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EDWARD (ED) KAWECKI (published on June 16, 2009)

EDWARD (ED) KAWECKI June 7, 1923 - June 12, 2009 Peacefully on June 12, 2009 at the Golden Door Geriatric Centre, with family by his side, Ed was called home by the Lord. Ed leaves behind wonderful memories for his loving wife of 61 years, Anne; sons: Gordon, (Lynn) and John (Priscilla); four grandchildren: Sara, Phoebe, Dominick and Stephanie (Daryl); great-grandchildren: Faith, Brooke, Julian and Jaida; as well as sister Agnes (Adolf), niece Wendy and nephew Glen; sisters-in-law Helen and Herta; brother-in-law Joey and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours who will remember Eddy with fondness. Edward was predeceased by his parents John and Elsie in 1982. Ed was born and raised in the Ladywood area, leaving to join the Forces in 1942. Ed's asthma prevented him from continuing in the RCAF Bomber training during the Second World War and in knowing the importance of public service during that time, he joined the Winnipeg Transit Service in 1943 driving street cars. Interestingly enough he met Anne, the love of his life on the streetcar she frequently used. Ed continued in the service later on buses and finishing off after 40 years serving the disabled community with the first handi transit services. He truly loved his work and received several honours for safe driving including being named Driver of the Year in 1965. Through hard work and dedication to the future Ed and Anne prospered, during their middle and retirement years. They travelled extensively to destinations in the US and Canada, plus Cuba and Hawaii. Their last trip was a dream come true for Ed, that was a cruise up the west coast to Alaska. Ed reminisced often about their travels savouring those memories with his dear wife Anne, family and friends. Ed will be remembered as a gentle, friendly man by all, and a good and faithful servant of the Lord. The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of the Golden Door Geriatric Centre for the kindness, compassion and loving care they provided Eddy these past few months. In keeping with Ed's wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald St. In lieu of flowers donations could be sent in Ed's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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