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Born: Sep 22, 1944

Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2020

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September 22, 1944 - Yellowknife, NWT
February 7, 2020 - Winnipeg, MB

Ross Bonnyman of Winnipeg, MB passed away on February 7 2020, at the age of 75. He is survived by his partner Deborah Edwardsen.
Ross was born in Yellowknife to Lloyd and Anne Bonnyman. Tragically Ross and his sister Linda lost their father in a car accident in 1950. Ross went to school in Hunstanton, UK and near Two Hills, AB where his mother Anne was from. He served in the Canadian Armed Forces in communications in the 1960s Ross moved to Manitoba in the late 1960s and was a crane operator for many years. With his friend Al Neath (Big Al) the two operated a concert security business and worked for some of the greats of the music industry. Ross and Al were also foster dads to many young men who needed strong father figures in their lives. Ross loved crosswords, cooking, British motorbikes, collecting cameras, old bottles and skulls. He loved his dogs as he loved the people around him.
He is survived by his siblings, Linda, Tevie, Frank and Elizabeth. Ross was predeceased by his father Lloyd and his mother Anne Buckley.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Charleswood Legion #100, 6003 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, MB.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • R.I.P. Ross Bonnyman (Dad)...I met Ross in the summer of 1975, I had just graduated grade 12 & turned 18 in July. Ross was the main bouncer at the St. Vital Hotel. We formed a friendship that spanned the last 45 years. He called me son a couple of times, so I started calling him Dad...and it stuck. From then on, whenever we bumped into each other or talked on the phone, it was always “Hey Son”, “Hey Dad”! As far as I know, Ross never had any biological children, but he raised many of the hardest to raise boys in his home through CFS...and they grew to respect him as a father and a mentor. He was Dad to a lot of guys, Jeff ‘Hog’ V., Lyle B., and myself were 3 of a few!!! His home became a safe and welcome home to many a troubled young boy, whom Ross moulded into a stand up young man, due to his way of raising them with rules and guidelines and sometimes some tough love...but respect earned respect. I could go on and on about him and Awesome would call each other and discuss the crossword in the Free him and I would discuss our knee he bought an older 750 Triumph Bonneville and rode it a few years, sold it to Rizz, and bought a newer Triumph...that he told me he was a member of The Saxon’s MC from Thompson back in the 60’s...that he collected old pop bottles and old cameras which were displayed in his home in Charleswood...or that at one time he had a white beard that went down to his belly button...& how he loved skulls so much, he had them tattooed all over his body (not sure how many he had, he would always say “this is the last one...and then, “Hey, got a new skull tattoo “...& lots more!!! I will surely miss Ross, and am kicking myself for only visiting him 3 times in the last couple of years that he was in a care home in least I made it the 3 times. We do tend to get wrapped up in our own lives take the time...go see someone that you’ve been wanting to visit, go see that friend, aunt, uncle, cousin, sibling. R.I.P. my up those roads on your heavenly Triumph on the other side of The Pearlies!!!!!! - Posted by: David Gledhill (Friend (Son)) on: Feb 19, 2020 - Posted by: David Gledhill (Son) on: Sep 21, 2022

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