William (Bill) Stutsky
October 23, 1925 - September 2, 2020
On a rainy, windy September evening, with Al by his side, Bill left us to join his beloved Elsie, whom he has dearly missed since January 2019. Just short of his 95th birthday, he joins his son Vance, his daughter Velvet along with her husband Barry Tepleski and his brothers Charlie and Johnny.
Bill was the second eldest child born to parents Tom and Teenie, and was raised on the family farm west of Winnipeg Beach. In his late teens he left home for Red Lake to work in the McKenzie Gold Mines. After returning to the homestead and working alongside his dad and Charlie, he met Elsie, and they were married in 1952 while Bill was taking an auto body course. He established Selkirk Auto Body, and while operating that business, he also started Selkirk Auto Wrecking with his partner Walter Budy.
Bill and Elsie raised their three children Allan, Vance and Velvet in Selkirk, and later in Mapleton, residing on River Road. It was there that they built their family home with the view of the river which they both loved. He spent a lot of time by the river smoking fish, enjoying evenings on his dock, and ice fishing there in the winters. Bill was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Selkirk Game and Fish, serving on the Executive for many years. Bill loved to hunt, fish and snowmobile, and enjoyed his last rides while in his early 80’s. Bill was also a talented painter and wood carver, leaving many of us fortunate to possess a painting or a carving lovingly made by him.
Retirement came for both Bill and Elsie in 1991, and they enjoyed many years of travelling with friends and family. Retirement also saw them moving to Bonnet Oaks, Lee River where they continued to enjoy the great outdoors. While living there, Bill would disappear for hours only coming home if he had a full pail of mushrooms, fiddleheads or berries, whatever was in season. In their later years life took Bill and Elsie back to Selkirk and they lived in Kiwanis on the Red, and later on moved into Woodland Court
Left to remember Bill and all the good times that were had, are his son Allan (Susan), daughter-in-law Delyna Shaw, and his grandchildren Tracy, Brad (Tracy), Glenn, Carly, Devin, and Nadia. He also leaves behind his 2 little great granddaughters Sierra and Skylar, who always brought a smile to his face. Bill will also be remembered by his loving sister Peggy Kibsey (Adam), sister and brother in laws, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Although he is no longer with us and will be dearly missed, we know he is now at peace. We want to thank the staff at Red River Place for the wonderful care and friendship given to Bill during his short stay there.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place, and a private service will be held in Winnipeg Beach at a later date
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