March 28, 1938-May 12, 2022
It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend, Ernie Okrainec on May 12, 2022 at Pinawa Hospital, at the age of 84.
Ernie will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years Ann, as well as his two children Colleen of Winnipeg and Richard (Donia) of El Salvador. He is also survived by his grandchildren Matthew (Chelsey and daughter Amelia) of Lethbridge, AB; Samantha (Nick and son Jayce) of Yorkton, SK; Brittany (Brayden) of Dundurn, SK; Victoria (Lee) of Vancouver Island, BC; Edgar (Kate) and Stephane both of Calgary; sister Edith of Winnipeg, in-laws Amber (Ron), Fran, Leslie (Norma) and Aurie. In addition, he leaves many nieces and nephews, with a very special mention to his favourite nieces Deb and Heather of Thunder Bay, and his best friends Ed and Norma of Carberry and Wilf and Kim of Lac du Bonnet.
Ernie was born and raised on the family farm in Brightstone, MB. He met his soulmate Tip (Ann) while working at a Ontario Hydro in Silver Falls, ON. The couple married in 1959 and moved back to Manitoba. Ernie worked for Atomic Energy of Canada. To say he loved baseball was an understatement. In later years Ernie and Ann retired to Selkirk where he spent many hours crocheting toques for children in need.
Because of an ongoing concern of COVID, a private family funeral service was held and Ernie was buried in the Brightstone Cemetery.
Thank you to Drs. Bruneau of Pinawa and Prematilke of Selkirk and the staff at Pinawa Hospital all the care and compassion they showed to Ernie.
Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu, please consider making a donation in Ernie’s memory to the Lac du Bonnet Arena Foundation or any school lunch program or a charity of your choice.Print This Obituary & Condolences