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Born: Feb 26, 1936

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2023

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dad, Edward (Ed) Karalash. Ed passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, at St. Boniface Hospital on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the age of 86.
Ed was born at home in Pansy, Manitoba on February 26, 1936, the son of Frank and Olga Karalash. He was predeceased by his father, Frank, mother, Olga, wife, Evelyn and grandson, Brett. He will be forever remembered by his children, Judy (Randy), Steven (Diane) and Amanda (Cory), his grandchildren, Lyle, Nicholas, and Blake, his sister Rosie, and his nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.
Ed received his Certificate for Diesel and Auto Mechanics from Chicago Vocational Training in 1956 and his Certificates for Tractor and Equipment Training and J.J. Case Specialized Training from Tractor Training Service in 1965. Ed was an absolute genius when it came to machinery and carpentry. There was nothing he could not repair, operate, or build. To this day we stand in awe of his talent. He was a hardworking man, who made sure we always had food on the table and a place to call home. We were blessed to have known this man and be able to call him Dad.
Ed was on the construction crew that created the now famous Duff's Ditch. He operated and repaired earth moving machines while employed with that project. Not long after, we moved into a little house on Fraser Road where we would all become a family. The house was small, but he had plans and soon enough he completed building the house that we called home for so many years with his own hands. Along with those achievements, he worked as a heavy duty mechanic at various locations in Winnipeg. During his career he worked at Allied Farm Equipment and Central Grain and he worked nights at the nearby Southern Bus Lines. That business was bought by the Langdon family, (renamed King Transportation) and this is where Ed spent the rest of his career.
When Ed finally did retire, he and Mom downsized and moved to a smaller residence closer to family. During this time, he was gifted an e-reader. He read hundreds of books and wore out at least three devices. In the summer you could find him relaxing in the back yard in the sun and reading his next book. He lived happily, doing what he loved to do in retirement, including going to family events, growing plants and flowers (on a much smaller scale), watching old movies (mostly westerns), doing puzzles, colouring, and doing A LOT of reading. So long Dad, and happy trails to you. Until we meet again.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital ICU, 5th floor and 6E Medicine Units, and the Dialysis Unit for their care and compassion over the last two months. They made a very difficult time, a little bit easier. Thank you as well to the staff at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home who helped and guided the family through this difficult time.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, February 10 at 2:00 p.m., with interment and reception to follow at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. A livestreaming link will be added to the online obituary for those who cannot attend in person.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ed to Kidney Foundation of Canada, or St. Boniface Hospital Foundation,

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My sincere condolences are extended to my Karalash cousins upon the passing of Ed. Olga Karalash was a sister to my father Joseph Karalash. I have many happy childhood memories visiting Frank and Olga at their farm in Hadashville. It sounds like Frank passed on his carpentry skills to Ed--my sister and I were both gifted wooden doll furniture, handcrafted by Frank, and hand-painted by Olga. As you share your own stories and memories of Ed, may you find comfort in the familiar embrace of family, strength in the caring hearts of friends and peace in the healing power of time. - Posted by: Darlene Karalash (relative) on: Feb 10, 2023

  • For Judy, Mandy Steven and your families. My heartfelt condolences on Ed’s passing. May you find comfort in sharing the memories of the good times that brought you smiles. Carol R - Posted by: Carol (Friend) on: Feb 04, 2023

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