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G. CLAUDE TRITES (published on October 18, 2008)

G. CLAUDE TRITES On October 17, 2008, at Calvary Place Personal Care Home, G. Claude Trites died, peacefully, at the age of 91 years. Claude was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Mary, and by his brother, Ralph, and his sisters, Muriel, Enid, Vera and Pat. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 52 years, Roberta, his three daughters, Jill, Jan and Kate, and their families (Rob Hooper, Jacob and Claudia, Gord Blaine, Erin and Rachel, Neil Craton, Abby and Sam). Claude was born on July 19, 1917 in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he lived until he completed his education and began his career. In 1937, Claude was hired as a claims adjuster in the Moncton office of Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and, apart from the war years when he served as a pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force, he devoted his entire professional life to that company. Over the next 45 years, Claude held various positions with Wawanesa in Branch offices in Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina and Edmonton. In 1966, he moved with his family to Winnipeg, to become the General Manager of Wawanesa’s head office. During the last 11 years of his career, Claude served as the Company’s President and C.E.O. His leadership and commitment contributed greatly to Wawanesa’s health and growth in the insurance industry. He served as a director of the Insurance Bureau of Canada during the years of Manitoba’s public automobile insurance debate. Claude lead the way for the expansion of Wawanesa’s business into the United States with the opening of its first California office. Claude loved his work, and felt fortunate to work alongside men and women he respected and counted as friends. Claude was a devoted father and husband. Spending time with his wife and daughters was a pleasure and a priority for him, and he found joy in being in his home, available to serve his family in the projects at hand, willing and capable to solve whatever problems life presented. There was never a father more utterly reliable to do, without being asked, whatever was needed of him. A man of exceptional character, Claude exhibited uncompromised integrity, unfailing faithfulness and the pursuit of excellence in everything he did. He was selfless and modest in his many contributions to others, never seeking praise or public recognition of his accomplishments. A man of firm Christian faith, Claude’s life was a model of biblical virtues - he was patient, kind, gentle and good in his dealings with others, the consummate gentleman. Claude was a conscientious leader in his community and a faithful servant in his Church. He served for many years as an elder of Bethesda Church and as a director of Providence College and Seminary. In support of the local business and civic community, he served on the Boards of Health Sciences Centre, the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, Fred Douglas Place, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Manitoba Institute of Management. Claude’s tremendous organizational skills made him a natural coordinator for fund-raising projects and political campaigns. To all who have known him, Dad has been an inimitable model of the life well-lived. He has been dearly loved, and will be deeply missed. A memorial celebration of Claude’s life will be held at Bethesda Church, 1350 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. The family wishes to sincerely thank the 3rd floor staff at Calvary Place Personal Care Home for their excellent and compassionate care of Claude during his long stay there. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, PO Box 1073 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3X 2X4 or to Providence College and Seminary, 10 College Crescent, Otterburne, MB, R0A 1G0. Thomson “In the ParK” 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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