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DENNIS DWAYNE SHEWCHUK (published on January 16, 2010)

DENNIS DWAYNE SHEWCHUK February 13, 1963 - January 11, 2010 Tragically on January 11, 2010, our father, son, nephew and friend passed away at the age of 46. He was predeceased by his grandfathers, Lorne (Dear) and Walter (Shewchuk); grandmothers, Margaret (Bell) and Anne (Picur) and Uncle Willy Dear. He is survived by his mother Helen Shewchuk (Dear) and father Norman Shewchuk; daughters, Charna, Jamie-Lynn (Paul) and Mandy; sister Lee-Ann (Dave); brother Doug; nephew and godson Shawn; godmother Mary-Louise; loving girlfriend Chris and many family and friends. Dennis was born on February 13, 1963 at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Helen (Dear) and Norman Shewchuk. The oldest of three children, Dennis was raised in St. Andrew's, Manitoba, attending Mapleton School and The Comp . Dennis began his career as a machinist in 1981 and became the owner/operator of his own business by the time he was 35. Although he excelled in his career, Dennis's passion was racing. An avid mechanic, he spent every summer building, fixing and racing cars, tractors and demolition derby cars. Dennis also loved the Manitoba winter and was always on his sled. Later in life, he took his love of racing to the Sno-X circuit. Dennis was always actively involved in the local community playing sports, being a coach and assistant to many of his daughter's sports teams. His home is full of pictures, plaques and awards commemorating his many accomplishments through the years. We'd like to thank all our family and friends for their love and support at this time and always. Cremation has already taken place and to honour his life, we will be holding a Celebration of Life / Memorial Fun Skate at the St. Andrew's Community Club on Monday, January 18, 2010 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Bring your skates and come join us to celebrate Dennis's life journey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any TD Canada Trust branch. If you wish to make a donation, please email: Proceeds will be donated to the Lord Selkirk Division of KidSport. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. Life's journey is not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways totally worn out shouting, Woohoo! What a ride!

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