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H. LEWIS DAHL (published on December 24, 2009)



H. LEWIS DAHL Henry Lewis (Lew) Dahl died peacefully at Bethania Personal Care Home on December 19, 2009 surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was predeceased by his parents C. Henry Dahl and Leona Dahl; siblings Dorothy Flett, Florence Mahon, Carol Sandeman and Lawrence Dahl; and beloved daughter Barbara. He is survived by his wife Maribette; brother John (Dorothy); daughters Jane (Ken Nattrass), Kristin (Earl Isaak) and Tracy (Raymond Sokalski); by his eight grandchildren Stacey (Damian Brown), Carson Nattrass (Sharon Bajer), Elizabeth, Graham, Carly and Reid Isaak, Jaden and Anton Sokalski; by two great-grandchildren, Maxwell Brown and Theodore Nattrass; and by numerous nieces and nephews. Born February 22, 1920 in Madison, Wisconsin, the family relocated to Winnipeg. Lew grew up in the Wolseley neighbourhood of Winnipeg where his father was a senior executive with the Electric Railway Company. Lew completed his secondary education at St. John's College. As a youth he enjoyed a variety of team sports and excelled at football and hockey, where his speed was legendary. Lew received his degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Manitoba, where he met Maribette Lowe, with whom he shared 65 years of loving marriage. Lew began work at Manitoba Hydro in 1944 and was instrumental in the implementation of the rural electrification program in the 1950s and the development of hydroelectric projects in northern Manitoba, eventually serving as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Institute of Canada. He was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church, and in latter years, Broadway First Baptist Church. His many contributions included ministering as a Deacon, facilitating handicapped access to church services, serving in the Interfaith Pastoral Institute, and promoting programs to re-integrate ex-offenders into society. Lew was an outstanding father who took delight in the achievements of his daughters and their families. He enthusiastically supported their activities from starring at the Metropolitan Opera to family watermelon seed-spitting contests. He and Maribette were faithful supporters of the arts (opera, symphony and theatre) and especially the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They held season tickets since the days the Bombers played at Osborne Stadium. Lew had a great love of nature and was an expert gardener. He kept active in his later years through golfing, curling and travelling throughout North America and Europe with Maribette, often to attend opera performances in which Tracy appeared. Lew survived a heart attack and stroke in 1998, but persisted in maintaining as much independence as he could for as long as he could. In recent years he made many new friends at The Wellington where he and Maribette resided since 2001. The family takes solace in the faith that God has restored him to the full measure of life that he lived so fully, so generously and so joyously throughout his eighty-nine years. They extend their deep gratitude to the staff and homecare professionals at The Wellington as well as to those who cared for him at the Tuxedo Villa and Bethania personal care homes. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. at Broadway First Baptist church, corner of Honeyman and Walnut Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Way or the Winnipeg Foundation. Arrangements: Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 885-9715.


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