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Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2023

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On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 we lost a beautiful man.
Bert is survived by his wife Marilyn and son Chris, and was predeceased in 2016 by his son Rob.
He will be missed by his brothers, Harry (Jane), Danny, Marcel, and David (Cathy); brother-in-law, Lorne (Wendy) Novak; as well as many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
Throughout his life, Bert had a strong faith in God and prayer. Bert was born and raised in St. Boniface and attended Provencher School and University of Manitoba, as well as pilot training with the RCAF in 1964/65.
His work career began with Proctor & Gamble. Bert then co-founded Delbro Real Estate and was active in the City, Provincial, and Federal Real Estate Boards. Bert also was a member of St. Boniface/St. Vital Kiwanis Club for 50 years. He volunteered as a Board Member for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation as well as St. Amant Foundation.
Bert's great loves included Lake of the Woods, boating and fishing, especially with the "Magnificent Seven" and his tractor. He was an excellent builder. His pride and joy was the family cottage he built on Echo Bay. He had a lifetime interest in sports, playing football as a young man and hockey throughout his life.
He loved to travel. Bert and Marilyn enjoyed many trips across Canada as well as Internationally. One very special moment in his life occurred in Palm Springs. On attending an Air Show he saw the Chipmunk Plane 043 that he soloed in when training with the RCAF. The owner not only invited him on a flight but allowed him to take the controls.
Bert, you are now free to fly as high as you can go. Your accomplishments have helped many and will leave a lasting impression. We will miss your dear heart.
Many thanks to Dr. E. Orlikow and all the staff at SBGH, 5B medicine. Your care and caring made the difference in the last few years and days of Bert's life.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Bert’s memory may be made to the Parish St. Timothy, 135 John Forsyth Road, Wpg, MB R2N 1R3, St. Amant Foundation 204-258-7052, or a charity of your choice.
In keeping with Bert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a funeral mass celebrating his life will be held Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish of St. Timothy, 135 John Forsyth Road in south St. Vital.


E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

Publish Date: Sep 30, 2023




It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Bert De Leeuw on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 80 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a longer obituary will follow Saturday, September 30th.


E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

Publish Date: Sep 23, 2023

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 23, 2023, Sep 30, 2023

Condolences & Memories (26 entries)

  • How incredibly sad to see this obituary knowing what a huge loss it must be to Marilyn and her family. I cannot imagine how many people will miss this lovely man. Bert, was a true gentleman, full of integrity, kindness and wisdom. I was so lucky to have his guidance in my real estate career. Our family will never forget your prayers when our daughter was so ill and know in our hearts it helped with her survival. Sending love & caring. - Posted by: Lynda Bowman (Friend) on: Nov 06, 2023

  • Condolences to the family and loved ones. Thinking of you at these difficult times. Many good memories with a great family. - Posted by: Glenn Wegier (Childhood neighbour’s ) on: Oct 28, 2023

  • Our sincere condolences to Marilyn and the extended family on their loss. Bert and I attended St. Paul’s College at U of M in the early sixties. The word ‘kind’ has come up in many of the comments, and it was the word to best describe him. My husband and I hadn’t met him in over thirty years, but a week before his death, we ran into Bert waiting for Marilyn to pick him up at the doors to the Salisbury House in St. Vital. He had his cane and I had mine. We chatted about ageing and health and 60 years slipped away. On our return from a trip to Toronto, we were saddened to hear of his passing. Our prayers go out to those who loved him. Rachel DeGagne and Ken Sturk - Posted by: Rachel DeGagne (Friend) on: Oct 19, 2023

  • 2 you Bert .... you will always have a place in my ❤️ heart.... Love always to your family Lisa McCrie - Posted by: Lisa Mccrie (Daughter in law) on: Oct 14, 2023

  • I am saddened to learn of Bert’s passing. For 40 years, I observed his passion to help those less fortunate than himself, and watched him dedicate himself to charitable organizations where he made a significant difference. He was a kind and loving man dedicated to Marilyn and his family. Sincere condolences to the entire family. Gene Dunn - Posted by: Gene Dunn (Friend) on: Oct 03, 2023

  • Marilyn and Bert were part of my life for the many years that we attended the healing ministry at Saint Ignatius parish. I was saddened to hear of Bert’s passing. He was such a kind and accepting person. Love you Bert! - Posted by: Betty Broadhurst (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2023

  • Alice & I were sad to learn (from my sister-in-law Rachel Degagne) of Bert's passing. I had the pleasure of knowing Bert for many years when we lived in Winnipeg. Always enjoyed meeting him and the Delbro teams. We send our condolences to Marilyn's & families; knowing that, like us, you have many, many good memories of him. Alice & Terry Sturk - Posted by: Terry Sturk (Business Associate) on: Oct 02, 2023

  • I am very sorry to hear about Bert's passing. I had the pleasure of interacting with REALTORS(R) for 16 years, and Bert was one of the good ones. Hugs and prayers to the family. Memory Eternal! - Posted by: Taras Luchak (Career acquaintance.) on: Oct 01, 2023

