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Born: Jan 26, 1971

Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2021

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January 26, 1971 – August 15, 2021

With deep sorrow, on Sunday, August 15, the family announces the tragic passing of Darren, beloved son of Diane, and dear brother of Lindsay.
Darren attended Montrose, River Heights, and Kelvin High schools and graduated from the University of Manitoba. He then went on to obtain his Securities Commissions License and his Realtors License, having many successful years as a realtor.
In his youth he swam, and played soccer and hockey with elite teams. He made many life lasting friends at this time. Darren was a member of the Refit and was nominated for the Healthy Living Award in 2003. He ran marathons in Winnipeg and Las Vegas and enjoyed travel and attending concerts.
Darren was predeceased by his father Raymond, uncle Allan, grandparents, Florence and Stanley Thatcher and Pearl and Matthew Bates. Besides his mother (Ken) and sister, Darren is survived by his aunt Susan, cousin Kristin (Nolan) and Levi, all of Regina. He also leaves his cousin Nancy, aunt Lorna (Kevin, Darryl [Pauline]), aunt Joanne (Matthew, Raymond, Larissa and Dr. Allan) and all their families, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his little "Pal Joey."
Darren was intelligent and caring. He showed so much potential when life was good for him. With a kind heart he lived his life to the best of his ability, even though he struggled with bipolar and addiction throughout his adult years.
We would like to thank Sajed, the Winnipeg Fire Department, the Medical Examiner, and all family and friends reaching out at this sad time.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Rest in Peace my always child. Love Mom.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 1031 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R8.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • My deepest condolences on the passing of Darren. I first met Darren when I was looking to purchase a home in River Heights. He was hosting an open house and my partner and I immediately liked his honesty, knowledge and sense of humour. We then chose Darren to help me find a home…which he did… giving me guidance and we were successful in the purchase. We socialized a bit over the years since, talking stock market, the Jets and a few other things of common. He was a kind and great man…. I’m so sorry! - Posted by: Murray Ross (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2021

  • Diane and Lindsay, Darren’s path was tortuous and difficult. Yet in spite of that, and perhaps because of it, he fought his way through, to success, and a life of great value. Please accept our condolence. Terry and Darlene - Posted by: Terry and Darlene (Friends ) on: Aug 25, 2021

  • I am sorry for Darren’s passing . It comes just I was celebrating my son’s 50th anniversary of birth. I have made a vow long ago to make him proud of me as I was proud of him. I live in Brazil but my thought are with you Diane. Blessings, Ron McLeod - Posted by: Ron McLeod (Childhood friend ) on: Aug 25, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies to the family on the untimely passing of my old friend Darren. Darren and I met in the year 2000 at the Kinsmen RehFit Centre and a few months later became workout partners and friends. Darren showed so much potential and drive as he wanted to better his health and career status. A very hard worker both in the gym and in his career in real estate. I only really knew Darren for six years before I left for the west coast, but we tried to stay in touch by email and phone. I really wish that life could have worked out better for Darren as he struggled with his demons. He was a “one of a kind” type of person with a big generous heart and infectious smile with a work ethic second to none. Rest In Peace my ol friend. I’ll make sure to add one more rep to my workouts in your memory and honour. - Posted by: Todd Martin (Friend of Darren) on: Aug 24, 2021

  • Dear Diane and Lindsay, My heartfelt condolences. Over the years I got to speak with Darren many times when he stopped in to see his dad at the school. He always had the big warm welcoming smile. Ray was very proud of Darren’s accomplishments of real estate and marathons. Your family has faced many challenges due to Darren’s mental health and addiction. That made Ray understanding and supportive to staff whose family members were facing challenges. May your treasured memories help to ease your sorrow. - Posted by: Wendy Morris (Colleague of Ray’s) on: Aug 23, 2021

  • With sympathy to Diane and Lindsay. - Posted by: Carol Ann Mills (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2021

  • Dear Diane and Lindsay, I'm sorry for the loss you are suffering from Darren's passing. Virtual hugs from across the miles. Yours truly, Annette - Posted by: Annette Bower (Diane's friend) on: Aug 22, 2021

  • I was saddened to read of Darren’s passing in today’s paper. We went through elementary, junior and some high school together. My sincere condolences to you all. - Posted by: Cathy Harder ( Payne) (School mate ) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Darren my whole life and lived next to him for most of those years. You both have my thoughts and energy at this difficult time. - Posted by: Mary East (Family friend ) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences upon hearing of Darren's passing. We met Darren when he represented us in selling our home in 2008. As Benny went into real estate himself, Darren has been someone who inspired him, they worked together and then kept up with each other as time went on. We knew things were difficult for him and reaching out was the best we could do. Our prayers are with you as you grieve and come to peace with him being gone. - Posted by: Benny and Crystal Woligroski (friend ) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • We are sorry and incredibly sad to hear of Darren's passing. Darren had a huge impact on our lives, he sold us our first home nearly 13 years ago that we still live in and love today. Darren was an exceptional realtor, he showed us homes we wanted to see and then gave us his honest opinion on its value, he saved us from making the wrong choice. Darren was kind and considerate of not only us but to the owner of the home we were buying, she was the original owner living there for over 58 years. We shared a love of Neil Young with Darren and exchanged messages when we both had seen him in concert in Winnipeg. All these years later Darren would still come up in conversation about how amazing he was and we even exchanged messages with him very recently. We will remember Darren as a true friend. - Posted by: Meagan Radford & Shawn Nelson (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2021

  • Dear you and your family, I offer condolences. You know I share your anguish and heartbreak of watching a loved one go through life struggling with these demons. For me, the hole in the heart never heals, it just softens around the edges and allows me to carry on. Have courage and find comfort and strength in each other. Dilly - Posted by: Dilly Burns (Friend of mother) on: Aug 21, 2021

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