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Born: Jan 14, 1966
Date of Passing: Mar 09, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
January 14, 1966 - March 9, 2022
It is with profound sadness that Vince's last harvest has been called and the last overtime played. Vince passed away peacefully on March 9, 2022, surrounded by the love of his family. He fought hard until the last call but it was time for him to stop and rest. He did his best and he got home to see his boys one last time.
Vince is survived by wife of 32 years, Eileen (nee Street) and his three sons, Tyler, Derek and Mason; his sister Stephanie; and brothers, John, Dan, and Donald Schewaga (Kim, Brian and Austin); by his mother-in-law Marion Street; brothers-in-law, Dave Street (Darlene, nieces, Rachel and Emily) and Michael Street (Jaqueline, nephews, Eric and Andrew); and many aunts, uncle and cousins.
Vince is predeceased by his father Steve and his mother Agnes (nee Bodin), by his father-in-law Lloyd Street, and his favorite dog Jaxson.
Born during the blizzard in 1966, he was the second son of Steve and Agnes. Vince grew up farming in Grande Pointe and farming was his passion. He learned from his father and uncles how to grow and care for the land. That passion translated into a degree in Agriculture from University of Manitoba. Curling was a family event and Vince loved to throw rocks, and an occasional broom, at weekend bonspiels. Vince enjoyed the fellowship of his neighbors and friends with the occasional beer afterward.
It was during his time in university that he met the love of his life, Eileen, at an Aggie social. Introduced thru a friend, and left standing alone with her, she asked him to dance. Even though he was so shy, they found their way to the dance floor where he stepped on her toes for the next 37 years. They were married in 1990 and lived in Ile des Chenes for the first four years. Vince was blessed with the birth of two sons, Tyler and Derek, during this time. He was so proud that he learned to change a diaper without it falling off or leaking.
In 1994, Vince was able to proudly take over the family farm from his father. Vince, Eileen and his sons moved to the family farm in 1994 and have resided there since. They were blessed with the appearance of another son, Mason in 1998 (after the flood ). Vince nurtured the farm and his family with all the love he had. Vince loved to talk farming for hours to friends and fellow farmers .anyone really. The invention of the cell phone, even though it was electronic, gave him hours of 'combine conversation' or updated field reports. He was always looking to improve crops, yields and equipment. Vince knew what crop was grown in what field 10 years ago but never could master the wedding anniversary date which became a running joke between Eileen and him. Vince loved a good joke or story.
Hockey became a passion when the sons were introduced to the sport. Vince learned the game as the kids grew and figured out what offside was and that throwing a fist gets you thrown in the penalty box much to his disgust. You could find him in the stands cheering on his sons. Hockey practice and tournaments became his winter past time and made many, many friends thru the years. He joined in frequently with the after-game activities, never missing a conversation while sleeping in the corner. Vince loved to watch curling, the Jets, the Bombers, and the NFL.
In the last few years, as his health started to deteriorate, the phone calls to friends and family became his lifeline. He would call people on a regular basis (except on weekends if not harvesting...LOL) That connection was so important for him. His calls to his mother-in-law, Marion Street, to yak about sports became part of his daily routine. He even took up watching baseball in 30 minutes on TSN just so he could talk about it.
Even though his heart got weaker, and hospital stays became more frequent, he never complained, and he never lost his hope. Vince's cheeky smile was always present even through the bad times. He was able to see his son Tyler graduate from physiotherapy, Derek buy his own home, and Mason take up farming. They were his pride and joy. Vince and Eileen made the final journey to Edmonton full of hope but the outcome wasn't what they had planned. Vince's beautiful, gentle soul has left us but his warmth and love of life will stay with us.
We would like to thank the many doctors over the years, Dr. Kroeker, the St. Boniface Heart Transplant team (Dr. Zeroth, Dr. Schaeffer, Sandy and Sherri) for their wonderful care over the years, and their compassion at the end. The University of Alberta specialists, doctors, and especially the nurses, did their best to change Vince's outcome.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Winnipeg, MB.
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Family and friends may sign a book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 15, 2022
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
We have known Vince his whole life. He was a man who was well respected in the community for his honesty and fairness. His dedication to Eileen and 3 sons was his main concern, then their farm of which he was very proud. There are no words to express our feelings for your loss. Our deepest condolences to Eileen, sons Tyler, Derek and Mason, brothers John, Dan and sister Stephanie. Family friend and neighbour Bernie & Susan Snezyk. - Posted by: Bernie & Susan Snezyk (friend & close neighbour ) on: Mar 30, 2022
We are so sorry to lose such a fine neighbour and friend. Vince rented land from us for the fifteen years we have been here in Grande Pointe and we loved his annual visits to chat. He was conscientious about keeping hunters minding their Ps and Qs and always thoughtful about informing us of area news. Deep condolences to all of the family. He was a fine man who will be missed. - Posted by: John Sadoway and Margaret Keast (Friends and neighbours) on: Mar 27, 2022
Our deepest condolences, Eileen and family. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. He was a great man, strong, and courageous. His smile and laughter remain my firmest memories of him. May the Lord's peace and comfort be with all of you in this time of need. - Posted by: Roxanne Yvon (Cousin) on: Mar 21, 2022
My condolences to Eileen and the boys, Vincent’s brothers and sister and his many friends. Although we are cousins, I have only met Vince on a few occasions. After reading his obituary, it is clear that he was a great guy and very much loved. How I wish now that I had gotten to know him. It’s obvious that he has many attributes of his wonderful father, who was my Uncle Steve. I’m so sorry that his transplant was not a success, he deserved many more years. May your happy memories give you comfort. - Posted by: Susan Larke (nee Swerdyliak) (Cousin ) on: Mar 19, 2022
I was very saddened by the passing of Vince. I knew Vince when I was a driver for By’s Transport. Everytime I got a chance to pick up a load of grain for Vince it became the highlight of my day. We would talk about all kinds of subjects from growing grain to raising cattle, from sports to politics. Vince had a way of always making me feel better after I left then when I first showed up. I have always considered Vince a good friend and he will be sorely missed. My condolences and sympathies go out to the Swerdyliak family at this time of sorrow. - Posted by: Réal Gagnon (Friend) on: Mar 17, 2022
I am so sorry to see this news about Vince. He was such a calm and kind man and I had many great conversations with him over the years. I am so saddened to learn of his passing today, he was far too young. My condolences to the entire Swerdyliak family, my thoughts are with you all. May you rest in paradise Vince. - Posted by: Sherrie Versluis (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2022
Condolences and sympathies to John, Stephanie, Dan, Don, Eileen and the boys. I will remember Vince as a gentleman who was always true to himself and genuine with others. Team Heaven has called up an All-Star. RIP - Posted by: Claude (Cousin ) on: Mar 15, 2022
Eileen we are speechless to have read about your loss of Vince in today’s newspaper. We have fond memories of friendships made while our boys played hockey together. Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️ The Bzovey family - Posted by: Lorri Bzovey (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2022
So sad to hear about Vince today. He will be greatly missed. We have known Vince and Eileen for many years and he was a truly great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eileen and the family during this time. - Posted by: Alf and Candy (Friends and Neighbours) on: Mar 15, 2022
Jackie and I want to express our sorrow and deepest condolences to Eileen and the family in the passing of Vince. I met Vince when he was a Council Member for the Rural Municipality of Ritchot; such a great guy. - Posted by: Yves Sabourin (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2022
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