George Konik

Konik, George age 79, of Eagan, MN, died Oct. 21, 2016 after battling Parkinson's and dementia for 17 years. He passed peacefully in his sleep. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Ila Konik; his children, Terri Churchill (Joe), Brenda Konik, Jodi Schoenecker (Brad), Brad Konik (Erin); his grandchildren, Sydney, Anna, Rachel, Trevor, Lauren, Kaia, Benjamin, Andrea and Hayden; niece, Donna (Garry), nephew, Ron (Deb); other relatives and many close friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Sam & Mary; sisters, Lena and Tina. George was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba and settled in Minnesota in 1964. In his early years, George spent time in Flin Flon playing baseball, hockey and spending time with his family. After high school, George won the Memorial Cup with the Flin Flon Bombers before attending Denver University. At Denver, George was an All-American Hockey player and won 2 national championships. He went on to play for the Minnesota Fighting Saints, Pittsburgh Penguins and US National Team. George worked as an electrical engineer at Honeywell before starting George Konik Associates in 1974. George loved coaching hockey, golfing and enjoying life to the fullest with his family and friends. He always gave more than he ever asked for in return. He will be missed dearly by so many. A visitation and Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at Knights of Columbus, 1114 American Blvd W., Bloomington, MN 55420. Visitation starting at 10 AM with Service at 12 Noon and reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Denver University Hockey Program. Dawn Valley Chapel 952.941.7686


JOHN (JACK) CLAIRE GIBSON January 10, 1926 - October 12, 2016 Peacefully in his sleep, John Gibson passed away at the age of 90. John is survived by brother James (Shirley); sons Jim (Lise), Tim (Jody), and John (Deanna); daughters Christine (Ken), Jan (Neil), Patty (Chris), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John was predeceased by his lovely wife Germaine, infant daughter Muriel, and his younger brother Barry (Joyce). John was born in Calgary in 1926. As a young man, John showed a great passion for playing hockey. This included winning a Memorial Cup, in 1946, as a star goalie with the Winnipeg Monarchs. His hockey career later took him to Sydney, Nova Scotia, with the Millionaires, It was in Sydney where he met his wife Germaine. John's great hockey career led to him being both inducted in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame. A special, heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the staff at Golden Links Lodge for their love and care they always showed for John over the many years. John has been cremated and a private celebration will occur at a later date.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October , 2016

PETER KAPUSTA February 3, 1924 - July 16, 2016 If there ever comes a day, where we can't be together. Keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever. It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Peter on Saturday morning, July 16, 2016 at 10:17 a.m., at Seven Oaks Hospital after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his daughter Penny and son Lance; grandchildren, Dana (Dawn), Brent (Tanya), Breanne, Mathew, Dillon, Kirk, and Jamie (Micheal) Klassen; and great-grandchildren, Zachary, Brenya, Braya and Jase. Peter is also survived by June, his longtime love and soulmate, along with her family, Raymond Martin, Carol (Eric) Cassell, Tom (Jackie) Martin, Arnold (Mary) Siegel, and family. Peter was predeceased by his mother Ann and father Michael; brother Basil (Second World War); sister Rose; and wife Blanche. After his hockey career ended in 1960, he purchased a taxicab and became a shareholder in Duffy's Taxi Ltd. In 1967 Peter became manager until he retired in 1991. Thank you for your thoughtfulness it was greatly appreciated. A special thanks to Dr. Terry Babick for all your care and compassion you gave to Peter and for your house calls when he could no longer go to your office. Your presence at the hospital Saturday morning was a great comfort to us. Thank you. Thank you to all the Palliative Care doctors, and nurses who looked after Peter, you are all very special. God saw you getting tired, when a cure was not to be, he put his arms around you, and whispered come with me. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home. May the winds of the heavens blow softly, and whisper in your ear. How much we love and miss you, and wish that you were here. "Rest in Peace" Cremation has taken place at Peter's request and no service will be held. Korban Funeral Chapel 204-956-2193
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 30, 2016



