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Date of Passing: Oct 20, 2022

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Ernest Monkman on Thursday, October 20, 2022.
He is predeceased by his parents, Harry and Elsie Monkman; his brother Lorne and sister-in-law Marilyn.
He is survived by his loving wife Diane of 59 years of marriage; son Leslie and daughter Sherry (Bucky); his grandchildren, Calista (Alexander) and Connor (Alyson); brothers, Jerry (Mary), Fred, Willie (Gail) and Johnny (Sharon); sisters, Darlene (Terry), Laurel (Mack), Jackie (Gord), Diane (Randy) and his sister-in-law Michelle.
Ernie had many wonderful nieces, nephews, and cousins, too many to count on one hand.
Ernie Monkman lived a wonderful full life as a police officer in Winnipeg, a crop duster, a hunter and fisherman. After retirement he spent his time in Loon Straits surrounded by family and friends.
The family would like to send their sincere thanks to Deer Lodge Centre care team for giving Ernie the most amazing care in the last bit of life. Family would also like to thank all of Ernie's family and friends for the outpour of support and love.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Manitoba Alzheimer Society for Dementia Care and Brain Health research.
Funeral services will be held at a later date in Loon Straits.

"We will never forget the love you shared for all of us. You were our rock, and our light in all our darkest days. We will miss you forever and always. Till we meet again."
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • We both have so many fond memories of Ernie. Hunting, fishing, flying, touring around on the quads, trapping, tinkering, and just some really fantastic times spent together. You truly were one of a kind and will be missed by so many. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Jerry & Deanna Zaretski (Friends) on: Oct 28, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Diane and the family. Ernie was a hero that saved a ten year old boy in 1969 from drowning in the Red River. Because of his actions I have a wife, kids, and grandkids. I had the chance to say thank you to Ernie this summer. A truly great man that will be missed - Posted by: Clay Pearson (acquaintance) on: Oct 24, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences go out to Diane, Leslie, Sherry and the entire Monkman family. Ernie was one of my closest loyal and trusted friends. We shared many experiences be it hunting, fishing, flying or spending our days off in the shop swapping an engine or repairing each others vehicles. My kids loved “Uncle Ernie”. His sense of humour and generosity made his numerous visits to our house special. With Ernie’s vast aviation knowledge and flying skills he mentored our daughter Tanya to achieve her goal of becoming a pilot for WestJet Airlines. Ernie was one of the good guys. He will never be forgotten by us. You have earned your second set of wings my friend. Rest now knowing you have done good. Bill, Shannon, Wes & Tanya (Cole) Kletke - Posted by: Bill Kletke (Friend ) on: Oct 23, 2022

  • I met Ernie back in 1976, riding with him and his partner for a school project of mine. He had an easy going and jovial manner and I learned plenty from observing him and asking questions. Policing in Winnipeg would be so much better if more officers were like Ernie Monkman. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: John Malyna (Ride-along student) on: Oct 23, 2022

  • Sorry to hear, RIP. - Posted by: Jimmy gulay (Good old buddy ) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • My utmost of condolences to the family. Not only was Ernie an intelligent, down to earth, good natured humorist, but his countless, near fatal plane crash tales always had our platoon in hysteric disbelief! R.I.P. my friend! - Posted by: Joe Bussoli (Co-worker) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear about Ernie’s passing. I have fond memories the times when I was with Kirby at Jackie and Gordies. He was always a character and watching him fly he was a bit of a daredevil. Ernie and Kirby will be playing horseshoes and having a beer up in heaven. My deepest condolences go out to Diane and all the Monkman family he was a great man. Find comfort in the memories and hold them close. - Posted by: Susan Campbell (Family friend ) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • RIP Brother - Posted by: John Ferguson (Fellow worker) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • Never forget those plane rides in early days to police fishing derby at Dauphin River at Anama Bay. Quite often the cars on hwy 6 went faster then his plane but Ernie said they cannot take my shortcuts. When we lived on Sterling Ave it was nice to visit except for his watchdog- ferret. RIP Jim/Yvonne Raftis - Posted by: Jim Raftis (Friend and co-worker) on: Oct 22, 2022

  • So sorry for your loss. My best memory of this incredible man will be the trip with the family to New Orleans. Sending love and hugs to you all❤️ - Posted by: Lorraine roy (Friend ) on: Oct 22, 2022

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