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Born: Jul 09, 1931

Date of Passing: Oct 19, 2021

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July 9, 1931 - October 19, 2021

Surrounded by love, Ralph (Red) Magnusson passed away on October 19, 2021.
Remaining to forever cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Connie (nee Benediktson) and his family.
Red was born in Riverton on July 9, 1931 and moved to Gimli as a young boy. His working life started early, working with his father and fishing on Lake Winnipeg and Great Slave Lake. He worked for the Town of Gimli, Johnson Memorial Hospital and had several small businesses including Red's Billiards, and Red's Landscaping.
Red was a natural athlete and a fierce competitor who excelled at all sports, including baseball, golf, billiards, curling, and especially hockey. His love for the game saw him playing for many years, and then coaching Bantam, Midget, and Gimli Wolves hockey. Noted accomplishments included a seven-goal game as a junior player and coaching several successful and winning teams. He was honoured to be invited to be part of the coaching team for an international exhibition game against Russia in the 1970s. As the Coach, he had the strong support of his family, sporting their Coach's Coach (Connie), and Coach's Kid hockey jackets. Many happy hours were spent on the road and in the arenas.
Red served as a Councilor for the Town of Gimli and as an Evergreen School Board trustee. He was also involved in the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, overseeing many sporting events.
He and Connie followed the World Curling event for two decades, travelling nationally and internationally to watch games and explore Europe. Cruising became a new interest, and more recently trips to the casino, where he occasionally enjoyed some luck. Red and Connie shared a love of dancing at country dances, Tombolas, and the Old Timers Dance. He was a real story teller, and he had a great memory for details, or so he assured us.
Red lived proudly in sobriety and made many friends on that journey. He also persevered through many health challenges over the years, always bouncing back from setbacks. He was proud to have reached 90 years of age.
Red and Connie were high school sweethearts, who married in 1957. Family soon followed. He was a wonderful Dad and doting Afi and Lang Afi. Favourite family activities included camping, boating, fishing, Sunday drives, and visits to the farm. The Magnusson family traditions are many and varied - from holiday gatherings, special menus, September Long at LV, and our spot to watch the Festival parade.
He was predeceased by his parents, Haraldur and Ingibjorg; sisters, Grace, Marjorie and Vivienne, as well as other family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Connie; daughters, Valerie Gendron (Rob), Jo-Ann Welham (Adrian), Marilyn Valgardson (Jeff), and Laurel Biluk (Melvin); grandchildren, Vanessa (Travis), Dayna, Rhys, Carly, Andrew (Carrie), Luke (Shannon), Madison, and Megan; and great-grandchildren, Brayden, Dakota, Emily, Callum, and Isla, as well cousins, nieces and nephews.
Private interment to be held at a later date.
Donations can be made in his memory to a charity of your choice.

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Goda nott Elskan, we will love you forever.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to your entire family on your loss. - Posted by: Pasqual Filleti (Friend) on: Nov 02, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Red's passing. Deepest condolences to the entire family on your loss. - Posted by: Ed Greenberg (Knew Red growing up and went to school with the children/spouses.) on: Oct 31, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to Mrs Magnusson and family. Red was like my second dad and the Magnusson's my second family. Red and I loved watching hockey games together on TV and my most special memory is when he took me to my fist NHL game. It was a Black Hawk exhibition game at the old arena before we had a had the NHL Jets 1.0. Tony O didn’t play but he caught a puck on the bench and gave it to me. Red and I were great Hawk fans at the time and argued who was the best player on the team- I never won. Love you Red. I’ll miss you forever but hold my memories close to my Heart. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Kim Hykawy (Family Friend ) on: Oct 30, 2021

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