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Born: Jan 30, 1965

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2023

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Born: January 30, 1965

Date of Passing: July 24, 2023

The Wowk family announces the passing of our beloved brother, father, and grandfather, Ron Wowk, on July 24, 2023, at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg due to cancer that Ron courageously fought for six years.

Ron was born in Winnipeg on January 30, 1965, and joined his older brother Brian as an adopted son of Paul and Adina Wowk (nee Tober). He grew up in the North End, attending Margaret Scott, Isaac Newton, Sisler, and R.B. Russell schools. He married his school sweetheart Donna Smolak, and they had two sons, Ryan and Dustin.

Ron worked in the transportation industry, including driving locomotives as a hostler for CP Rail, and driving long haul trucks for A-way Transportation all over North America, east and west to both oceans, and south to Florida and the California border with Mexico. He later settled into local trucking for Meyer Brothers in Winnipeg.

Like his father and his sons, he enjoyed fishing and summers spent at Manitoba lakes and beaches, especially Winnipeg Beach and Selkirk. He had a passion for stock car racing and spent his last years building a race car in his garage that he watched his son Dustin race for him the month before he passed.

He was predeceased by his mother, Adina in 1991; and father Paul in 2001. He is survived by his former wife Donna; sons, Dustin and Ryan (Jasmine); and grandchildren, Ethan and Adison of Winnipeg. He’s also mourned by his brother Brian (Deb), of Corona, California; dear family friend and “stepson” Jimmy Lacy; his uncle John Tober; and many cousins.

Cremation has taken place.

The family wishes to thank the staff of CancerCare Manitoba and Health Sciences Centre GB2.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 19, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I grew up with Ron in the North End, we played hockey for Boyd Park, he was a great goalie we had a lot of good times together. As we got into our teen years Ron got his drivers licence and purchased a 1963 Rambler, the car had no reverse so every time he had to back up we would get out and push it backwards. he had a heart of gold. condolences to the family. - Posted by: jeff woods (friend) on: Aug 31, 2023

  • My condolences to family Ron was a great guy he will be missed - Posted by: Wanda Schult (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2023

  • Our sincere condolences to all the family from us. I am very sad to have lost contact with Ron over the years, as he always held a special place in my heart. He was always such a happy-go-lucky young fellow, who's smile could light up the darkest of day. He will always be very fondly remembered. Hugs to you all. - Posted by: Sherry and George Hagemier (Cousin) on: Aug 20, 2023

  • I married Ron's brother Brian, in 1992. Ron, Donna and Ryan were a super fun addition to our special day (Dustin was too little to attend). Ron was Brian's best man and Ryan was our ring bearer. They all danced with us, until the end of our special day... even young Ryan was right in there! Brian always had many stories about growing up with Ron. He was a great goalie... and was set up at the garage to try and block one of Brian's polish cannon balls! Thankfully it banged into the garage door! Also, their beloved mom Adina, gave the boys heck for "playing with matches" when really they were building something more high tech and potentially dangerous! They also would place pennies and other things on the railway track, and study the outcome. When there was a noise or a commotion in the neighborhood, some neighbors would utter, "it's those damn Wowk kids!" They had a happy childhood! Ron leaves a great legacy in his two fine sons, and his two precious grandchildren. <3 - Posted by: Deb Michaluk (sister-in-law) on: Aug 20, 2023

  • Went to Issac Newton with Ronnie and he was actually my batcatcher for legion 141. He was also a great goalie for Boyd park and backstopped one of the best teams Boyd park. I would run into Ronnie periodically working on the transport industry. Always enjoy seeing him. Condolences to the family. He was a good man. - Posted by: lorneykiss (Friend) on: Aug 19, 2023

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