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Born: Sep 29, 1928

Date of Passing: May 15, 2021

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It is with great sadness that the family of Leonard Manahan announces his passing, after a brief illness, on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the age of 92 years.
This gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man will be greatly missed by his wife of 65 years, Dorene; and their four children, Christine (Doug), Greg (Sandy), Susan (Rick) and David (Lisa). Len's memory will be cherished by his grandchildren, Lisa (Terry), Michael (Leanne), Taylor, Branden (Yekaterina), Jordan (Danielle), Christi (Alex), Ian (Elissa), Arianne (Lisa), Louis (Tara), Geneviève (Jack), Renée (Matt) and Marissa (Zan); seven great-grandchildren, Ella, Savannah, Samuel, Cameron, Ethan, Aiden and Owen; sister-in-law Diane, nephew Ward (Cindy) and family. He will also be fondly remembered by the Kwiatkoski family as well as a great host of other family members and friends. Len was predeceased by his parents, Laura Siermachesky (Tony) and William Manahan, brother Jack Manahan, and nephew Dean Manahan.
Born on September 29, 1928, in Yorkton, SK, Len spent many years working on the family farm. After graduating, he started his notable career with Rothstein Theatres Ltd. On May 12, 1952, he was transferred to Selkirk, MB as the manager of the Roxy and Garry Theatres where he met the love of his life the moment he arrived. Together, Len and Dorene built a large family and laid a strong foundation for generations to come.
Len was an honourable man that was a pillar of his community, holding the highest integrity in his family life, business and faith. He was a long-time member of the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church. He served as President of the Kinsmen Club and was Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 6150. Upon retirement from the theatre, Len continued on to manage the Selkirk Knights Centre for many years.
Len's patient, calm, quiet nature allowed him to say so much with so few words. No matter who you were in his life, there was never a doubt in anyone's mind that they were loved, that they were safe, that they were cared for, and that he was proud of them.
A private funeral service in memory of Len will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at Gilbart Funeral Home, 309 Eveline St., Selkirk, MB, with Father Gerald Langevin and Father Art Seaman officiating. Interment will follow at the Notre Dame Cemetery. The service can be viewed via the link on his obituary at
Flowers are graciously declined, and those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Len to the Manitoba Lung Association, 204-825 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5.

Condolences may be left on Len's tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 22, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I am so very sorry to read of Mr. Manahan's passing. "Len" always was so kind and friendly when I saw him out and about in Selkirk-- either at the theatre or anywhere else- I am truly so very sorry, and offer my deepest sympathies to Mrs. Manahan, Christine, and all of the family. - Posted by: Judy Wypsinski (friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • I was sorry to hear of Len's passing. The image of his warm, friendly smile remains clear in my mind. You are all very fortunate to have had him as a husband, father, grandparent and especially as a role model. - Posted by: Pat Cole (relative) on: May 24, 2021

  • Great memories of time spent together with Len and Doreen and others during our times together in Selkirk. Sure Stan is showing him around his new surroundings. - Posted by: bob love (Friend and brother Knight) on: May 23, 2021

  • Our heartfelt sincerest condolences to Dorene and the entire family on Len’s passing. Len was a true gentle man. We will cherish our memories of days past. May the good Lord comfort you during this most difficult time. Extending all our love. - Posted by: Willy Cole (Family relative) on: May 22, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Manahan family. I had the privilege of working at The Garry in the mid to late 60’s under Mr. Manahan guidance. Merle Anderson - Posted by: Merle Anderson (Employee in the 1960’s) on: May 22, 2021

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