DAVID ROMAN GIEREK
David peacefully passed away with his loving wife Gail by his side, after a lengthy illness, in the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on December 1, 2020, at the age of 65.
David was born on July 15, 1955 in Winnipeg Manitoba where he grew up on Pembina Hwy. in Fort Garry, and later, on Jubilee Ave. in Fort Rouge. He attended Pembina Crest Elementary, Lord Roberts Elementary, and Churchill High Schools. He played many sports, including hockey, baseball, handball, and football for the Bulldogs. Dave also loved to play golf. Born a Minnesota Vikings fan, he also loved his home teams the Blue Bombers and Jets, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays. He enjoyed watching many baseball games over the years with his Mother in-law Carol, and was thrilled to finally go and see a game with his wife Gail, George and Diane at the Rodgers Centre. Dave worked many jobs over the years, including for, Connelly signs, Canada Wire and the Eaton’s Logistic Plant before becoming the Resident Manager at Kenbur Gardens 55 plus block in St. Vital, where he worked for 23 years. Dave always had a great rapport and many friendships with seniors over his entire life, and was well liked and loved by the blocks many residents. He was also loved by all of the children in his life (often being referred to as a “kid magnet”), and could always put a smile on their faces with his unique sense of humour. David always had a knack for telling jokes and never forgot one. He also loved to read, and was a huge Stephen King fan. David was very intelligent, compassionate, caring, generous, and always a gentleman. In June of 1992 David met the love of his life Gail and they were married two years later on August 13, 1994. They loved to go camping together, spending time with family and friends, and also enjoyed many trips over the years, out east to Sudbury, and to Cuba where Dave swam with the dolphins. David really enjoyed his 65th surprise birthday party this past July with all of his close family on a beautiful summer day. He was speechless when we arrived and said it was the best birthday of his life, especially because his was able to speak with each and every one of his brothers and sisters on the same day.
David was predeceased by his mother Daphne and father Roman; niece Adrienne Breakey; Grandma Johnson; Grandpa Gierek; mother in-law Carol Klem; and brother in-law Gordon Klem.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife and soul mate Gail; brothers and sisters, Lynn Angus(Ken), Stephen Gierek of Oshawa Ontario, Juliana Chadwick (Wayne) of Grand Forks B.C., Maureen Urbanovich (Ken), Michael Gierek (Nicole), Erin Gierek; brother in-law, George Klem (Diane); nieces and nephews, Shannon Breakey (Angelo), John Angus (April), Warren Daske (Donna), Myles Daske, Matthew Urbanovich (Kristen), Jillian Urbanovich (Adam), godchild Allyson Urbanovich (Josh), Rory Gierek, Isabella Gierek, Jordon Gierek, Ronald Klem (Calli), Steven Klem (Joanna), Jennifer Marych (Elliot); great nieces and nephews, Chelsea Sanders, Brittany Sanders (Michael), Merritt Harding, Akadia Harding, Jackson Angus, Alice Angus, Henry Angus, Alexandra Klem, Aedan Klem, Stevie Klem; great great nieces, Elizabeth Sanders, Amelia Sanders; former brother in-law Richard Urbanovich; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
David loved everyone in both his and my family. He shared a very special and close bond to his sister Maureen, and his niece Jillian was always (Unckie Herb’s little Jinny). He also always had a sweet spot in his heart for little Rory. A special love for Uncle Anthony and Auntie Betsy, and loving cousin Kathy Bambenek.
I wish to thank David’s special friend Matthew Gunderson and wife Carley, who cared for him and helped with the heavy lifting work, ( his Batman and Robin, lol ), as well as his buddy Kelly Vincent. I am also very thankful to David’s Brother Michael, my Uncle Anthony and Auntie Betsy for helping me during this difficult time. David always said, “Love through friendship is amazing”, so thank you to all who knew him for these last two years while he was so sick. I am especially grateful to the nurses Laura, Kelly, and Dr. Scott Arnold at the Grace Hospital for their love and caring. I am so very appreciative that I was allowed in the hospital to be with David, it was very quiet and peaceful when he went to heaven. He is not sick anymore, he is not hurting anymore, he is free, happy and at peace with our lord.
David’s favorite quote was from the “Wizard of Oz” when the wizard handed the Tin Man his heart; “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.”
I am very much loved by my husband, and very proud to always be Mrs. David Gierek. He will always watch over me, and protect me. It is not goodbye, but see you later my love. Always smile when you think of him. In Jesus name. Amen.
Thank you for loving me, my David.
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