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Lorne Douglas Szmerski

May 17, 1958 — December 23, 2021

May 17, 1958 – December 23, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Lorne Szmerski on December 23, 2021.  He leaves to mourn his loving wife and best friend of 45 years Patsy; daughter Jaime (Derek); son Clayton (Nicole); and his precious grandchildren Rylan and Kailyn, Roxul, Halo and Luxor. Also left to cherish his memories are his sisters Shelly (Mitchell) and Colleen (Art); many sister and brother in-laws; several nieces and nephews; special aunties, uncles and cousins, and Don.

Lorne was predeceased by his parents Stan & Rosalie Szmerski; Gerda; some very close family members and a few very close friends. 

Lorne loved anything outdoors; including boating and fishing which drew him and Patsy to purchase an island with their best friends Peter and Kim.  He enjoyed over 30 years of making island memories. He retired from Milner Ridge Correctional Center in 2016.  His love for hunting, gardening and any yard maintenance led him to the perfect parcel of land where he could “do it all” and enjoy retirement.  He raised chickens, grew vegetables, and took pride in his extra-large heads of garlic.  Anyone who came to visit “The Garlic Man”, left with a bag of fresh veggies, a jar of pickles, salsa and of course a few heads of garlic. Lorne was a proud member of the Manitoba Metis Federation and became the vice chairman for the LDB local.  He helped many Metis members throughout his 3 ½ year term and was very happy to do so.   

Lorne was a very generous man, and most will remember him as the man with a joke or trick up his sleeve. Everyone that knew him has a “Lorne” story to tell. 

Lorne’s medical issues had caused him to recently take things a little bit slower after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  The family wants to take the time to thank all of Lorne’s doctors, Lisa, and his team of mental health advisors. 

As per Lorne’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private Celebration of his Life will be held at “The Island” at a later date.

Have I told you lately that I love you (Rod Stewart).
Until we meet again, Patsy xoxoxo

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