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Edwin Huisman

December 15, 1944 — May 29, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ed on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024, at the age of 79. Ed is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda, daughters Melanie and Dawn, grandchildren Anastasia, Riley and Olin, sister, Donna and brother, Dennis. He was predeceased by his parents Tim and Elsie. 

Ed was born in Lethbridge Alberta on Dec. 15, 1944. His dad was in the Air Force, so his family moved multiple times across Canada. Ed got his teaching degree from the University of Manitoba. He was a teacher or principle in St. Malo, at Oak Bluff Colony, and up in Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut. 

Ed married the love of his life, Linda, in October of 1978. Whilst living in St. Malo they had two daughters, Melanie and Dawn. Ed worked many years as a teaching Principal at Oak Bluff Colony. From there, the family moved way up north to Nunavut where they lived for the last 7 years of his teaching career. Ed loved the lifestyle up north where he enjoyed many wonderful fishing and hunting trips. 

Ed retired to Pinawa just as his daughters finished their high school years. Ed loved the outdoors. He could often be found in his boat, up and down the lake system, either fishing, or artifacting. Nothing made him happier than searching the beaches for local treasures. If he wasn’t fishing for Mooneye in the summer, it was ice fishing for those big pike in the winter. Ed’s was the only collapsible orange fishing shack parked down on the ice with the other tents and huts. You could often find him in the spring sitting on the ice alongside of his fishing holes, with the T.V. table popped open, playing cribbage with Linda. Together they would listen for the first geese and gulls to arrive and hopefully catch one of those big pikes! Bird watching was another favorite past time. With numerous feeders hung around the yard over the winter, Ed enjoyed watching the birds through their big windows. Ed and Linda spent many hours on long drives, counting the birds in their special spots in the Whiteshell. 

Ed loved German Shepherds and throughout much of their marriage one was always part of the family. Ed was an avid card player. He enjoyed many card games with family and friends. Cribbage was Ed’s passion. During the past year he especially looked forward to Tuesday afternoon Cribbage at the Club. It was the highlight of his week. Ed enjoyed playing badminton at our local Community Centre. But he was most fond of the comradery that went with it. For many years Ed was involved in swimming as an Instructor, a Life Guard and he loved to demonstrate his diving finesse. In the summers he loved nothing more than watching the grandkids during their lessons and pool time together.

We would like to thank the staff and doctors at the Pine Falls Hospital and Pinawa Hospital for their warmth and kindness during such a difficult time.

A celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba.

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