May 7, 1944 - April 17, 2021
Myron passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Gimli Community Health Centre, at the age of 76 years with his sister Bev at his side after a short and courageous battle with cancer.
Left to cherish Myron’s memory is his sisters Carol Thorkelson (Haldor) of Caroline, Alberta, Bev Pawulski (Barry) of Winnipeg; sisters-in-law Janet of Arborg, and Muriel of Gimli, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, 1 great-great nieces, 1 great-great nephew and his many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Gusti and Thora Helgason; sister Phyllis Ivy in infancy; brothers Axel and Jerry; great-niece Sadie; great-nephew Tanner.
Myron grew up in Arnes, Manitoba on our family farm with many animals to care for. My mom told me when Myron was born she didn’t have a crib, so he slept in a dresser drawer. A very busy, curious, adventurous child who grew into a strong, smart, hardworking man.
In his late teens he worked as a crew member on the M.S Keenora with our dad, who was captain, hauling freight and passengers on Lake Winnipeg up to the northern communities. He told us about the big swells they had to endure to get safely to land. Also the time when the Keenora was taking on water all night till they could get to land and repair. Myron credited our dad for their survival, as dad kept pushing them to keep bailing or they surely would have sunk. His next venture was as a carpenter, building Patterson elevators, he also worked for a few companies in Winnipeg and up north. He decided his love for carpentry was his calling. Kitchen cabinetry became his trademark. There are many homes, cottages and businesses in Winnipeg, Gimli and surrounding area built by him. He was a perfectionist.
Myron’s down time was spent riding his Harley, which was his pride and joy. Then his snowmobile when the snow arrived. Myron was involved with Ride For Sight and loved riding with his many friends, also involved in Snowmobiling Club.
I was talking to a cousin of ours and she tells me Myron saved her life when they were in their teens. She and 2 friends had gone out on a motor boat by the dock in Arnes, they were about a quarter mile out when something went wrong and they were thrown from the boat. Myron was fishing on the dock when he saw they were in trouble, jumping into his car to get help he went to rescue them.
Thank you to Myron’s friends for being there for him and all your support to me. Thank you for the phone calls, cards, e-mails, Lenore, Tom for your support and Sherisse and Kaylan. Special thanks to Dr. Fulmore and staff at Gimli Hospital.
Cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
Donations in Myron’s memory can be made to Siloam Mission or the charity of your choice.
Rest in Peace dear brother.
Goda nott elskan
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