December 14, 1928 - January 10, 2018
Following a long battle with heart failure, it is with great sorrow and heavy hearts the Miguez family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, mentor, and friend, Antonio (Tony) Gerardo Miguez at Grace Hospice on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the age of 89. While family stood at his side Dad was gently taken away and welcomed through the gates of Heaven.
Dad will forever be remembered by everyone as a kind, caring, giving, and sharing family man who had a strong work ethic and was always available and willing to help. Born in Winnipeg on December 14, 1928, dad was the youngest of 13 children born to Antonio and Elvira Miguez. He worked in the family refuse business for 22 years then in a supervisory position with the City of Winnipeg for 24 years before retiring in 1988. Over the years he taught himself everything from handyman work to mechanics. In retirement, he became an excellent woodworker building many pieces of lawn furniture for family and friends.
He was predeceased by his wife Shirley (Ginger) parents Antonio and Elvira, brothers Art, Joe, Alf and George, and sisters Nina and Pillar. Dad will be lovingly remembered by children Rosemary (Jim), Mike (Alisha), Joe (Daren), Laura (Rob), Mark (Joanne); eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brother and best friend Fred, sister Mary, as well as many nephews, nieces and extended family.
The family is sincerely thankful for the care and compassion shown to dad over the past 19 months by special people in the health care field. They include Dr. Tam, his team, and the Cardiac staff at St. Boniface Hospital; Christine Hayden at Brathwaite’s Pharmacy who went above and beyond in assisting us with dad’s medication during part of the journey; the kind, attentive, staff on 3-East at Riverview Health Centre who not only cared for dad but helped assess his condition and provide direction; and the entire loving staff at Grace Hospice whose unwavering tender care, kindness, and gentle interaction were ever present throughout his final months. The family also wishes to express gratitude and Thank You to everyone who made phone calls, visits, and offered support during dad’s stay at Riverview and Grace Hospice. All were very much appreciated by dad.
The ‘Candy Man’ will enjoy handing out Werther’s Original energy pills in Heaven.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2017, Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Avenue.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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