Curtis Bruce Cyr
August 10th, 1961 - January 3rd, 2021
Our hero -
The light in our lives and the rock of our family. You were the glue that held it all together.
Fearless captain who led with a quiet and compassionate spirit. You were a humble, soft-spoken man with the biggest heart. You were deeply respected by all you encountered. To put you in words doesn’t seem right and we know that we can never describe the kind of husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, firefighter, and friend you were.
But with shattered hearts, we will try.
If you knew a sliver of Curtis Cyr, you knew the whole picture. Not because there wasn’t much to know, but because you always got the same man. Consistent, calm, and caring. Genuine, honest, and kind.
Curtis and his two brothers, Brent and Craig, grew up in Selkirk, Manitoba and were a force to be reckoned with on the ice. With two loving parents, Keith and Eileen, Curtis was ready at the tender age of sixteen to meet his high school sweetheart and forever love Tish (Patricia).
Joining their lives together at such a young age, Curtis quickly became a son to Tish’s parents, Elsie and Peter Shaw. The carpentry skills that Curtis used to eventually build his family home were honed under the guidance and the bond shared with Peter.
Curtis and Tish’s love would only continue to grow over the years as they brought their beloved children, Aaron and Megan, into this world. Both kids gave them the opportunity to travel and support them in their sports and endeavors. Although never boisterous, Curt was so proud and you could always tell by the soft smile on his face. He was also becoming quite proud of their recent four-legged child, Baz.
Curtis worked hard and overcame huge obstacles to get onto the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1989. Starting his 32nd and final year before retirement, he was excited to spend it with 16 Station 3 Platoon. He deeply loved his job and those he worked with. An added bonus for Curtis were the moments he spent on the ice with teammates from the Winnipeg Fire Department.
Curtis cracked the wittiest one-liners, and he could reel you in for a story when the time was just right. He was unmatched on every level. From cooking to carpentry. From the hardest snapshot to the softest soul. He was everything good in this world. He gave more of himself in his short 59 years than most people would give in a thousand lifetimes.
Whether at home or at the fire station, Curt was who you wanted in your corner. But you never had to worry because it was a guarantee he would be. That is what hurts the most. We wanted you in our corner for the next 30 years. We wanted to keep learning from you, growing with you, and making memories.
We just wanted more of you. Perhaps, we always will.
With weeping hearts and broken spirits, we will search for you any way we can, knowing that it will never come close to the love we felt when we got to be in your presence. Thank you for loving us all so well.
We will be honouring Curtis with a memorial service when we can be together and celebrate the man who inspired so many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Curtis’s honour to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Thank you to the Selkirk Hospital, EMS and RCMP who assisted our family during this difficult time.
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