It is with great sadness that the family of John Wiseman Steele announces his passing, on July 16, 2018, at the Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg. He died peacefully, with his wife, Muriel, at his side. He was a scholar and a gentleman, the beloved husband of Muriel, a loving father to Colin (Barb), Alison (Warren), Graham (Tilly), and Alistair (Klara), and the cherished grandfather of Keegan, Ella, Ashleigh, Evan, Deivan, Kiran, Anika, and Isobel. In Scotland, he is survived by his brother, Alex, and nephews, Alistair and Iain. John was born in Motherwell, Scotland, where he grew up and went to school, attending Knowetop School (Dux Medal), and Dalziel High School. Intrigued by the bottles and curious odours in the shops of local chemists, he applied to the Pharmacy Department of Glasgow University in 1951. He completed his B.Sc. in 1955, and the requirements for a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1958. That same year, he accepted a postion as Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Canada. In December of 1958, he and Muriel were married in Winnipeg at St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church. At work, John was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1959, to Associate Professor in 1963, and to Professor in 1968. He was appointed Dean in 1981, and served in that position until 1992. The title of Dean Emeritus was conferred in 1995. He officially retired in 1996. Dr. Steele undertook study leaves in London, England (1966), Bern, Switzerland (1972), Raleigh, North Carolina (1979), Montpellier, France (1986), and Auckland, New Zealand (1992), trips that proved to be enormously Beneficial for the entire Steele family. He was heavily involved with the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Council, and served on some of its committees. He served a term on the Medical Research Council of Canada, and the Manitoba Research Council. He was a member of the Board of Grace General Hospital and the President of the St. Stephen’s-Broadway Foundation. His love of teaching and interacting with students was surpassed only by his devotion to his family. He opened up the world to his four children. He was proud of them all, and reminded them of this fact in his last few days. They, in turn, will always think of him whenever they visit strange and wonderful places, or wonder why something works the way it does. John filled his retirement by playing tennis at the Wildewood Club, pursuing his interest in genealogy, photography, learning Ancient Greek (and modern Greek) for fun, and compiling several biographical and autobiographical works—including The History of the Faculty of Pharmacy—1899-1999. He was an avid reader and world-traveller. In the words of Robert Burns, he was: “The friend of man, the friend of truth.” The family is especially grateful to Dr. R. Kansara and the staff at the Buhler Cancer Center. Heartfelt thanks are also extended to the nurses on “5 North” at Grace General Hospital, who demonstrated so much compassion for John. Donations in the name of John W. Steele may be made to the Victoria General Hospital Foundation (Buhler Cancer Center), 2340 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2E8. (secure.thevicfoundation.ca) or to Siloam Mission (siloam.ca). 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1M3 A Celebration of Life will be held at Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road, on September 15, 2018, at 2 p.m.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Nikolaos (Nik) Saites at 47 years of age on July 16, 2018 in East St. Paul, Manitoba. Nik’s passing is a great loss and leaves a huge void in the life of his spouse of 13 years Gabrielle, stepsons Kory (Rachael), and Kyle, as well as his mother Alexandra Kihn (Helmut). Nik also leaves behind his father John, as well as many Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. For the last ten years Nik worked as an Instructor at Red River College, where he enjoyed teaching his students the joys of computing and especially the magic of Linux. Nik had a long career in Information Technology, with a particular interest in Information Security, the field in which he began his career. Nik was an avid learner throughout his life. He taught himself electronics, and using these new skills he built many interesting devices and tools. Most recently, in his usual voracious way, he took up astronomy and advanced mathematics, you could often find him working through a problem, or fine tuning his telescope. Many long and happy weekend nights were spent outside looking up at the sky. No mention of Nik is complete without including his love for his ‘girls’, Jasmine and Macey, both rescue dogs of enormous character. He loved them unconditionally. We will miss you enormously Nik, but we take solace when looking up at the stars, to see you there. In keeping with Nik’s wishes there will be no memorial service, a private interment has taken place. In lieu of cards or flowers, if so desired, please make a donation to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 2T5, the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3 or your charity of choice.
