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September 6, 2023
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It is with the deepest sorrow that the family of Kenneth Leslie Fleury announces the peaceful passing of their father, grandfather, papa, great papa, brother and uncle.
Dad was born in Ochre River, Manitoba, the third child of 4 children born to Maryanne and Emile Fleury. Dad was raised in Crane River, Manitoba and lived there until he met, fell in love with, and married his soul-mate and best friend, Lorna Sinclair, on October 30th, 1957 in Selkirk, Manitoba. After Mom and Dad married, they moved to Selkirk, Manitoba. They were married for 46 years and had 6 children.
Dad had various jobs throughout his life, but we mostly remember him working as a diamond driller for Mid-West Drilling. He was often gone from home for 2-3 months at a time working and we missed him terribly. We would get so excited when Mom would tell us he was coming home. Dad was so proud when his sons Perry and Brent were old enough to go away working with him. Dad retired in 1989 due to a medical condition but him and Mom were so active, and would constantly travel around visiting family. Dad loved to ‘fix’ things and would often be seen tinkering with this or that and after he finished no one wanted to plug anything back in. Growing up, Dad would just have to look at us and point his finger, and we knew we had to behave.
Dad loved to sing and play guitar and to his family he sounded just like Hank Williams Sr. Dad would often sing just for Mom while they were sitting in the kitchen having coffee, or while Mom was puttering around cooking and baking. Dad would always pull out his guitar and start singing at parties, and everyone always had a good time.
Dad missed Mom so much after she passed away in 2004, but we are so grateful that we had him in our lives for another 19 years. He spent so much time with his family for the holidays, BBQs, picnics and weekly dinners. During the COVID lockdowns, he was so touched that his whole family had organized a ‘Christmas Drive By’ on Christmas Day by slowly driving down the street honking their horns and yelling out their open car windows We Love You Papa, We Love You Grandpa, We Love You Dad. Dad wiped his tears away when it was over and he was so happy.
Dad leaves to mourn his 5 surviving children, Heather Ranville, Brent (Ginny), Linda, Kevin (Gail) and his baby doll Shauna Mathis (Jack); 14 Grandchildren, Terri, Cindy, Kelly, Mandy, Erika, Ashley, Samantha, Jamie, Riley, Arianna, Neveah, Hayley, Sophia, Brooke; 12 Great Grandchildren, Marissa, Mikyla, Brooklyn, Cole, Ty, Luke, Harley, Elena, Brianna, Perri, Emmett, Madison; brother Chester (Dolores), nephew Emile (Butch) (Joanne) and his many nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his darling wife Lorna, his beloved son Perry, his parents Emile and Maryanne Fleury, brother Leonard and sister Rose Govereau.
Prayers will be held on Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 at 7 p.m., family viewing at 6 p.m in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 2 p.m. in the Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, Selkirk with Fr. Gerald Langevin officiating. Interment to follow in the Parish Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandson Riley Fleury, Keith LaForte, Brandon McIntosh, Brandon Moar, Curtis Peebles and Catlin Galbraith. Honourary Pallbearers will be all his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his sons-in-law Jack Mathis and Richard Ranville.
The Fleury family would like to express our warmest gratitude to the staff at 7 Oaks Hospital 4U5 for their kindness, care and comfort they provided to our Dad.
Dad we know you’re with Mom and Perry now and you’re so happy, and we know that the 3 of you will be waiting for all us to join you someday – we love you and will miss you so much Dad!
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dad’s memory to: