great grandfathers. He will be missed forever by the Kozak family. - Posted by: jerry and Arline Kozak (Best Friends) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • Mr. Maneluk taught me at John W. Gunn. I will remember him as a funny, inspirational teacher. One teacher, I never forgot. I remember him teaching phys-ed, and many students would be in pain during his stretching and callisthenics. We would never make it through his pre-class workouts, often ending in laughter. He was always aware of the group he taught. We were a bunch of grade 8 or grade 9 kids who loved sports. Especially floor hockey. So, of course, he always gave us our time. In a student/teacher floor hockey game, I can remember getting rough with Mr. Maneluk, and when I went on to grade 10...he still remembered and shared a laugh. A nice guy, a great teacher. My condolences to all his family and friends. Your Dad was an outstanding teacher. - Posted by: Darren Olsen (student) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • George was my uncle, and I have a lot of fond memories of him telling stories about teaching, fishing, and hockey, particularly about the travels of his sons, of whom he was always very proud. Sorry to hear of his passing, all the best to his family and loved ones. - Posted by: Myles (Nephew) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of George’s passing. My condolences to George, Lena and families. - Posted by: Bunny Fontaine (Dorothy Lake friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Dear George, Kristen & Mike, We go back years when your family lived in Birds Hill. Your dad played hockey with the Men’s League and he was so involved with the Community Club. We are saddened to read about his passing. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to you & your families. You were blessed with a wonderful dad. May he Rest In Peace. Take care of each other. Fred & Jan Butler - Posted by: Fred & Jan Butler (Birds Hill Community Friends) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to all of you. Your dad was a great man and will be missed. It is my sincere hope that our dads along with Frank and Boris are watching over Dorothy Lake and reminiscing about the big one that got away. - Posted by: Tammy (Family friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • So sorry to hear this, many fond memories of our time spent on the football field. Friends we made, Championships won, could not have done it without you. Lead the way, RIP George, and let perpetual light shine upon you. - Posted by: Joe Neuman (Friend , fellow Spartan) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • I am very sorry to hear of George passing. I sure did smile when I read about Dorothy Lake. I camped there for many years and that is how I got to know George. I remember the night we were all together and this is going way back, George dragged us all out to the middle of the road and gave us a lesson in astrology. Fun times...he knew all the fishing spots and what a fisherman he was. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends. RIP George. - Posted by: Allison Mackenzie (Friend) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Most deepest sympathy to family in your loss. Edward Goralski and Family - Posted by: Edward Goralski (Community ) on: Apr 10, 2021

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