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RODNEY KEBICZ (ROD) Obituary pic


Born: Oct 12, 1954

Date of Passing: Jul 31, 2021

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Peacefully, with his wife by his side, Rod passed from this life on July 31, 2021, at the age of 66.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, children, Karli (Re), Peter (Krista), Niki (Steve), Tracey, grandchildren, Eboshiogwe, Okhai, Omoepe, Izekhume, Eire, Lennon and Logan; sisters, Sandy and Patti, stepdad Tom and stepmom Noreen.
Rod was born to Shirley and Mitch Kebicz on October 12, 1954, with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of fallot, or blue baby syndrome. He was a member of the first generation to survive this condition beyond early childhood. When Rod was three, Dr. Gordon Cumming performed Rod's first of many surgeries, and became his lifelong doctor and friend.
He attended Sisler High School, and went on to earn his RN, BN, MN, as well as his CAE. Rod held a variety of positions over his career, but never strayed far from his passion for training the next generation of nurses. His students appreciated his dedication and high standards, and Rod became a friend and mentor to many of them.
People naturally gravitated to Rod. He had a big smile and a bigger heart. He was eternally optimistic, loved to have fun, and lived his life to the fullest, regardless of his health challenges.
He had great compassion for the North End neighbourhood he grew up in, and volunteered for many years at Lighthouse Mission.
Rod also was deeply involved in his church, heading up the EMRT team for many years, as well as helping out wherever and whenever he could.
He loved and adored all his kids and grandkids, and was there for them in every way he knew how.
His lifelong interests included golfing, fishing, live theatre, and travel.
A celebration of Rod's life will take place on August 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Church of the Rock, 1397 Buffalo Place.
Much gratitude goes to Dr. Beaudry and the Palliative Care team at St. Boniface Hospital, who supported the family and made Rod's final days so peaceful.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rod's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lighthouse Mission, or the Nurses Christian Fellowship of Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (25 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to Sharon and family. I knew Rodney from Sisler High School. He was a wonderful man. I have many memories as teenagers which I will always cherish. - Posted by: Chris Shrutwa (School friend (Sisler)) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to Patty, Sandy, Karli & Niki. - Posted by: Doug Overton (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the family. Rod was a hard working and dedicated nurse who was well respected by both staff and students. He was a caring and compassionate person who lived life to the fullest. - Posted by: Linda Whitford (Former colleagues at MGH school of nursing) on: Aug 13, 2021

  • My dearest Karen and your girls, Karli and Nicole. In friendship and love, my heartfelt sympathy. - Posted by: Ann Smith (Friend of the family) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • Extending my deepest sympathy to the Kebicz family on Rod's passing! So very sorry to see he passed away. I knew Rod as a Sisler classmate & had a chance to reconnect through our get-together's. Now reading through these lovely messages it's evident that he touched alot of lives along the way through his kindness, caring & compassion! Thinking of you all at this sad & very difficult time! Lynda Ruban, Sisler alumni) - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Sisler alumni) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • The very first time we met Rodney we new he was a gentleman. We watched him quietly and quickly discovered that he not only accepted our son Ray but genuinely was a warm hearted person. Whenever we came into the country to visit he would consistently checked on us, even eat some of our native food with us. This goes a long way to see how down to earth he was with us. Another thing that really stood out was how he maintained a very positive outlook regardless of whatever was going on. He had amazing resilience. We came to love him and able to share his company a few more times. What a lovely inlaw we had. We now will hold on to our fond memories of a wonderful father grandfather, husband and inlaw to us. May perpetual light shine upon you Rodney and may you rest in perfect peace. Amen, Adieu!!! - Posted by: Ayegbeni and Margaret Peters (INLAWS) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • My condolences to Rod's family & friends on his passing, I knew Rod starting in 1979 when he was in Nursing School at the Misericordia as I was one of his instructors but later after Rod graduated and continued his Nursing Education, he became an Instructor also, at MGH School of Nursing. We worked together until the school's closure in 1997. Rod loved nursing and mentoring students. I enjoyed the many years we spent teaching together. He was a big personality and I know he will be missed by so many. Betty Jean Johnson --aka 'BJ' - Posted by: betty jean johnson (former colleague) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. He was an amazing man always smiling and happy. I worked at DLC with Rod. - Posted by: Susan Chiarellia (co-worker) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I knew Rod through the Manitoba Coin Club of which he was a welcome and regular member. So sorry to hear of his passing. We have lost a great person. Bruce - Posted by: Bruce Taylor (friend) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • I met Rod and Sharon through volunteering at the Lighthouse Mission/Main Street Project Food Bank. Dedicated, kind and sweet is how I remember them both. My sympathies to Sharon and your family. - Posted by: Therasa Hunt (Food bank volunteer) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Sharon and family. Rod will be missed. He was one of my nursing instructors that I looked up too, at Miscericordia Hospital. A few years later, we became co-workers for Assiniboine College, where he was an asset to the team both in his knowledge and his humor. When I moved away from Winnipeg, as friends we would meet for a breakfast or lunch with another friend/ co-worker when I came back to Winnipeg for visits. It was always a pleasure to meet and chat with Rod. I was proud to call him my friend. God Bless you Rod. - Posted by: Sandra Trubyk (friend and co-worker) on: Aug 09, 2021

