June 6, 1957 ~ May 6, 2023
Daniel Edmund Karklin passed away on May 6, 2023 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with cancer. He is predeceased by mother Dorothy (Dolly) and father Edmund, and survived by sisters, Georgina (Ian) and Dorothy; his nieces Cindy (Chevy) and Jillian; nephew Gavin; great nephew Liam and great nieces Emma and Megan.
Even through his early years, his loving, teasing, and warm personality shined. His grade 1 report card captured it perfectly: “talks incessantly.” He had a great sense of humour and always had a joke or wisecrack the moment he saw you. Friends have reflected, “He could light up a room!” His positive outlook and humour in the face of tough times amazed many including hospital staff during his battle with terminal cancer.
He was generous with his time and with his work. He was a respected and skilled electrician, and ran an independent business for many years. Even when he wasn’t working, he was often giving advice for the “do it yourself” family members – “you can do that, but you’ll void your home insurance policy” or “the wires should be ok to touch,” followed by a laugh. He often was generous with offering free handiwork to friends and family, and even traveled down to Tennessee to build an enormous fence for his sister’s yard.
The family home in Lettonia was at the centre of much of his life. After some periods of time away from high school and in early adulthood, he moved back in 1990, where his mother, Dorothy, still resided, helping to allow her to stay there until her passing last July, for which we know she was so grateful.
He loved life in Lettonia. He particularly enjoyed gardening and picking vegetables (letting his sister Dorothy do the processing) and goldeye fishing during the summers. His favorite of all activities was taking long walks every evening with his three beloved dogs Toby, Gibbs and Crosby, who missed him dearly during his hospital stays.
He was incredibly grateful for the treatment and friendship he received while spending more time than he would have liked in hospitals over the past few years. Particularly, we want to thank the fabulous and caring staff at the Pine Falls Hospital and the Cancer Care team at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg.
A Celebration of Life will take place on July 8, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Lettonia Cemetery followed by a gathering at the family home.
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Dorothy and Family,
My most sincere condolences on yet another loss in your family. I didn’t know Danny well, but he was always very friendly when our paths did cross. Take comfort in the fact that he can now rest peacefully. Take care Dorothy.
Dorothy and family
We were saddened to hear the news about Dan’s passing
We got to know Dan approximately 10 years ago through work. And we soon became friends. Dan had a big heart was always willing to help somebody with a little project. He had a great sense of humour, good storyteller, and he would take his time and talk to you all day long. He was never in a rush. He will truly be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.
Dorothy, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. I didn’t know him other than to say hi, but I believe that now your Mother & others will be welcoming him with open arms. He is free at last from that dreaded cancer. You & your family have experienced so much loss lately, & it must be very hard. Just know that others are thinking of you. Sending hugs.
There was only one Danny in the world.
It was a pleasure to have known him. He will never be forgotten.
He was a special friend to the Urban Family more like Family RIP you will be missed.
Fred & Lois Byron
So sorry for your loss Dorothy. It has been a few tough years for you, but at least you know Danny isn’t in pain any longer. Fred & I always enjoyed a visit with Danny and relied on him for any electrical work needed. He was such a jokster and so much fun. He will be missed by many
Fred & Lois
Roberta m Carlson
Sorry to hear of Danny’s passing, I went to school with him and had the pleasure of knowing him, he was always nice and had a smile for you when he meet you. He did a little work for me and Floyd and we were able to catch up after long gone high school days. Condolences to his family and friends hugs
Brenda Carter Lussier
Sorry to hear. He will be missed,
Thinking of your family in this time of sorrow.
My sincerest sympathy to Dan’s family & friends enduring yet another huge loss in their lives. Dan will forever be remembered for his friendliness, story telling & positive attitude through all of the challenges he faced. I hope that the love & support of family & friends, along with time & precious memories helps to ease your pain.
I will miss the fun times at Lakeview sitting beside Dan. So many giggles. Friendly outgoing man who will be missed. Condolences Dorothy and family..hugs
I am so sorry for your loss Dorothy. I never knew Danny but went to high school with you. One of the PdB brats in the first bunch to bus there. Always keep the memories close to heart, loss is never easy. Margaret Taplin(Anderson)
So sorry to hear about this. I remember him as having a great tolerance for having small children pestering him incessantly during gatherings. He was a warm hearted soul.
