Wilmer Lowell Leverne Goodwin passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020, just 2 weeks before his 90th birthday, in Dauphin Manitoba.
Leverne, our dad, was born in Birsay, Saskatchewan on February 20, 1930 to Wilmer and Edna Goodwin. He was the second oldest and first son in a boisterous, busy family of 10 children.
Leverne spent his early years in the Qu’Appelle Valley which left strong memories of the landscape, value for the dollar earned and the importance of immediate and extended family.
From an early age, he demonstrated an independent spirit, leaving home at the age of 15 to ride the rails east before returning back to Saskatchewan to find his family had moved. Leverne quickly joined his family in Delisle to continue high school where he helped with the family business, continued honing his baseball and hockey skills and made lifelong friends.
The adventures continued as Leverne tried out many job options including heading to Yellowknife, NWT to play hockey and joining the Armed Forces before meeting the love of his life June Otto. After a short courtship, they married in in 1957 and started their family in Edmonton.
Always a business man, Leverne tried out many ventures including management at Simpson Sears in Edmonton before embarking on the next part of his journey.
Anxious to be his own boss, Leverne bought the Texaco Bulk Dealership in Dauphin, moving his growing family to a destination unknown. Dauphin truly was Dad’s adopted hometown and it became an annual rite of spring to ride down Wellington Crescent when the leaves were budding to comment, “We live in a beautiful town”. Dauphin also provided a great opportunity to pursue his passions of golf and curling and through those sports develop friendships throughout the decades.
In 1976, Dad found another opportunity - to buy the Fashion Shoppe . Mom joined Dad in the business which offered diverse, quality clothing and accessories to women across the Parkland and beyond. Dad was truly sad to give the business up in 2000.
Dad loved his beautiful wife, his children, his grandchildren, his extended family and his community. Dad believed you got back what you put in and he was an active member of the Lions, the Dauphin Agricultural Society, the Dauphin Chamber and the Downtown Business Association, Dauphin Hospital Board, Dauphin Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church and Dauphin Curling Club. His commitment was to make Dauphin better for generations to come.
Dad is survived by his wife, our Mom, June, and his children Karen and Steve, Todd and Patsy, Ken and Sharon and Leah and Hollis. He is also survived by his grandchildren Derrik (Sabina), Blair, Judee and Jennifer. He is also survived by his siblings Pearl, Arlo (Sally), John, Beatrice (Sid), Charlie (Judy), Art (Sandra) and Gloria (Lynn) and many nephews and nieces. Dad was predeceased by his parents Wilmer and Edna, sister Lavona and brother Byron. He was also predeceased by his parent-in-law, Fred and Emma Otto, and his siblings-in law Florence (Reinhard) Radke and Ron (Ann) Otto.
At Dad’s wish, cremation took place and a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Sneath -Strilchuk Family Care Center in Dauphin with Pastor Howard Burnie officiating. Should friends desire, donations in memory of Leverne can be made to the Dauphin and District Community Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba.
The sun will always come up tomorrow but it’s not the same without you.
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