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RODGER KIM ORRIS
Born: May 26, 1952
Date of Passing: Feb 14, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
RODGER KIM ORRIS
On February 14, 2023, we lost our Dad and Grandpa, Rodger Kim Orris, a family man known for his masterful way of bringing people together.
Born on May 26, 1952, Kim was predeceased by his mom Ada, his dad Lloyd, sister Guay and niece Jane. Survived by siblings, Bernice Young, Glen (Susan Daniels), Loron (Cynthia), Nancy Snidal, Lynda McDonald (Andy), and Judi Nordstrom (Milton), as well as nieces, nephews, and friends. He is also survived by the loves of his life: his children, Trisha Plett (Jeremy), Lloyd (Kathrine), Mathew (Holly Cote), and Ben (Ashley Young), grandkids, Kayden, Isla, and Vaux, step-grandkids, Arrielle, Ethan, and Amber, his former wife and friend Colleen, and soul mate Donna Martin.
Kim was an outstanding and admired businessman and philanthropist. He purchased his dad's business, Coronet Printers, in 1976 with six employees, acquired Fahlke printers in 1988, and after consolidating these ventures, directed company growth up to a team of 40 before selling to GTC Transcontinental in 2002. He remained a GM at Transcontinental until 2006 when he retired to be a stay-at-home Dad for Ben.
Kim was a founding board member of Special Olympics Manitoba. Kim was inducted into Special Olympics Manitoba Hall of Fame and was appointed a member of the Honorary Board of Directors. He also made his printing company available as a work experience station for Prince Charles School for five years.
A gifted athlete who rose to football stardom in his Kelvin High School days in River Heights, Kim later bought shares with the MMJHL Fort Garry/Fort Rouge Twins where his son Ben played. Coaching Ben before and after every game, you'd never know he hadn't ever played hockey. Kim coached all four of his kids in their early sports years. His devotion to their lives even had him fly to Vancouver for each of Lloyd's Simon Fraser University football games. He always said family came first and he lived that sentiment wholeheartedly.
Kim grew up sharing his dad's love of horse racing. He spent hours at Assiniboine Downs watching his horses, even travelling to Chicago with his favourite horse "Stakes Bound." In 2006, Kim's employees pitched in to gift him tickets to the Kentucky Derby, fulfilling a lifelong dream.
Kim also loved music and took great pleasure in drumming with "The Harvard Street Band." He always had the best sound system no matter how complicated and would entertain the whole block blasting loud tunes from his porch.
Kim had deep roots in Loni Beach. He always hosted big-scale events that cemented lifelong friendships. He was known in Loni for his warm "hellos" and hallmark "Gimli wave" goodbyes.
Kim cherished his children and grandchildren more than anything. For Mathew, recreating father-son memories at the lake with his own kids and their grandpa will always stand out. Trisha spent years fiercely and tirelessly advocating for her dad through his battle with cancer. All four kids stood by him with the same unflinching dedication he'd always given them. He was a man of passion who never did anything halfway.
He was our best friend, our confidant, our everything.
Words cannot express our gratitude for Dr. James Johnston's 24 years of care, comfort, and friendship.
Thank you to Irena, Theresa, Tracy and all the nurses at CancerCare. You brought comfort to Dad in his hardest times.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre or 'CLL research', CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
Celebration of Kim's incredible life will be held at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 420 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg on March 2, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will occur at Elmwood Cemetery.
"I wish I didn't know now, what I didn't know then" - Bob Seger
Dad, keep rocking.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2023
Condolences & Memories (12 entries)
So sorry of a wonderful kind and generous man life taken way to soon. Many fond and great memories form back in the Cornet printing Days Always a pleasure to do business with and never a dull moment to be around! Helen and George Rano - Posted by: Helen rano (Friend ) on: Mar 07, 2023
We will miss our chats in Loni. May you Rest In Peace. Al and Sindee - Posted by: Dundee and Albert Wilhelmer (Beach friends) on: Feb 27, 2023
I first met Kim when he was taking over the day to day operations of the family business on - I think Agnes Street - from his father Lloyd. Kim was astute and realized the business had to grow so the acquisition of Fahlke Printers and moving to Century Street achieved that objective. His vision continued as he grew the company with state of the art Heidelberg printing presses and a move to a much larger facility on Waverly Street. It was my pleasure being associated with Kim at various times of his life's journey. A true gentleman! - Posted by: Robert Tollefson (Business associate) on: Feb 23, 2023
So many loving tributes, they all aptly describe Kim, who was a truly caring and kind man. My family and I send our sincere condolences to the Orris family. - Posted by: Karen Wolinsky (neighbour at Loni Beach for many decades) on: Feb 21, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of Kim's passing. He welcomed us all into his home on our plant visits to Winnipeg with always great entertainment while there, watching a very young magician or seeing just how loud Meatloaf could play on the surround sound. My deepest sympathy to his entire family on this loss. I know he will be truly missed by many. Rest easy Kim. - Posted by: Charlene Blandin (TC staff Owen Sound ) on: Feb 21, 2023
Although I only knew Kim in passing as a youngster in the area I do know Loron and Cynthia. To all the family my utmost condolences, and to Loron and Cynthia ….I hope we meet again soon at our regular location. Michael - Posted by: Michael Stuart (Neighbourhood Robert H Smith school) on: Feb 19, 2023
I worked for Kim years ago..great guy...sorry for your loss - Posted by: Jim G (friend) on: Feb 19, 2023
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad. We will miss his good natured banter and quick wit that we enjoyed so much on our walks, sometimes just a friendly wave from his deck or bumping into him walking. Loni Beach has lost a character, and a good friend. Warmest Regards, Bonnie & Paul - Posted by: Bonnie & Paul Nusgart (friends) on: Feb 18, 2023
I have fond memories of our long ago friendship. Tooling around in your baby blue MG and spending time at the Black Knight on Friday afternoons with others instead of attending classes at Kelvin. Oops! Saturday night hockey watching the Habs and listening to Motown. Our almost daily lunches where we enjoying poached eggs or hot roast beef sandwiches. Sadly friendships fade over the years, especially due to geography, but you’ve always been in my thoughts. A very funny, talented, accomplished and special person. God bless you, I shall see you again. - Posted by: Pattie McLean (Old Friend) on: Feb 18, 2023
I’ll never forget Kim’s kindness. He printed some drawings in cards for me and gave me great advice on my designs and business plan. He was my older brothers’ friend but always had time to chat with me and make me feel welcome in the conversation. Sending heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Gillian Johnson (Friend) on: Feb 18, 2023
We have lost the mayor of Comber and Loni. He will be truly missed by all Kim we will all remember your kindness and caring - Posted by: paul nusgart (neighbor) on: Feb 18, 2023
I’ve known Kim since elementary school days, and went through River Heights and Kelvin High School with him. We played Bantam and high school football together, and spent countless hours at the Uptown Bowling Alleys. He was a great conversationalist, who was never afraid to defend his opinion. We’re really going to miss his great contributions to the Tunney Hockey Pool. - Posted by: Chris Emeno (Lifelong Friend) on: Feb 18, 2023
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