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Born: Aug 06, 1960

Date of Passing: May 20, 2021

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August 6, 1960 – May 20, 2021

It is with great sadness, that we announce the sudden passing of our amazing husband, father, Papa, son, brother, uncle, and friend, Edward Stephen Blanchard on May 20, 2021.
Ed was born on August 6, 1960 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He spent his childhood growing up in Windsor Park, making many memories with his mother Jean, father Roy, and sister Diane. He enjoyed his cars in his younger days. The most memorable being his 76 Camaro. He graduated from Pierre Radisson Collegiate and had to look for a job after graduation. He found that with Safeway.
Ed began his career at Safeway on May 27, 1977, where he started as a food clerk at 17 years old. He was almost not hired, as he mixed up his interview time, but in the end, he got the job. He went on to embark on his 43 year long career retiring as store manager on January 23, 2021. Ed was very involved in his work and made countless friends along the way. He helped organize many fun events in the Safeway Employee Associations such as memorable casino trips. holiday parties, BBQs, water slides, and go-karting to name a few. Creating memories that will never be forgotten. While at Safeway he met his wife Janice whom he fell deeply in love with. Marrying her on September 1, 1984, and was going to be celebrating 37 years of marriage this year. They went on to have three children, the eldest daughter Jessica and two sons, Justin and Kevin. Of course, we could not forget his four-legged son Max.
If you knew Ed, you knew how impactful this man was in all areas of his life. He would do anything for anyone without ever asking for anything in return. He loved to help whenever he had the chance. He was always cracking jokes and giving everyone funny nicknames to keep a smile on their face. Even if they were mostly 'dad' jokes.
Ed took great pride in his house, his yard, and his pool. Summer days would involve meticulously mowing the lawn, picking weeds, and cleaning the pool. Making sure everything looked perfect. While in wintertime, you would find Ed shoveling the snow even during a snowstorm to make sure there was always a clear path for everyone. When he wasn't taking care of his home in Winnipeg, he would spend his time at his condo in Las Vegas since 2013. He loved the heat, the events, and all the friends he made in Las Vegas. It was his home away from home. He was deeply saddened when he sold the condo in 2021, but was ready to begin his new adventure. He was planning to spend the summer camping in his trailer and had just finished setting up his new home away from home before his unexpected passing.
Ed took care of us all and that included taking care of his wife Janice after she was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. Ed would do it all, even with his new 24/7 job of watching over his wife Janice. He said he would look after her until the end. Now, he watches over her from above. We will miss him and everything he has done for us all. He will never be forgotten and his unbreakable commitment, his great storytelling and his funny sense of humour will carry on in everyone he has touched along the way.
He is survived by his wife Janice Blanchard, his father Roy Blanchard, his sister Diane Macneil and his three children, Jessica Denisiuk ( Mike ), Justin Blanchard (Marj), Kevin Blanchard and his grandchild Carter Denisiuk. He is predeceased by his mother Jean Blanchard.
The family would like to thank everyone who has reached out with support and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed's memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 29, 2021

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. I worked with Ed at Safeway store 591; I was a junior assistant manager to him. Ed was always smiling, laughing and cracking jokes. He often called me Red or Lucy because of the red hair, lol. Hugs to all! - Posted by: Tracey Mills Hambleton (Co-worker) on: Jun 20, 2021

  • We just heard the news today, and we're so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful, kindhearted person. Ed was a friend, and the older brother of Diane, who is also a friend of ours. Better yet, he was our "Safeway" manager here in Transcona where we live. We would always stop and talk whenever we had the opportunity to see him. We were certainly sad to see him leave and retire, but so happy for him as well. Our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his family. - Posted by: Mike and Dawn Jerlo (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2021

  • Ed was my manager at Tuxedo Safeway in 2001. He was kind, fun and I remember him fondly. My deepest condolences to his family and all his loved ones. - Posted by: Tammy Davis (Former employee) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • I was a coworker of Ed’s at Safeway. No words can heal the pain you bear at this difficult time. Know that he is smiling down on each and every one of his family members - Posted by: Tracy Paluk (Coworker ) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear about Ed. Roland and I had a lot of great times at Janice’s apartment on Scott Street. Sending love and hugs to Dianne and the rest of the family. Take care ♥️ - Posted by: MichelleJust (Friend) on: Jun 04, 2021

  • I delivered Ed’s grocery stock for three decades. I always looked forward to seeing and talking with him. So sorry for all you family members for your loss and all of Ed’s close friends. Such a shock. I hope time will help heal. - Posted by: Don Lister (Co worker from Safeway transportation department ) on: Jun 01, 2021