  • Bert was one of the kindest people that I worked with and had a moral compass that served him well throughout his life. Bert led by example and always had a kind word to those around him. Soar high Bert - you earned an amazing set of wings. May your memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Nancy Greenberg (Worked at DELBRO with Bert) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • To Marilyn, Chis and family. My sincerest sympathy in the loss of Bert. I have such fond memories of Bert from our younger years & what a funny guy he was, & continued to be in adulthood too. He was a caring & generous man. He will be missed. God bless Sue de Cruyenaere - Posted by: Sue de Cruyenaere (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • A man of great faith. Good summary of Bert’s life… the song… "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love". How privileged to have met him. - Posted by: Marianne Ostermann (Friend) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • Sincere condolences to Marilyn and family. Carole Johnson (Nathanael group 2001-2004) - Posted by: Carole Johnson (Nathanael group) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • My condolences to you Marilyn and your family. Bert was always such a gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be missed. Sincerely, Alice Arnal - Posted by: Alice Arnal (fellow retired realtor) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • Although I didn't know Bert directly. I was certainly aware of his presence in the St. Vital community. He and his family, and their business, Delbro Realty, were always held in high regard. It is heartwarming to read all of the tributes to this man. The world could benefit from more like him. God bless! - Posted by: Bill Head (Acquaintance ) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • In my first years as a realtor I thank Bert for all his help in directing me in becoming a successful sales agent and his patience will forever be in my memory of what a wonderful and wise man he was. Thank you Bert for your kindness and patience. May you rest in peace🙏. - Posted by: Ruthcarol Feldman (Realtor at Delbro) on: Sep 30, 2023

  • One of the true gentlemen of the world. Bert - you will be missed. You were kind to us when we bought our first home. You were kind to involve me in the road committee up a the lake as well. I shall miss your encouraging words and genuine approach to the world. Best, Gordon Pritchard - Posted by: Gordon Pritchard (Friend) on: Sep 27, 2023

  • Approx 32 years ago Bert & Harry DeLeeuw believed in me and hired me at Del Bro Real Estate. They put me under their wings, trained me personally to do things the right way, and treated you like family! Bert believed in having fun inc Del Bro Lip Sync, golf tourneys, Solid Gold contests, and more. Clearly the best Brokerage inc the agents they hired to work side by side with. People over profit was very important ! Fun makes you money and I try to instill the same values in my Brokerage to this day! To the entire DeLeeuw family our deepest condolences... Bert.. Thank U for being U ! Glenn & Brenda Kisil - Posted by: Glenn Kisil (friend & colleague ) on: Sep 26, 2023

  • Bert was a fantastic mentor to me , he always had time to listen and help, he was a realtors lifeline. His warmth and caring was monumental. My deepest confidences to the “Deleeuw family “May he rest in peace.🙏🌹 - Posted by: Ruthcarol feldman (Delbti was my first office when I became a realtor over 30 years ago) on: Sep 25, 2023

  • I met Bert back in 1976 when I got my license, he was a real gentleman that was always a pleasure to talk to. Very knowledgeable individual. My thoughts and prayers with Bert's family, co-workers and friends. Orvil Cairns - Posted by: Orvil Cairns (Realtor/Served on the MREA board) on: Sep 25, 2023

  • So sad to see this, have many fond memories of Bert when I worked at Del Bro. He was a respected and admired man who had time for everyone. My condolences to Marilyn and the entire De Leeuw family. - Posted by: Derrick Sigmar (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2023

  • Where to begin.. Bert was a kind-hearted soul with a heart of gold. He gave generously of his time, both personally and professionally. The world is a better place because he was in it. I’m so grateful we were able to have a visit this summer. My sincerest condolences to Marilyn and the entire De Leeuw family. He was loved and will be missed dearly by all whose paths he crossed. - Posted by: Tracy McLachlan (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2023

  • Condolences to Bert’s family and siblings. Bert was a wonderful person whom I met in 1973 when I entered Real Estate. I learned much through working together with Bert at the WREB and MREA. Bert was knowledgeable and gracious and loved by many! - Posted by: Ron Derksen (Friend and Real Estate colleague ) on: Sep 23, 2023

  • When I first met Bert, it was not in Winnipeg, rather it was 3100kms from Winnipeg in Palm Springs, CA. I joined the cycling group, comprised mostly Winnipegers & ex Winnipegers. Bert was a person that was easy to get to know. You were automatically better off knowing Bert. I remember Bert organizing bus trips to Los Angeles from Palm Springs when the Winnipeg Jets were visiting the Los Angles area. Bert you will be sadly missed by so many of your good friends. God bless Bert & Marilyn & may the Good Lord welcome Bert into his arms. - Posted by: Ron MacKenzie (Friend) on: Sep 23, 2023

  • Hey Bert, you were good, no were great and brought a ton of integrity, ethical disciplines and high standards of professionalism to the Winnipeg real estate industry over many decades with undaunted respect from all. Marilyn, my sincerest condolences; Bert was one of a kind and will be missed... Pomer (a.k.a. Glenn Ponomarenko) - Posted by: Glenn Ponomarenko (Former working colleague) on: Sep 23, 2023

  • My condolences to Marilyn and the Deleeuw clan. Such a special man. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Janne young (Friend) on: Sep 23, 2023

  • I send my love and prayers to Bert’s family and relatives and was saddened to hear the news. I was blessed to have known Bert and Marilyn many, many years ago when I was with their son Chris. Bert was a wonderful and kind hearted man that enjoyed spending time with my son Sean when he was a toddler and taught him to fish on the dock at the their cottage. After Chris and I were no longer together and my son was older, he would meet up with Sean during the Christmas time and both go out to hand out hampers to those that needed that extra boost to enjoy Christmas. It was a some of the memories I will hold deep in my heart for the warmth and care that both he and Marilyn always provided and will remember his laugh and smiles when I was around them and how much they cared for my son Sean, when I was a young single parent. Bert, may you rise and shine brightly in heaven, knowing that you were very loved and will be missed by so many, but that you made such an impact to those you have left behind and has given us all such wonderful memories to hold onto. God bless, - Posted by: Shannon McCormick (friend of family) on: Sep 23, 2023

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