Oct.22,1929 - June 21,2021
Edwin Roy (Ed) West, age 91 of Dauphin, Mb peacefully passed away at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg on June 21, 2021.
Ed was a Veteran of the Korean War and served his country with honour. Ed started his military service as a young Cadet in 1939 to 1944, Regular Forces 1948 to 1956 ( Canada and EF) Special Duty 1954 in Korea, travelling on Troup Transport ;The JSNS Marine Lynx ( T-AP-194) and USS General John Pope. He was in The Militia 1960 to 1970 and The Reserve Forces 1970 to 1975. He was a member of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch#20 in Dauphin Mb.
Ed worked for many years as a Painter/ Decorator, a Trade he learned from his Father. He worked as a Bus Driver and was a Building Service Worker for the Manitoba Government at The Health Unit in Dauphin, a job he loved and retired from.
Ed was predeceased by his Father, Cecil Edward West of Folkstone, England and Mother, Gladys Emma West nee Hodges of Makinak, Mb. his first Wife Bernice Martha West nee Childs, his second Wife Sylvia Maxine (Cram) nee Littler, Brothers David John (Dave)West and William James (Jim) West, Stepsons;John Mervyn Cram and David Allan Cram, Nephew John Alexander West, Niece Betty Jean Alberts and Grand Nephew Laverne (Chico) Lee.
Ed was a family man and along with his first wife Bernice (Bunny) raised 4 children; Elaine Ruth Raynbird (Thomas), (Donna Jean) now Elise Sawrenko (Ron), and Gordon Glenn West, all of Winnipeg Mb.and Lorraine Marilyn West of Dauphin, Mb.
Ed's greatest joy was his Grandchildren; Timothy Riley West of Winnipeg, Mb., Kate-Lyn Rhiannon Orillion nee West (Steve Noel) of Surrey BC., Danae-Michelle Kubillus of Winnipeg, Mb. and Risa Anne Howland (Ray) of Regina, Sask.; Children Ryker Ray Murray Howland, Katrina May Rayatta Morrissette, Austin Lawrence Nelson Albert Morrissette and Kaleigh Marie Anna Shaye Vatour ,Mother of Ed's Great Great Granddaughter Hazel Faith Vatour, and Ed's Granddaughter-in-heart Jaida Anjolie Griffith.
Ed married his second wife Sylvia Maxine (Cram) nee Littler on Sept 23rd,1996. Sylvia and Ed were kindred spirits.They started the dynamic duo of "Ma and Pa" as everyone called them. They were inseparable and were always on the go with their little dog Buddy right there with them. Ed enjoyed his ever expanding circle of family in the Cram Stepchildren and Grand Stepchildren ; The Late John Mervyn Cram Wife; Margaret Ellen (nee Purvis) and Son Cole Cram. Robert Alfred Cram and Wife Jane Anna Rose (nee Vollett) and children; Rueban Robert Cram, Shelby Brooke Cram. Ed's Stepsons; Gordon Richard Cram, Peter Maurice Cram. The Late David Allan Cram, Walter Joseph Cram and Wife Margaret Lynn (nee Ferris) and children; Jason Walter Cram, Ryan James Cram, Tyler Aaron Cram, Tyson Shawn Cram, Dylan Shane Cram, and Brayden Matthew Cram. Ed's Stepdaughter Eileen Patricia Fair (Kelly Edwards).Eileen and former husband John Fair's children; William Jonathon Fair. Nicole Rachel Lynn Williams (nee Fair) and daughter Lily Sylvia Lynn Jackson. Sarah Anne Novak (nee Fair.) children; Faith Marie Kimberley Novak and Chase James William Novak.
