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RUDOLF SANTA (published on April 24, 2010)

RUDOLF SANTA Rudy Santa passed away peacefully on April 22, 2010 due to cancer. He was born in Rönok, Hungary on August 20, 1922. He immigrated to Canada on Christmas Eve, 1949, where he met his future wife, Zita. She always considered him her best Christmas present. After a whirlwind courtship, they soon married and eventually celebrated 60 years of marriage. Rudy was skilled in several trades. He was a journeyman tool and die maker in Europe, received his journeyman's papers in welding in Canada and later attained a master furrier designation, one of very few in Canada. He was fluent in several languages, including English, German, Hungarian, Russian and Yiddish, rarely at a loss for words. Rudy worked in the family business, R. Santa Furs, with his father and sister Ella until he took over the store himself, working there until he retired. He was known for his friendliness, honesty, integrity and fine craftsmanship. In his spare time, he loved spending weekends and holidays with his family at the cottage in Winnipeg Beach. There was always some yard and beach maintenance that found his willing attention. Like his work, his pleasures included improving and creating anything that caught his imagination. He loved boating and fishing. One memorable day, he, his wife and two sons landed a record number of perch, bass and pickerel just offshore. It kept him up until the wee hours next day filleting his catch. He enjoyed golf and spent many a relaxing day at the Sandy Hook Golf Club. Curling was another passion that he enjoyed. Rudy had a great love of animals and especially his faithful dog, Fritz. He always enjoyed visiting his son's ranch and spending time with the horses, dogs and cats. Rudy is survived by his wife, Zita, his sons Richard (Linda) and Lawrence (Andrea), grandchildren Ryan Santa (Shirley), Sheena Santa Jacques (Hugo), Gillian Santa and Christian Santa, his great-grandsons, Kieran Jacques and Michel Andres, his sister, Anna Santa, his brother, Victor (Margaret), and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Rudolf Sr. and Rosa and his sister Ella Doszpod. His life will be celebrated in a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter.

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