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our mom, grandma and best friend who passed away peacefully in her home in Winnipeg. Andrea leaves behind her children Maureen Paul, JoAnn Paul, granddaughter Elsa Brownlee, son-in- laws Marvin Loewen and Michael Brownlee. She is predeceased by her husband Robert Paul and survived by her sisters Kathleen Riddell of St. Albert, Corine Walker of Swan River and Tom Walker and his wife Pat of Winnipeg. Born in Wadena, SK, Andrea later moved with her family to Swan River, MB where she graduated. After studying to be a legal secretary she was married to Robert Paul of the RCMP and moved to Flin Flon, MB. With frequent moves to new postings, Andrea touched the lives of many in Dauphin, Swan River, Brandon, Lynn Lake, Winnipeg and eventually Flin Flon again. After their retirement, they settled in for many years at Bakers Narrows and ran a chimney sweep business until the passing of Bob. In 2008, Andrea moved to Winnipeg embracing the Wolseley neighborhood and making many great friends there. She was always up for a dog walk, a visit over the fence or a cup of coffee. In honor of Andrea, a memorial service will be held at St. Margaret's Anglican Church, 160 Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg, MB on Thursday, July 26th at 2 PM. Please note, parking is limited to the street. Elevator access is available. Interment to follow in Flin Flon at a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers we ask that a donation be made to the Flin Flon SPCA at flinflonspca.com.
Peacefully, on Thursday July 12, 2018, Lucille passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital with family by her side. Mom was predeceased by our father, Hector, her parents Martin and Susan Rosjer, her brothers Edward and Robert Rosjer and sister Leona Swann. She will be lovingly remembered by her children; Barbara (Garry), Beverley (Terry), Sharon (Dwight), grandchildren; Michael (Barb), Craig and Derrick (Erin), and great-grandchildren Bryce, Leiah, Madison, Jayna, Mara and Davin. She also leaves her brother Joseph (Isabella and daughter Susan), dearest friend Helen Penner, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom was born in Winnipeg and raised in Inwood, Manitoba where she met our father. They married in 1954, and settled and raised their family in Winnipeg. Family was precious to our mom and she was able to spend a lot of time with us over the years having many adventures. Mom loved to travel and enjoyed the time spent at Lake Winnipeg with dad and the family. Mom was widowed young and she remained strong for everyone. She taught us many valuable lessons including the importance of family, and resilience when life presented challenges. We are so fortunate to have had her in our lives. We would like to thank Helen Penner for her enduring and caring friendship for over 60 years. Thank you to WFPS, the staff at St. Boniface Hospital Emergency and E6 for their compassionate and professional care. We would also like to acknowledge the care provided by Dr. Salter-Oliver and Dr. Rabson, both of whom Mom thought so highly of.
On July 12th, 2018, Isabella Worbanski (nee Simmons) passed peacefully at Deer Lodge in Winnipeg Manitoba. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on December 2nd, 1925, she was predeceased by her beloved husband Michael in 1990. Survived by her three children, Milton and his wife Doreen, Raymond and wife Patti and Pamella and David. She is also survived by her grandchildren Clinton, Cassandra, Katy, Kristen, Riley and Michael and her great-granddaughter Adena. Mother served in the British Army during WWII, where she met and married our father, also serving his country, who was her one, true love. She arrived in Canada as a war bride in 1946. She was a feisty, funny, brutally honest lady, devoted to her family, she somehow found time to spend endless hours volunteering for many charities, including her incredible talent at knitting, and donating her work for charity raffles. We can’t thank the amazing staff on Tower six at Deer Lodge for their loving care of our Ma during her stay, and very special thank you to Apryl Lemming(Tracy). In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 1379 Kenaston Blvd, Wpg, MB R3P 2T5.