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CALEB ROMAN MCKAGUE
April 10, 2011 - August 5, 2023
Heartbreak fills us all as we share that on Saturday the 5th of August, 2023, Caleb Roman Mckague passed away unexpectedly.
He left us to be reunited with his Opa, Alfred Jobse who predeceased him in 2021. He is survived by his loving sister Chloe, his Mom Cindy and Dad Aaron Mckague, his Nana Theresa Jobse, his Aunty Alicia, Uncle Drew and his cousins Keenan and Quinn Thwaites, his Baba Sylvia and Grandpa Ron Mckague, his uncle Jason Mckague, and many, many extended family, friends, and respite workers turned family.
Born on April 10th 2011, at 12:41 am, Caleb spent the first 4 weeks of his life in the St Boniface hospital NICU. Caleb was diagnosed early on with cerebral palsy, but he never let that label define him. While technically he was non mobile and nonverbal, you had best believe this smart kid could get around in his specialized equipment and he was an expert at letting people know what he wanted.
Caleb loved basketball, swimming, walking around Lowe's, watching Full House, going to school, playing with his best friend Everett, playing video games with his cousins, cookbooks (especially if they had pictures of fish in them) and playing his Opa's guitar. He was to start grade 7 at John Gunn School after he spent his elementary years charming his way through the halls of Joseph Teres in his walker or on his specialty bike.
In September of 2013, Caleb became a big brother when Chloe joined his family. Caleb was the proudest big brother. He and Chloe had a special relationship and she understood him and communicated with him in ways most people couldn't comprehend. She quickly became one of his caregivers simply by mimicking her parents and grew to be one of his fiercest advocates and protectors.
Caleb's family has always been very close but Caleb had his Opa wrapped around his little finger from the moment they met. Alfred always went out of his way to make sure Caleb was included in everything, everywhere (even if it meant he had to carry him) and he gave him everything he wanted, regardless of what Nana or Caleb's parents or anyone else said. Caleb and his Opa had a very unique and special bond, even though Caleb would request the most horrible music to make Opa listen to, or find pictures of fish in various cookbooks just to make Opa squirm.
Caleb's life was filled with respite workers, EAs, specialists of all kinds, many Doctors, and endless appointments and therapies but wherever he went, he charmed them all with his sparkling eyes. His perfect smile won the hearts of everyone who crossed his path and his contagious belly laugh kept them there.
Caleb's family is filled with love and gratitude for all the support while they navigate this devastating loss. The support of friends and family, both in person as well as the virtual support communities that have helped hold them up over the years, is what will help get them through.
A celebration of Caleb's life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday August 29th, 2023 at the Transcona Country Club - Manitoba Room; all are welcome. There will be a time of togetherness after the service. For those friends and family who are far away, a recording of the celebration will be made available after the service.There will also be a memory box present, and we would love it if you would write your favorite memory of Caleb, or bring your favorite photo of him. These memories will help Caleb's family feel his presence when the days feel too hard.
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