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Born: Oct 08, 1914

Date of Passing: Nov 06, 1999

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EDWARD STOESZ 1914 - 1999 After the sudden onset of a brief illness, Edward Stoesz passed away peacefully on November 6, 1999, at the Maples Personal Care Home. Edward, (Erdman) Stoesz was born on October 8, 1914. He was the last surviving sibling of 19. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 44 years, Anne in 1989. His memory lives on through his son, Ted and daughter Jan; Teds wife Kathy and their children Melissa, Matt and Meredith; Jans husband Jim Legeros, Eds special friend Lena as well as nephews, nieces and cousins. Ed grew up on a farm near Horndean, MB. After his fathers death in 1925 he and his brothers continued farming. Ed married Anne in 1944, moved to Winnipeg the day after the wedding and began a long career in heating and air conditioning. Times were hard but Eds number one priority was to provide for his family, often holding two jobs at a time. He retired at age 75 from Wholesale Heating Company where he was considered their most treasured employee. He applied his creativity to the design and completion of all aspects of any renovation or expansion project presented; from electrical, plumbing, drywall to fine carpentry work. Ed was also proud of his contribution to the Nelson River Dam Project in Gillam, MB between 1966 and 1969. Ed was always bringing innovative ideas forward. At the age of 10 in 1924, he suggested using tractors instead of the traditional horse drawn plough to improve productivity on his fathers farm. He was known as the man who could fix anything and who could come up with the most innovative ideas and "gadgets" for completing all kinds of complicated tasks. New technology never daunted Ed. He viewed it as another exciting "gadget" to add to his repertoire. At the age of 80 he mastered using instant Teller, remote answering machines, and always knew what those three remote controls (that we all seem to have on our coffee table these days) were for and how to operate them with maximum efficiency. Show Ed a new car and immediately a smile lit up on his face! The first car he drove was his fathers 1924 Chevy, number 490 off the line. The date was 1925. Thus began a long list of treasured "memories" for Ed. One of the first cars Ed owned was a Model A Ford. Of course he had to rebuild the engine because it just wasnt as "good as it could be". Ed was a very social and fun loving person who always wanted to "go somewhere" and "do something". Rarely did he sit still. Whenever a friend or family member had a major project on the go, Ed was there, smiling and laughing and always lending a hand. Eds love for his family shone in in his eyes as they progressed and succeeded. He followed their career paths closely and never failed to celebrate with them as they graduated and moved forward. A special moment of pride for Ed was when his daughter graduated from nursing and could now, according to Ed, "fix everything that he needed fixed" regarding his health care thus enabling him to adhere to he very busy social calendar. Another very special moment for Ed was hen his son Ted was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. Ed was also well known for his love of animals and this love provided a number of lucky pets with a home. The family would like to express their appreciation to the following dedicated health care staff who contributed to Eds long active, healthy and happy life; Dr. Brenden MacDougall, our special consistent "partner" with us in my Dads care, (and his ever helpful secretary), the staff of St. Boniface General Hospital (SBGH) ACF Medicine, the SBGH emergency room staff, Dr. T. Miller, Dr. J. Teskey, Dr. K. Warrian; Dr. Scott Mackenzie and Dr. R. Frieson; the staff of the Maples Personal Care Home especially Helen, Brenda, Melanie, Ruby, Joanne, Doug, Jim and many others whose names we did not learn during his short stay there. Desiderata Excerpts... "Go Placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all person. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others... You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. Found in old Saint Pauls Church, Baltimore, dated 1692. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Boniface General Hospital, The Maples Personal Care Home or a charity of your choosing. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 4000 Portage Ave. CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 885-9715

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 08, 1999

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