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Born: Jan 07, 1935

Date of Passing: Oct 17, 2022

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jon Soffaneas Bergman on October 17, 2022, at Health Sciences Centre, with his girls by his side.
He will forever be missed by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen (Pearce), his daughters, Shelly and husband Roger Burak, Megan and husband Tyler Johnson, his beloved grandchildren, Sydney and Brandon Burak and his favourite dog Bill. His sister Sybil (Mike) Clapperton and brother Fred (Lynne) Bergman and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Soffaneas Sveinn Bergman and Fredrikka Bergman (Martin), and his brother Baldur.
Jon was born on January 7, 1935, on the farm in Geysir. He grew up on the farm Tjorn and due to his father's poor health, at the age of ten, the family moved to Arnes.
Jon was a "jack of all trades," working in fishing, construction, performing various responsibilities at the Air Base in Gimli and the Seagram's bottling plant and finally cattle farming, his true love. Jon was also an amazing carpenter, and many of us have treasures in our homes built by him.
Jon met Kay at her brother's wedding where he was the best man. It was love at first sight and they were soon married on October 7, 1967. Jon and Kay lived in the Arnes area throughout their married life. They both worked hard and raised two daughters that he was immensely proud of. He inspired a strong work ethic and encouraged higher education for them both. Afi loved his grandchildren, and they were everything to him.
With his twinkling blue eyes and his mischievous smile, Jon lived a life filled with love and rooted in family. Jon had a passion for the farm, a love of animals and lived a life that honoured Icelandic tradition, all traits he instilled in his girls. He was selfless, authentic and a man of his word (and could swear like a pirate among a lucky few). He lived his life to the fullest and had no regrets.
We know that we do not mourn his loss alone. Jon had many friends, both young and old, who he made throughout his lifetime. He was one of a kind and many will miss his great hugs and sweet smile.
A private, invitation only Celebration of Life will be held in the summer of 2023 in a manner he would have wanted, on the farm with good food, coffee, family, and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba in memory of Jon Bergman.
Let us leave you with one of Dad's creeds, "Here's to those who wish us well, and those who don't - can go to Hell!" You will forever be in our hearts and watching over us.

Goda nott elskan min. We love you more.
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at
Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • He was a true gentleman. Lou and I always enjoyed stopping by the farm for a coffee and a visit. I always got a hug and a kiss. My deepest sympathies Kay and family. - Posted by: Runa Isfeld (Friend) on: Oct 22, 2022

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