  • I am saddened to read about Ed’s passing. I grew up in Windsor Park and knew Ed a good part of those school years. Ed was always a friendly and helpful person with a good and funny wit. I saw Ed again when PRC had a reunion some 20+ years later. Remarkable to see the grownup version that had the same friendly demeanour. The last time I saw Ed it was at the Lindenwoods Safeway and true to form, he helped me reach the milk carton that was just a little too far for my reach. My sincere condolences to Ed’s family and friends. He brought something positive through small acts of kindness and I have no doubt, is leaving a large void in your lives. Rest In Peace Ed. - Posted by: Wendy Rudnick (Classmate ) on: May 31, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences. We were shocked to hear of Ed’s untimely passing. A great loss. - Posted by: joe missalino (Friend ) on: May 30, 2021

  • So saddened and shocked to hear of Ed's passing. A lot of good memories of working with Ed and many good parties. Our condolences go to his family. - Posted by: Randy glays (Ex coworker) on: May 30, 2021

  • Worked with ED at Tuxedo Safeway, we had lots of laughs, great man, sorry for your loss. I know all about loss as I lost Ron Devis in 2014 - Posted by: Debra DeVos (Friend from safeway) on: May 30, 2021

  • I have no words to express how very sorry I am to hear about Ed’s passing. Our fathers worked together and were great friends and I knew Ed (Eddy) my entire life. He was a hard worker, always very personable and couldn’t help but throw a joke in when he had a chance. My sincere condolences to Janice, Uncle Roy and Ed’s children and grandson. - Posted by: Glenda Rudnicki-Enns (Family friends ) on: May 29, 2021

  • Please accept our sincere condolences to the entire Blanchard family. His passing was a total shock. We both knew Ed for a number of years through work and he was an exceptional person. One memory I have is when he became Store Manager and his daughter wrote him a letter telling him how proud she was of him. Ed was extremely proud of that letter and had it framed in his office. He talked of his family often and that is where his priority was. RIP Ed. Candyce & Don Hawkins - Posted by: Candyce & Don Hawkins (Co worker) on: May 29, 2021

  • Very sad to news to hear of a very friendly neighbour, always willing to lend a hand or share a tool, and say hi with a smile. Our condolences go out to Ed's family. - Posted by: Nadine and Chris Peck (Neighbours) on: May 29, 2021

  • Very sad news to hear about our friendly neighbour, always willing to lend a hand and say hi. Our condolences go out to Ed's family. - Posted by: Nadine and Chris Peck (Neighbours) on: May 29, 2021

  • I was very surprised to learn of Ed's passing. When Ed became a young food clerk it didn't take long for us in Safeway senior management at the time to realize that given proper training Ed would make a very good Store manager. We were right, he became an excellent manager, liked by his employees and his customers. My Condolences Janice and your family. Glen Shaw, Safeway District manager retired. - Posted by: Glen Shaw (Safeway ) on: May 29, 2021

  • So shocked saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a tremendous person to be around so positive and uplifting. I first met Ed growing up close by in Windsor Park. He was a few years older in the same grade as my sister. Later on in lives our paths crossed again as we both worked for Safeway. I worked many years with Janice and was able to learn about their children and family life. Both Janice and Ed opened their home to parties and events even holding a baby shower for me. After I left Safeway I continued to see Janice at the Osborne and Kylemore Safeway and remember how excited she was to tell me about the purchase of their condo in Vegas. I am sure he was looking forward to enjoying his retirement and a shame he didn’t have long. He was a special person - so glad to have known him. Condolences to Janice and the family he left behind. - Posted by: Loreen (Friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • I am both shocked and saddened by this. I had the pleasure of working with Ed on a few different occasions, as often is the case with company leadership being transferred from store to store. No matter what the given circumstances of the day would bring, good or bad, you could always count on Ed to be good hearted and make light of the situation with his humour. He made the workplace a very enjoyable place to be. Sincere condolences to his Family and Friends. - Posted by: Kurt Asher (Former co-worker) on: May 29, 2021

  • I knew Ed from the days I worked at Crosstown Civic. He was such a great person. Always enjoyed his jokes and he was at my Safeway and I always found him to be a fatherly type as I lost my father within the last three years and also my mom. He was a great person. My husband really loved talking to him before he retired. RIP Ed you will be missed. He was such a great person and it is our loss not to see him again. God Bless his children and hopefully you will find solace as he is now in heaven with his mom. - Posted by: Diane RICE (Crosstown Civic MSR) on: May 29, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.I worked with Ed in a few stores. I believe the old 594. And at the Crestview store on Cavalier. May God be with you at this point time. - Posted by: Barbara Baxter (Co worker) on: May 29, 2021

  • So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.I worked with Ed in a few stores. I believe the old 594. And at the Crestview store on Cavalier. May God be with you at this point time. - Posted by: Barbara Baxter (Co worker) on: May 29, 2021

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