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Tim Geller

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TIMOTHY GELLER

January 13, 1946 – January 31, 2024

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of their beloved Tim Geller, in the St. Boniface Hospital on the evening of January 31, 2024, at the age of 78.  He was surrounded by family and friends.


Tim is survived by his wife Leona, his brother, his sister, his children, his grandchildren and great granddaughter.  He was predeceased by his parents Max and Gwen, and brother Rick.


Tim was the middle child of 4 children raised in Winnipeg, Mb, where he attended Pinkham school with his best friend Dennis.  Tim worked a variety of jobs until he found his true calling working in sales for 40+ years.


Always larger than life and so loving and kind, he liked nothing more than to entertain folks with many stories and his silly antics.  


Tim lived a very happy life where he enjoyed spending time with and taking road trips with his wife Leona.  Tim always had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, spoiling them with vacations to his and the most happiest place on earth – Disneyland.  


A special mention to Tim’s best friend/brother-in-law, Don Feener, you are an angel and a very special person. Tim always spoke very highly of you.


From Leona. “My sweet and loving husband, Tim, you are so missed by me and as I keep looking over and having you trying to grab my hand for comfort while we watch tv, I will always miss having our special mornings, and trips to Skinners together.”


Tim touched the lives of everyone in different ways:


Tim was the picture of wanderlust. Always looking for new destinations, finding jellyfish on the beach in Florida to exploring ghost haunts in Deadwood South Dakota. When we had time from work, you’d find us packing for our next adventure. My work brought us to homes in Edmonton, Lac La Biche and Winnipeg. And just a few weeks ago, he said “I think my bucket is full.”  


See you down the road soon, my love. 

- Leona Geller


Dad you were my best friend, and I will never forget the moments you taught me things like how to build a better deck, plan trips, how to take care of my family, and even how to fix a car.  You’ve always been there for me, Sarah, and the kids, and I will never forget the special times we shared.  Losing you is one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with, but you’ve taught me how to be strong and to make sure life goes on no matter what.  These are words that I will never forget.  

- Ben Geller


My favorite memories with Dad are the road trips and vacations we took. He bought a motorhome, a dream he had for a long time, and we went to Banff, Jasper, and South Dakota. He took us to California, Las Vegas and even a cruise. He was kind and generous and I will miss hearing him say “hello there” 

- Sarah Geller


Dad was so excited about his first Grandchild.


Several hours after I went into labour, Darren was sleeping in a chair in the hallway and woke up to someone laughing. It was dad - He told Darren to get is butt up and let Colleen know he was there. Darren came into the room and said my Dad's here. I was excited because I knew Dad was going to be Grandpa of a little girl, something he was very opinionated about seeing as how he just had sons and no daughters. He joked that if it was a boy we had to send it back. Well, his first granddaughter Jessica was born three days after his 50th Birthday.


That is a memory Darren and I will never forget. 

– Darren and Colleen Geller


I was born on my Grandpa’s birthday and ever since I was little, he had always told me I was his favorite birthday gift he ever got. I will always cherish the memories from our trip to Disneyland where we rode Splash Mountain until the park closed, the family trip we took to South Dakota in the motorhome where he introduced me to my favorite place: Reptile Gardens, and the trip to the Canadian Rockies. Grandpa was the funniest most caring guy in the world who taught me to not be afraid and live life to the fullest. Thank you for always being my birthday buddy Grandpa. 

- Emma Geller


I remember when my Grandma and Grandpa used to take me to Skinners in Lockport where we played Skee-ball for hours, got ice cream and walked beside the river. I remember one time in particular when we made sure we had fries left over in the bucket and drove slow so we could feed the birds. Another memory I have of my grandpa I will cherish forever is how every time we had Sunday dinner with my grandparents, he used to always wave at me from across the room with a coke in a glass with ice in the other hand. I will miss you and I’ll love you forever. 

- Mikayla Geller


My favourite thing about my grandpa was that he was a kid at heart. He loved having fun, and he loved spending time with his grandkids. I remember going to Disneyland as a kid, and all my favourite memories of it are made by him. He made a PowerPoint presentation to reveal the trip to me, and while the family watched it, he watched me. Matching my screams of excitement with the same enthusiasm. He made a paper chain to represent the days until we would be there and would make sure I was keeping up with it. I think it’s fitting that when I think of the happiest place on earth, I think of him. 

- Jessica Geller


We’ll miss you big guy… Until we meet again.


In accordance with Tim’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life in the spring with details to follow.


