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Date of Passing: Jul 20, 2021

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The family of Ivan Spence are deeply saddened to announce his passing on July 20, 2021.
Ivan was born and raised in Eddystone, Manitoba. He married Verna on August 26, 1967 and raised his family in Winnipeg where he worked as a welder for over 40 years. He will be remembered for his traditional style of Métis fiddling. He recorded six CDs and played at many dances throughout the province. He was also very active as a square dancer into his senior years.
A respected Elder in the Métis community, Ivan was known for wisdom and patience and enjoyed people in a quiet, unassuming way. His most precious people were his grandchildren. He followed them everywhere they went - to hockey, soccer, swimming, skiing and any event that involved his grandchildren. He also played the guitar and accompanied them as they continued the tradition of Métis fiddling and jigging.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Verna, sons, Darryl (Karen) and Craig (Trina), grandchildren, Ryan, Clarissa and Taylor, siblings, Rene, Joseph, Freda (Lew), Andrew (Sam), Doris, Herman (Vivian), Lloyd, Bill (Svava), Vida (Terry), Corinne (Brian), and many nieces and nephews.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private service for family will be planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Verna, my friend, I am here for you, so sorry for what you’re going through. I am thinking of you.🥰 - Posted by: Colleen Atamanchuk (Friend ) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • Verna, my friend, I am here for you, so sorry for what you’re going through. I am thinking of you.🥰 - Posted by: Colleen Atamanchuk (Friend ) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Spence family. I will always have fond memories of Ivan. He was incredibly kind and patient. I certainly enjoyed his infectious calming nature. Growing up with his son Craig I didn’t exactly spend one on one time with Ivan, however always felt that he welcomed me like family. He was certainly a positive influence on my teenage years. Thank you for all you are Ivan. You will always have a place in my heart. Love, Jeff Dyck - Posted by: Jeff Dyck (Family friend) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • We were so saddened to hear this news. Our condolences and prayers to you Verna and all your family. - Posted by: Laura and Gerry Anderson (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • To Verna and family, our heartfelt condolences go out to family and you. Yes Ivan possessed a very calm personality and soothing smile and laughter that projected within and out and around people. His Love for everyone will continue on through your family and grandchildren. May your family continue to be blessed. Respectfully Steve and Bev Richard and family. - Posted by: Steve and Bev Richard (Friends ) on: Jul 31, 2021

  • Verna and family, I’m sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences. Cherish your memories of Ivan. Take care - Posted by: Dianne Lavich (Coworker ) on: Jul 28, 2021

  • Many condolences and prayers for Verna and family. Ivan was a person who had many gifts. Ivan was a very approachable and kind person to converse with. Ivan was a member of Grace Christian Church and he and his wife, Verna, were very kind people. You have lived your life to the fullest, leaving many people happy from your diverse display of your talents. We will meet again, my brother, all a matter of time. - Posted by: RANDY FISHER (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2021

  • Our family is very sad to learn of Ivan's passing. My husband coached one of your sons in hockey and he was a very lovely young man - a tribute to caring parents. Through the years we both lived in Willow Park we saw them often in the community. Both Ivan and Vern could be seen walking briskly by and so it is a surprise that he has passed so suddenly. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that we share in your sadness. He was a fine man and will be missed. He is now fiddling in Heaven. - Posted by: Peggy Maxymchuk (Friend of family) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • I worked with Ivan many years ago at Acme Chrome, and my dad worked with him prior to that. My mom played the fiddle with Ivan at the Metis Friendship Center. Always a class act. A true gentlemen. - Posted by: Orville Desjarlais (Friend) on: Jul 24, 2021

  • We have known Ivan and his wife and family for decades. He was a quiet man and friendly to all. A man of stature with a friendly smile. Active in his pursued interests and proud of his heritage. To the family our prayers . Remember he is gone but for a short time. Our love To family and those related. - Posted by: Bill & Patricia Crakewich (Brother in Christ) on: Jul 24, 2021

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