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GUNARS KAKTINS (published on September 30, 2009)

GUNARS KAKTINS Peacefully, Gunars passed away September 28, 2009, one day after celebrating his 80th birthday with all of his loved ones. He was born September 27, 1929 in Tukums, Latvia. During the Second World War, he and his sister Velta were forced to leave Latvia for Germany. It was there, at the age of 15 where he was drafted into the German army and became a POW in the American Zone after the war. He was reunited with his sister in a Displaced Persons camp in Hanau, Germany, where he met his wife Ausma. Together, with his sister's family, they emigrated to Canada in 1949, where they started their family. All his life Gunars was known as a hard worker, from sugar beet farming to construction labourer, retiring as a well known and respected superintendent / foreman for Kraft Construction. His work took him to many provinces, as well as northern Manitoba. Many buildings in Winnipeg and Brandon bear his touch. He was a man of principle and loyalty. He treated people fairly and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Gunars was known for his sense of humour, but he may be best known for his love of gardening, Christmas decorations, hunting, and woodworking. His true love and passion was fishing. He spent many hours trolling and drifting on Red Rock Lake until he caught the big one and he always did! Left to cherish his memory is Ausma, his wife of 60 years; daughter Sylvia-Linda; son Kenneth (Jennifer); grandchildren, Krisjanis, Tyler (Julie), Kyle and Natasha; sister Velta (Alex); nieces, Laima, Sandra and their families. He was predeceased by his parents and brother in Latvia, his son Gunars, and recently deceased brother-in-law Wally in Canada. Funeral service will take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2009, at Klassen Funeral Home. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the CancerCare staff, Palliative Care staff (especially Ann), and all the staff on 3E at Riverview Health Centre (especially Helen). Their incredible care, compassion and professionalism helped Gunars and his family throughout his battle with cancer. In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations may be sent to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave. Rm. ON 1160, Winnipeg, R3E 0V9; or Riverview Health Centre Foundation, 1 Morley Ave., Winnipeg R3L 9Z9. These are the words Gunars lived by for the last 26 years: God grant me the Serenity to accept The things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can And the wisdom to know the difference. Arrangements entrusted to: KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson Hwy. 338-0331 Send expressions of sympathy at

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