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Born: Oct 05, 1925

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2021

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1925 – 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Julian DeGrave on July 24, 2021, at home, with his loving wife Anna by his side, at the age of 95 and 9 months.
Julian was born on the family farm at the corner of Inkster and Keewatin on October 5, 1925 to Romanie and Alois DeGrave. He was their last remaining child, predeceased by one brother and three sisters.
A true entertainer, he was known to MC many weddings and get-togethers, and provide eulogies when family and friends passed. He loved to tell stories about growing up in Winnipeg on the family farm, being a milkman in the North End for many years, or meeting his wife in Texas where he lived for nine years. They returned to Winnipeg living first in Birds Hill and then Paradise Village until his passing.
Julian loved playing cards, but crib was his game of choice. He was always up for a quick three games when anyone stopped by to visit, for money of course! For all the games he played, it wasn't until he was 90 that he achieved a perfect 29 hand.
Besides his wife Anna, he is survived by his children, Marcel, Lorraine, Julian, Bob, Larry and Ray, along with their spouses, 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was predeceased by daughter Linda.
Julian lived a full life, one filled with humour right until the very end. Thank you to home care and the doctors and nurses at the Ste. Anne Hospital for their care over the last number of years.
As per his wishes, Julian has been cremated and there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My heart. Love and prayers to Anna and family in hearing of the loss of Julian. Violet Parisien - Posted by: violet Parisien (friend) on: Aug 03, 2021

  • I met Julian when I moved to Paradise Village 20 years ago. I found he knew my friends the Belot brothers and we became great friends. Julian was a great card player and crib was his favourite game. He found out I was also a good player and he loved that. We became great friends with Anna also. I used to visit them a lot in his later years. Julian loved to talk about the old days with me. Julian had a great memory and a sense of humour that could keep you laughing every time you visited him and Anna. We will miss him now he is gone but we will never forget him. May God bless him. Jim & Linda L'esperance - Posted by: jim l'esperance (friend) on: Aug 02, 2021

  • It was a shock to see his name. We were reminiscing about our childhood this past week. He was our milkman for many years. And got to be good friends with my parents Norman and Jo-Ann Smith. They talked about their times with him and Ann when Ever they happened to be In Texas. R.I.P - Posted by: Kimberly Crosby (nee Smith) (Aquantance) on: Jul 31, 2021

  • Sincere condolences Anna and family. Enjoyed our evening playing crib with at the Rec. Center. - Posted by: Carol Stoess (Friend) on: Jul 31, 2021

  • Julian was a childhood friend of my late father, Dave Dzogan. Through my Dad, I met Julian on many occasions and always found him upbeat and engaging. I always left our social encounters feeling in a better mood for having spoken with Julian. That says a lot about the man! - Posted by: Ken Dzogan (Acquaintance) on: Jul 31, 2021

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