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Date of Passing: Jun 04, 2021

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With broken hearts and immense sadness, we announce the passing of Mario on June 4, 2021, at the age of 64, with his wife Valerie by his side and daughters close by.
Mario was born in Fort William, Ontario and moved to Winnipeg with his family as a young child. He was predeceased by his older brother Chester and is survived by his brothers, Joe (Alma), John (Tracy), beloved sister Rose Jakul, sister-in-law Velma Thibodeau, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family throughout Canada, the U.S. and Australia, and many treasured friends.
Mario was an avid sports fan, especially for his much-loved Winnipeg teams. His love for all things sports started at a young age, as most of his youth was spent at the Northwood Community Centre. It was here and at Sisler High School where he met many lifelong friends and mentors that became like family to him.
He fell in love with Valerie or, as he liked to call her, "Lucky" and they were married for 37 years. They raised three daughters, Lauren, Ashley and Jessica and lived in what Mario referred to as "The House of PMS" ... he wasn't wrong!
Mario worked for the City of Winnipeg for over 35 years. The early years of his career were spent working in arenas. He later switched to pools as he often joked, "the women wore a lot less clothing." As much as Mario enjoyed his time with the city, he was excited to retire at 55. This meant more time for bowling with friends, umping slo-pitch and pranking his daughters. It wasn't long before he started his second career as our full-time neighbourhood watch.
Mario was known for his quick wit and ability to make those around him laugh. His humour was contagious. His second claim to fame was his pristine winter sidewalks. He was determined to make sure his girls had a clear and safe path each morning so he could finally have peace and quiet, and most importantly: control of the TV remote.
Mario maintained his humour during his battle with cancer and, above all, his selfless love for his family. His choice of MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) enabled him to have a peaceful and dignified passing. He told us, "I love you all," and when asked if he was ready, he said, "Let's get this show on the road!"
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nurses and doctors in the Palliative Care Program, Riverview Health Centre and MAiD for their extraordinary care and compassion.
Mario, or "Petey," as his daughters affectionately called him, will never be forgotten and forever cherished by so many.
Due to current restrictions, we hope to have a Celebration of Life on the first anniversary of Mario's passing. Details will be made available closer to that date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Palliative Care Manitoba or the Riverview Health Centre Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 12, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Mario’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Valerie and girls on the loss of their loved one. We are thinking of all of you and wishing you strength and comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Maryanne & Wayne Blahey (Family) on: Jun 17, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to Val and the girls. I worked with Mario early in my career (1980's) at what Mario called Winnipeg's finest arena, The Old Exhibition. He was my mentor during those early years, his strong work ethic, his knowledge of the job, work practices and learning essential arena operator skills, definitely helped me along the way. His quick snappy wit & sense of humor would often be a topic at the McDonald family table. His guidance was paramount for myself and other junior employees during that time. Heartfelt thoughts go out to the Bednarski during this difficult time. - Posted by: Lee McDonald (City of Wpg. Arena co-worker) on: Jun 15, 2021

  • Sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all of you. Take care. - Posted by: wilma frandsen (know the family) on: Jun 14, 2021

  • I'm reminded of a poem by Pamela Randolph called "Old Friends". Old Friends, good friends, make history together. Times that no one else can hold; sweet memories to treasure. Lives may travel different paths, that sometimes cross and blend. But even when those paths divides, the friendship never ends. I've known Mario since our days at Shaughnessy elementary, Jr. and Sr. High at Sisler, the NEFL, playing together on various sports teams like the North End Frontier Men's Slo-Pitch for many years. Our paths may have been different but always glad to find one another again when they crossed. In retirement we found one another once more through 5 pin bowling at Rossmere Lanes. Mario brings back so many memories, my prayers are with him and know Mario is at peace now. Condolences to Val, Lauren, Ashley, and Jessica I'm sorry for everything that you've gone through and you're still going through. Mario was a wonderful man and a pleasure to spend time with. Ferg - Posted by: Greg Ferguson (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss Val..I never met Mario, but I'm glad he was able to retain his sense of humour right up till the end. Your DDVL family is thinking of you.. Jamie Thould - Posted by: JAMIE THOULD (Friend) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • I’m sorry for your loss. Mario was my manager at the Pan Am Pool when he was the Pool Engineer. So I had the opportunity to work under him on a daily basis and during Pool shutdowns. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Rick Lawrence (Co-worker) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies to Valerie, Lauren, Ashley and Jessica. Mario was a caring gentle giant who was a great addition to our extended family. It is sad to know that he is gone but is great that he could do it his way with dignity and his family with him. - Posted by: Gloria and Greg Gingera (Cousin) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Val, Lauren, Ashley and Jessica, Rick and I were saddened to hear of Mario’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of all of you and wishing you strength and comfort during this extremely sad time. May your beautiful shared memories help to sustain you during the difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Pat and Rick - Posted by: Pat and Rick Ledieu (Former coworkers of Val’s) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • My most sincere condolences to Val and the girls. I have very fond memories of Mario as often we would see each other either when we were cutting the grass or shovelling snow. Mario was always a happy friendly and helpful neighbour. His sense of humour was terrific and we shared many laughs. I always knew that I could rely on Mario to ensure our little block was safe. May he Rest In Peace and May the memories of him be eternal. - Posted by: Martha Shepertycky (Neighbour) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to Mario's family, Mario was such a good guy. Worked with him for many years and had the pleasure of working with him right in our office (between pool stints) for a period of time. - Posted by: Barb D'Avignon (co-worker) on: Jun 12, 2021

  • Condolences to Mario’s family and friends. - Posted by: Dennis Glowasky (Co-worker) on: Jun 12, 2021

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