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HARRY SULTS (published on August 11, 2009)



HARRY SULTS July 8, 1924 August 7, 2009 With great sorrow, we announce the death of our beloved father, grandfather, and friend. He leaves behind to mourn his daughter Kadri (John) and granddaughter Kaja; son Taavo (Arwen) with their children Mae and Poe; sisters Marju and Aili and other relatives in Estonia, and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Hilda, his sister Leida, brother Bruno, and nephew Avo. Harry was born July 8, 1924 in Tallinn, Estonia. The upheaval of the Second World War changed Estonian lives and at the end of the war, Harry found himself in a displaced person's camp in Geislingen, West Germany. It was during this post-war period that Harry met Hilda, a vivacious personality that could best be described as Harry's soul mate. Harry and Hilda were meant for each other, supporting each other in every challenge. Through Canadian post-war immigration policies, Harry and Hilda were able to move to Canada, Harry agreeing to work in the gold mines of Bissett, Manitoba, and Hilda in Sherbrooke, Quebec for a year. Harry feared Hilda would be unhappy in the isolated Bissett area, but she fell in love with the natural beauty of Manitoba and after their marriage on August 10, 1950, they spent two happy years there, making lifelong friendships. Harry and Hilda were the type of immigrants that were the backbone of this country, making their own way and grateful for the opportunity to do so. When better opportunities presented themselves, the couple relocated to Winnipeg. Harry initially found work as a mechanic, a vocation that brought him much satisfaction throughout his life. He was able to fix anything, from airplanes during the war, to the various vehicles he owned over time, to an ancient Betamax that required regular repair to play the tapes transferred from his beloved video camera. His talents as a mechanic and in diagnostics led him to a solid career with Manitoba Hydro, from which he retired as foreman of the fleet vehicles shop in 1986. Harry's life in Winnipeg was full and rich in experience. He was an outstanding father, with boundless patience and some sense of mischief. To his granddaughter Kaja, Papa was a wonderful teacher during their times together of cross-country skiing, chess, maths, watch repair the list goes on. He was both a sportsman and a thinker, enjoying all facets of the outdoors, especially the changes of season, and also long afternoons of chess games with his friends. He was an active member of the closely-knit Estonian community in Winnipeg, serving on its executive and enjoying Estonian social events with friends. His interest in politics and world affairs never waned, and he continued to enjoy his newspapers and Estonian crosswords to the end. Harry was systematic, ingenious and creative. His workrooms were arranged with precision, everything in its place. He disliked waste, and his frugalities were more a product of his belief that everything that could be, should be repaired rather than thrown out. During his life, he built saunas, stone barbeques and smoke houses, and loved woodworking and carving. He built two cottages and loved his time both at Wallace Lake and Lakeshore Heights. Harry lived life with a hardworking, honest, straightforward code of ethics. But life was not limited to work alone. The importance of family was a cornerstone in his life and much effort was expended in family-oriented activities. Frequent weekend skiing, camping and fishing trips often involved a 1950s era Volkswagen camper which made arrival at a particular destination always unpredictable. He was a natural tenor, and with Hilda was in great demand with Estonian and church choirs. He and Hilda also loved to dance, and all eyes would watch as they tangoed or waltzed across the floor. He was a great nature lover, and looked forward to mushroom picking after a good rain, or tending to the tomatoes and flowers he grew from seed. Harry and Hilda loved to travel, and after retirement were able to enjoy many wonderful trips together alone or with friends. Cross-country skiing was a favourite pastime, well before anyone else in Winnipeg had taken it up. The loss of his beloved Hilda left a huge void but Harry did not give up. Annually, the garden was prepared, the tomatoes planted, and smoking goldeyes continued much as it had for the previous decades. He became an excellent soup maker and gave this activity the same effort as everything else he did. In later years, he enjoyed his Sunday coffee meetings with the boys . He had a keen interest in the family tree and constructed an extraordinary document of Hilda's family last year. Recently, he was joyously anticipating the birth of his son's child in October. In his final days, Harry's medical condition finally overcame his courageous efforts. His passing is greatly felt by his family and friends but his integrity, his convictions, and his strength of character will never leave us. Armas Papa. The family wishes to thank the exceptional care and compassion of the staff on Ward 5E, St. Boniface Hospital. We would also like to thank the various medical personnel that were so involved in managing Harry's health care for many years. It is so much appreciated. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:00 am at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. If so preferred, a donation to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 200 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0S6 would be appreciated. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Send expressions of sympathy to www.mem.com


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