Darwin Gene Hnatiuk

We sadly announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Darwin at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre on Wednesday March 18, 2020.

Darwin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Georgialee (Toots), his daughter Holly (Lonnie) and son Nick. Darwin leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Tyler, Natalia, Trenton, Natasha and Nicholas. He is survived by his sisters Wilma, Hazel, Dawn (Doug) and Heather (John). He is also survived by his mother-in-law Clara and her partner Bill, sister-in-law Gloria (Roger) and brother-in-law Doug (Betty), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Darwin was predeceased by his parents Nick and Myrtle, sisters Valerie, Brenda, Yvonne, Marilyn, Rhonda, his only brother Nick, his sister-in-law Merle and his father-in-law Ralph.

Darwin was born on September 17, 1954 and was part of a family of eleven. He grew up in Lockport, MB and worked at various jobs from a young age. He met the love of his life, Toots, and they married on November 15, 1975. Together they raised their family in Selkirk, MB. He began working at Abex (Amsco) at the age of 19 and continued there for 41 years before retiring at the age of 60.

Darwin was a hardworking man, a devoted husband, a loving father and a doting grandfather. He enjoyed the simple things in life and the coffee pot was always full. He made you feel welcome and usually had a joke or two to tell. He enjoyed playing bingo and cribbage and was an avid Jets fan. He often coached them to victory right from his living room! Darwin took
pleasure in listening to country music and was a faithful listener to the “Friends on Friday” radio show. If you were lucky, he’d send a song request for your birthday or anniversary.

Even after dealing with complications from diabetes and more recently a cancer diagnosis, he never gave up. Darwin was a fighter. He had such a positive outlook on life and always looked for the best in people. His family was his pride and joy and he will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre for their care and compassion during Darwin’s short but comfortable stay.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will take place at a later date.

“Until we meet again”

Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services in care of arrangements.

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