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Born: Apr 11, 1943

Date of Passing: Oct 13, 2021

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April 11, 1943 – October 13, 2021

Peacefully, at his residence in Selkirk, MB, Ellis passed into the arms of his Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Geri McDonald, of 25 years, as well as his stepmother Betty; daughter Kristy Proutt (Russell) and grandchildren, Ethan, Chelsea, and Carson; son Greg (Beth) and grandchildren, Amelia, Elliot, and Harriet; brother Brain, and sister Bev Inglis (Bob). He was blessed as well with Geri's children, Kent, Casey (Ton), grandchildren, Justin (Karsen), Christian, Kyla, Alex, Sam, as well as great-grandchildren, Bodhi and Lindon. He will be greatly missed by their unofficial adopted son Kai Ming Guo (Yan Lin) and daughter Danica, sisters-in-law, Esther Ann and Denise, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Ellis was predeceased by his infant sister Ethel Karen, his parents, Stanley and Lillian, nephew Randy, sister-in-law Geri, and stepson Todd.
Ellis was born in Winnipeg and attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. He was a graduate of United College with a degree in Commerce, leading to a lifelong career with the Government of Manitoba. Throughout this time, he demonstrated his gift of approaching all things methodically and, in the words of his father, successfully. Geri and Ellis both had a passion for ballroom dancing which is how they met. It must have been love at first dance! Upon retirement, they spent their winters at their home in Mesa, AZ and their summers in Spruce Sands, MB developing many lifelong relationships that they cherished. Their greatest common bond was the love they shared for their two dogs Sarah and Sassy.
Due to failing health, Ellis spent endless hours on his computer, whether it be researching or playing games for entertainment. Most of his time though was spent pursuing his family's ancestry, which was of great value to him. Files, files, and more files!
Thank you to Selkirk Community Church for their prayers and support throughout the years. Gratitude goes out to Gilbart Funeral Home for their personal heartfelt service and guidance we have experienced throughout the years.
A celebration of Ellis' life will take place at a later date.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2021


Suddenly, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at his residence in Selkirk, MB, Ellis Shipman, aged 78 years, beloved husband of Geri McDonald, passed away.

Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

Publish Date: Oct 16, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 16, 2021, Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Spruce Sands just lost one of the best smiles around!! Ellis was a true friend who always made time for a visit and a laugh. You will be missed Allan's and the Shaw's - Posted by: Gord, Muriel, David, and Kerry (Spruce Sands Friends) on: Oct 25, 2021

  • Kristy, Greg and family I was so sad to read of your dad's passing. I have many fond memories growing up Next door with all of you. Condolences from the Galloway’s - Posted by: Allison Churchill (Galloway) (Neighbour’s on Cortez Bay ) on: Oct 23, 2021

  • Condolences to you Geri and family. We have such beautiful memories of times we spent ballroom dancing and winters spent in Mesa. Rest In Peace “mon ami” - Posted by: Bill and Viviane (Friends) on: Oct 17, 2021

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