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SIGUROUR DALE JOHNSON (published on January 12, 2009)

SIGUROUR DALE JOHNSON August 12, 1949 - January 8, 2009 With profound sorrow, we announce that Sigurour Dale Johnson, aged 59 of Winnipeg, MB (formerly of Selkirk) passed away on January 8, 2009 at approximately 6:00 p.m. His memory will survive through his wife of 28 years, Edna and their family consisting of David (Justine), Christopher (Nicole), Holly (Michael), Daniel (Erin), and Jillian. His grandchildren; Jory, Lucas, Ella, Levi and Luciana each of whom cherished his presence. Dale was blessed with a large family who will miss him dearly including his sister; Sherri, nephews; Jason and Kristin, nieces; Sandra and Opal; brothers-in-law; Gordon (Glenna), Neil (Laura), Arthur (Colleen); sisters-in-law, Beverly (Bill Bowman), Shelly Palsson, Brenda, Patricia (Michael Wade), and Tracey Johnson (Luke) along with all of their children; his mother, Laverne; aunts, Eunice Paulson, Joyce (Chuck Plamondon), Mae (Joe Harcus), Lenore (Mike Didychuck) and uncle Archie Pruden, and dozens of cousins whom he had built and maintained friendships with. Dale was born to Krismunder (Mundi) Johnson and Verda Laverne Pruden on August 12, 1949 in Winnipeg, MB. He spent his early years as a boy on Hecla Island, MB before his family moved to Selkirk, MB. Following graduation Dale spent time travelling, living in New Zealand and Australia. He worked throughout Alberta, residing in Fort McMurray and Bonnyville working the oilfield. He worked in Tuktoyaktuk on the Bearing Sea prior to returning to Selkirk to raise his family. Passionate about the outdoors, Dale enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, quadding, boating and fishing. He loved music and dancing, always found at gatherings entertaining family and friends as he sang and played an acoustic guitar or a violin. Throughout his life he always returned to Hecla Island. He had immense appreciation for the natural beauty and the place so rich in his family's history. With his family he shared and created the greatest memories, passing on this respect for them to continue his legacy there. Dale will forever be fondly remembered for his infectious laugh, brilliant humour, and the candid comedy he brought to our lives. His child-like imagination and playfulness bonded him to his grandchildren, each of whom he appreciated and adored. Dale worked at Dale's Electric, the Selkirk Mental Health Centre and Milner Ridge Facility where he accumulated many friends, never a dull moment, he left each one with a story to remember. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. 42 and Lisgar Lodge. In August of 2005, Dale retired to pursue his true livelihood of being a full-time Afi to his grandchildren. The family cannot begin to express their appreciation to the staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital for granting us the gift of additional time for him to share his life with us. We extend our gratitide to the medical team who exerted every possible effort to return Dale to us on January 8. He joins his father, Krismunder; brother John; nephews, Shawn and Kevin; aunt Krisjana, fraternal grandparents, Freida and Sigurour (Sam), maternal grandparents John and Rubina Pruden; mother-in-law Anna Johnson; father-in-law Edwin Johnson and brother-in-law Brian Palsson. We thank everyone for the support and condolences, but gratefully decline flowers. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Betel Home Foundation of Selkirk or Gimli in memory of Dale. To celebrate Dale's life, a funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 15. Viewing at noon with the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Selkirk Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Pastor Stan Richards officiating. Cremation to follow. A reception to follow. Pallbearers will be David Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Michael Sousa, Kristin Johnson and Blair Didychuck. Honorary pallbearers are Conrad Porth and John Johnson. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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