April 22, 1951 – September 3, 2021
It is with unbearable sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Alfred Jobse, the morning of Friday September 3rd, 2021, with his wife and daughters by his side. Though he was fighting incredibly hard, his cancer took him from us much too soon. Alfred is survived by his soul mate and partner Theresa Jobse, his daughter Alicia, her husband Drew and their children Keenan & Quinn, his daughter Cindy, her husband Aaron and their children Caleb & Chloe. He is also survived by his mother Christina Jobse and his brother Ruud, sister-in-law Greet and their children Irene & Jerone, (Nick and Wes) and Danielle & Hans. Alfred was predeceased by his father Jasper Jobse.
Alfred was born and raised in the Netherlands, spending most of his youth growing up in Beverwijk. In 1972 he traveled to Canada for the first time. He was here long enough to decide that he was in love with this country and wanted to stay. He returned to the “old country” and applied for permanent residence and in 1973, he returned to Canada officially and made Winnipeg his new home. He joined Manitoba Data Services as a computer operator where he met Theresa. They married in 1977 and had their 2 beautiful daughters in 1983 & 1985.
Alfred loved his family fiercely. No matter the conversation, somehow it would always come back around to his wife, daughters, or grand kids. He loved them all so very deeply and did everything he could to be involved in their lives and make sure that they were taken care of.
His love of sailing meant that when his daughters were born, their safety came first. This was the beginning of their passion for swimming. They progressed through all the levels from parent/child with him, as Mom couldn't do it as well, up to their life saving levels. Because he instilled in them this love of swimming, they took it further into competitive swimming which resulted in his involvement with the Manta Swim Club and Swim Manitoba. He used his computer skills to help run the swim meets, giving him a front row seat to watch his girls race. Swimming stayed a big part of all their lives as the family grew, with Sunday morning family swims with the kids and Grandkids.
He loved to debate people. The topic didn’t matter. Religion? Politics? Public policy? You name it and he was ready. He was informed. And these debates could go on for days. He was always the go to for information on recent world events and a wealth of knowledge and resources for anyone who asked. One of Alfred’s best qualities was his ability to listen to differing viewpoints with an open heart. There’s a good chance he would not agree with you, but he always listened.
Aside from his family, Alfred's greatest passions were photography, music, and sailing. From a young age, he knew that pictures were important, and music was in his soul. He was rarely seen without a camera in hand, Tilley hat on his head, or a grandchild by his side. You knew that you were in for a great time with Alfred if he pulled out the projector screen and slides, one of his many guitars or invited you out sailing for the day. The visual legacy of his life and his loves that he leaves behind will bring his family and friends much comfort in the years to come.
He is so loved and will be missed terribly. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider a monetary donation to Cancer Care Manitoba or donating blood to Canadian Blood Services in his memory.
A private family celebration will take place on September 17th. A recording of the celebration will be made available on this page for all who wish to view it.
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