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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204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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Roberta Beach

May 9, 2024 at 2:17 PM

Tim was one of my high school classmates I remember from Miles Mac. I ran into him years later when his son Ben was at Howden with my son Kurtis. Though he recognized me, I didn't recognize him as that gangly teen had put on a fair bit of weight and facial hair lol. He was a fun classmate.

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:04 PM

Our sincerest condolences to the family.

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 1:58 PM

The first time I met Tim was at Sarah’s bridal shower. I was introduced to him, he looked me up and down and said “oh you’re the Carla I’ve heard about” with a chuckle. I had no clue what he had heard but he thought it was funny 😂 Through Ben and Sarah’s marriage I got to know this wonderful man and the love he had for his family and life. His eyes would twinkle when he watched his grandkids grow. I knew how proud he was of his family and the love he had showed tremendously. He was the father that everyone wished they had and I am so glad I got to know him. I know how much he’ll be missed but I also know he made special memories with everyone that was blessed to know him. May those memories live on in your hearts ❤️

Joan

May 8, 2024 at 9:30 PM

I was just a kid when Leona brought Tim home over fifty years ago. I had no father figure in my life. My father figures were my brothers in law. Don, Tim and later Fletcher.  I learned so much from him and Leona. They were broke and struggling in those days but I always felt like they were the richest people on earth. They were so happy and in love. Tim was a caretaker at an apartment block on Langside in Winnipeg and my boyfriend Lorne and I would babysit Ben while they went to bingo.  I will never forget going to the Velvet Glove (which was THE most expensive restaurant in Winnipeg) to thank us for babysitting! Tim never looked at the prices on the menu and when Lorne ordered shrimp at Tim’s suggestion because he’d never had it before. Lorne proceeded to eat the entire thing tail and all when he said there was something crunchy Tim didn’t laugh or make fun of him. He just smiled and offered him some of his steak.

Tim and Leona had two Siamese cats  every time Charlie would get angry at Tim he would shit in his shoe! Tim would never even consider doing anything else but put his shoes on a higher shelf if he thought Charlie was pissed off at him! When their female had kittens and one died. Tim and I went behind the apartment block to bury it. That was the first time I’d ever seen a man cry and that is the moment I knew I could trust him with all my heart. There are so many memories that come to mind in including Great Danes (Tina) Bassett hounds (Riley five acres) raccoons,cats and kittens. He loved them all. Don’t even get me started on babies and children! Tim was one of a kind and he loved me as much as I loved him and I always knew that because he wasn’t afraid to be the softie.

I’m sure that Coke  only comes in ice cold bottles in heaven.

Anonymous

May 8, 2024 at 9:29 PM

There are so many memories and special qualities to share about Tim, but these are my favourite. I look forward to celebrating him in person with you guys and toasting a pop in his honour. So much love, cousin Jessie.


Uncle Tim was (and is) a legend in our family. He was so fun and mischievous, and as a kid always made a normal activity feel like a secret you were trusted to be let in on. I remember him taking me to Salisbury house for a ‘big nip’ everyday for a week when I was staying with them, and when we were definitely supposed to be eating something boring and healthy, like salad. He made Salisbury house feel like Disneyland - he had that ability.


Tim and Leona actually gave me and my cousin Sarah the dream trip of a lifetime by taking us to (actual) Disneyland as kids. While I fully appreciated every second of that trip, what I couldn’t appreciate was just how generous, kind, and incredible it was for our aunt and uncle to gift their nieces the magic of magic kingdom. We felt like LA princesses riding around in the cherry red convertible they had rented to make it that much more fun.


I know a memory all of our extended family share and cherish of Tim is when he would dress up as Santa at our Christmas gatherings. It was so magical being a kid and believing Tim was Santa, and also growing older, and getting to see the next wave of munchkins have the same experience. These memories are a pivotal and common thread shared within our family - and is a great example of the impact Tim had on so many of us.

Paul Gilligan

May 8, 2024 at 9:28 PM

The first time I met Tim he had come to Winnipeg from Edmonton for a visit.  I had a flat tire on the car I just bought for $200 and didn’t have a tire iron to change it. Tim didn’t hesitate to buy me one and fix my flat. He was always generous and kind. He lent Joan and I his car and he and Leona babysat Justin while we had a weekend away.  He was always the sober one, preferring a bottle of coke to anything else. He went through a cooking phase and we enjoyed many gourmet meals at their home on Lennox.  His crab bisque was amazing. When my son Justin’s bike was stolen and I was away he didn’t hesitate to go buy him a new replacement. He had so many passions and one we shared was fishing.  We had a great fishing trip in Little Grand Rapids when Ben, Darren and Tim came to visit me there. He had a wonderful smile and  a generous heart.  Forever in our thoughts Tim. Our lives were richer for having you in them.

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