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Born: Jul 12, 1939

Date of Passing: Nov 11, 2021

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July 12, 1939 - November 11, 2021

After a brief illness and a life well lived, Ellyson (lovingly known as Elly and Duke) peacefully passed away at the age of 82 at the Grace Hospice.
Elly joins the pride and joy of his life, his only son, Hayden who predeceased him 15 months ago. Elly was also predeceased by his parents, Francis and Estelle and his beloved brother, Ralph. Papa will be forever remembered by his granddaughters, Kyra (Tristen) and Salina (Mas) and his great-grandson, Kale who he loved dearly. Elly will also be lovingly remembered by his sister, Jean (Sylbert) and brothers, Clive (Jane) and Franklin as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Elly was born on July 12, 1939 in Trinidad and Tobago. He enjoyed his childhood growing up alongside his siblings in Trinidad. He worked in the accounts department for Princess Town Special Bus Service Company Limited. In 1972, he moved with his son Hayden to Toronto and stayed there briefly before coming to Winnipeg. Winnipeg became home for Elly and Hayden. Elly spent his career in Winnipeg working in hotel management for a number of different hotels. He was well respected by many in the hospitality industry. Elly will be remembered as a gentle soul who loved his son, grandchildren and family. He proudly raised his son and they shared a special bond throughout their lives. Elly enjoyed socializing with friends and family but was also content to stay at home and watch movies or wrestling. His family jokes that he is one of WWE's biggest fans. Elly enjoyed cooking and watching sports, especially cricket and hockey. We will remember his calm spirit and warm smile and we will miss the regular phone calls from him "just to say hello".
The family would like to thank the staff at the Grace Hospice for the care and support provided to Elly in his final weeks. Special thank you to two special friends who were like family to Elly: Ryan Goolia and Bobby Persaud. Your friendships meant so much to our Papa. Thank you for everything.
After his son passed away 15 months ago, Elly was left with a broken heart. We find great comfort in knowing that father and son are together once again.
At Ellyson's request, there will be no formal funeral service. To honour him, cheer on your favourite team, spend time with the ones you love and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
His family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.

Papa, we love you. Rest in Peace.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 20, 2021, Nov 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear Salina and family, We sent you a sympathy card, but it has just been returned, “wrong address”. The card read: Thinking of all of you as your hearts are breaking again. With much sympathy as you mourn the loss of your Papa. Sam and Carla and the rest of the Scaletta 11. - Posted by: Carla Scaletta (Friend) on: Jan 06, 2022

  • Heartfelt condolences to the family. Throughout the time I worked for you "Duke", you've shown wisdom and kindness. Rest easy Boss. Gone but never forgotten. - Posted by: Jo Ann Madolaria (friend/former employee) on: Nov 24, 2021

  • Duke took me under his wing in my first days at the Northstar Inn. He taught me many things about work and life. Great times were had, on the job and across the street at the St. Regis. Lost touch over the years, but the memories endure. Rest in Peace. PS I hope they have newspapers in heaven to protect your car mats. - Posted by: John Enright (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear about Elly’s passing. I knew Elly and his brothers and sister growing up on Irving Street, San Fernando, Trinidad. Rest In Peace Elly - Posted by: Selwa Slack nee Tomy (Friend from San Fernando Trinidad) on: Nov 21, 2021

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