William (Bill) Henry Vennard

April 12, 1960 – April 20, 2023

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of Bill, Billy or Whiz at his home in Winnipeg, MB at the age of 63.

He is predeceased by his parents Norman and Beatrice and his grandson Jacob.  Left to cherish his memories are, his daughter Melissa (Daniel), son Dylan, grandchildren Liam and Penelope, sister Wendy Bartlett (Ted), brothers Pat (Cheryl), David, sister Donna Kreker (Ernie), numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Bill started his life in Treherne MB and at 10 years old his family settled North of town on the family farm.  He played minor hockey growing up and then played for his beloved team The Treherne Barley Kings.  After High School he became a certified Agricultural Mechanic.  He worked for Metcalfe’s Garage in town and then went on to work with his friends on several pipelines throughout Alberta.  He took some time out to work up North in Gillam MB on a hospital project.  Eventually he settled back in Southern Manitoba.  He lived in Lockport and then made his home in Selkirk where he began to raise his two children while working for Mandak Metal.  Another career change led him to Winnipeg working at Litz Crane but eventually leaving again to work in several gold mines, one in the country of Kazakhstan and in Red Lake, Ontario.  After suffering an injury at work in Red Lake, Bill took an early retirement.  He moved back to Winnipeg and volunteered his time as a Handy Man for Winnipeg Harvest. 

Bill made friends wherever he went.  He had a quick wit and was always saying silly things to make people laugh.  He had an old soul.  He loved old cars, old fashion music, old pictures and he cherished his old friends.

An interment will take place in Treherne, MB on May 27th at 1pm at the Rossendale Cemetery with a celebration of life following at 2pm at the Delahunt Golf Course.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:  Harvest Manitoba 1085 Winnipeg Ave Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2.

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William Edward Zwarych

On December 11, 2022, Bill lost his battle with cancer.  We wish to express our deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to Cancer Care. 

Bill was predeceased by his father, Klym Zwarych, his mother, Mary Prokop and his sister, Joan Garrity.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 43 years, Irene, his son, George and Tracy, grandson, Alex, sister Terry and Brian, his brother-in-law, Brian, his sister-in-law, Darlene and Al, brother-in-law Gerry and Darlene.

Family friends, Marie, Kirsten, Marie Collette and Jan. 

Special buddies, Lyndon, Sheldon, Vic, Jim and Brian.

Bill loved fishing and sports.  As a youngster, Bill started playing hockey….always playing goalie.  Bill hung up his skates in his forties.  Fishing was always the back drop of his life. 

In 2005, Bill retired from the City of Winnipeg, after 30 years of service.  The same year, he joined Arlington Fishing Club, where he enjoyed the great outdoors and comradery.  

When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you’ll miss me too.
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I’m right here, in your heart.

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William (Willie) Edward Smith

William (Willie) Edward Smith

October 24, 1968 – December 14, 2022

Suddenly on December 14, 2022 at the age of 54 years, after a short battle with cancer, Willie of Winnipeg Beach, beloved husband of Diana Ducharme, passed away in the Johnson Memorial Hospital, Gimli, MB.

He was predeceased by his parents; Thorie and Irene Smith.

He leaves to morn his wife of 38 years, Diana, daughters, Ava and Nanci, fur baby Benji, sisters; Penny, Connie (Rudy), Rita and brother Thorie (Lori), many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

William spent many years employed with Mariner Neptune.

We would like to thank the staff at Johnson Memorial Hospital who were so accommodating and professional in their care of Willie.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 28th at 11:00 am, at the Selkirk Friendship Centre, 425 Eveline Street, Selkirk, MB.

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Roy William Jewsbury

1942 to 2022

It is with saddened hearts & precious memories that we announce the passing of Roy Jewsbury at Brandon Regional Health Centre on February 17, 2022 at the age of 79 years.

Roy was born in Glenboro, MB, March 27th, 1942, the third son of Endsor and Ethel Jewsbury. He was raised on the family farm south of Glenboro and received his education at Hecla School and Glenboro High School. He loved hunting and fishing and spent many happy hours with his Dad and brothers doing this. In the winter he spent his spare time at the local curling rink and going to bonspiels.

Roy married Joan Mills from Stockton and two children were born from this union, Victoria Joan and Jason Roy. He farmed the home farm for a few years and then moved to Carberry where he managed a large cattle, grain, and potato farm for Charles Mayer. In 1988 he met the love of his life, Bya van Kommer and they married in 1990. They moved to Swan River to operate a family restaurant. This was a wonderful change for him and it was a very successful venture. After ten years they wanted a change so they moved to Dauphin to manage a motel and from there to Super 8 motel where he worked as maintenance supervisor until retirement. Roy and Bya started holidaying in the south in 1994, at first two weeks at a time and later 3 or 4 months. They continued this until 2017 when Bya took sick which forced them to stay home.

Left to mourn his passing is Bya, his wife of 31 years; daughter Victoria (Andrew) Waddell from Comox, B.C., son Jason from Airdrie, AB., step son Darren Parker (Rufa) Calgary, AB., step daughter Debbie (Darcy) Read from Cold Lake, AB., grandchildren – Justin Waddell, Katlyn Waddell from Comox, BC., Dean (Amanda) Parker from Victoria BC., Matthew (Meghan) Phillips and daughter Violet from Cold Lake, AB., and Christopher Phillips from Brandon. Brothers and sisters – Bob and Olivia Jewsbury from Glenboro, Frank and Loretta Jewsbury from Ottawa, Fred and Margaret Jewsbury from Glenboro, Iris and Tom Williams from Regina, Lois Jenkins from Calgary, Maggie and Rick McKnight from Calgary, Jim and Janie Jewsbury from Grandora, Marion van Kommer from Claresholm, Neil and Esther van Kommer from Carberry, Bert Kommer and Debbie from Carberry, Margie and Brent Irwin from Brandon and numerous nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by father Endsor, mother Ethel, father-in-law Bert van Kommer, mother-in-law Corrie van Kommer, brother-in-laws John van Kommer, Ted Jenkins, sister-in laws Hennie van Kommer, Andre Jewsbury, niece Holly van Kommer, nephews Rory Jewsbury, Buddy van Kommer and Evan Wytinck.

As per Roy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family interment will take place at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Roy may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

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