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ERNESS (ERNIE) EUGENE RAMSTEAD (published on December 03, 2007)



ERNESS (ERNIE) EUGENE RAMSTEAD November 21, 1944 November 29, 2007 Peacefully on Thursday, November 29, 2007 Ernie passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 63 years. Ernie is survived by his daughter Wendy (Kevin) Good; grandchildren, Kristjan and Margot; his mother Evelyn and sisters, Merlyn (Jack) Strelezki, Charlyn Wowryk, and Carolyn (Dennis) Hart. He is also survived nieces and nephews, Jason (Karry) Strelezki, Lee-Ann Strelezki (Ken), Deborah Wowryk (Darren), Cayliegh (Kenton) Onofrychuk and Denis Hart. Ernie was predeceased by his brother Dwayne in 1978, his father Morrel in 1986, and his brother-in-law Larry Wowryk in 2000. Ernie was born in Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. He lived in Archerwill until 1947, and then moved to Flin Flon with his mother, father and sister. As the family grew, one brother and two more sisters, so did his passion for hockey. When the family moved to Snow Lake in 1960 Ernie stayed with his grandparents in Milden, Sask. to attend school and play hockey as Snow Lake did not yet have a hockey arena. After moving to Snow Lake in 1961 and trying out for the Bombers hockey team in Flin Flon, Ernie finally made his break. He moved back to Flin Flon and played for the Bombers from 1962 to 1965. In the fall of 1965 Ernie's dream of becoming a professional hockey player was realized when he was drafted by the Detriot Red Wings. Unfortunately before he could attend the training camp he was in a car accident on September 11, 1965 that changed his life. The accident severed Ernie's spinal cord and he lost the use of his legs. As a paraplegic, Ernie could no longer play hockey as before, but he maintained his love of sports through wheelchair basketball and by coaching hockey and baseball teams throughout the years. From 1965 to 1986 Ernie lived in Winnipeg and worked for various businesses mostly as a bookkeeper. He moved back to Snow Lake in 1986 to be closer to his family. During his time in Snow Lake he was involved in several small businesses and was also elected as a town councilor. Due to kidney failure, Ernie required dialysis and had to move back to Winnipeg in 2002. While living in Winnipeg, Ernie spent his summers watching the Goldeyes play, going to the Forks and tending to his balcony garden. He spent his winters watching hockey, running hockey drafts, and trying to beat family and friends at Scrabble. Ernie was always happy to have visitors and everyone was always welcome. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many, many friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Health Science Centre for all the support and care over the years. Cremation has taken place. A private family service will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200-310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 Broadway - 783-7211 www.thomsonfuneralchapel.com Life stories may be shared with friends and family across the globe at www.mem.com


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