It is with profound sadness and loving memories that we announce the passing of Andy Bathgate, who passed on peacefully at Hawthorn Woods  Nursing Home  in Brampton surrounded with love and in the  company of his family on February 26, 2016. Andrew beloved husband and best friend of Merle.  He leaves behind his loving children: Sandee and Bill (Jean) and his proud grandchildren: Andrew, David, Patrick, Jenna, Cooper and Jackson. Andrew will be missed by all who knew him. He was a very special person who accomplished much in his lifetime and thankfully can now rest eternally. Always the perfect gentleman, Andrew's sense of humor, love of sports and ability to connect with everyone he met endeared him to many.  Special thanks to the caring staff at Hawthorn Woods Nursing Home. Memorial visitation will be held at the Andrews Community Funeral Centre, 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton, ON, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., followed by a service in the Chapel at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the  SickKids Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


BRIAN CADLE 1948 - 2015

We are saddened to announce that on November 6, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Brian Cadle passed away, three months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was lovingly surrounded by his children, Bryson (My Phuong), Lacey (Blake) and Meghan (Vig) at the time of his death. Brian was an original member of the Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, and worked for many years in the home electronics industry. Brian was a truly unique individual who possessed a quick wit, a fun-loving spirit and plenty of charisma (or kavorka', a Seinfeld term he liked to use to describe others). People enjoyed being with Brian and he was truly blessed with many solid friendships throughout his life. A Celebration of Brian's Life is being planned for next spring in Kelwood, Manitoba. A detailed obituary by immediate family will be forthcoming.


On July 3, 2015 after a courageous fight, Gordie (Dad), surrounded by his loving family, is now at peace. Gordie will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Inez. Left to cherish his memory are his four girls; Sandee Deck (Mike), Sheri Johnson (Grant), Shannon Kohut, and Samantha Michaluk (Tony). Gordie's pride and joy were his grandchildren; Dustin ( Shirley), Devon, Danielle (Jeff), Jennifer (Trevor), Matthew, Joshua, Jessica, Maggie and Brady. Gordie's most recent 'hat trick' is his three great-granddaughters Claire, Mackenzie and Zoey. Gordie was one of fourteen children of Ernest and Margaret Stratton. He continued close relationships with many of his siblings especially Eva, Margaret, Linda, Doug and Bruce. Gordie's stories will live on with numerous family and friends. Gordie is predeceased by his infant daughter Tanis, his parents Ernest and Margaret, and his son-in-law Glen Kohut. Also by siblings Ernie, Rose, Pearl, Donnie, Harold, and Freddie. Gordie grew up in Arborg, moving to Winnipeg as a young teen. Here he met his forever love, Inez. Family was always number one throughout a successful hockey career and life. Upon retiring from hockey, Gordie worked for the MLCC for many years eventually transferring to Gimli up until his retirement. The pinnacle of his career was being inducted into The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. Gordie's milestone was celebrated with many family members and friends. Gordie enjoyed days at the beach, walks with Inez and Checkers, and stories around the campfire. Special thanks to Gimli Betel Home for providing excellent compassionate care for Gordie in his final days - you are his angels! A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015 at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on 7th Avenue, Gimli, MB. In lieu of flowers, please support the 'Stratton Six' team for the Gimli Parkinson's Superwalk 2015. In Gordie's memory, please go to to sponsor our team prior to September 2015. A private family interment will be held at a later date.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 07, 2015



The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is saddened to report of the passing of Honoured Member Wally Stanowski at 96 years old.

Stanowski enjoyed a decorated junior career with the St. Boniface Seals. In 1938, he was part of a Memorial Cup winning club. During the tournament he scored six goals and 10 points in 11 games from the back end.

He went on to a long and successful career in the NHL, winning four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs.



The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame mourns the loss of Honoured Member Frank McKinnon who passed away Sunday May 31, 2015 in Calgary at the age of 80.

