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Date of Passing: Sep 21, 2021

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1932 - 2021

Sid passed away at the Grace Hospital in the early hours of Tuesday, September 21, 2021 in his 89th year. He was the only child of the late Anna (nee Funk) White, a woman of strong Mennonite heritage and George White originally of Plymouth, England.
Sid leaves to mourn "HIS" May; daughters, Jo-Anne and Valerie (Christopher); son Donald (Terry); his grandchildren, Keltie May, Willy, Braydy, Heather, Nicky, Sydney-Anna and Bobbi; and sister-in-law Bunny.
Besides his parents, Sid was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Margaret and Jack Miller; and brother-in-law Joe Grabys.
Much of Sid's life was centered around his love of family, friends and sport. Sid was a natural athlete who excelled in whatever sport he participated in, including track, baseball, la crosse football and hockey. He played junior hockey and was the captain of the St. Boniface Canadiens during their quest for the Memorial cup. He went on to play in the International Hockey League in Cincinnati and Troy, Ohio and for the Montreal farm team in Nelson, BC.
Sid's baseball time was with the Elmwood Giants who won The City championship in 1951.
He was a member of the Daniel McIntyre relay team and won the Provincial championship for a number of years in a row.
Sid had a stellar high school football career playing for the Daniel McIntyre Maroons and had some records which stood for many years. Even 50 years after his playing days were over, he was named to the all-time, all-star high school football team.
He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in honouring him and his St. Boniface Canadiens in the Memorial cup quest.
In 2016 he was inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame for the 1947 to 1948 D.M.C.I. Maroons.
Sid met "HIS" May in 1952 and they were married in 1955, having celebrated their 66th Anniversary this past July. They spent their first married year in Nelson, BC where Sid was playing hockey. It was then he first worked at BC Tel.
May and Sid returned to Winnipeg in 1956 and Sid began his apprenticeship with the Manitoba Telephone system. He worked at MTS until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed his years with the telephones and made many lifelong friends.
May and Sid bought their first and only house in Woodhaven in 1957. The house experienced many changes over the years - something to which many Woodhavenites would attest. "Mr. Fix It" was on call for advice and helped in almost anything to do with housebuilding and maintenance.
Another highlight of the early years was the birth of their three children - Sid's pride and joy, Jo-Anne, Valerie, and Donald.
Sid and his friends built a family cottage at Twin Beaches where many gatherings were held with family and friends.
In his 50s Sid started skiing and enjoyed many of the big hills in North America.
After retirement, May and Sid began wintering in Mesa, AZ. They eventually bought a mobile home and thus began an active social life where Sid took up golf. Their "wee" house on the corner was a popular gathering place.
Sid loved his life in Woodhaven and felt so fortunate with his neighbours - one of whom referred to Sid as Mayor of Woodhaven.
Sid's commitment to his community was a dominant feature in his life. Many happy hours were spent at the community club where in his younger years he coached hockey.
Sid's sendoff (graveside service) will be held on Saturday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue. All are welcome to attend.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 29, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Sid's passing. Every time we will pass his cottage at Twin Lakes Beach we will think of him always working on some project. Janice and Sadley - Posted by: Sadley and Janice Marcinyk (friend Neighbor at lake) on: Oct 04, 2021

