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Date of Passing: Jul 21, 2022

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When he was a teenager, Walter Jozwiak fainted. His parents, both Polish and unable to speak English well, tried to tell the neighbours that Walter had passed out but instead informed them that he had passed on. That announcement was six decades too early.
Walter, 73, died on July 21, 2022. He was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Antoni.
Born in Szczecin, Poland, Walter came to Canada with his family in the late 1950s. While teaching in northern Manitoba, Walter met Paula. They married in Winnipeg in 1978 and had three children: Jennifer, Lauren (Malcolm), and Sebastian (Susan).
Walter loved spirited debates, good wine, and cycling-but not necessarily in that order. He competed in the 1967 and 1971 Pan American games, was a multiple-time national cycling champion, and opened Lifesport-now a mainstay of the Winnipeg cycling community-in 1974. Walter never stopped riding: he cycled every Wednesday night and Sunday morning, and toured Italy by bicycle with friends in 2019.
To honour Walter, please consider donating to neuroscience or traumatic brain injury research, or just getting on your bike.

"Safe riding, Walter."

Publish Date: Jul 30, 2022


Walter Jozwiak, 73, passed away unexpectedly on July 21, 2022.
Family and friends are invited to honour his life between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 at Thomson in the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. Speeches will take place around 2:30 p.m.
Please no flowers at this time.
Longer obituary to follow.

Publish Date: Jul 28, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 28, 2022, Jul 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Walter, Paula and family were our neighbours years ago. We were saddened to hear of Walter’s passing while in PEI. Our deepest condolences to Paula and his family. We will remember him by his friendliness, his knowledge of bikes, wine, his cycling adventures. Rest In Peace reunited with your parents. God comfort your loved ones at this time. - Posted by: Helmut Gordiev (Previous neighbour) on: Aug 04, 2022

  • About 2015, I told Walter that we should go to Italy and ride an event on the so-called White Roads of Tuscany called l’Eroica or The Heroic Ones. The idea is to honour the history of road racing riding old style bikes and traditional clothing on early road racing roads in Italy My efforts to convince Walter to go fell on deaf ears. I guess I’m the hopelessly nostalgic one. In a final attempt to win him over, I got up very early one Friday morning, headed to my favourite French patisserie in Vancouver, bought about two dozen fresh pastries, and Fedexed them to Lifesport for a Saturday morning delivery. When I received notice that the box had arrived , I phoned Walter. “Walter”, I said, “I know you’re going to polish off the whole box today, and the only way to work off the calories is to do L’Eroica with me in Italy.” It didn’t work; not his style. But in September 2019, the trip happened. This time it was HIS idea and HIS style. A week in Riccione on the Adriatic coast, in a so-called bike hotel dedicated to cyclists. Tour guides every day, amazing buffet meals every night. Right on to the ocean. My father once said to me when I was about 10 or 12, “Jack, If you can’t go first class, stay home. “ What I think he meant was never settle in life for less than the best you can do. My friend Walter never stayed home. And he never settled for less than the best. God speed my dear friend. We’ll ride together again one day. Jack McCullough - Posted by: Jack McCullough (long-time friend) on: Aug 02, 2022

  • Walter will always be fondly remembered as the person that gave me my first job. I have happy memories of the numerous after work parties hosted by Walter and Paula. He graciously helped me start a cycling adventure as a teen and I was proud to be part of team Lifesport. When I started my new career Walter's reference clinched the position for me. Rest in peace. Thanks for your generous spirit. - Posted by: Duncan Scurrah (former employee of Walter's ) on: Jul 31, 2022

  • I met Walter sometime in the 50s he and his Family lived on Notre Dame, was a very good guy. He was into bikes and running way back then RIP WALTER. - Posted by: Tom Hamilton (old friend) on: Jul 29, 2022

  • It with sorrow that I read about Walter's passing this morning. My condolences to his family. I have known Walter for over 50 years. The first time I met him was at the Safeway Maryland & Westminister store. He was working in the produce department. The manager's office was at the front of the produce counters. One summer day, one of the clerk's came running to tell management that a person taken something and run out of the store. As Walter was close by, Walter told management that he was in bike training and he could run down anyone. It was agreed that management would call the police and scan the neighbourhood. Walter told management all the police would have to look for would be a person wearing a green apron and the thief would be in front of him. Walter took off running. After 7-8 blocks the thief was exhausted and couldn't shake Walter. Walter pulled up a short distance from him as stopped. The thief turned around, drew a gun and fired. The gun misfired. Walter informed management he would no longer run down shop lifters. For the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal, Walter went to Montreal for the Canadian Men's Cycling Team tryouts. We read in the papers today about airlines losing luggage. Well, Walter may have been ahead of his time here. When Walter arrived back in Winnipeg, he found out that the airline lost his special racing bike worth at that time well over $1200. If airlines lost bikes back then, the loss would be around $100 or less, not the type of bike Walter had. When Walter opened up his Life Sport stores, I got my first cross country skiing equipment from him I upgraded my racing bike another time. Once or twice a year I would drop in his store on Pembina Hwy and say hello and have a short chat. I can see why Walter was so successful. He knew the biking and racing industry as he sort of grew up in it. But it was his personality. You are met with a person with such a warm smile, a softer spoken voice and you knew he was there to help you and answer any questions. Walter did not push equipment on you, only after talking and finding out your wants or needs, he would suggest options and between the two of you, would come to a very satisfactory ending. One works hard to enjoy the golden years, but it is unfortunate that Walter only got some of it. I am fortunate to have known Walter early in my life and I have lasting memories over all these years. God Bless, Rest in Peace. - Posted by: colin dederick (co worker and friend) on: Jul 28, 2022

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