Our condolences go out to HG Vice-Chair Gail Shimonek, whose husband Percy passed away Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Donations in memory of Percy may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation directed to Brain Tumor Research.
April 14 , 1953 – July 24, 2017
Greg McLachlan was an instructor in Mechanical Engineering Technology for 35 years. In memory of Greg, an annual award has been established by family and friends at Red River College which will benefit a deserving student in their final term of studies in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Donations may be made to the Greg McLachlan Memorial Award c/o Red River College. For more info, please contact Elena Grinshteyn email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone:204-221-9938.
Our condolences go out to Heritage Group member Lucien Lussier, whose wife of almost 57 years passed away on July 13. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Alzheimer Society.
We are sad to report the sudden passing of Dale Swirsky, member of RRC’s Academic Success Center. The CBC and Basketball Manitoba have nice articles about his time with his other passion, basketball. And there is a description of his role at RRC on the ASC webpage under Dale Swirsky.
The ASC is collecting messages and stories of Dale to pass on to his family so they will have a testament of his impact at RRC. If you have any message you’d like to contribute, even just a few lines, please write to Lauren at email@example.com.
Glen MacRae, not long retired after 34 years as Building Services Manager at RRC, passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 66 years. Cremation has taken place and a private celebration of Glen’s life will be held at a later date. Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in memories, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Glen’s memorial page at IntegrityDeathCare.com.
William (Bill) Frederick Kniskern passed away May 26, 2017. Bill taught at Red River College for 25 years as a Technical Communications Instructor. Bill had a big heart and was generous to a fault.
Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or your local shelter.
“When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live.”
– Samuel Johnson
Taki (Takefume) Nishimura passed away May 26th. A superb instructor and Department Coordinator who was well-respected by both his peers and students, Taki taught literally hundreds of electrical students and apprentices in the Electrical Construction field for well over 30 years and was very proud of the quality of the program.
A donation to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation in his memory would be appreciated.
Tina Ostermann (née Katharina Peters) taught business administration courses at Red River college for over 30 years, establishing some lifelong friendships. She retired early for health reasons and went on dialysis shortly afterwards. She received a kidney transplant in 2010 and seven extra years because someone signed an organ donor card. Please consider signing up for organ donation through the organ donor card in your license or at www.signupforlife.ca. A donation may be made in Tina’s name to The Kidney Foundation.
Condolences may be left at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Sept. 23, 1949 – May 6, 2017
|Richard passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Saturday, May 6. An instructor Electrical Department for many years, he was later appointed to the Coordinator and Chair positions before retiring in 2012.
Donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Manitoba Branch, Unit 1-452, Dovercourt Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3Y 1G4.
|link to Free Press obituary|
Our condolences go out to Heritage Group member Don Carlson. Don’s wife of almost 45 years, Loretta, passed away March 3 at home. A funeral service was held on March 10, 2017. Donations may be made to the Arthritis Society of Canada.
William (Bill) Sutherland passed away peacefully at approx. 2:40 a.m. February 16th. He spent 30 years as an educator and administration in the drafting department at RRC. In spite of the onset of dementia, Bill really looked forward to his Heritage Group meetings, and we are grateful to Lucien and John for getting him there. Donations can be made in Bill’s memory to Alzheimer Society Manitoba or D’Arcy’s ARC (Animal Rescue Center).
RRC Library staff members were saddened by the news that former Library Director, Paddy Burt, passed away on February 13.
Paddy joined Red River College in October, 2001 and was Library Director until her retirement in September, 2016. Over 100 people attended her farewell reception in the Library.
Paddy will be sadly missed by her many friends at the College and in the Manitoba library community.
Deborah (Deb) Lynette Pokrant (nee Zirk) lost her courageous 5 year battle with Picks disease on December 5, 2016. Deb served the last 30 plus years of her 40 year career in government as the Executive Assistant to the President of Red River College and had been Secretary to the Board of Governors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Deb’s name to The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St, Wpg, MB, R3C 4G2.
We are sad to report Betty’s sudden passing on November 19, 2016. Betty retired from RRC in 2006 after 27 years service.
We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Malachy Hughes on Thursday, July 14. Mel was the head tech in eTV for years and then moved into teaching electronics until he retired in 2006.
February 27, 1932 – June 28, 2016
Raymond Chin, Heritage Group member and electronics’ instructor until his retirement in 2001, passed away at Misericordia Place Personal Care Home, in Winnipeg, at the age of 84.
Ollie Orobko passed away on June 3, 2016. He was an RRC Alumni and an Instructor for the Wood Products Manufacturing Program from 1997 until retirement in 2010.
