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March 20, 1955 – July 17, 2023
On Monday July 17, 2023, with his wife and daughters at his side, Larry passed away.
He leaves to mourn his wife, Judy; daughters, Averill, Lisa, and Brenley; sons-in-law, Brennan, Mike, and Neil; his six grandsons, Valen, Bryce, Griffin, Jordy, Kai, and Keenan. His wife and family were his “be all and end all” and he made sure to let them know that he was very proud of all of them. Larry also leaves to mourn his sister-in-law, Nancy; brother-in-law Bob (Robyn); extended family, and a multitude of friends. He was predeceased by both his parents, Don and Margaret Seel; his brother Brian; sister-in-law Laurie; and his in-laws, Bill and Gwen Leigh.
Larry was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Khartum Shriners, at one time being the youngest Shriner in Canada. Larry worked in the transportation industry for 40+ years. He started off at White Truck Sales in the parts department and worked his way up to Parts Manager. From there, he moved on to Detroit Diesel Allison where he worked in Sales and Sales Management. Throughout his career, he was very active in the Manitoba Trucking Association, serving on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Associated Trades Division. Larry had an extremely strong work ethic and his knowledge and attention to detail made him successful. Through these years he was twice awarded Associate of the Year as well as Parts Manager of the Year. For the past six years Larry has served as president of Allure Condo and prior to that was on the inaugural board.
Larry was an avid Winnipeg Blue Bomber Fan and a proud 30+ year season ticket holder. He cheered on the blue and gold through thick and thin. Larry’s optimism with his beloved team transferred to every day life. He was always the calm in the storm and a rock for his family. Larry loved to enjoy a cold beer while playing a card game and treasured watching his grandchildren play and grow. Papa Seel was always known to have readily available treats and a gentle smirk on his face when he handed them out. It didn’t seem to matter where Larry was, he “went with the flow” and was praised for his warm and patient nature. Larry was always up for a party and spending time with friends. He cherished the 11 winters he spent with the love of his life in Coral Sands, Phoenix, Arizona doing just that. One of his favourite sayings was “you only go round once”!
Although the outcome was not what we had hoped, Larry fought with the spirit of a warrior to stay with us. The family would like to thank the terrific teams involved in Transplant both at HSC Winnipeg and Edmonton University Hospitals. As well as the amazing staff of GH6 at HSC who showed their continuous support over these last 9 months. The Family would also like to thank Cancer Care Manitoba and the Winnipeg IPF Support Group and Caregiver’s Group. You all gave us the opportunity for hope with his new lungs.
At Larry’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no traditional service. However, the family would like to invite you to Larry’s Final Farewell, Thursday, August 10, 2023, 7 – 9:30 p.m. at the Masonic Memorial Centre, 420 Corydon Avenue. We ask that you come in casual dress, preferably Blue Bomber gear! In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Larry to Cerebral Palsy Manitoba (cerebralpalsy.mb.ca) or another charity of your choice.
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