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Drew Christenson

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WILLIAM ANDREW JAMES CHRISTENSON

June 19, 1950 (Saskatoon) – January 26, 2024 (Winnipeg)

On January 26, 2024, at 17:00, my best friend and love died in my arms. He was the most wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. 


Drew was predeceased by his mom and dad, Bob and Jean Christenson; and his in-laws, Audrey and Mickey Toffin. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Wendy; sons, Scott (Kaitlyn) and Lee (Claire); his greatest treasures: his grandchildren, Kellan and Freya; siblings, Stephen (Dawn), Brian, Debbie (Dave), and Sharon (Henry); as well as numerous nieces and nephews who were all very special to him.


Drew started his career as a paramedic with the City of Winnipeg. He retired as Director of E.M.S. for the Interlake R.H.A. He made so many friends along the way and enjoyed talking to people and learning about them. As many of you know, his passion was reading, politics, and history. 


Drew touched many lives as has been shown by the outpouring of caring and warm words of comfort. Our family sends warm hugs to all of you. It means so much to us. 


I just want to tell you how fortunate I feel to have had Drew in my life for over 50 years. Thank you Drew for being not only my husband, but my best friend. Until we meet again, my love. 


Cremation has occurred and a celebration of life will be planned in the future. 


Please make a donation to Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

Memories, Stories and Condolences

 

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Comments (10)
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Feb 14

Wendy, so sorry for your loss. Last time I saw you both was at the Grant Park Animal Hospital. I always enjoyed Drew,s sense of humour and his genuine caring attitude. You two had a special bond. Wishing you comfort in the memories you hold close. Cheryl Proulx ( neighbor and banker)

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Feb 14

I worked with Wendy and Drew at St Boniface Hospital in the 70’s. Drew was a true gentleman and compassionate care giver.

We had a lot of great memories on duty and off, as Wendy and Drew joined Rick and I outside of work.

I am so very sorry for your loss Wendy.

May your many wonderful memories of Drew help you and your family through this very difficult time.

Our hearts and thoughts are with you.


Karen and Rick Zurba

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Feb 09

Drew was a great man with a great heart. He always had interesting paramedic stories to tell. He was so proud of his boys and grandchildren and was happy to share their pictures whenever he'd come in for his haircut. My condolences to Wendy, Scott and Lee.


David Forest - Winnipeg -

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Feb 05

Dear Wendy, Drew and I knew each other for over 20 years... we worked as colleagues in the Health Disaster Management arena and were like-minded. I believe we became good friends. Over time, life circumstances change, and Facebook became a haven for communicating with distant close relationships. Drew and I enjoyed this means of keeping in touch. I followed his adventures (as he may have followed mine) and he consistently brought a smile to my face and always fond memories of our association. I appreciated his intelligence, clear thinking, kindness, and finesse in all things. I know how much I will miss his presence in my life and know that he will be missed immeasurably by you, his children, grandchildren, friends, and colleagues. My sincere sympathies and condolences to you Wendy. signed - Guy Corriveau, Langley BC

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Feb 06
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You have perfectly summed up the man I've known for 45 years. He was always the same from the first day in Winnipeg Ambulance Service to the last day. I am sorely missing our frequent chats on Facebook. He was a legend of a man.

Rest peacefully my friend.

Gerry Follows

Australia

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Feb 03

We are very saddened to hear that Drew is no longer with us. I have known him for many years experiencing many adventures during our time at the frat house. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Clarence & Maria Kohut

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Feb 03

A great loss for you and your family Wendy. Drew's love of humanity stood out from when we first met on the job. Always thinking...always caring. I will miss his input into life's challenges...Truly a man amongst men...All our love. Jim Olson.

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Feb 03

Stephen & Dawn, so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers sent your way .


Carole Johnson

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Feb 03

Sorry to hear this very sad news, my thoughts are with the family.

RIP Drew

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Feb 03

I am so saddened by this news. Drew was a wonderful, kind and welcoming neighbour. He and Wendy immediately made me feel a part of this community as soon as I arrived. It was always nice to chat through the fence on the daily and he was always chatting to Sophie, my dog. He was such a proud grandpa sharing stories of Kellen and Freya. Wendy, Scott and Lee, my deepest condolences for your loss.

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