November 24, 1934 - March 18, 2020
Funeral Home Wojcik's Funeral Chapel
It is with profound sadness that the family of Don Currie announces his passing on March 18, 2020 at Health Sciences Centre after complications from surgery. Family was by his side. Dad is survived by his daughters Lori (Greg), Sheri (Chris) and grandchildren Avery, Blake, Janelle and Kellen.
Dad was born on November 24, 1934 in Fort William, Ontario to Hector and Mary Currie. From an early age, Catholic faith and sports played an important part of Dad’s life.
Dad briefly worked in Ft. Francis, Ontario with T.D. Bank. He transferred to a branch in Winnipeg but left the bank in 1962 after accepting a position with Air Canada as a passenger agent at the Winnipeg Airport. Dad would remain with Air Canada for 36 years, eventually retiring in 1998. The final 10 years of Dad’s career were spent in the Maple Leaf Lounge.
It was at the airport that Dad met his wife, Jeanne. They were married in 1968. Two daughters completed the family: Lori in 1970, and Sheri in 1971. Mom and Dad’s Air Canada family was the hub of social activities and parties for many years. From baby showers, bridal showers, Christmas parties, New Year’s parties and anniversaries; there were many fun times and such happy memories.
Dad loved sports, especially the Calgary Stampeders. Many wagers and arguments with Bomber fans went on throughout football season. In addition to football, there was baseball, hockey, curling and golf always on TV in our house, or being recorded. Dad spent many happy summers as a pitcher for the Air Canada slow-pitch league. He eventually graduated to a senior’s slow-pitch league in Charleswood, where he enjoyed the outdoors (the bruises) and the companionship of his teammates.
Dad was fiercely dedicated to his family. Family dinners were always important and turkey with all the fixin’s had to be on the menu. His greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren, cribbage games with Greg and playing Rummy with Jeanne. Sadly, Mom passed away in 2004. Dad was able to remain in his home for 10 years until his dementia made life at home unsafe and he moved to Sturgeon Creek Retirement Residence in 2015. The family is grateful for the support provided by the SCRR 1. You are all like family to us.
As Dad’s dementia progressed, we made the difficult decision to move him to Brightwater Senior Living of Tuxedo in February 2020. We were unaware of an underlying illness that forced the recent surgery from which he would unfortunately not recover. We are very grateful for the considerate care provided by the Brightwater staff for the short time Dad was there. We would also like to thank the staff on ward 5GH at the Health Sciences Centre for their exemplary care and support.
Many thanks to Dad’s Air Canada friends, especially Garth Teel for his continued companionship, lunches at Nick’s Inn, burgers and fries delivered to Dad’s suite and friendly visits.
Due to recent global events, a private family service will be held. Cremation has taken place.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Condolences may be sent to www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com