Danny was very Special to both Dale & myself. You may not see him for a considerable time but just pick up conversation where you left off when you meet again. With his skills he would do work for us and then visit for an hour or so. We shared many laughs. Know he will be missed by many.
Sincere Condolences to the family
Dear Dorothy and Georgina
Another sad event for your family. Over the past few years you been through so much. I know how u cared for your loved ones. And how much they loved and appreciated you. Danny was one of the first ppl we met when we moved to Lettonia. Right off the hop he was funny and good with a come back. Always felt very at home when visiting. Dan was a good friend to my boys, especially to Ryland, those two hit it off. Our whole family will miss Danny.
My condolences to the Karklin family. During my hydro days I inspected alot of Danny’s work. He was a very good electrician and was very conscientious with his work. We spent many days chatting about work and other issues.
Our condolences to Dan’s family. He upgraded our electrical at our home at Bird Lake and did an excellent job. We had many a good conversation and knew he loved his dogs. He had a great sense of humour. We appreciated his work ethic and his help.
Jim and Val French
Danny was a good friend during my years in Pinawa – one of the funniest people I have ever known. Always a joker, always up for a good time or a chance to play a practical joke on a friend. The world is a sadder place for his passing. I miss him.
Georgina, Ian, Gavin and Jillian: you are in our thoughts and prayers as you move through this difficult time. Let your happy and warm memories of him help you through this.
Dear Georgina and Dorthy:
With our deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved brother Danny.
Family is so important as we all know and the love that Danial had with all of you everyone will always have in their heart and memories forever.
Take care of each other always.
Love from the Solomon Sisters
Dorthy & Georgina
Our sincere condolences on the loss of Danny. It was always fun chatting with Danny I too am a good talker and try to look @ the humorous side of things!
Gary & Kathy Hanna
I will miss my cousins quick wit and comebacks. Always enjoyed spending time with him when I was there visiting. So sorry Dorothy and Georgie for what you two are going through again, so soon after Auntie Dolly.
Terry and Karen Klassen
So sorry to hear the news, our sincerest condolences to the Karklin family.
We hadn’t seen Dan for a long while, but the picture brings back many memories, especially that grin!
Terry and Karen Klassen
Amy Soroka Lagsdine
Oh Dorothy & Georgie. I am so sorry. Even though I knew this is how his suffering would finally end…I just didn’t want to hear it. My memories of Danny start when he was that goofie little kid in the 60s. His endearing sense of humour was not fully developed yet but even then he was entertaining. I also fondly remember him visiting us on his own when we lived in Thompson in the very early 70s. His favourite hangout…bowling alley…too young for pub! I was so homesick for LduB & SO SO happy to have him there..someone from home! Funny the things you remember sometimes. He grew into a wonderful & warm & funny as hell kinda guy. My Mom just loved him. If he was doing work at Bonnie Vista he’d always stop to tease her & she’d laugh & just love the attention. He had such a genuine pleasant way with people…everybody loved Danny. I have always admired your whole Karklin family & the life you all created in that lovely big beautiful house…just a bustling warm home headed by the sweetest woman on earth… your Mom. What a nice life he had with family & so many good friends & of course the best part…dogs who were nuts for him!!! Hugs to all of Danny’s family & friends. I am so sorry for your loss. Now time to look forward. So many many memories left to treasure but more waiting ahead. Love to you all. Happy Heaven to you Danny…you were just the best . Love Amy.
John and Bonnie
We met Dan as customers of his skills as an electrician. Many trips to our home on Pinawa Bay provided excellent service for our furnace checks and subsequent friendship. Dan always had time for coffee and our home still resonates with the memories of our humorous conversations. We shared our love for nature, and the love for our pets brought never ending stories. RIP friend!
So sorry to hear about Dan, he was both a character and gentleman and will be missed. Deepest sympathies to Georgina, Dorothy and families.
Allen and Marthe Lussier
Very sorry to hear. We will remember Danny as a great person with a big heart and always a smile.