TIMOTHY JOHN BERGEN
November 15, 1961 - April 14, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce Tim’s passing on April 14/2021 at 59 years young. Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Tim is survived by his life partner and wife Sandy; their children, Tiffany Marie and Candace Faith. He also leaves his daughter Merren (Chris); and grandchildren, David, Brooklynn and Chloe, whom he only found out and met a mere five years ago.
He also leaves to mourn extended family and friends, including his brother Ron, sister Barb and their families, as well his best friend, Don. Tim was predeceased by his parents.
Tim was born and raised in Morris, Manitoba. He was always known for his mischievous and comedic nature. He could bring you to tears with laughter. His quick wit almost unmatchable. This laughter will be forever missed.
Tim and Sandy met in 1983, at first just as friends meeting for coffee, and eventually inseparable. They moved to Winnipeg in 1990 when Sandy started her nursing career and Tim continued to work in manufacturing.
In 1994, they bought their first home in St.Vital and two years later, in 1996,they were blessed with their first daughter Tiffany, followed by a second blessing of Candace in 1997.
Tim worked long hard hours at Westeel when the girls were little so that Sandy could be home more with the girls. He developed many friendships with co-workers over the years, who also had some good laughs courtesy of Tim’s humor.
In 2010, Tim, Sandy and girls built a new home and moved to La Salle. The girls attended school, both went on to graduate and since then have pursued their Nursing education.
Tim loved adventures with his family. It began when the girls were little with “park hopping”. From there it progressed to garage sales where the girls were spoiled and Tim would always find some bizarre item that would show up over and over again for many years…so much fun…so many laughs.
Family road trips were another favorite. He loved to drive. From simple weekend trips to the “farm”- where many family events were celebrated and the farewell summer fireworks were lit…to camping at Hecla, or weekend getaways to Grand Forks or Fargo.
Longer trips included the Rockies, Calgary, Edmonton, South Dakota, Florida and of course all the trips to Arizona which also included many side trips- Mexico, California, Texas, and of course, Vegas..
Vegas is where Tim “died” for the first time. Naturally, this happened on April Fool’s Day. But his sudden cardiac arrest was not a joke. Initially convincing his family when called was met with…well it is April Fool’s and it is Tim…so a prank was to be expected. Unfortunately, not so in this case. But, even here Tim could find humor and bought his “Everybody Dies, but not Everybody Lives” t-shirt which he wore proudly after surviving the almost un-survivable.
Tim’s recovery from this health crisis was not the easiest. He could no longer work as he once did and had many restriction’s due to his ICD. He did the best he could but, at work went from being a skilled tradesman to doing simple labor.
Our next trip south included a trip to Vegas. Tim wanted to meet the security guard who had saved his life by performing CPR and defibrillating his heart. We were fortunate to have that happen and we celebrated with a giant meal at the “Heart Attack Grill!”
Tim always entertained us, his family and extended family with his own brand of craziness. Some of his crazy clothes, crazy songs and of course his “musical abilities” will live on and bring laughter to each of us.
Tim was stubborn, set in his ways, had an angry streak and was such stickler about time- always arriving places extra early and leaving early as well to avoid traffic. He had shortcomings as we all do, but Tim loved and cared deeply. He was proud of his girls and their accomplishments. His love for Sandy was such that he knew that if he could touch her, even with one finger, then everything would be ok.
Tim’s story does not end here. His memories will live on in our hearts and we will smile and even laugh out loud when we think of him.
Rest in Peace Tim. Your struggle is over. Forever Loved.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and it is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not by works, so no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Cremation has taken place and a private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In the meantime, Tim’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.
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