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Born: Mar 20, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2022

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20 March 1931 – 02 November 2022

Dietrich Ernst Gunther Karl Lessing was born in Cottbus, Germany on 20 March 1931. He was predeceased by his parents Gunther and Ruth Lessing, his brother Gunter Lessing, Brother-in-law Ernest Lowenberg, his son Markus and the love of his life – his wife Gisela (Weller) who passed 24 years ago.
He is survived by his daughter Eva Marie Lessing, his sister Rosemarie Lowenberg and niece Monica Lowenberg in England as well as many nieces and nephews in Germany.
In 1946 at the age of 15 he began his apprenticeship in Rosenthal Germany in the Carpenter trade with Master Carpenter, Mr. Walkling graduating in 1949 with his journeyman's licence. He worked around the country till at 20 years old he decided to come to Canada.
He came via ship after travelling almost 18 days, landed in Halifax on November 16, 1951, wearing his Carpenter uniform, had one suitcase, one packsack with his hammer and 4 German pennies in his pocket. His fare to Canada had been paid by a mining company which he had to work in their mine till he repaid his fare.
Then his journey as a Master Carpenter began across Canada. He married Gisela on July 9th, 1955 and they settled in Winnipeg where they lived all their lives and raised their family. He worked for many construction companies for several years till he decided to form his own company D&G Contractors. He and his wife were a team running the company. In the later years, he worked for a short time for DND as a civilian carpenter before retiring when Gisela become ill.
He was a member of Ancient Landmark Lodge #3, Scottish Rite and the Shrine – in the Komedian Unit. He recently received his 50-year medal from Ancient Landmark Lodge. Masonry was a very large part of Dietrich's life.
In his younger years, fishing, hunting and camping with the family were his passion. In the later years he was content to sit outside in the yard enjoying the fresh air.
Since 2005, there were health challenges, which he met with determination and kept trying to do his best. January 1 2022, he broke his hip, and sadly was unable to come back home. In March he became a resident at Holy Family Home St. Michaels unit.
Thank you to all at Health Sciences Centre, Deer Lodge Geriatric Rehab and to Holy Family who looked after him.
As Dietrich said on many occasions...Happy to meet, sorry to part, Happy to meet you again. God Bless you all and be with you Wherever you are.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Charity of your choice.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life and Interment will take place on Friday 18 November 2022 at 1100 am at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue. For those that would like to view the service, it will be web cast on the Neil Bardal Web site


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • You were my friend and mentor...I had the honor to work alongside you at DND , you were the carpenter that I inspired to amazed we with your knowledge, skill, professionalism and humor...I regret I didn't have a chance to say good bye to you as we now reside in BC. You were in my dreams last night which prompted me to search you out.....unfortunately the news was saddening. I will miss the talks we had over the have now taught me that you are never to busy enough to reach out to old friends and enjoy conversations and reminisce of the past....I will miss you my friend...I'm sure we will have the opportunity one more time to share and enjoy a glass of Scotch over conversation....Rest In Peace Dieter - Posted by: darcy wallin (co worker , mentor and friend) on: Nov 28, 2022

  • I met Dieter when I joined the Khartum Komedians, he was so funny to listen to! His stories of clowning at circus and in parades are remembered with laughter and watery eyes in our unit. My favourite memory of him was at our annual Christmas dinner, he would stand up at the podium and tell the same “snow story” year after year, but it was the way he told it with emphasis on certain words or phrases. You will be missed my brother as we say Happy to meet, Sorry to part, Happy to meet again. - Posted by: Kevin “Bobo” Davis (Masonic/Shrine Brother) on: Nov 15, 2022

  • Sometimes a person can assume a friend or neighbour’s life has unfolded pretty much like their own. Then this person will mention something about their past and you realize you were completely mistaken. This happened to me once when I was chatting with Dietrich and in the course of our conversation he said “Ric you don’t know what it is like to be running from a city on fire”. Indeed I do not and I realized then that Dietrich had experienced things most of us are lucky enough to have been spared. We did not know each other very well when I learned Dietrich was a Master Carpenter. Years ago the old wooden fence between our backyard and the lane fell down and we could no longer avoid replacing it. The person we hired to haul the old fence away told us he could put up the new one so we said OK. A day or two later Dietrich came to our door and began by saying he did not want to interfere with our decisions or take business away from another carpenter but he had to tell us that the new fence was not going to be fit for purpose. Dietrich explained that our new fence was destined to be crooked and unstable. He said that if I wanted to take down what had been started and begin again, he would guide me and teach me how to make a proper fence. I accepted his offer and the fence is still standing. Dietrich also helped me replace the deck on our cottage. The deck is also still there. Patti and I always admired Dietrich. His attitude to life was inspiring as the trials of old age took their toll. - Posted by: Ric & Patti Moodie (Neighbours) on: Nov 14, 2022

  • Beautiful tribute. Dieter was a neighbourhood legend! He will be missed. - Posted by: Luba Bereza (Neighbour) on: Nov 12, 2022

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