  • Knew Sid briefly from his visits to Arizona and golf with Tom’s Group, his athletic successes were renowned!! Rest In Peace my friend … sincere condolences to all the family - Posted by: Marshall Johnston (friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Woodhaven has always been a special community and we have lost one of its best. Our deepest condolences to May and family. We remember Sid was always ready to help. And our kids remember epic trips to the dump. Keeping you all in our thoughts. - Posted by: Aldyne Barrett (Neighbor ) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to May and family. In my opinion, Syd was a real genuine hockey player. Ross Parke - Posted by: Ross Parke (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • I am so sorry to learn of Sid's passing. Sid and I met in the late 1980's at the cafeteria in the Province of Manitoba building at St. James and Dublin where he usually dropped in for lunch. I, and a few of my colleagues from the TD Bank across the street, (Don, Roman, Marla, Elaine and Ray) often attended there as well, and since we lunched at 1:00, the crowds had thinned and we had most of the place to ourselves. Sid was so easy to engage in conversation that we often ended up as lunch partners and he was always delighted to be part of our staff events. When he retired, Sid invited me (and my whole family) to his retirement party in Woodhaven, and although we have lost touch over the years, fond memories remain and we often reminisce over those times. We are all blessed to have had Sid in our lives. Sincerest sympathies, - Posted by: Wayne Rosin (Friend) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • It was with great sadness, that I learned of Sid's passing. I will forever be thankful for the opportunity to spend some time with Sid, shortly before his passing, discussing as always, the latest sports news. We couldn't have asked for a better next door neighbour. To May, and family, I send my sincerest condolences... - Posted by: Stephen Skrypnyk (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • Heaven just got very loud. I miss my uncle, I miss his kindness. He was perhaps the kindest man I have ever met. He was my mother's cousin and oh the stories they would share. Such a good man. You were blessed to have called him father and husband. Jen, Bryan, David and Andrew. - Posted by: Jennifer Gibb (relative) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • I was so sorry to learn of the passing of my old friend Sid White. His obituary captures him perfectly. He definitely was a superb athlete and sports enthusiast, a terrific people person, and a dedicated member of his various communities. This all-around great guy certainly will be missed! My heartfelt sympathy goes out to May and the family he dearly loved. I regret not being able to attend his send off but will be in touch with May soon. Sincerely, Bill “Duck” McDonald - Posted by: Bill McDonald (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to the White family. My life growing up in Woodhaven centered around a group of neighborhood families one of which was Sid and May White and family. The times spent together were memorable even after all the years that have passed. Sid was a great sports minded individual and it showed in our scrub football, hockey, and many others. I will miss hearing Sid down the back lane with his voice resonanting up and above all living things and laughing like there is no tomorrow. I will always remember Sid in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Jeff Wall (Friend and neighbours ) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • May, Joanne, Valerie, Donald and the gang So sorry to hear of Sid’s passing. He’ll leave a huge hole in your lives. He was a really super human, larger than life and loud to go with it. Memories: horseshoes in your back yard, the first black Volkswagen most of us had seen, Sid’s VW truck in the back lane, Sid and May teaching us teenagers how to square dance at the community club, Donald at 4 or 5 leaning over my dad Ira’s shoulder in his garage, all the Millers, and your house perpetually under construction! Thinking of you, May Sincerely Ian Moore - Posted by: Ian Moore (Old neighbor ) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • It is with Regret that we Learned of Sid’s Passing. To Mae and The Entire Family we extend our Deepest Sympathy. We will always Cherish Sid’s Chats, Hospitality and His Distinct, Jovial, Hearty Laugh that could Never be Replaced. May God Bless His Soul and may He be in Heaven A Half an Hour before The Devil knows He's There! From Your Good Friends in Newfoundland. Biddy & Pierre - Posted by: Buddy & Pierre O’Keefe (Good Friends) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • Our hearts go out to Don and his family. Rest in peace Sidney. - Posted by: James and Carrie Middleton (Family) on: Sep 29, 2021

  • Our condolences to May and extended families. We have many fond memories of our associations and spending time with Sid and May over our years in St James and Woodhaven and latterly in Mesa. Sid excelled not only in sports but also in being very social and being interested in who we, friends and neighbors and the like, are. We are very fortunate to have spent many hours in their presence. On behalf of our sons, Blair and Marshall, we appreciate the interest and leadership that Sid exemplified in their early hockey development. Hooray to a real champion of all things human! - Posted by: Gary and Sandra Jones (friend) on: Sep 29, 2021

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