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Larry Sawa

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In Loving Memory of
LARRY SAWA

30.09.1950 – 27.04.2024

With profound sadness, we share the news of the passing of a truly gentle, kind, and loving soul. Larry departed from this world peacefully on April 27, 2024, surrounded by his loving family, after a valiant and dignified battle with cancer.


Larry’s life was a testament to his strength and grace, facing his challenges without ever uttering a word of complaint. His gratitude towards his medical team was immense, as they stood by him in his courageous fight.


He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion, survived by his cherished wife of 48 years, Wanda; his sons, Kevin (Gail) and Scott; and his adored granddaughter, Lux, who was the light of his life. His memory will also be treasured by his brother Jim Sawa; sister Gladys Micklash and her family; sisters-in-law Wendy (Dan) Rogocki and Jacqueline (Ray) Hope and their families; brothers-in-law Brad Meneer and Greg Kunderman; and many nieces and nephews with whom he had close relationships. Larry also leaves behind many extended family and lifelong friends.


Larry was predeceased by his beloved granddaughter Cordelia; grandson Aspin; sister-in-law Eileen Sawa; sister-in-law Cheryl Meneer; brother-in-law Gregg Meneer; brother-in-law Ken Micklash; his parents, John and Jean Sawa; and his parents-in-law, Harvey and Joye Meneer. Larry’s spirit will reunite with them in a place of peace and rest.  


Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, Larry’s career spanned various roles. His most memorable working days were at Morrison School as a dedicated custodian with the Seven Oaks School Division, where he loved interacting with the children. He also spent several years as a successful furniture salesman and a skilled taxidermist. 


Retiring at 60 due to health concerns, Larry enjoyed 12 years of retirement, during which he and his son Scott ran the canteen at the West St. Paul Curling Club. His passion for cooking and the camaraderie he shared with club members and visitors turned many into lifelong friends.


Family was the cornerstone of Larry’s world. He was the unwavering support that uplifted us all, the “wind beneath our wings.” His culinary talents were legendary. Wanda was the envy of her colleagues, as she hardly ever came home without supper on the table. Larry was a big hit at Seven Oaks Hospital, often surprising Wanda’s colleagues with his delicious cinnamon buns.


Larry’s sons were his absolute pride and joy, and he cherished every opportunity to be near them. His bond with his daughter-in-law Gail was exceptionally close. Gail’s siblings, Frank (Nicole) and Emilie (Sloan), were embraced as part of Larry’s family.


The arrival of his granddaughter, Lux, in June 2022, brought immense joy to Larry’s life. Their special bond, marked by their adorable head bump greeting, brought the brightest smiles to his face.


An animal lover at heart, Larry’s grand-dog, Monty and grand-nephew, Knuckles loved to cuddle up with him on his favourite chair. Larry’s happiest moments were spent at the family cottage near Lac Du Bonnet, fondly known as “Larry’s Lair.” His favourite activity was sitting at the end of his dock, fishing. Boats congregated in front of his dock, after seeing him catch fish after fish. Wanda knew there was no hole out front where the fish were hiding. At times, she said, laughing, “if you sat out here as much as he does, you’d catch fish too!”


Larry’s infectious humor and magnetic personality made every gathering memorable. He instilled in his family a deep appreciation for holidays and family traditions. 


Larry’s green thumb brought beauty to his garden and extended to a magnificent pumpkin patch, which was his pride and joy each fall. He delighted in nurturing the pumpkins to impressive sizes, often showcasing the largest ones to family and friends. His sons, Kevin and Scott, sold these autumnal treasures at the end of the driveway, a tradition that brought the community together and filled Larry with immense pride. 


These cherished moments are a testament to Larry’s love for nature and his knack for creating joy in the simplest of things.


Larry was also the family’s unofficial bargain hunter, with a keen eye for spotting the best deals in the weekly grocery flyers. He approached each flyer with the precision of a detective on a case, always ready to sniff out a sale. His sons would often joke that Larry could spot a discount on canned beans from a mile away. His frugality wasn’t just about saving a few dollars; it was a sport, and Larry was the undefeated champion. Whether it was a two-for-one deal on ketchup or a steep discount on steak, Larry’s excitement was contagious, and his knack for nabbing bargains became a beloved quirk that brought laughter to those around him.


Living a life he considered fit for a King, Larry was content and grateful for every moment. His wisdom and life lessons are invaluable gifts that will continue to guide us.


In accordance with Larry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held to celebrate his remarkable life. Larry’s kindness and laughter have left an indelible mark on our hearts, and though he will be dearly missed, his spirit will forever be a part of us.


Larry’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to the medical professionals and support staff who provided care and comfort throughout his journey. Special thanks are extended to the teams on 2W at Deer Lodge Hospital, Grace Emergency, and 5 North, whose dedication and compassion will always be remembered.


We reserve our deepest appreciation for Dr. Gary Bellan, Dr. Biniam Kidane, Dr. S. Banerji, Dr. Janine Johnston, Dr. Alastair Brown, and Dr. Tyler Friesen. Their expertise and empathy were beacons of hope and solace for Larry and his loved ones.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those wishing to honour Larry’s memory may consider making a donation to CancerCare Manitoba or a charity that holds personal significance to you.


As we bid farewell to a man who cherished the simple joys of life, we share a poem that captures the essence of Larry’s spirit:


GONE FISHING


I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me,

So put me on a boat headed out to sea.