Born in Wellwood, MB his interest in sports started as a player in the Brandon area, participating in hockey, track and field, football and fastball. A 32 year career in education, included a commitment to the community where he became a founding member and the first treasurer of the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association (MHSAA) in 1962.

At Carman, MB McKinnon was both principal and coach. He was instrumental in starting a hockey program at the school in 1968. As a coach, his teams would win four provincial championships, in three different sports (hockey, baseball and basketball).

McKinnon served two decades on the executive of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Manitoba), including five as president in the 1970s. He was also president of the Carman-Dufferin Minor Hockey Association.

His outstanding building career includes being chairman of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, two years as director of the Sports Federation of Canada, vice president of the same organization and four years as vice president of the Canadian Olympic Association.
In 1974, he was a member of the committee that organized the first World Junior Hockey Championship, and at the same time was a member of the Congress of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

After retiring from education, Frank served as the Commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) for 10 years starting in 1992. He introduced an improved stats system for scouts and increased media attention at games. McKinnon wanted players to be active role models in the community. A scholarship in his name annually rewards a student as accomplished in the classroom as on the ice.

In 1993, McKinnon was named a Life Patron of Hockey Canada, and was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2014.

He’s also been made a Life Member of the Canadian Junior Hockey League and Hockey Manitoba, and been inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, Brandon University and Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Halls of Fame.



Obituary for CHARLES LUMSDENCharles "Chuck" Lumsden passed away peacefully with his wife Berna, of 60 years, by his side, at Concordia Hospital on May 31, 2014. He is predeceased by his brother Tommy, sister Corinne, mother Katherine, and father William. Chuck is survived by his wife Berna, his three children Pat (Rick), Tom (Janis), and Lori (Tim), as well as his 10 grandchildren Brydon, Cristine, Ryan, James, Sarah, Megan, David, Julie, Jordyn, Nykola, his two great-grandchildren Kaden and Zolie, and his 12 nephews and nieces. To say Chuck the "Big Train" Lumsden was a gifted athlete would be an understatement. He played alongside his brother and Blue Bomber Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lumsden with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1952, 1953, and 1954. Chuck was best known as a hockey player, twice inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. At age 16, he became the property of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in a Memorial Cup final with the Winnipeg Monarchs, and made the M.J.H.L. second all-star team. Chuck left home at age 18 to play from 1951 to 1952 for the Toronto Marlboroughs. He was twice voted to the Ontario Hockey League's all-star team. He played from 1952 to 1954 for the Toronto Maple Leafs' A.H.L. affiliate Pittsburgh Hornets. He left the Leafs' organization and returned to Winnipeg to play for the Winnipeg Warriors. They won the Lester Patrick Cup and were also the Edinburgh Champions in 1956. Before joining the Winnipeg Maroons, Chuck played for the Dauphin Kings, Pine Falls Paper Kings, and the Warroad Lakers. After winning the Allan Cup in 1964, Chuck and the Maroons represented Canada overseas during the height of the Cold War, playing in Communist countries such as Russia and Czechoslovakia. Chuck played for Father David Bauer's Canadian National Hockey Team while the program was initially being developed. After a brief retirement in 1968, Chuck joined the St. Boniface Mohawks helping to take them from last place to the Allan Cup finals only to lose in seven games. He continued to remain active with tennis, cycling, skiing, and ballroom dancing with his wife Berna. Chuck loved to dance and was a member of the Westview Ballroom Dance Club for 35 years. Chuck was an employee of Northwest Airlines for 38 years, which gave him the opportunity to travel around the world with his wife and three children. He was able to fulfill his dream to take all his grandchildren to Disney World, one of their favourite memories with their grandfather. Chuck was a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation and was proud of his heritage. His family would like to thank the N1 staff at Concordia Hospital and the Palliative Care team for making his last days comfortable. A private family graveside service has been held. In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations be made to KidSport Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 07, 2014