  • Sympathies to the family on the loss of a loved one. Rodney and I actually almost grew up together. He was the brother I never had. I remember him (about 4 years old) running across the street in his pajamas on a bright Sunday morning to come and have breakfast with us. We just about about learned everything together, riding bikes, skipping and playing ball or hop scotch. He did it all even though he knew he shouldn't. He will always be in my heart and sadly missed. I just wish I could have kept in touch with him. That I will always regret. Rest in Peace Rodney, sleep well. - Posted by: Judy Moralewick (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Was very sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. Our sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Melody (Cousin) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Rod Kebicz was a great friend…a Brother in Christ. I/we always treasured our time together… the chats…the laughter…or golf games. Just sharing stories and chuckles. Rod was a spiritual inspiration and it is those memories I treasure and will be with me forever. I am sorry, we won’t be there for his Celebration of Life in person…however plan to be there virtually and in spirit. To Sharon and family….our prayers are with you. - Posted by: Ron & Cyndee St.Hilaire (Friend - Brother in Christ) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to Sharon and family.....I worked with Rod at MHC as fellow nursing instructors. Over the years we would bump into each other and he would always have that magnificent smile to share. A huge loss for so very many people.....Sandy Bell - Posted by: Sandy Bell (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Rodney and sisters were friends with our family. We always hung around skating on our home made skating rink and Rodney was always coming over to bug us as we were all good friends. Rodney was my head nurse while I spent some time in the Hospital. With his kindness he brought all his student nurses to sing me CHRISTMAS Carols to cheer me up. I have many pics of that year of Rodney in the Hospital as he came every day and made sure I had a good student nurse. My prayers go out to his family. God Bless you Rodney you will always be in my Heart. Patsy - Posted by: Patsy Moralewick (Jones) (Friends with Rodney and family growing up.) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Rod was such a kind, caring man. He will be greatly missed. The Laderoute’s are sending our thoughts, prayer and love to you all. - Posted by: Shannon (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of Rod's passing. Rod was a pleasure to know and always had a smile and warmth for whomever he met. He will truly be missed at our Alumni gatherings. Our deepest condolences to Sharon and family on the loss of Rod. Peter & Karen Krasny - Posted by: PETER & KAREN KRASNY (CLASSMATE) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • I am a former student of Rod's. He was one of my favourite teachers. Always professional and very knowledgeable with a heart filled with compassion. We also attended the same church until we moved. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. Rod, you will be missed but you are in a better place now. - Posted by: Lucy Vagasi (Former student, friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • I'm sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I met Rod at Church of the Rock, and always found him to be friendly. RIP brother! - Posted by: Tim Marceniuk (Acquaintance ) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Sharon and family, I am so sorry and sad to know of Rod's passing. He was a very kind person, well educated in his field and helped so many people over the years in any way he could. Rod and his wife Sharon have been good friends to me for many years and we shared many occasions together. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to be part of Rod's life as one of his many friends. I will look back at some of the many jokes and funny blurbs he sent and be happy knowing he made those of us on the receiving end of his email list smile. He truly was one of a kind and will be missed by so many. Condolences to the family. My heart goes out to you. - Posted by: Bev Woodbury (friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • My heartfelt sympathies to Rod’s family. I knew Rod when he worked for Misericordia. He was a kind and compassionate person always willing to help with staff and Foundation events. His smile and sense of humour were contagious. He was taken too soon. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Jo-Anne McNeil (Coworker) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Enjoyed working with Rob at MGH and sending sincere condolences to the family. A great person will be missed. - Posted by: Irene Loiselle (coworker at MGH) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • Sharon and family, I am so sorry to read about Rod’s passing. I was a classmate of Rods back in Misericordia days and we have kept in touch through his sharing of humour and talk of class reunions. He will be missed. Linda Pomeroy - Posted by: Linda Pomeroy (Hardie) (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • My condolences and heart felt sympathies to both Sandy and Patti on the loss of your brother. - Posted by: Ursula (Old friend from the North End that knew Sandy and Patti) on: Aug 07, 2021

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