Valdi, brave Viking and instructor in the Accounting and Computer Education department for 25 years, passed away the morning of May 25th. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Alice taught journalism at Red River Community College until her retirement in 1986. Believing that good journalists are necessary for a responsible press. Alice threw her heart into teaching a new generation of young men and women. Continue reading →
May 19, 1931 – March 14, 2016
Though not a Heritage Group member, Bill Regehr will be fondly remembered by countless RRC staff and retirees from his time as Chair of the RRC Board of Governors. Bill passed away suddenly on March 14 at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 84. Throughout his career, he maintained an active involvement with community organizations at local and international levels. He enjoyed his position as Chair of the RRC Board, and had also served on the Boards of the University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Always a believer in the goodness of humanity, he was an example of decency and integrity.
(link to Winnipeg Free Press Obituary)
July 10, 1930 – March 7, 2016.
The memorial was held Friday March 11, 2016 at St. James Gospel Chapel, 337 Inglewood.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be sent to MSC Canada, MSCCanada.org.
November 29, 1942 – March 3, 2016
It is with sadness that we report the sudden passing on March 3rd of John Fletcher, proud member of the Heritage Club and longtime instructor in the Accounting and Computer Education Department.
A celebration of life for John was held at The Mosaic Funeral Chapel, 1006 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg, on Friday, March 11.
Bob peacefully passed away on October 20 at the Concordia Hospital at the age of 82 years. Born in Deloraine, Manitoba, Bob had a long career with Canadian General Electric and later with Red River Community College as an instructor in the Major Appliance Service program. Donations may be made in his honour to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4G2. As per Bob’s wishes, cremation and a private interment has taken place.
Surrounded by the love of his family, Lucien passed away on October 14, 2015 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Lucien began his career as a surveyor, followed by teaching Mathematics, Surveying and Drafting at the Manitoba Institute of Technology. He eventually moved on to administration at Red River College, retiring in 1990 to pursue other interests.
After a courageous and defiant battle with Alzheimer’s, Donald Shand passed away peacefully at the age of 83. Don joined RRC in 1966 as an Instructor in the Electronics Technology Department and retired in 2001.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donald’s memory to Nature Manitoba (401-63 Albert Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G4) or the Alzheimer Society Manitoba (10 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2).
We sadly mark the passing of Edward Sobkowicz on August 29, 2015. Ed taught Electronic Technology at Red River for 25 years before his retirement. As per Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Agape Table or The Salvation Army would be gratefully appreciated.
Click here to view his obituary at the Winnipeg Free Press.
She will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society in Sarah’s name. Continue reading →
We sadly mark the passing of Dawne Elizabeth-Margaret MacKay-Chiddenton (nee MacKay) on June 27, 2015. Dawne had been Coordinator of the Child and Youth Care program at Red River College. As an advocate for the profession of Child and Youth Care, she was continuously active in the Child and Youth Care Association of Manitoba, and was involved in policy development at the national level with child and youth care associations across Canada. Donations in Dawne’s memory can be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1M3. (Free Press Obituary)
We are saddened to note that Isabel Irene Nichol (Appleyard) passed away February 17th at the Teulon Hospital at the age of 86. Isabel used to be the “room booker” at RRC prior to her retirement. Although RRC has grown significantly since then, Isabel did the job that it takes a computer program to handle now. (Free Press Obituary)
We are sad to report that Joyce Dixon passed away peacefully at the Riverview Health Care Centre on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Joyce taught “English” for many years at Red River College and upon her retirement was honoured with a scholarship fund in her name. Donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to The Stroke Recovery Association, Unit B, 247 Provencher Boulevard Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0G6. It is with extremely heavy hearts that we say goodbye to such a thoughtful and caring person.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 03, 2015.
Our deepest condolences go out to family and friends of Phyllis Barich, who left us way too soon not long after having suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. Phyllis came to Red River in 2002 and assumed responsibility for operations at EDC in 2005. She was also the contact person for library services to our regional campuses, visiting them on a regular basis. Phyllis was a valued colleague and a staunch friend. She tirelessly promoted the value of libraries and the strength of her library team, building relationships designed to meet the needs of the College community. Her warmth and outgoing nature earned her a place in many hearts. She will be sorely missed. Under the circumstances, donations in her memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba would serve to honour her commitment to wanting to ensure a coordinated response to strokes, which does not now exist in Manitoba.
