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Born: May 17, 1959

Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2020

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May 17, 1959 - June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020 in Crystal City, MB, Dan succumbed to the rigours of trying to fight off lung cancer. Ironically, he never smoked in his life.
Heartbroken by his loss are daughters, Harleigh and Dawna; son Jimmy (Kristi); grandchildren, Connor, Kayden and Tristan, sister Shelly (Brian), niece Melanie, nephews, Nolan, Kris and Brian; and their families as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A legion of friends from across the continent also mourn his passing.
Dan was predeceased by parents, Ella and Bill; brother-in-law Tim, and best friend Jim Skinner.
Dan attended school in Winnipeg where he excelled, and he went on to a career as a Control Room Operator with Manitoba Hydro for nearly 40 years. You may remember Stick from Long Spruce, Limestone, Gillam or Grand Rapids. He was a mentor to many. He continued to serve on the Hydro Superannuation Board even after retirement. A lifelong member of IBEW, Dan was a Shop Steward and the NW Rep for many years. Most recently he was the Executive Board President of Local 2034 until fall of 2019.
Quiet by nature, Dan's calm demeanour served him well in critical situations. His penchant for details meant that before any decisions were made, research was done. He took many varied courses over the years and had exceptional self-taught talents. He could bake bread, run a printing press, play the drums, fix a tractor, do your income tax and pluck a chicken. If he didn't know how to do something, he made it his business to learn how. He embraced new technology, but always tried to keep the old for "back-up". A motorcycle lover from early on, he rode to Mexico and back and countless miles across the continent, making many friends along the way. His pride and joy was his 1978 Shovelhead which he still enjoyed riding. Dan was generous, thoughtful, kind, and loved his family unconditionally. He also loved music, cats, good food and a good argument.
A unique individual who marched to the beat of a different drummer - if you met him, you remembered him.
Always organized, Dan left these words posted on his fridge door for us:

"Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my
funeral with mourning; for I still live, as
I pass to and fro through the mouths
of men." - Quintus Ennius 239-169 BC

Cremation has taken place and although it was his adamant request that no formal services be held, we don't think he'd object to a beverage being consumed in his honour.

We loved you Dan.

Wheatland Funeral Service

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 05, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Growing up in Grand Rapids, around Hydro I knew Dan by his nickname Stick. He was my dad's buddy. My family would invite his over, or we would go over to his family’s house. I always enjoyed spending time there, hanging out with his daughters. When I think of growing up in hydro Stick & his family will always have a special place in my heart. Deepest condolences to his family. May the memories you have with him bring you joy and comfort 💕 - Posted by: Destinee (Family friend ) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • I worked night shifts with Dan at Grand Rapids. We had many good conversations during those long hours. He had plenty of good stories, especially about riding and fixing his Harley motorcycle and usually with a humorous quality. I enjoyed working with Dan. God bless him. - Posted by: Mike Weretyk (co-worker, my first year, 1986) on: Jun 11, 2021

  • I am saddened to hear of Dan's passing. My deepest condolences to his children, grandchildren and family. I knew Dan growing up in Grand Rapids and he was always a character that we remembered well. He was different from all the other Dads but nonetheless a kind hearted person. Later on in life I had mutual friends who knew him and he invited us to have some beers at Sunfest 93 in Gimli. I was just 18 and didn't know how to hold my liquor but he looked out for me. I'm sure my Dad, George Cook, made sure of this when he let me go to Gimli. So was my first time day drinking and it was a sunny afternoon that Stick and I were sitting on top of the bus he modified to a travel trailer, I inadvertently shimmied too close to the edge and we both went over. He caught my fall, I got up and walked away without a scratch. Later on I found out that he was taken to the nearby emergency and had bit through his tongue. His injury was pretty severe and I had no idea because when we got up on the ground level all he was concerned about was that I was ok and not hurt, keeping his word to look out for me for my Dad. He was a good man, and every time I seen him he'd say "Fall off any school buses lately?" with a smile and a giggle. That's the story I get to tell people when I talk about Sunfest of 93. or even a good drunk story. He will forever be in my memories, rest in peace Dan and thanks for catching me. - Posted by: Marjorie Head (Past Co-worker) on: Jun 07, 2021

  • I did not see Dan my nephew very often but did hear of his accomplishments thru the years, Want to forward my condolences to you Shelly and your family as well as Dan’s family reading his obituary, it was so uplifting hearing about all he did during his working years and the enjoyment he had on his motorcycle. Know he is with family now. My Love and Prayers. Vivienne. Aunt - Posted by: Vivienne. Ward (Aunt) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • I hadn't known Dan very long..maybe 3 or so years but man..those were a hundred years of riding, banter, texts, and the best friendship anyone could have. He was one of a kind and there are not any days that pass without thoughts of him. I am definitely a better person for having had him in my life. To my riding buddy....I really miss you - Posted by: Shau e (Riding buddy) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to his family. Dan was a unique soul, kind shy and a sweet guy. We were both union people at MH. And that’s how we met. Kept in touch even after we both retired. I just wished him birthday wishes, and wondered why he didn’t respond. Just so sorry for your loss. 😔🙏 - Posted by: Marlene (Friend) on: Jun 05, 2021

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