Charlie Van De Keere
September 29, 1933 – December 24, 2018
Charlie passed away peacefully, surrounded by love on December 24, 2018 at the age of 85 at Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Elizabeth (nee Kuz), son Michael (Siobhan) and daughter Carol (Lavern) Vercaigne as well as his 4 grandchildren Stephen (Jess), Caleigh, Caitlyn and Devan. And by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces & nephews, great-great-nieces & nephews, and sisters-in-law Mary Van De Keere of Trail, B.C. and Helen Van De Keere of Winnipeg.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents Petrus and Elisa, brothers Julien (Mary), Emile, and Arthur; sisters Erma (Peter F.) Loeppky, Elsie (Adolph) Polanski, Irene (Doug) Dunn, and Yvonne; niece Diane Polanski, nephew Barry Van De Keere, and nephew-in-law Ken Normand.
The youngest of 8 children, Charlie grew up in St. Vital now the corner of Bishop Grandin and St. Anne’s Road attending Lavallee School and St. Emile Roman Catholic Church. After the 1950 flood, he started working full-time first at Jensen Bros produce distributor and then at Eastern Smallwares for 49 years retiring in 2001.
Charlie enjoyed playing sports especially hockey and baseball, instilling this passion in his family. He loved to spend time outside and always had a garden both in the city and at his sister Erma’s farm in Niverville. We will miss his fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers that he always shared with us.
Married for 54 years, Dad and Mom raised their family in St. Vital and attended Holy Cross Parish. Many afternoons were spent skating with his children on the Seine River and at St. Vital Park. When the grandchildren came, he was their greatest fan, cheering and coaching from the stands.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 31 at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Parish, 252 Dubuc Street with Father John McKenzie presiding.
Viewing and eulogy at 10:00 a.m. with mass to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Interment in the Belgian Sacred Heart Cemetery, 503 Plinguet.
A special thank you to all his caregivers throughout this journey, and to our family and friends for their prayers.
If anyone wishes, donations may be made in his memory to the Holy Cross Parish – Kitchen Fund.
God has blessed us with many precious memories.
E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS
680 Archibald Street