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FREDERICK C. WERBISKI (published on January 08, 2010)



FREDERICK C. WERBISKI Fred passed away December 28, 2009 at 10:16 a.m. after a quadruple bypass operation that included a heart valve and a bental patch. Fred was born in Rorketon, Manitoba March 17, 1941 where he lived all his life. He was an amazing man and a popular individual. He was predeceased by his father N.R. Werbiski, his mother Mary Pulak Werbiski, his younger brother Ken at a young age and his older sister Thelma. He is survived by numerous cousins. Fred remained single all his life and had no immediate family. His schooling was in Rorketon and at Teachers College. In his early teenage years he acquired some Hereford cattle and remained a member of the Hereford Association all his life. He taught school, first in one-room schools in the area, then at the Rorketon Collegiate. His family owned the Rorketon Hotel. His father was the International Harvester dealer and had the Lumber Yard. Fred expanded his land and cattle holdings. It became evident he could no longer keep up with teaching and the businesses as his parents grew older. Since his mid-thirties he was responsible for the business which largely centered on the Hotel. He leaves to mourn many friends. Locally everyone knew Fred. He was also well known provincially and in the U.S. Mid-West. He survived a serious cancer operation December 16, 2006. This one, however, he could not overcome. We will miss him dearly; his intellect, wit, friendly eyes, soaring tenor voice, correct English, generous hospitality and keen interest in the finer things in life. I am sure he would want to thank everyone in the St. Boniface Hospital Cardiac Staff especially Dr. Moon and Dr. Freed. They did all they could and he fought valiantly. A Service of Remembrance will be held January 9, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church in Toutes Aides, Manitoba with Fr. Norberto Monton officiating, with a luncheon at the Rorketon Hall. According to Fred's wishes, cremation has already taken place. We will have an interment at a later date. Go gently into the night, dear friend, you have left a big, big hole. We will miss you. Rest in peace. You have earned it. Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Fred made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be much appreciated. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services Ste. Rose Chapel (204) 447-2444 www.sneathstrilchuk.com


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