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Date of Passing: Nov 06, 2021

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Dennis passed away peacefully on November 6, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years of age.
He was born in Winnipeg growing up in the North End with his parents, Mary and Vojtech Pelisek, and sister Esther. Having attained his Masters in Education Dennis became a teacher and coach at the very school he had gone to, St. John's High. Many will remember him from Junior High Social Studies or High School Geography. Dennis coached freshman basketball for years. He made a lasting impression on his students, many who continued to stay in touch and became trusted friends and colleagues.
Dennis has a strong faith in God. He grew up in Broadway First Baptist Church and was a faithful member for many years. Concerned with the welfare of those less fortunate and in need of support, he connected with other churches and numerous charities throughout the community, fulfilling his commitment to the service of God.
Dennis' mind and spirit had a creative side. He loved the challenge of building houses that would become treasured homes. Not always would things go smoothly. Those challenges were met with an unwavering attention to detail and determination that what was correct and right ought to be attained.
On November 17, 2021, Dennis was interred with his parents at the Old Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery. Those he left behind, his family, special neighbours, and special friends will remember him as a loving son and brother, the boy who loved to play basketball, the man who became a respected teacher and coach, and the creative mind who designed and built homes in his spare time.
We, his family, are grateful to Ed and Crystal Shore, his neighbours, who over the years kept in touch with and watched out for Dennis, and to his friends for their calls and messages. We thank the staff at Concordia Hospital for the care they afforded Dennis during his last days. We are very appreciative of the help that the staff at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre and the staff at the Old Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery gave at this time.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • My daughter Kailey and I first got to know Dennis while on walks in the neighborhood. He became a dear friend who took special interest in our family. One day he dropped off cash to buy a focus on the family magazine subscription for our granddaughters. He and Kailey often talked on the phone. We were blessed to have known him and call him our friend. A true gentleman who cared so deeply for others. Till we meet again Dennis. - Posted by: Delight Knapp (Friend) on: Dec 22, 2021

  • I first met Dennis at Isaac Newton Jr. High School. We were both members of the senior boys basketball team. Subsequently we both played on the varsity team at St. John's High School. A few years later we both returned to St. John's as teachers and basketball coaches. When Dennis was the Principal of the Winnipeg School Division Summer School Program in the mid 90's he recruited me to become part of his administrative team. Rest in peace dear friend. You had a positive influence on the students you taught and the young men you coached. - Posted by: Len Rosolowich (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • We were blessed to have known Dennis for many years through church and as a friend. He was an extreme perfectionist and cared so much for everyone he met. We had a long visit with him several weeks ago which was very good. - Posted by: Wayne and Pat Moore (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • We were blessed to have known Dennis for many years through church and as a friend. He was an extreme perfectionist and cared so much for everyone he met. We had a long visit with him several weeks ago which was very good. - Posted by: Wayne and Pat Moore (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to sister Esther and family. Dennis was a real part of Broadway-First in our youth and took part in our big trip to East coast on “Barnabus” in ‘73 and May long weekends at Camp Shanti. Great memories! A great guy! Our church has remembered Dennis and sends prayers for the family. - Posted by: Peggi and Lloyd Talbot (Friends from youth group) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • My condolences to the family of Dennis Pelisek. Dennis will be sadly missed by his family, very close friends and students who had him as a teacher and coach. I have known him since 1970 and it is an honour for me to have known Dennis. We went through joyous and trying times together and helped each other as much as we could. The Faith was always with him and he kept Jesus/God his heart as much as possible. As with the Faith it is such; it was once upon a time we were here and now it is, till we meet again. May the Lord, God be with Dennis and Bless him; he tried to serve them well. Frank - Posted by: Frank (Friend & Student) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Dennis and I were in many of the same classes at Ralph Brown and St. John’s. We finished high school as part of the Room 40 group at the ‘old’ St. John’s. I remember him as a quiet but bright student. Sorry to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Berne Mezon (Class mate) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My condolences Esther on the passing of your brother Dennis. You were in my grade 5 & 6 classroom at Ralph Brown. Although Dennis was behind me in school, I will always remember him. He was like me, tall and lanky and had a warm personality. When I moved to North Kildonan, I heard that he was building houses and one of them was on my walks. I had hoped one day on my walks, I would run into him there, but we didn't connect. Rest In Peace, God Bless. - Posted by: Colin Dederick (School friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

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