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JOSEPH (JOE) LECHMAN (published on September 18, 2010)

JOSEPH (JOE) LECHMAN October 25, 1925 September 10, 2010 On September 10, 2010, our beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away with family at his side. We are all deeply saddened with his passing. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary Lechman; brothers, Mike, Bill and Tom; and his sister Annie. Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 63 years, Josephine (Joey); three children, Constance, Craig (Bobbi) and Carl (Derriene); granddaughters, Lyann, Rebecca and Virginia; his sisters, Ollie Luchik, Dorothy MacDonald, Minn Scinocca (San Diego) and Eleanor Freeman (Vancouver); brother Louie; along with sister-in-law Kathy Godfrey; brother-in-law Maurice Schneider, many many nieces and nephews and his beloved pet Cola. Dad was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Weston with his nine siblings. At the age of 14, the family moved to the North End. Dad's first full-time job was a telegraph boy for the CPR Telegraphs on Main Street. When he was 17, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on mine sweepers in the Second World War. After being discharged, he started work as a painter for Eaton's, before becoming a foreman for Carlson Painting and Decorating. He started his own company, Imperial Painting and Decorating in 1959 to 1983. His company painted over 70 schools in Winnipeg and Manitoba, as well as many hospitals and nursing homes. He expanded to build custom homes and was a real estate developer. Our father was a hard working, strong willed, courageous man with strong family values. He gave stability and loyalty to his wife, children and his employees. Dad enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He loved to go to functions with Mom where they were quite the dancers. He had special memories of family picnics in the summer. Dad was a member of the Elmwood Legion #9 for over 57 years and was a member of Rossmere Country Club where he enjoyed golfing and curling. The family would like to thank the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital, who have cared for our husband and father over the past three weeks. Special thanks to the Veterans Affairs for all their care and help, also to Dr. H.B Lee, of Rossmere Medical Centre, Dr. V. Taraska, of the Winnipeg Clinic and Y. K. Lav, of CancerCare, Health Sciences Centre. A private graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. Rest in Peace Your suffering is over We will miss you deeply.

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