Steedsman, Jack Richard



SEPTEMBER 12, 1927 – SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

steedsman jack.jpgPeacefully, with his family by his side, Jack Steedsman passed away on September 29, 2010 at Carman Memorial Hospital.

Left to treasure his memory are his loving wife Denise, daughters, Sandra (Ed), and Lori (Jim), son, James, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and sister, Nancy (Don). He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Dorothy, and brother, Gerald (Rita) in 1999.

Jack was born and raised in Deloraine, MB and attended Grove School and then Deloraine Collegiate. In 1952, he married Denise Scheirlinck, and they farmed south of Deloraine for 5 years. In 1957 along with their 2 little daughters, they moved to Winnipeg where Jack attended the University of Manitoba. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1961.

In 1963 they moved to Morden where Jack accepted a position with the Province of Manitoba Assessment Branch, later becoming Supervisor. Son, James was born in 1964. Jack joined the Kinsmen in 1968, serving as secretary for 2 years. He also volunteered for the United Way for 6 years, 2 of those as Chairman. He served as Chairman of the Hospital Board for 4 years and was instrumental in laying the foundation for what is now the Boundary Trails Medical Centre. Jack also served as Chairman of the Morden Recreation Commission for 4 years, and Morden Friendship Centre chairperson for 2 years. In addition, Jack also sharpened skates, carved turkeys, coached hockey and worked on the clubhouse at Minnewasta Golf Course. For all this he was rightfully recognized as both Morden’s Volunteer and Citizen of the Year in 1986.

After Jack’s retirement in 1986, he continued to focus on his volunteer work and also began a new hobby, carving. He also would make some of the most beautiful clocks you’ve ever seen. Jack also spent many hours playing golf with friends. As his health began to fail, he spent most of his time at his home with Denise, reading, doing crossword puzzles, watching sports, and enjoying his grandkids.

A family committal was held on Monday October 4, 2010 at Hillside Cemetery followed by a celebration of his life with family and friends at Morden Friendship Centre. Memorial donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society.

You are at peace now, with a view of the 10th fairway and the prairie you loved. We love you, we miss you, and we will always remember you.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden in care of arrangements.