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Born: Sep 01, 1941

Date of Passing: May 31, 2021

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September 1, 1941 - May 31, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the unexpected and peaceful passing of Alex at 79 years.
He will be deeply missed and forever cherished by the love of his life, Carol of 58 years; daughters, Diane (Cal), Tammy (Nick), and Teresa (Geoff); his grandchildren, Corey, Lucas, Laith and London; brothers, Dave (Lynn) and John (Sonja); sister Donna (Tom); sister-in-law Vivian, and many nieces and nephews.
Alex raised his family in Birds Hill and worked at CP Rail for over 30 years until retiring in 1994.
When an avid golfer, Alex and Carol built their home in Sandy Hook on the golf course, spending many winters travelling to Texas or Palm Springs enjoying golf in the company of friends and family.
Alex was very caring, outgoing and made many lifelong friendships with coworkers, neighbors, or whether out golfing, snowmobiling, or curling. He was a great listener, loved conversation and would often debate anything from hockey, politics to religion. He would jokingly refer to himself as the Dr. of Mechanics, as he could fix anything and often called it a labour of love.
With many gatherings over the years, Alex was often the center of attention, either playing guitar and singing his songs or with video camera in hand, he then centered his attention to his greatest joy - his grandchildren.

Thank you Alex, Dad, Pops, Gigi, for the
laughs, the love, but most importantly the
wonderful memories you created for us all.

The family would like to send sincere gratitude to the staff at the Gimli Hospital Dialysis unit for their great care over the past three years.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 05, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Carol and family. I would like to offer my condolence. I worked with Alex at CPR and he made my life pleasurable for many years. Alex and I were members at Selkirk Golf Course and golfed together many times. He is not a man easily forgotten. - Posted by: Len Heft (friend/co-worker) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Wishing love and hugs to Carol and the Kids, and Thinking of, Missing my uncle Alec, was a great friend to me starting out as a boy, in Life that takes us in different directions, but the memories and love of the family I once had will be with me forever. All my respect Uncle, all my love. - Posted by: Mitchell Pommer (Nephew ) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • To Carol and Family: I remember many times when I was younger where Alex had me laughing with one antic or another. My deepest sympathy. Sherry - Posted by: Sherry Hinchliffe ( Sloboda) (Friend of sister ( Donna)) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • Hi Uncle Alec, if I had one last conversation with you I would tell you how much I enjoyed your company. I found you to be extremely entertaining, witty, original and just raw and honestly you. I loved that about you. I have many great memories of us and I hold them dearly. From you teaching me how to play pool and shuffle board to bike rides with Joey around Birds Hill. You always were interested in me and what I had going on in my life. It was that about you that I loved the most. But what I will remember most about you are your birthday cards. A recycled Xmas or anniversary, birthday card... scratched out to who it was originally intended for. And in its place was “times are tough, things are hard. Here’s your f*#!ing birthday card!“ That was my uncle Alec and I loved him. See you again soon, just not too soon. Xoxoxoo Love Russ. - Posted by: Russ Zahariuk (Nephew) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • We are deeply sorry for Alex’s passing! His witt, humour and love for his family were absolutely undeniable! I Loved him and Carol like a second dad and mom! I am truly sorry my best friend and sister in the whole wide world (Diane) and her whole family are suffering now! I know what it’s like to lose a loved one, but one thing I have learned from that is, be there, be transparent, listen, but never leave! We love ❤️ you and will never leave and will always listen! - Posted by: Sandi and Blaine Hrem and family (Best friend of Diane) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • I worked with ALEX about 30 years at CP Rail Westin shop I was in electrical department and he was in the mechanical department. As an electrician I used to supply them with all the maintenance to the garage when he required it sometime three days a week. Went to many supervisors annual dinners where we used to laugh and have a great time. Alex had a great sense of humour and made many people around him laugh. Occasionally I would bump into them at the casino where he would say and I quote “always losing”. He was a good friend and will be sadly missed. Your friend Terry Beattie - Posted by: Terry Beattie (Friend and co worker WESTON SHOP) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy, Carol and family. I always considered Alex one of my most favorite people. He was always so uplifting to be around. I will miss our phone chats. - Posted by: al peterson (Friend of 50 years) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • Roger & Joan sending our condolence to you family Carol, remembering the good times we had snowmobiling. - Posted by: Roger/Joan Mailhiot (Just a friend from way time back) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • Carol, we are so sorry to hear about Alec’s passing. I have many funny memories of Alec on the golf course: his home-made mallet putter that weighed a ton, his teasing jokes about all the stuff ‘the women’ pack in their golf carts—-then drove off and his whole bag fell off his cart. He forgot to strap it on! We could write a book. His gentle side was obvious when our dog Myka became his friend. She was afraid of most people who approached her, but not Alec. This continued with our more recent rescue dog, Chula. Before the restrictions, Chula would pull to go down the driveway to ‘see Alec’. Again, our condolences to the whole family, Joan and Wayne Webb - Posted by: Joan Webb (Neighbour) on: Jun 05, 2021

  • Hal & I sending our condolences to you and your family Carol. Hal sure used “ Dr. Mechanics” expertise many times and will miss that. He will be missed. - Posted by: Hal & Arlene Krahn (Sandy Hook neighbor) on: Jun 05, 2021

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