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Born: Mar 15, 1942

Date of Passing: Dec 27, 2022

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March 15, 1942 – December 27, 2022

Our marathon man has run his last race.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ellwood Smyrl on December 27, 2022 at Grace Hospital.
From Winnipeg he leaves his much-loved family, wife Carol Cowles; stepdaughter Jamie; granddaughter Angeline, sister-in-law Helga; the Weber Family; and nephew Chris and family. In Alberta, his dear son, Jim (Tania); and grandchildren, Jamie and Scarlett; daughter Lisa and family; and brother Mike (Barb). In Quebec, stepson Glen and family.
Ellwood enjoyed travel to warm climates and spending time with friends and family. He grew up in Morse Place and started working as a technician at MTS and later at Xerox. He was a service manager in Regina, then in Winnipeg where he made lots of good memories with friends and colleagues. While in Regina, he became a marathon runner whose hero was Terry Fox. In addition to running marathons, he also ran with a team in the Great Balgonie Bed Race. He was also fortunate to work at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Once retired, he enjoyed several part-time jobs at Birchwood Group, Assiniboia Downs, and Piston Ring. After he really retired he spent 20 winters in Arizona…the first decade in Yuma and the last at Leisure World in Mesa.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Many thanks to everyone who encouraged and supported Ellwood during his illness including the care teams at CancerCare Manitoba, Grace Hospital, and St. Boniface Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, Ellwood's favourite charities were Rainbow Stage, Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Grace Hospital Foundation, and CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2022

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • I have just shed tears of sadness of hearing of Elwood’s passing. He was a handsome and brilliant man. Also kind and loving husband of Carol, step-father to Jaimie and granddaughter Angeline. I enjoyed his company in Regina, Mesa and Winnipeg. Deepest sympathy to Carol and families. Ellen Armstrong - Posted by: Ellen Armstrong (friend) on: Jan 12, 2023

  • Ellwood was truly a gentleman! My sincere condolences to Carol, Jamie and all family members! Donna Thompson - Posted by: Donna Thompson (co-worker, Xerox) on: Jan 12, 2023

  • CAROL; So sorry to hear about Barney's passing. My sincere condolences to you and the rest of the family. An original Morse Placer that brought a lot of smiles and laughter when our group which included Shige, Cliffy and Bozo (Bob Durward) got together. He was one of the guys that I wished I should have kept in touch with once we began our careers and from some of the tributes from the Xerox guys he was the kind of a boss that you would like to work for. When you look back on your your life the people you spent a lot of good times with are the pieces of your life's puzzle. Barney is certainly a piece of mine. - Posted by: Tom Trosky (friend) on: Jan 09, 2023

  • Sorry to hear of Ellwood's passing. We were classmates at Miles Mac back in the late 50's. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Bob Wilks (Classmate ) on: Jan 07, 2023

  • My deepest sympathies to Carol, Jamie, Angeline and all the other families in the passing of Ellwood. My heart breaks for you. The Silver Fox was one of my manager’s at Xerox. He truly was one of the best. His door was always open for any discussion. You’ve been busy, time to rest. Dianne Johnson - Posted by: Dianne Johnson (Co-worker / Friend ) on: Jan 06, 2023

  • Knowing Ellwood over the years has brought back so many memories of growing up together in East Kildonan. Good times and great times together !!!! He was one of the "good guys" - Posted by: Jack Reimer (friend) on: Jan 04, 2023

  • We were so sorry to hear through our Xerox Retiree Group of Elwood's passing and extend our sincere condolences to Carol and all the families. We have so many fun memories of all the company Christmas parties, President Club get aways, and Retirees annual picnics with all the "service techs!" May all your memories give you peace of heart. Woody & Eileen - Posted by: Wayne & Eileen Wood (Co worker & friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • Hard to say good bye to the Silver Fox, a good friend and colleague. Ellwood became my mentor in the Xerox days and remained there into retirement. Always wiling to share a laugh, Ellwood was the diplomat who could pull us together when we got off track, offered us his knowledge, experience and would always take time to listen and ask how are you and mean it. We spent lots of time having lawn chats by the Assiniboine River and figuring out life. You will be missed Ellwood, sleep in peace. - Posted by: Mike and Audrey Lanoway (Friends) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • Heartfelt condolences to Carol , family and friends 🙏🏼 Ellwood was always a considerate gentleman. He fought a tough battle, may he rest in peace . - Posted by: Lesley Fox (Cousin’s Carols husband ) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • Grand Beach. 1965. Barney, Shiggy, Trosky. Lots of fun! Barney was a good guy. May his memory be a blessing to the family. - Posted by: Myrna (Schultz) McGregor, White Rock, BC (Beach buddy) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • He was know to many of us from the old days as Barney. R.I.P Condolences to his family and friends - Posted by: Roy Kunicky (Old acquaintance ) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • I am very saddened to hear of Ellwood's passing. My sincere condolences to Carol and the families of Ellwood, or "Barney" as the Kuwada family knew him. This was a nickname that was given to him because my Dad could not say Ellwood. I have so many fond memories of Ellwood and my brother, Shig, who together with a number of other friends, spent many happy hours at the Kuwada household, growing up in East Kildonan. Ellwood was always the responsible, helpful and caring person you could count on. May you always have special memories that will live in your hearts forever, Terumi Kuwada - Posted by: Terumi Kuwada (friend) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Ellwood was a long time friend of my father, Robert(Bob) Glass. We have heard many stories of the antics of my Dad and Ellwood, growing up in Morse Place. Sincerest Condolences, Allison Leaf (Glass) - Posted by: Allison Leaf (Fathers friend ) on: Dec 31, 2022

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