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Daniel Edmund Karklin

June 6, 1957 — May 6, 2023

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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