Ed was a beloved Uncle and was often called "Cled," which was how his nieces and nephews affectionately referred to him, most often out of excitement as they would say Uncle Ed so quickly that it would blend into one word. He will be missed by Nephew Leslie Edward West and Diane Appleyard and her sons;Wayne and Danny. Niece Vivian Gladys Armilda Marks nee West (Richard) and children Rachel Lynn Marie Neufeld (Tony) and children; Kira Jennifer Dagg, Thomas Elliot Neufeld, Madelyn Trinity Neufeld, Dale Martin (Jr)Cassidy and children; Karter Daniel, Kruz David and Brooke Katelyn Marie Cassidy. The Late Betty Jean Alberts (Harold) and children; Douglas Adam West and Shawna Lee Byski and her Children; Jeremy Mendel and his son Christopher, Kelsey Martins, Tania Heilman and her daughters Hope and Destiny. Madison Heilman, Terry Alberts, Carl Alberts, and Thomas Thornhill. Ed's Nephew Cecil Elmer West ,Grand Niece Amanda Marie West, Great Grand Nieces Jorja Marie Juskowiak, Kristen Ford Juskowiak. The Late Nephew John Alexander West's son; Ryan John West. Niece Shirley Corrine ( Lee) Alberts children; Delores Marie, Darrel Thomas and Late Laverne David Lee.
Ed in his golden years was blessed to find a special companion and friend in Ida Wreggit. Ed loved the Dakota's and was able to share this with Ida. She had never been there before and their vacation would be Ed's last trip down South. Ed relished being a tour guide of Sturgis, Wal Drug, Mount Rushmore, Sioux City, Theodore Roosevelt Nation Park, Deadwood. Ed knew every Saloon, "Hole in the wall" with the best food, museums, mini-golf, every attraction from Dauphin Mb to Medora SD. Over the years he took many family members and friends on his magical guided tour of the Dakotas. If you weren't with him on the trip then you were sure to have a visit from him when he came back. Always baring gifts of Birch Beer, Sioux City Sarsaparilla and Saltwater Taffy and Sugar Sticks, and that is just to name a few of the treats he would bring back. Ed remained Ida's faithful steadfast friend until her passing at Gilbert Plains PCH.
Ed will be remembered for his generosity, thoughtfulness, and caring heart. He expressed friendship by sharing his cooking and baking. He made dozens and dozens of cinnamon buns, pies, matrimony cake and cookies of all type at Christmas and through out the year. Ed was also a Santa to many children at Christmas. He bought coats, boots, mitts and hats for any child who needed or had outgrown and that was 25+ kids. On many occasions Ed would make up a Christmas bounty for a family he had never met. He would show up with boxes, complete with food, gifts, baking and stockings he had filled with tiny wrapped treasure. He had only to hear that someone was having hardships and off he went on his mission to make a family happy at Christmas. He was always the first one there to help.
Ed had favorite people he liked to spend time with over the years, some of which are The Mullen Family, The Garton family, The Yarema Family, Fair brothers, The Hamende Family, The Hodges Family, The Monchka Family, and The Alberts Family. In fact so many people touched Ed's life that as I am writing this, I know that I will miss mentioning you. I can only say to you that Ed never forgot you. You are written in his heart. Ed's obituary would not be complete without thanking all the Helpers, Good Deed Doers and those he considered Lifesavers, starting with his Doctor; Dr. Fred Fjeldsted, J.Doug Deans, Sheri Gardner and Marion Penerowski and his friends at Lorray Manor, Homecare "Buddies" Cindy Rogers and Donna Rudkewich, who took such good care of him. Joanne Rank for your profession and showing up to chat with Ed. You knew he needed a visit at times. Thank you Lena Koshowski for all you did for Ed, Thank you Linda Schultz ( Peter) and long time friend Kathy Yarema. Kathy, there are no words to Thank you for all you have done over many years and for always being there for Ed. Thank you to all the caring Homecare workers; Val, Jodie, Casey, Shelly, Marlene, Kristin, Doreen, Gail, special thank you to Nettie and of course Jordan Campbell and family. Thank you Jordan for keeping an eye on him and for caring as you do. He just loved making treat bags for those 5 little ones of Lorray at holiday times and his treat cupboard that he made sure to have stocked with little sweets and chocolate bars. It was his way of showing friendship and appreciation.Those that knew him loved him and will forever miss him dearly.
At the time of his passing, Ed was residing in Winnipeg, Mb. with his long time friend of 40 years; former Daughter-in-law Mary-Lyn Griffith, her husband Herb Griffith and Ed's Granddaughter-in-heart Jaida Anjolie Griffith.
If friends desire to make a donation to a Charity in Ed's honour, his favorite charities were Siloam Mission and War Amps.
A Graveside Service will be held for Edwin on Saturday, July 31st at 11:00 am from Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB.
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