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Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2021

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Grant Nerbas on November 14, 2021. He lived a full life and passed away with family at his side.
He was predeceased by parents, Mary and Fred and siblings, Fred, Don, Pat, and Helen. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Nadia, daughters, Miranda and Marika (Jon), and family and friends around the world including in Manitoba, British Columbia, Ireland, Ontario, and Pennsylvania.
Grant grew up in Winnipeg, graduating with a BA from United College and Law Degree from University of Manitoba, where he was also Senior Stick. For most of his career he served as General Counsel for CN rail. He was active in the legal community and as a bar association section leader created the 'loonie for lunch' concept. His eventual retirement did not suit him, so he resumed work in private practice and then as a consultant, stopping only due to health issues in 2019.
He was active in many charities, often as founding member or in a leadership role including as past president of Meals on Wheels and Kiwanis. His efforts were always rooted in a desire to help others and solve problems, usually in entirely original, unexpected ways. He was a creative thinker and storyteller, with wide interests from poetry to world affairs. He was devoted to his many friends and was a fixture at local music venues. He loved to tell the story of how he prevented an iconic CN clock from leaving Winnipeg, ensuring that it was given a local place of honour in the Hotel Fort Garry lobby.
He was an accomplished athlete, playing and leading many team sports throughout his life, most recently competing with his winning team in an international senior's baseball league. There was no sport that he couldn't master.
He will be forever remembered and sadly missed by all. As per Grant's wishes there will be no service.
In the spirit of his kind, inclusive and generous personality, his unfailing, selfless dedication to supporting anyone who crossed his path, and his warm sociable nature and sense of fun, we invite you to help someone in need, spend time with family or friends, raise a toast and share your stories, or donate to Kiwanis or a favourite charity in his memory.

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

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • It was a great privilege for me to meet and spend time with Grant. He was so dear and caring. One of my treasures is a letter Grant wrote to me some time ago. It and thoughts of Grant bring feelings of warmth every time. My sincere sympathy to his loving and lovely family Nadia, Miranda, Marika and Jon. You are all wonderful and loved. - Posted by: Bernice Hawkins (Friend) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • I am heartbroken hearing this news. Grant was one of my favourite regulars at Bella Vista. He always came in with a load of stories about whatever private law adventure he was on or old memories from school. He always wore the same red jacket, everyday! He said it looked enough like a coke-a-cola jacket from the old coke-a-cola company that sometimes (In the old days) he could sneak into baseball games for free if he wore it! I thought that was so funny and sneaky of him. The next time he came into Bella Vista, he brought an extra jacket and gave it to me. I still have it! He was such a genuine, sweet-hearted man. Condolences to his friends and family. - Posted by: Maggie Collins (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • My condolences to Nadia, Miranda and Marika (Jon). I will pass on some goodness and time to others in his honour. Warm regards Don Moulden - Posted by: Don Moulden (friend of the children and contractor) on: Dec 05, 2021

  • I was very sad to read today that Grant passed away on 14 Nov. Wendy and my sincere condolences to Nadia and family for your loss. I have really appreciated our long friendship since Grant, Nadia and family moved to Vancouver in 1970. Grant was a unique and talented person (albeit with a rather unusual golf swing). I shall miss him and the interesting notes he sent on almost every year. - Posted by: Bruce Rieck (Long time business associate and friend.) on: Dec 02, 2021

  • I would like to extend my Sincere Condolences to the Nerbas Family. It was a great Pleasure to have known Grant, I was his Barber for many years and we always had great conversations. I remember Grant saying we're going South to play baseball. Grant Loved been active in other sports or Been involved with the community. Love You Grant, your friend Tony. - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (Frienf) on: Dec 02, 2021

  • What a Beautiful Soul. I had the pleasure to See Grant a few times a year, I was his Barber for many years. We would have great discussions, and like it is said he championed many Causes. He Loved Baseball and helped many Causes. Love you Grant. It was a great Pleasure to have known you. Condolences to the Nerbas Family - Posted by: Tony Guzzi (Friend) on: Dec 02, 2021

  • My condolences for your loss, Nadia and family. Through you, Nadia, and on meeting Grant on just a couple of occasions, I knew he was a fine and caring person, a person of integrity. I share your sorrow. Betty Nadurak - Posted by: Elizabeth Nadurak (Friend and colleague of Nadia) on: Nov 23, 2021

  • My sincerest condolences to the family. Grant was my mum Lucies cousin. Grant's dad Fred was her uncle. Fred and Mary sponsored her in 1949 to immigrate from Germany. The family was so kind to her as she had lost her parents (Fred’s sister) in the war. Mum thought very highly of Grant. One of my fondest memories of Grant is when he and Don and Adrienne used to come to see my son Sven’s hockey games whenever he played in Winnipeg. I was honoured! - Posted by: Ingrid Kruse butenschon (Daughter of Lucie who was grant's cousin ) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Thanks to Grant for a long friendship and association. Together we did some fine and memorable things. I am sad he will no longer be with us and able to express his remarkably personal view of our world. Goodbye my Friend. - Posted by: Clare Irwin (Long time friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Grant will live on in my heart, for as long as I will live. He was the brightest part of every day. I loved his stories, his dancing, his infinite intelligence, and his never ending willingness to help and love. He was truly a friend, and he will be so deeply missed. My love and condolences to his family. - Posted by: Sara (aka junior) (My favourite Bella vista regular ) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Dear Nadia, Miranda, Marika (Jon), It with great sadness that I send my sincere condolences to you dear cousins. My prayers are with you. I am so very thankful that Grant visited us annually the last few years on his way to BC to visit Shaun. Also we had many happy memories over at Don and Adrienne's. We first me in 1951 and were so happy to meet my uncle, aunt and cousins. Grant was ten years older but reading we were both athletes and competitive in so many sports and exercise. When I took him to the lawnbowling club here and he watched the game he had great advice for me. "Ingrid when you compete in a sport like that you find the weakness in your opposition and concentrate on that and you will win more games." I had already bowled in two Nationals by then, but that advice has improved my game, my strategy and confidence. Thanks, Grant for your stories, fun, advice and laughter. Another one that we were so amused about was that he was the youngest of five and I the youngest of four. "Our parents kept having more children until they got the best one". We laughed. I am so very sorry I never showed him the doll Aunt Mary send me for Easter in 1951. She send a parcel and had a surprise for each family member. When we were immigrating to Canada mom asked me what I wanted to take. MY DOLL. I would love to send you a photo of the doll that I took yesterday. Beautiful as the day I got it as an eight year old. May your faith and the happy memories bring your comfort. May the Lord Bless All Of You. Love, Ingrid - Posted by: Ingrid G. Riffel (Cousin, from Saskatchnewan) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • My sincere sympathies for your loss. - Posted by: Cathy Gagnon (Marika and Jon's friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

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