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Date of Passing: Dec 26, 2022

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It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Donald (Don) Knudsen on December 26, 2022 at the age of 85.
Don was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Pat; sons Kerry (Kathy), Christopher (Janelle) daughter-in-law, Darlene; grandchildren Candace (Terry), Stephanie (Keith), Andrew (Amanda), Emma, Kirk (Kylie) and Kole (Maddy); and great-grandchildren Shealyn, Jaxsen, Ryan and soon to be born, Noah.
He was predeceased by his son Michael in 2019.
Don's schooling began at Immaculate Conception, then St. Ignatius, followed by St. Paul's High School at the original downtown campus. In 1952 when his mother had one of the first ever open-heart surgeries in Philadelphia, Don went to live with the Stephanchew family for a time where he and Richard became like brothers. Don started his working career with R&E Thermal at a young age, and in 1972 his entrepreneurial pursuits began when he established Knudsen's Pipe Dream, a specialty retail shop offering the finest selection of cigars, pipes and custom blended pure tobacco, which eventually grew to two stores in Winnipeg and a total of 10 stores across Canada. At one point, the stores had a substantial mail-order business sending their products to customers all over the world. Don finished his career with Sports Display Inc, an advertising firm based in Southern California where he excelled amongst a field of 200 sales professionals, winning the top 10 sales award on several occasions and eventually earning the Sales Professional of the Year award in North America.
He was extremely proud of his Danish heritage which was reinforced when he had the chance to visit Denmark in 1977. Don and Pat enjoyed numerous trips together all over the world, connected mainly with their business. Most favourite of all was the trip to Oman and Dubai to visit Michael who was building a golf course there in 2010. He loved all sports, his favourite being golf. For many years, Don was a member of Pine Ridge Golf Club, including serving on the Board of Governors and as President, as well as provincial council member and publicity chairman for the Manitoba Golf Association. He always looked forward to playing golf with his sons, and grandsons, and thoroughly enjoyed many hours in hockey arenas, either coaching or watching them play a game. In recent years, he enjoyed meeting monthly for breakfast with his "St. Paul's buddies", mostly friends from childhood, reminiscing about events from the 50's to the present. An avid volunteer, over the years Don spent many hours participating in the CNIB Blind Golfer Program as a coach, as a driver with Meals on Wheels and with CancerCare MB.
Family was always the most important thing in Don's life. He cherished times spent together and was very proud of his children's accomplishments, but mostly of their character. He will be sadly missed, fondly remembered and never forgotten.
Cremation has taken place, and a funeral mass will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, Winnipeg, with Fr. Gerry Ward officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Don's memory to the CPF Foundation, or United Way Winnipeg.

"Gone is the face we love so dear,
silent is the voice we love to hear.
Too far away for sight or speech,
but not too far for thought to reach.
Sweet to remember him who once was here, and who, though absent,
is just as dear."
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

Publish Date: Jan 7, 2023


It is with heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of Donald (Don) Knudsen on December 26 , 2022 at the age of 85.
Funeral arrangements are pending, a longer obituary will follow.


Publish Date: Dec 31, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2022, Jan 07, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Pat and family. I think of you often when we were coworkers at St. Norbert Nursing Home. You taught me so much Pat. You often talked about your husband Don with such proud and love. My prayers are with you. - Posted by: Anita Funk (Friend of Pat's) on: Jan 09, 2023

  • My Condolences to All of Don's Family I got to know him back in the Mid 70's as a pipe smoker young guy. He was a Special person Just a thought "IF EVER I DOUBTED THERE IS HEAVEN LET ME REMEMBER THE GOOD PEOPLE IN MY LIFE ' - Posted by: Gary Buffie (old Patron from KNUDSONS PIPE DREAM) on: Jan 08, 2023

  • My sons and I have known Don and Pat for many years. Don always had a kind word for all of us and showed interest in our lives. He had a very good sense of humour which we all enjoyed at the many family gatherings we attended together. He was a very nice fellow and a great father and grandfather. We shall miss his laugh and warmth most of all. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Pat and Kerry and Chris and their families. May Don rest in peace and his memory live on for all of us who knew him and enjoyed the wit and pleasure of his company. He will be deeply missed by all. - Posted by: Judy Malloy (Sister-in-law of Kerry Knudsen) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. - Posted by: Carole Moran (Friend & neighbor ) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • Our deepest sympathy to Pat and family on the passing of Don. He was a true friend and will always have a special place in our hearts and prayers. He was a very caring person and was always willing to help if need be. Our friendship goes back over 75 years and he will be remembered fondly. Besides his many attributes he had a great sense of humour. Don was like a brother because he cared & was always there for me. He will be dearly missed. Rich & Louise. - Posted by: Richard & Louise Stephanchew (Friend) on: Jan 07, 2023

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