We the family, sadly announce the sudden passing of Darwin, better known as D.D. Darwin was born on Aug. 4, 1960 in Hamiota Hospital, Hamiota, MB, second son to Gloria and the late Raymond Fleury. D.D. grew up in Uno, attended Beulah and Birtle schools and lived most of his life in Birtle.
D.D.’s love for the outdoors began at a very early age. His first BB gun took him on a make-believe hunting trip through the hills of Uno. In the ongoing years, his love for the great outdoors never wavered, his interests being archery, gun collecting, hunting and especially fishing. D.D. was also a ‘jack-of-all-trades.’ His mechanical talent began with the creating of go-carts and remakes of old bicycles. From this, his magical skills went to an old Fargo truck, dirt bikes, motorcycles, and a variety of miscellaneous cars.
In the year of 1978, it was D.D.’s leap into the work world with Plan and Improvement, operating the anchor squeezer on the Extra Gang with Canadian National Railways. Still mechanical wise, D.D. worked for a time at the Birtle Esso Garage. D.D. moved on with his skills in carpentry, painting and roofing, with Sala’s Construction. In the early 1990’s, D.D. began employment with the Town of Birtle. He operated the town grader, attended water treatment classes and supervised the workings of the Water Treatment Plant for a number of years. During this time, D.D. was a member of the Birtle Fire Department and Snake Creek Wildlife Association. D.D. was a man about town, cruising around Birtle streets with Nikita riding shotgun. He was known for his teasing, creating funny faces, his apparel of kerchiefs and skull caps. Some will remember D.D. when working the bar for Ike, others as the ‘handyman.’
Our circle is broken. But D.D. will be lovingly remembered by family and friends for his unique humour and his crooked smile. D.D. was predeceased by his father Raymond, partner Konnie Bogacki, and his companion Nikita. He is survived by his son Gavin (Laura), mother Gloria, Gavin’s mother Donna (Ternowetsky) Teters, siblings Robert (Pauline), Barry (Lois), Marty (Darlene), Anne, Donna (Tony), Joni (Trefor), many in-laws, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A private family graveside service will take place in the family plot in the St. Lazare Cemetery with Linda Clark officiating. Active pallbearers will be son, Gavin Fleury, brothers Robert, Barry and Marty Fleury, John Ternowetsky, Dave Teters. At this sad time, everyone is recognized as D.D.’s esteemed friend.
Rae’s Funeral Service was in care of arrangements. We, the family, thank everyone for all the thoughtful regards, food plates, phone calls and cards of sympathy. Blessings to all.
“Tomorrow I shall weep awhile, Today my eyes are hot and dry, With hard held tears and twisted heart, So much to do, I dare not cry. Tomorrow I shall face the grief, And let the healing tears have sway, Tomorrow I shall weep awhile, God help me, live just through the day.” (Taken from Nan Emerson Book, Wind Song).
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