It is with the heaviest of hearts and greatest sadness that the family announces the passing of our ever so loved Kelvin suddenly and tragically at his home on Saturday July 24, 2021 at the age of 47.
Mourning his loss are his mother Sandra, father Stanford, sister Jennifer (Jay), nephews (Josh, Jordan and Jackson) his girls Kirsten (Cody), granddaughters (Ariella and Maddyn), Jessie-Mae, Shaylah, Willow and Blayze.
Kelvin was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Martha and Tom Monkman, maternal grandparents Dorothy and Harry Johnson, uncles Melvin, Marvin and Albert aunties Kathy and Lenore, cousins, Dustin and Shane.
Kelvin was raised in Riverton for his first few years, his family later moved to Winnipeg where Kelvin spent much of his childhood and young adult life. Kelvin attended Governor Semple School, St. John’s and R.B Russell High Schools, where he acquired many friendships. As a young boy, Kelvin loved fishing with his dad. He loved being out on the boat, helping in any way he could. Kelvin would know Riverton as his home; spending many summers out there then moved back in 2008. This would be why in his later years, Kelvin too turned to commercial fishing with his uncle Harvey, cousins Lawrence, Doug and Leslie John. He loved those early mornings on Lake Winnipeg.
Kelvin spent many weekends at Wheelies Roller Rink, his passion for roller skating was extraordinary. He was one of the top roller skaters at Wheelies and always said that he caught “the girls attention” LOL. In his later teenage years and young adult life, Kelvin found a “new love”, the carnival. He did set up; tear down and DJ’d for the Snowball Express, which was a #1 midway ride many times. “You wanna go faster”…”let me hear you scream” was his favorite line. Kelvin travelled throughout the States and Canada each year for many years.
Kelvin loved his music! It was never quiet when he was around. He was definitely loud and proud! Everything he did was either go big or go home. You could hear and see his parties from a mile away. Kelvin was a jack of all trades; no job was too big or too small. He was always creating something; just recently he created a deck around his fire pit which he was very proud of.
Kelvin’s other passion was sledding. He enjoyed snowmobile racing with his uncle David in his teenage years. He could spend hours in the garage maintaining his many sleds, and then of course going for rides throughout Riverton and area, visiting along the way.
Kelvin had a genuine zest for life; he had a free spirt like no other. He was the kindest soul you would ever meet in your lifetime, always lending a hand to whoever needed his help. Family was always the most important and dearest to his heart. His aunties Sharon, Doreen, Marcel, Lenore, Vivian and Kim were like moms and his uncles Mel, David, Harvey and Marvin like brothers. He loved to hang out with each of his cousins and had a close bond with each of them. He was proud of his nephews, Josh, Jordan and Jackson and loved them dearly.
Kelvin also had a great love for cats, he brought home a rescue about 4 years ago and she is still here today, along with his faithful companion Churchill aka “Church” who misses him, and is constantly looking for him, curling up with his clothes on his dresser.
Kelvin will be so fondly remembered for his beautiful smile, the sparkle in his eye and his teasing ways, always making a joke about something. Until we meet again!
The viewing will take place at Gilbart Funeral Home 309 Eveline St. Selkirk, MB Friday July 30, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A celebration of life will be at his home on Saturday July 31st at 3:00 p.m. for anyone who wishes to attend. Please come join us for a fish fry.
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