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Date of Passing: May 07, 2021

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After a brief illness, Gayle MacKenzie passed away on May 7, 2021 in Winnipeg, MB, while in hospital, at the age of 78.
Gayle leaves behind to mourn her passing, son Kenny (Janet) of Winnipeg, daughter Tammy (Kevin) of Ear Falls, ON, son Geordie (Laura) of Winnipeg and son Daniel of Ponoka AB. Also left to mourn her passing are her beloved grandchildren, Wyatt Henry, Danielle MacKenzie, Nash Henry, Rachel MacKenzie, Abbey MacKenzie, Duncan MacKenzie, Chloe MacKenzie and Cameron MacKenzie. Gayle also leaves her siblings, Duffy Hancharyk (Maureen), William Hancharyk (Katherine) and Jamie Jones (Darcy). Gayle was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Alice Hancharyk, of Winnipeg.
Gayle was born in Winnipeg and spent her childhood growing up in the Cresentwood neighbourhood meeting many lifelong friends. She graduated from Kelvin High School and from there, married and began her family living in Winnipeg, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. Albert and settling back in Winnipeg in 1981. Gayle worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce until her retirement in 2007. Although Mom faced many challenges, she overcame them through hard work and commitment to her children and her family. Our mother put her children before all things and instilled in all of us a deep love that has nourished not only us and her grandchildren, but also those who had the privilege of being in her circle. No matter what transpired in the lives of her children and family, Gayle accepted us without condition and we all knew that whatever had happened, she would be there for us. She was in many ways our best friend, growing up with her children and always thirsting for knowledge and understanding of what the world was offering all of us.
There were so many good times, travelling with friends and family whether it be to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, to visit family in British Columbia, New Orleans and the Bayous of Southeastern Louisiana or Phoenix, her memories of these escapades were priceless. Her fondest memories were the summers she and her children would spend at Grand Beach, MB, walking daily from Grand Marais to Grand Beach, setting up a spot and basking in the sun and the water. Later in life she became that "best friend" to her grandchildren who also knew that whatever was happening in their lives she would be there to listen without judgement, it was total acceptance with Mom/Granny. Her humanity was evident to all that met her and she instilled this in all those who knew her.
As per Mom's wishes, she was cremated and when the current COVID 19 restrictions come to an end, a celebration of her life will be held with family and close friends outdoors.

Mom, we love you and you will be so
missed by us all. Please know that
those gifts you gave to us will not only
live on in our memories, but more importantly in our actions towards others.
You are one of a kind and we are forever
grateful for all that you gave so freely.

The family would like to thank the staff of Concordia Hospital on 3 West for the care that they provided to Gayle during the final days of her life.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Gayle's name to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 15, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry to read of Gayle’s passing. Many memories of Gayle sitting on her deck or front stoop, sitting in the sun..reading. I enjoyed her laugh and her stories. What I remember most is her love for her family, her Mom and her siblings...but her Momma bear love for her kids and her grandkids...we would always know when the grandkids were over...Wyatts scooter, chalk drawings on the sidewalks, Grandma holding the girls up to see the baby robins in our front tree...and the laughter! We have missed Gail as our neighbour...she was indeed, one of a kind...and we are better for knowing her. Patti and Barb - Posted by: Patti Hicks (Friend/neighbour) on: May 22, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear this! I worked with Gail at CIBC in the 80’s. Gail was such a kind and caring lady. I still remember her fun laugh. I’ve thought of her often over the years. I know she will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to her family. - Posted by: Lynne Brown (Work colleague) on: May 20, 2021

  • Gail and I worked together at CIBC in the mid 90’s. She was always fun loving and willing to lend a hand. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Darren Grierson (Coworker) on: May 17, 2021

  • So sorry to hear about your Mom/grandmother. In my 32 years at the bank, Gayle was by far the best supervisor I ever had. She was very fair, kind and most importantly, always stood up for ‘her girls’. What a wonderful lady! - Posted by: Lorraine Guénette (Co-worker at CIBC in the 80’s) on: May 15, 2021

  • I am so saddened to read this. Gayle and I worked together at CIBC and became good friends. We had a great little group of friends, we often got together after work and we had the BEST times!! Sadly, we lost touch over the years. She was a great lady! My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Kathi Pearson (Friend) on: May 15, 2021

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