Ernest Wilfred GiesbrechtJuly 19, 1932 ~ December 28, 2017 (age 85)
Ernest W. Giesbrecht
July 19, 1932 – December 28, 2017
Ernie died peacefully at home with loving family and his dog by his side at 10:05pm on Thursday, December 28, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ann and four children, sons Robin (Kim) Giesbrecht, Todd (Kathy) Giesbrecht; daughters Rae (Don) Swick, and Jill (John) Lantain;11 grandchildren, Dariana Hidalgo, Chantelle (Martin) Palindat, Maxwell Lantain, Tyson Giesbrecht, Serena Swick, Ashley Giesbrecht, Alec Swick, Evan Swick ,Mathew, Andrew and Christopher Giesbrecht; and 4 great grandchildren Zacharie, Zoe and Zerren Palindat and Celeste Lantain; brothers Garry (Rose) Giesbrecht, Norman (Angie) Giesbrecht; sister Shirley(Ken)Kreitzer; sisters-in-law Marilyn Giesbrecht and Ruth Giesbrecht; in laws Justine Nickel, Tony and Polly Nickel and 34 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Gertruda Giesbrecht, sisters Erna (Verne) Shaw and Caroline Giesbrecht, brothers Edward and Len; sister-in-law Lillian Giesbrecht; one precious grandchild, Darcy Swick; in laws Anton and Justina Nickel, Jake and Verna Nickel and John and Violet Nickel.
Ernie was born in Swift Current in 1932.His family lived in Blumenhof and Pambrun, SK before moving their house into Swift Current when Ernie was about 6. A story he used to tell about life in Blumenhof gives an example of PTSD and a 5 year old’s way to handle it. His family had a boarder who worked for the railroad, he was a WW1 veteran. “Tom” frequently walked the railroad station platform, shouting and shaking his fists. Five year-old Ernie would take his hand and say, “come for supper.” Tom would then quietly follow him home.
Ernie went to school in Swift Current and left to join the RCAF (1949-1954) when he was 17. He completed his education as a medic/lab tech at the RCAF base in Ontario and Claresholm, AB. His working life after the RCAF included operating a trucking firm with his brothers and dad, running/managing a logging firm out of trouble and into success in north east Saskatchewan, managing Mack trucks in Edmonton and Prince George, selling semi- trailers and heavy equipment, plus wheeling and dealing in cars and trucks with his numerous industry connections. He was always a busy man. He enjoyed the challenges and the camaraderie. His interest in cars started as a 15 year old working for Casey's Used Cars where he could borrow a car for Saturday night if he had the money to put in the gas! He was a people person. He enjoyed active sports like curling and armchair sports like football and baseball. On retirement he focused on volunteer work with the Saskatoon Shrine Club, fishing at MacKay Lake, some travel, grand parenting and restoring a'52 Packard with Robin.
We will remember him for his love of family, (imagine a 17 year old sending money home to his parents!), his extraordinary cooking skills (Chinese food), his patience and thoughtfulness and his ability to enjoy life. Service clubs in which he was active were the Kinsmen Club in Swift Current in the '50s, ACT/UCT in Edmonton, Prince George and Saskatoon and then the Masons and Saskatoon Shrine Club in Saskatoon for the last 42 years. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or the Shriners Hospital for Children. Thank you to Saskatoon Home Care, especially the 30+ Care Aides who were always kind and thoughtful. A Celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00PM from Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor Street, Saskatoon) with a reception to follow at the Saskatoon Shrine Club (1021 Saskatchewan Crescent West, Saskatoon). Arrangements in care of Chelsea Krentz – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200