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Born: Aug 31, 1930

Date of Passing: Jan 24, 2022

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(nee HENRY)

"Do not go gentle into that good night
Rage rage against the dying of the light"
Dylan Thomas

Pearl Haddad's most beautiful life came to a peaceful end in the early morning hours of January 24, 2022. The sun was rising over the cold, crisp Manitoba morning; beautiful snowflakes were falling gently when Pearl took her last breath, as she lay cradled in the arms of her loving family. Her children held her close and thanked her again and again for giving them life, loving and caring for them, being their protector, and teaching them to be strong, loyal, and resilient.
Most of all, they thanked her for being the best mother to them that she could be.
Born on the Manitoba prairie and the youngest of 16 children, Mom was the final remaining sibling of her family. Predeceased by her father James Crombie Henry (1935), her mother Catherine Emms Henry (1942), her beloved son Bruce (2000), former husband and lifelong best friend Sherrold (2020), as well as all of her siblings.
Pearl leaves to mourn her loss her remaining children, Cheryl Haddad (Wayne Lima) (Vancouver Island), Jim Haddad (Miranda Fidler), Barbara Haddad (Vancouver) and Trish Haddad ( Steve Mikos); 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews.
On August 31, 1930, Pearl was born in the Lake Francis / Harperville area, where her family settled and farmed the land. She lost her parents at an early age; her Dad when she was five; and her Mother (who had four sons fighting overseas during the Second World War) when Pearl was 12. In spite of losing both of her parents at such an early age, Pearl found an inner strength to move forward that was evident throughout her life.
In Winnipeg, at the age of 18, she would meet, and two years later, marry the love of her life, Sherrold Haddad, with whom she built a family of five children. Together they started Holiday Chevrolet Oldsmobile Ltd, and in addition to raising five young children, she and Dad developed their business. Although Pearl and Sherrold eventually went their separate ways , they remained good friends, and always considered themselves to be family.
Having grown up on the farm in the dirty thirties, Mom had lots of stories that she would incessantly share with us, about the pranks her mischievous brothers would pull on friends, family, and even visitors. Mom also had a mischievous side to her, and she seemed to revel in sharing these almost unbelievable anecdotes. Pearl was proud of her Scottish Heritage, and when telling these stories, Pearl's impressions of her various family members would often include a Scottish Brogue.
Pearl could start up a conversation with anybody about anything; and was always happy to give you her honest opinion, whether you asked for it or not. One of Pearl's favourite topics of conversation was her grandchildren. Pearl would regale anyone and everyone with hilarious stories of her grandchild's latest hi-jinx or accomplishments.
Mom loved fashion, had great style, and was impeccably well groomed. Jackie O was her style icon and fashion compass. Once her kids were grown, a great day for Pearl was shopping at La Boutique or Holt's, followed by a facial, mani/pedi, and then getting dressed up for an evening out.
Many 1960s styles Cocktail parties were held at the family home on Paradise Bay. Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis and the Beatles playing on the Hi-Fi Stereo System...Martinis and Manhattans being served...everyone in cocktail attire.
A woman ahead of her time, Mom became an ardent yoga practitioner in the early 1970s, and continued her daily practice for many decades. Even in her later years we would find her off in a corner doing her best (and succeeding) to go into a pose. She was a great Mom, and always there when we arrived home after school each and every day. She made a mean Shrimp dip and the best Christmas dinners with yummy gravy, matrimonial cake and shortbread cookies, which we all make and enjoy to this day.
As the years unfolded, Mom again confronted some large hurdles. We bore witness to her inner strength, loyalty and never ending devotion for our brother Bruce when he was ailing. She again dug deep into that reservoir to fight her own long, courageous battle, and despite the challenges of these last years, Mom's keen sense of humour, love and light managed to shine through .
During the last chapter of her life, our sister Barb was with Mom and became her primary caregiver. Barb's devoted love and care allowed Mom to remain in the comfort of her home, and offered peace of mind to the entire family. We can never repay our sister Barb for her love and dedication, and the best care that anyone could ever hope for.
Barbie doll, you are our angel on earth. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
A part of each of her children died along with her in her passing, but the flame of her love will forever burn brightly in each of our hearts. We love you Mom - yesterday, today, forever and always. We are honoured and privileged to have had you here as our mother for so long. We know you are cradling our brother Bruce in your arms .
And "Yes Mom".... We shall always remember to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps!
Until we meet again, Miss Pearly Girl
Our Phoenix has risen one last time.
PS: We know the secret as to who was your favourite, it was Cheryl - Bruce - Jim - Barb - Trish

