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M. LLOYD SOUTHAM Obituary pic M. LLOYD SOUTHAM Obituary pic


Born: Jul 19, 1933

Date of Passing: Nov 05, 2022

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July 19, 1933 - November 5, 2022

Lloyd peacefully took his last breath surrounded by his family on Saturday morning November 5, 2022. Survived by his wife of 54 years, Maureen, and his six children Greg (Nicole), Mike (Cynthia), Jeff (Lise), Heather (Aaron), Julie (Alex) and Chris (Anika) and his 13 grandchildren (Taylor, Douglas, Payton, Avery, Claire, Emerson, Everett, Cooper, Gabriella, Breanna, Caleb, Sawyer and Willow). He is also survived by his sister Vina. He was predeceased by his son Brad.
Born in Deloraine, Manitoba, he spent time in both Southwestern Manitoba and Saskatchewan in his early years before arriving in Winnipeg for his Grade 12 year at Kelvin High School. The small town, farming roots remained very important to him and were always close to his heart. Over the years, he would always check in with his relatives in Elrose, Saskatchewan and Melita, Manitoba (amongst other places) to see how the crops and livestock were coming along. He spoke longingly of his time spent on his Uncle Russ' farm and all of the lessons learned from a farming life.
Following high school, he attended the General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan with the hope of succeeding his father Gordon in the car dealership business at Community Chev. When unable to do so, he embarked on a road construction business. The overpass at Portage La Prairie and a number of the overpasses on the Perimeter Highway around Winnipeg were the by-product of his efforts.
It was at that point that he met Maureen. He was a passenger on an Air Canada flight and she was a flight attendant. She eventually agreed to go out with him and the rest, as they say, is history. With a new marriage and a young son, Lloyd gave up the road construction business and settled into a commercial real estate development career which he carried on for the remainder of his working life.
Lloyd loved his kids and grandkids. They were his passion, the topic of any conversation and with whom he would spend all of his free time. On the sidelines, in the stands at rinks, at dance recitals - that is where you would find him at his happiest. Always passionate, always supportive with an occasional sharp tongue. But always present. Having suffered from polio as a young man, he found fulfillment in following the athletic pursuits of his children and grandchildren.
Anyone who spent time with Lloyd can attest that you always knew where he stood on an issue. It was a character trait he learned from his parents and five siblings that he, in turn, passed along to his own children. Everyone was welcome in his home, and many good and lively discussions ensued. He loved a busy house, with lots of friends and family around. That is a gift that he has given to his own kids and the many friends that came into contact with him over the years.
We are all blessed by the principles by which he lived his life: be honest and forthright, work hard and don't give up, embrace and cherish your family, spend time with those that you love and put them first, follow your dreams and don't sit on the sidelines, and have some fun along the way.
Please join us as we celebrate his life on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. Visiting starts at 1:30 pm with Interment and Reception to follow our Celebration at Chapel Lawn.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I met Lloyd when teaching his boys in high school. He was a great guy and a wonderful father. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: George Dawson (Friend ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Southam Family, So very sorry for your loss. I recall Lloyd over the years at Greg’s wedding and events when they came to a Toronto to visit. He was so friendly, warm and had a way of making people feel comfortable. It was clear his family meant the world to him. May your memories be a source of comfort in the months ahead. Mona and Kevin Malone - Posted by: Mona and Kevon Malone (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2022

  • Dear Maureen: You can tell where a beautiful soul has been by the love left behind. Thinking of you as you mourn the loss of one so dear. Deepest Sympathy. Love Pat - Posted by: Patricia Dennis (friend) on: Nov 14, 2022

  • Lloyd hired me in the spring of 1969 to be part of the crew working on the twining of part of the highway between Regina and Saskatoon. It was my first real job after high school. It was long hours and not easy living in trailers in a work camp, but rewarding. This experience also helped motivate me to continue my education and go on to university the following fall. For that I am thankful for the opportunity that Lloyd gave me, which changed the direction of my life. - Posted by: Paul McNeil (work) on: Nov 13, 2022

  • At this moment of grief for you and your family, my prayers and condolences go out to you all. We certainly remember the days when you were a candidate in the Nathanael Program from 2005-2008 and also on that wonderful pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the spring of 2013. Lloyd's absence will certainly bring a lot of changes on the path to tomorrow and on but your strong faith will carry you on. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the service on the 19th because of commitments on that same afternoon. Camille Légaré csv - Posted by: Camille Legaee (friend) on: Nov 13, 2022

  • What can you say about this guy. A true character! Passionate, yes! Loud, yes! Opinionated, yes! Proud father and grandfather, yes! Met him 44 years ago at the first day of school drop off, our boys became fast friends. Maureen and Lloyd were always wonderful to our family. They would take our two kids to the lake with them, even though they had seven of their own. Lots of stories and memories. Always enjoyed anytime spent with the Southam family. He will be missed, but never forgotten. - Posted by: Ray Rubigny (Family friend) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • Lloyd spent several summers on our farm Hiram & Molly Southam, Pierson, MB during his early years. - Posted by: Douglas Southam (older cousin) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • Thoughts, prayers and condolences on the occasion of Lloyd’s death. May God comfort you in this time of grief - Posted by: Julie Lemoine (Friend of Maureen) on: Nov 12, 2022

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