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WARNER BICKLE (published on April 24, 2010)



WARNER BICKLE 1932 - 2010 Warner Bickle passed away peacefully in Winnipeg surrounded by love on April 2, 2010 at the age of 77 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Marilyn, in 2006, his brother Ian in 2008 and his children Frank and Lisa in earlier years. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Sandra Barsy and husband Roger in Winnipeg, his son Kelly and wife Sandy in Vancouver and his son Scott in The Pas as well as grandchildren Paul, Diana, Jennifer, Colby, Skyler (great-grandson), and other extended family including sister-in-law Diane in Regina and her family. Warner was a lifelong resident of The Pas, Manitoba and really never left it in his heart. He participated fully in all that small town northern life had to offer and particularly relished being part of the business community. He was a good Dad who shared his personal outlook and experiences for inspiration with his children and a fun Grandad who loved to play games. From his earliest days selling Ford at Bickle Motors to the real estate holdings that he had at the time of his death, Warner took a keen interest in the economy of his town. When it was time to move on from selling cars, Warner continued to work on other ventures that utilized his winning ways with people. Ultimately, Marilyn and Warner operated Snookerland Billiards and Video Arcade for 20 years and loved providing that good time for their customers. Curling, golfing, fishing, hunting, cottaging, snowmobiling, stamp, plate and coin collecting (at various times) kept Warner busy. However, his true passion was always his car. Eventually the Lincoln emerged as his favoured model and he owned with pleasure a string of them over the years culminating with his 1997 Town Car. His greatest joy was behind the wheel. After retirement in 1994, Warner and Marilyn lived the quiet life on Byng Street looking out over the Saskatchewan River. They biked, walked, enjoyed the birds and, of course, took long car rides. Warner moved to Winnipeg in 2006 to be with Marilyn after her stroke. As time passed Warner met his own personal health challenges with strength, dignity and humour. He appreciated his home away from home at the Thorvaldson Care Centre for three years where his life was as full as possible and the unique service levels provided by Herman and Jocelyn and their staff were just perfect. Family friend Maureen was an inspired and patient companion to Dad on many outings in those years. In the summer of 2009, Dad's journey continued to Harmony Court, Victoria Hospital and finally the Concordia Hospital where we encountered exceptional health care administrators and staff who truly made a difference. Heartfelt thanks go out to those many people who dispense compassion along with their professionalism. Extreme gratitude is expressed for the loving and exceptional care provided to Dad in his last months by his private care team - Charlotte, Brigitte, Amanda, Rachel, Claire and Betty. This group of extraordinary people ensured that Dad's days were the best possible right to bedside at the time of his passing. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial is planned including a journey to The Pas in June. Condolences and memories could be offered on-line at www.passagesmb.com and would be gratefully received by the family. Live in the moment... Living with regret for the past and fear for the future is not living... Words of wisdom and comfort from WWB


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