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1954 – 2022

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Christopher Octave Sargent of Winnipeg, MB. Chris was 67 years old.
He was predeceased by his father Colin Munroe Sargent, his sister Colette Marie Sargent and his mother Mary (Marie) Louise Sargent (nee Monteyne). Plus a great many long-time close cohorts like Gary Montgomery and Levi Derkson.
Chris is survived by his brother Benjamin Sargent (Kelly), sister Orrice Sargent (Edward), nephews, Colin Sargent, Stephan Sargent and Aidan Harron and nieces, Cassandra Tucker (Jason) and Carlin Harron. Also, grandnephews, Jayden and Lucas and grandniece Mackenzie. Also left to mourn are his best friend and loyal sidekick Neal Nairn and Neal's children, Danny Nairn and Robyn Nairn, much extended family, the care team at Focus I and numerous friends he made along the way.
Born December 1, 1954, Chris was the oldest of four siblings. He often told of choosing his brother from the orphanage and hauling off with the six-week-old infant to be found later sitting in the car with him. Chris was seven at the time. Chris always followed his own path, and joined the army right out of high school. Unfortunately, a training exercise left him in a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. But Chris used this to his advantage by being instrumental in developing both adaptable exercise equipment for able and disabled users and developing the sport of wheelchair rugby, which continues to be played worldwide to this day. Chris also had his hand in changing Manitoba laws to allow the disabled to hunt from their vehicles. He was a member of the board for Focus Housing, an integrated housing and shared services concept for people living with physical disabilities wanting a free and independent lifestyle.
Not one to sit around, he worked out, played wheelchair rugby (earlier dubbed murderball) and got together with friends. He pursued his hobby of collections, filling every nook and cranny with his unique acquisitions, which also included numerous tattoos covering much of his upper body. Family was important to Chris, and in his later years he made the complicated trek out west to visit family every few years, the last time riding shotgun in his own van to attend his mom's 90th birthday.
But Chris admitted his happiest times were, with the assistance of good friends, hunting in the great outdoors and riding around in the sidecar of one of his three prized Harley Davidson motorcycles where he felt the most freedom.

Ride Free, Chris, Ride Free
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at
Glen Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 05, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I met Chris through Danny and Neil and quickly hit it off from our mutual interest and obsession of collecting. Many hours were spent discussing what new treasures he had acquired off of his “evil machine” (his computer) or the new thing we saw.He was a great person and a even better friend. Adios Chris I’ll miss you - Posted by: Matthew McCormack (Friend ) on: Feb 19, 2022

  • I’ve known Chris for about 30 years. We met because of our collecting interests. However, it was soon evident that we had much more in common. We discovered that we had both served in the same battalion of the same regiment in the Canadian Army, the Second Battalion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The collecting was a common interest but, being Patricia’s was a common bond. As typical soldiers we did what soldiers did best, griped about everything. However, the one thing I never heard Chris do was complain about his injury he received that left him confined to a wheelchair, unless he was riding in his motorcycle. Chris was a great source of inspiration for me because of who he was and the things he did. You did not tell Chris what he couldn’t do. You could, but you might get an answer you did not like. He soldiered on! I am saddened by your passing, my friend. I will miss our regular conversations/gripe sessions and the laughs that we had. I wish to express my sincere condolences to all of Chris’ family and friends. You are gone my friend, but as long as we remember you, you will always be here. - Posted by: James Morgan (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2022

  • I met Chris working on RR2. I was new at my job as a research nurse, a real rookie. He was so friendly to me and soon had me laughing. Chris could look very stern-until he broke in to his big smile. He was a real presence, with personality to match his size. I am saddened to hear that he is gone. My sincere condolences to all of his family and friends. - Posted by: Tracey Olafson (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2022

  • I will miss our Sunday phone calls but cherish the ones we had for the past 45 years. Rest In Peace Dear Friend Give James Patrick the biggest hug ever!! - Posted by: Jan Lalonde (Friend for over 45 years ) on: Feb 06, 2022

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