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Born: Oct 09, 1943

Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2022

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On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, after a brief illness, our beloved Dad, Grandfather and dear friend passed away peacefully.
Nelson leaves to mourn his son Jeff (Lorraine) and daughter Lisa Sullivan (Steve); grandchildren, Jeff Jr., Jonathan, Leah, and Matthew Peitsch; and Michael, Karsten and Lexi Sullivan. He will also be lovingly remembered by his brothers, Roy and Alfred; sisters, Geraldine, Janice and Elaine; nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful neighbours and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Lilli and his brother Norman.
Nelson was born October 9, 1943, in Brokenhead, Manitoba. He was raised to have a strong work ethic and a profound sense of integrity, kindness and self reliance. Stories of his early years working on the family farm and antics of his siblings, extended family and community pervaded stories he told 50 years after leaving the homestead. He graduated high school and moved to Winnipeg where he attended University and settled down to raise a family. Despite a busy three-decade long career at New Flyer Industries, Nelson always had a project on the go.
Nelson was a self-taught accomplished carpenter making toys, dining and bedroom suites, rocking chairs and cradles. When required, he was a proficient mechanic, bodywork man, painter, plumber and handyman. Whatever the issue a simple call to Dad would result in a recommendation for a quick fix or the right way to do it. It would often result in a visit from him where the demonstration of proper technique resulted in the project getting done. Building of gazebos and decks often came about by a discussion started with him at the dinner table.
Nelson was a remarkable husband, father, and grandfather. He lovingly cared for his ailing wife for a protracted period until her passing. He doted on his children, but his greatest joy was caring for and nurturing his grandchildren. He was aglow at their recitals, sporting events and hearing about an accomplishment. He had a profound love of spending time with them making snowmen, drawing, crafts, building birdhouses, weather vanes, sailboats and being present with them.
He will be profoundly missed.
In keeping with his wishes, no formal service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, and consistent with Nelson's character, consider performing a random act of kindness in his name.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Kind, caring, warmhearted, down-to-earth, reliable, talented yet unassuming. Those who knew Nelson were fortunate to have experienced his decency and integrity. Condolences to Jeff and Lorraine and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Michael P Stein (friend) on: Sep 29, 2022

  • I have just now learned of Nelson's passing. He was a loving, gentle man that we only saw when visiting Winnipeg, unfortunately. Mario and I extend our sincerest sympathy to the Family. With Love, Marlene Peitch & Mario Ruggiero - Posted by: Marlene Peitch (Cousin) on: Sep 28, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Jeff, Lorraine & family - Posted by: Ray & Heather Wright & family (next door neighbors at the lake) on: Sep 26, 2022

  • Carole was a childhood friend and neighbour of Lil. Nelson was a wonderful neighbour who was always willing to help when needed. I (Carole) used to love visiting them at their summer traile in Beausejour. Our condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Carole & Rick Schoenfeld (Long time neighbour in Wolseley) on: Sep 25, 2022

  • The Ken and Rose Peitsch family offer condolences to the family. A very handsome, talented and brilliant soul has left the building and gone to the heavenly kingdoms' pf the Most High Abba Father, Almighty in Heaven, Yahusha Messiah, the saints and angels. - Posted by: The Ken Peitsch Family (Relatives) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Much peace to you, Nelson. Deepest sympathies to all of the family. Met Nelson about 4 years ago. Went for coffee and breakfast at times in the neighborhood prior to covid. Lovely spirited conversations and encounters while walking his dog and over the phone. He spoke with such pride about his family. Nelson had so much more life to live! - Posted by: John Lussier (Neighbor/friend) on: Sep 24, 2022

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