March 19, 1936 – April 1, 2021
Peacefully with his wife by his side Ernie Pawluk passed away on April 1, 2021 at the age of 85.
Ernie leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 65 years Phyllis, sons, Todd (Norma), Scott (Lynne), and daughter-in-law Sharon; his grandchildren, Ashley (Johan), Shawna (Matt), Trevor (Missy), Chantal (Paul) and TJ (Taylor); as well as his great grandchildren, Harlan, Hudsen, Blair, Kyler and Emmett. Ernie is survived by his sisters Elsie and Sophie (Clarence). He is predeceased by his son Bradley, parents John and Anne, six brothers and five sisters.
Born on March 19th, 1936 in Melnice on the family farm, Ernie was the 13th child of 14 siblings. On October 6, 1956 he married Phyllis and together they raised three sons on the farm. Ernie spent many of his years farming, which he loved. His passions were gardening, golfing, hunting, travelling, supervising, and especially spending time with his family. Ernie also spent time as a plumber’s helper with his longtime friend Dick Cain.
He continued to enjoy the farm until 1999. They later moved to Aspen Park where they made many lifelong friends. In 2010 they moved to Winnipeg Beach where he spent the rest of his years closer to family.
Ernie and Phyllis spent many years travelling together. Ernie’s dream trip was to go to Alaska, which they joyfully experienced in the summer of 1993. He truly enjoyed making memories travelling, road tripping, camping with his family, close friends, and people he met along the way. Ernie’s many adventures made for the best stories that could only be told by him.
He was the family foreman and always took on the supervisor role while doing work with Brad, Todd and Scott. Dad always oversaw what the boys were working on, whether they liked it or not and his famous last words were always, “that’s good enough.” Now that he is reunited with Bradley they can start their own garden together.
Gigi loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren tremendously, his eyes lit up every time he saw them. He was a good Santa, a great sports fan and the best Gigi.
Ernie met Phyllis at Tomko’s hall on the dance floor and they continued to dance their way through life together. Whether it was in a hall, at a social, in a garage or during a card game Ernie loved to dance. Ernie, thank-you for the lifetime of memories we made together, until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held at a later date.
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