Neil Herbert Creek

September 6, 1954 - September 22, 2019


September 6, 1954 – September 22, 2019


It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Neil, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather at the age of 65. Neil passed away after a short but heroic struggle from complications after surgery for cancer.

He leaves to mourn his beloved wife Debbie Creek (nee Carlow), daughters Kristen (Josh), Lindsay (Andrew), three grandchildren (Miles, Archie and Stella), sister Corinne (Daroll), nieces Chelsea (Bob and their children Tesla and Emerson), Ashley (Dan), sisters-in law Cindy (Eric), Wendy (Dale), niece Jenna, his mother-in-law Doreen as well as many cousins and extended family. He was predeceased by his mother Lee, his father Herbert and nephew Chris.

Dad was born in Winnipeg and grew up in West St. Paul. He attended West St. Paul Collegiate and then University of Manitoba where he completed a commerce degree. He started his career at Acklands and then went to Bumper to Bumper and finally Uni-Select as manager of sales for the western division of Canada. He had many customers whom he considered friends.

He was passionate about sports and played basketball, baseball, curling and golf. He extended this love to coaching where he coached both his daughters’ softball teams for many years. His passion was curling and has countless trophies to show for it. He enjoyed travelling and took many road trips across Canada and the United States. In addition, he was able to experience many Caribbean cruises as well as travel to Mexico. His favourite trip was a recent family holiday in St Lucia.

Dad was quiet and enjoyed many simple pleasures – BBQing with a beer, eating an Oh Henry with a Coke and watching the Jets. He loved camping and spent many summers with his family at Rushing River. He was also fiercely stubborn. Dad was adamant he could build/make or repair anything which often resulted in many repeated trips to Home Depot. A meat and potatoes man, his refusal to eat broccoli provided much comedic relief at dinnertime. Country music was his favourite but if polka music started playing, he would grab anyone near to dance.

Dad was a great father and devoted husband. He loved his wife Debbie and would do anything for her. When he would pick her up from work, he always had a single rose on the car seat. They spent 41 wonderful years together. Dad was so proud of his daughters and all their achievements. He was a devoted grandfather to Miles and Archie and was so happy to welcome his first granddaughter Stella.

Our family would like to thank the following for their care and compassion: Dr. Goldenberg, Dr. McKay, Dr. Wong, HSC Dialysis unit, HSC SICU and Winnipeg Fire and EMS.

As per dad’s wishes a graveside service was held with immediate family.

In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to CancerCare Manitoba.


“You are near, even if I don’t see you.

You are with me, even if you are far away.

You are in my heart, my thoughts, my life, always.”