Please send along my fishing pole

For I’ve been invited to the fishin’ hole.


Where every day is a day to fish,

To fill your heart with every wish.

Don’t worry, or feel sad for me,

I’m fishin’ with the Master of the sea.


We will miss each other for awhile,

But you will come and bring your smile.

That won’t be long you will see,

Till we’re together you and me.


To all of those that think of me,

Be happy as I go out to sea.

If others wonder why I’m missin’

Just tell ’em I’ve gone fishin’.


Larry’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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Donna Kabaluk

May 16, 2024 at 7:33 PM

Dear Wanda and family: my very deepest condolences to you. I always enjoyed time spent with Larry over the years. What a beautiful tribute to him and a life well lived.

Todd Kabaluk

May 16, 2024 at 7:21 PM

I can imagine that with all the love Larry helped create, he is equally grieved. My condolences to all you. It's been a pleasure to witness such a full and joyful life, and on too few occaisions, share some time together. Your photobiography made me smile.

Chris Mckim and Lori Pollard

May 14, 2024 at 10:14 PM

What a beautiful tribute. A truly wonderful man. Sending all our love your way.

Dalyce Percy

May 14, 2024 at 3:54 PM

Wanda, So sorry for your loss. Sending condolences and hugs to you and your family at this sad time. I do recall those delicious cinnamon buns Larry made for us driving on the highway in the middle of a snow storm to attend a course together in Dauphin many years ago.

Thinking of you ❤️

Janet Barnicki 707 polson

May 12, 2024 at 11:48 PM

I went to school with Larry at Inkster and lived 2 doors down. You couldn't help but love Larry he was a gentle soul. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this time Janet, Ken and

Susan Misko

May 12, 2024 at 9:52 PM

Dear Wanda and family . I was so very sorry to hear about Larry's passing . When we first met in 1975 Larry always had a huge grin and those smiling eyes . I have fond memories of enjoying the outdoor life together with my "Johnnie Angel" at Wanipegow . Our hearts go out to you and your family . Thank God for all your precious memories of such a devoted , and loving man that Larry was . Much sympathy Susan , Stacey, Kyran , Danny , Rebecca and Sophie Misko

Margaret and Larry Trupp (Meneer family)

May 11, 2024 at 7:49 PM

What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful human being. Your memories of Larry I sure will fill your hearts and help wipe away your tears. Our thoughts are with you and your family. with love

Iris (Hrabi) Clairmont

May 11, 2024 at 6:12 PM

Wanda I just wanted to say how sorry I was to see that Larry had passed. It is a hard time in life when you lose your partner. My Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.

donna furst

May 11, 2024 at 6:07 PM

hi wanda and family

so sorry to hear about Larry my thought goes out to you and family

 

donna furst

Karen Zurba

May 11, 2024 at 1:48 PM

We were very saddened to hear of Larry's recent passing.

May your many memories (of a m) of a wonderful husband and father , help you through this diffficult time. After a visit to your cabin in Lac du Bonnett, we still make Larry's BBQed Onions.

Louise Buelow-Smith

May 11, 2024 at 11:27 AM

With sincere condolences to you and your family Wanda.

Wishing you peace at this very sad time.

Barb & Barry Visca

May 11, 2024 at 3:22 AM

Wanda, Kevin, Scott & the girls Gail & Lux... Barry , I & family give our sincerest deepest sympathies. When we think of partner think cook extraordinaire, best pickles I've EVER tasted!!! His bread inspired Barry to try❤️his compassion & generous nature were a lottery to all who knew him. A gentle man with a devilish smile. You will be missed kind soul... The Visca family

Monica Vasin

May 10, 2024 at 7:16 PM

So sorry for your loss, Wanda.

Deepest condolences to you and your family.

Ray and Cindy Larkins

May 9, 2024 at 2:49 PM

Very sorry to hear of Larry's passing.  He certainly was a lover of life, always gentle and caring.  We have memories of his delicious baking and treats that he shared and was very proud of.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Wanda and family.  His presence will be missed.  Heaven has gained a wonderful angel!

Sharon (Sawa) Vogel and Rafe Vogel

May 9, 2024 at 2:47 PM

We're so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. I have very fond memories of our families getting together when I was young--especially of camping and fishing. My Dad (Clarence Sawa) and Larry both shared a love of the outdoors. Our deepest condolences to you, Wanda and family, Gladys and family and Jim. ❤️

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:33 PM

My deepest sympathies to you Scott and your family on the passing of your dad.

Urs (previous co-worker)

May 9, 2024 at 2:33 PM

My condolences and sincere sympathies to you Scott and to your family on the passing of your father.  Always keep the good memories you have of him, they will help you through the tough times.

Cheryl and Ed

May 9, 2024 at 2:32 PM

Larry was one of a kind.  A very caring man with a gentle soul and always happy with a very positive outlook on life.  He made everyone who entered his home feel instantly at ease with his warm hospitality.  Larry made the best cinnamon buns in WSP.  He will be missed.  I know the Sawa family will keep his memory  alive in the many happy memories they will continue to share with each other.

Debra Roppolo

May 9, 2024 at 2:26 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He was my mum's roommate for a couple of weeks at Deer Lodge, and he made us smile every day -- I hope we were able to do the same for him. His sense of humour certainly never left him and he seemed like a lovely man. You have my sincere condolences.

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