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 29, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Sending my love to the whole family. When Dino and I met with Pearl long ago in Winnipeg he told me how fond he was of Pearl. She was lovely and I so loved meeting her. My heart goes out to all of you, With all my heart I believe that Love never ever goes away, we just change until we meet again. Dejais Paulos - Posted by: Dejais Paulos (Sam Paulos is Pearls grandson, and my step son. ) on: Feb 23, 2022

  • Cheryl, Jim, Barb and Trish. So sorry to hear about your mom. These have been some very difficult years for you all. Your mom was a firecracker I enjoyed meeting her over the years. Hugs to you all Brendan and Marlies Dick - Posted by: Marlies Dick (Friend ) on: Feb 01, 2022

  • I met the Haddads when they moved to Charleswood in about 1963, after which son Bruce and I became best friends throughout our teens and early 20's. They were very good to me over the years and I will always remember "Mrs. Haddad" as being a big-hearted, personable, and loving mother. My condolences to the family and RIP, Pearl. You were a great lady. - Posted by: Monty Howes (family friend) on: Jan 31, 2022

  • Barb, I offer to you and all of your family my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful mom. What I have just read in this wonderfully written tribute to a lovely life and family! You have all been truly blessed! Take good care and always hold close to your heart, those beautiful memories. Most sincerely, Chris Carpenter, Amy & Scott - Posted by: Chris Carpenter (Mother of Amy & Scott Carpenter) on: Jan 30, 2022

  • To Jim, Trish, their families and the entire Haddad family, I send you my deepest sympathies. Your Mother was a very kind person with a huge heart. I was an employee with Holiday Chev Olds from 1983 to 1987, on occasion I was asked to give Pearl a ride from the car dealership home. During those trips she would always engage in pleasant conversation, she even tried to offer me a couple of bucks to buy a coffee in appreciation for the ride home. I refused and said Jim letting me drive her home in his demo a new 1983 Monte SS was appreciation enough. I was just 19. 25 yrs later I bumped into Pearl at the Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre, "she" recognized me and again we had a brief pleasant conversation with her updating me on the family. I will never forget her kindness. - Posted by: Michael Hinson (Former Employee Holiday Chev Olds) on: Jan 30, 2022

  • A light had gone out. Always remember Pearl as a very energetic and vibrant person. Always willing to listen and join in on our conversations. Gave 100% to all of her children’s needs. Was a good friend of Trish’s growing up and would have many interesting talks with Pearl. Loved her strong and witty views on life and people. Rest In Peace and know you made a difference in all of our lives❤️ - Posted by: Donna Tremblay (Family friend ) on: Jan 30, 2022

  • She was a fantastic aunt….and as stated in her obituary, she was a fashion plate, impeccably groomed. Loved her ‘Henry’ sense of humour. It was always a highlight to have her visit my parents, Ross and Freda. It was like Aunt Pearl and her brother Ross would try to outdo each other in their funny remembrances of their childhood…she worked hard raising her five kids, not an easy task for anyone, but she was a strong lady. RIP Aunt Pearl, love Darlene - Posted by: Darlene Dugga (Niece) on: Jan 29, 2022

  • Pearl was a beautiful, strong woman with a great sense of humour and brilliant smile, who was devoted to her family. I was in awe watching her tirelessly attend to Bruce’s care when he was sick. My deepest condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Kathy Penner (Family friend) on: Jan 29, 2022

  • Auntie Pearl was a kind, giving person. My Dad Tommy Henry spent a great deal of time at her home on Paradise Bay. I often picked him up there and Auntie Pearl was so loving to me, also her Henry humor would come out. When I was 16 and getting married, Auntie Pearl threw me my (only wedding shower) I was shy then but so in awe of this auntie of mine. She looked like a movie star, and I remember commenting on her beautiful home. She said "Yes my dear but it still needs cleaning!" I remember one "Henry" funeral in Stonewall, where she rode in my car with my Dad to Woodlands Oswald Cemetery, where she asked me about my life and children, we also had a few joke's going on as was the Henry way. Over the years I spoke to her many times on the phone. But I always wished I had visited her more. My hearts and condolences go out to all the family at this sad time. - Posted by: Donna Olender (Henry) (Niece) on: Jan 29, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of Pearl's passing. Your parents were unique and always interesting people. I adored them both. My sincerest condolences to you all. - Posted by: Cindi French (Friend of the family) on: Jan 29, 2022

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