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Waris Shere on Thursday, September 25, 2104 at his home. He was 78 years old. Born in Patna, India, Waris was educated at Aligarh Muslim University, the University of London and Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He taught applied mathematics at Red River Community College and authoured several books on international affairs. He was also a freelance writer in many international newspapers, mainly on the subject of peace. Waris received high praise from his students for being an exceptional teacher. He took great passion in his work. However, he was equally passionate about human rights and justice for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, creed or gender. Waris spent his spare time battling inequality and intolerance and spoke out against violence.
We sadly mark the passing of Roy “Wayne” Park, peacefully on May 21, 2014, at the age of 75 after a lengthy illness. Wayne was a highly-respected Mechanical Engineering Technology instructor who loved teaching and inspired many in his career. Prior to RRC, he worked at Bell Foundry and Park Hannesson Ltd. If friends so desire, donations in Wayne’s memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.
It is with sadness that we mark the passing of Irene Karasick-McMurrich, on May 14, 2014 at the age of 91. Irene taught Oral and Business Communications at RRCC for several years in the 1970s. During her inspirational life she was a writer, mystic, poet, playwright, teacher and recipient of numerous awards. Donations to the Irene Karasick-McMurrich Women’s Endowment Fund at The Jewish Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Good night Irene.
We fondly remember Reverend A. Clive Balfour who died February 26, 2014 at the age of 87, in Sooke, B.C. Clive was born December 15, 1926 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He moved to Winnipeg in December 1945 to begin apprenticeship with the C.N. Railway. After 10 years and obtaining the position of engineering supervisor of a foundry, Clive left to become an instructor at Red River College where he taught for 19 years. Retiring to BC, Clive was a Rector in the Anglican Church, played in bands, and enjoyed senior Tai Chi. Donations in Clive’s memory can be made to First Open Heart Society, Sooke Hospice, or the Heart and Stroke Society of Canada.
It is with deep regret we note the unexpected passing of Peter Cogill while on vacation in his beloved England. Peter was the storekeeper at Stevenson for many years and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with him. He was truly a gentleman in all his actions and words. Our condolences go out to his wife and family. A memorial service was held on Wednesday November 13th at 2PM at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral at 135 Anderson Avenue Winnipeg, MB.
We are saddened to report the passing of Lee Shirtliffe on May 16th 2014. Joining the College in 1970, Lee taught an array of subjects such as industrial hydraulics, fluid power, programmable logic controllers, fluid mechanics, final control elements, process devices and practices and process measurements. He met Lydia at Red River College and they were married July 1981. In May 2000, for his outstanding contribution toward education and training in science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, Lee was selected by the Instrumentation Society of America, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award in recognition for his 30 years of continuous service in teaching instrumentation at Red River College and inspiring and mentoring students for the betterment of the instrumentation field. In July 2008, Lee retired from the College after 38 years as Lead Instructor in the Instrumentation Engineering program. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes to establish a memorial scholarship at Red River College in Lee’s name. (Obituary)
It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of RoyMalyon at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at the age of 73 years. Roy was a Chair in the Transportation department in the ‘90s, and then moved to Market Driven Training. He was responsible for creating RRC’s partnership with Toyota and the T-TEP program. After Toyota discontinued their program across Canada, they continued to remain a strong supporter of RRC through vehicle donations. Roy was also instrumental in founding partnerships with Boeing and Standard Aero that continue to this day. He was very highly respected by all that worked with him and was a great ambassador for the college. The family would appreciate a donation in Roy’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave. Winnipeg MB R3E 0V9.
It is with great sadness we note the passing of Judi after a courageous battle with cancer on February 11, 2013 at age 61. An instructor in the Med. Rad. Program she was an inspiration to her students and colleagues. Judi will be remembered as always being upbeat in the face of adversity. Golf was Judi’s down-time passion whose crowning achievement was her induction into the Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Sigmar died on February 1, 2013. Sigmar was born at Bissett, MB, on February 25, 1935, moving to Winnipeg in 1951. Entering the plumbing trade in 1955 he subsequently became an instructor at RRC in the piping trades department. After retirement he became a member of the RRC Heritage Group. He was also a member of the Bissett and Area Historical Society. His activities included fishing, curling and watching women’s curling on the Internet and TV.
It is with deep sadness that we note the sudden death of Library staff member Guldeep Singh on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Born November 12, 1953 she overcame many challenges in life with determination and faith. Many of you will have known Guldeep as the friendly face at the NDC Library’s Circulation desk in the evenings. Guldeep worked for RRC for almost 10 years and was counted on for her reliability and willingness to fill-in whenever asked. She was a kind and gentle soul who will be missed.