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Simon passed away on October 14, 2022 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 74.
He is survived by his wife Lea and son Ryan; as well as his brother Fred (Lori); sister Frances Zylstra (Auke); sisters-in-law, Reenie Sawatzky, Yvette Fonseca, Cheryl Versluis; brothers-in-law, Fern Desautels and Mike Beyak. Simon is also survived by a son from a previous marriage, Ken Versluis (Michelle); grandchildren, Vivian and Evan and numerous nieces and nephews. Simon was close to his niece Sherrie, enjoying their phone calls and many conversations in her store.
He was predeceased by his parents, Adriaan and Fenna Versluis; brother Adrian; in-laws, Art and Germaine Desautels and brothers-in-law, Peter Sawatzky and Art Fonseca.
Simon was an athlete of various sports in his younger days and an avid cyclist during his healthy years, enjoying many hours with his riding pal Paul. When his health made him give up cycling, he could be seen on his super neat E-bike that looked like a mini motorcycle. He loved to be out in nature and the many trails around Winnipeg afforded him that pleasure. His happiest times were spent at the cottage at Falcon Lake. Here in the city, he loved to be in the gazebo that he built, playing cards and watching sports with Ryan and buddy Jay and having "deep" discussions with his friend Randy. He loved visiting with people and enjoyed a good laugh.
He was so happy on Thanksgiving Sunday when he was able to have his favourite dinner and also spend time with "the hood" thanks to Elsie, Jean, Lynne, Alana, Randy, Gary, Tim and Kelli and Jim and Jacquie for their support and assistance.
Cremation has taken place and according to Simon's wishes, there will be no funeral.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Ride on towards the stars and keep the shiny side up until we meet again.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 22, 2022
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Dear Lea. There are no words that can comfort a loss as great as losing your life’s partner, but hopefully it helps to know that there is some understanding in how you feel during and beyond this sad time. Thinking of you. Carole Sobie. - Posted by: Carole Sobie (Coworker to Lea) on: Nov 03, 2022
Saddened to hear about the passing of Simon, worked with him over 30 years. My sincere condolences to Lea and Ryan. - Posted by: Thomas Harpley (Friend) on: Oct 27, 2022
For Lea, very sorry to hear of Simon’s death in St Boniface. I never knew him very well but his cheerfulness and courage in the face off complications of his diabetes was remarkable. It was great to hear that he had such pleasure in their cottage at Falcon Lake where I visited once and Lea and Simon made me very welcome. Lea, I would be very pleased if you would get in touch Peter - Posted by: Peter Kirk (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2022
My deepest sympathies Lea on the loss of your beloved husband Simon. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Gloria Elgar (Friend and former colleague Lea) on: Oct 22, 2022
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