July 5, 1989 - April 14, 2019
Unexpectedly, on April 14, 2019, Justin Robert Marginet passed away at the age of 29 years.
He is survived by his wife Kirstie (née Finkel); beloved fur babies Rooney and Olivia; parents Brent and Sherry Marginet, as well as his mother Lenore. He is also survived by his brother Sean (Alicia) Marginet; best friend Tyler Porznak; brother-in-law Mark Finkel and numerous extended family and friends that loved him dearly.
To some, Justin was a quiet, mild-mannered person that tended to keep to himself. But to those who knew him well, he could be quite the opposite! Justin loved a good laugh; he was always looking for a way to spin something into a joke. He had a sarcastic, dry sense of humour that will be deeply missed by many.
Justin was a soccer player and fan from a very early age. He had a presence on the field like no other. He was not boastful and was not in it for the achievements. He played for many teams over the years, primarily as a defenseman. His fellow teammates quickly got to know that he gave his all into the game, in fact, he was so determined, he would often play full games in spite of having broken bones and pulled muscles. Even as a defenseman, he would run up and down the entire field, slide-tackling whoever he needed to in order to help out his team. Sport brought him a lot of joy and personal satisfaction. As a fan, his team was Manchester United. In fact, he named his first cat after one of his favourite players, Wayne “Rooney”. There is a lot of memories of Justin getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch Premiere League matches. With a cup of tea in hand and his kittens at his side, he was his most content.
Justin was also an avid reader, which is evident by the book collection he gathered over the years consisting of mostly Fantasy and Sci-Fi genres which he eventually created into somewhat of a “library”. You could rarely find one of Justin’s books with a creased spine. He took great pride in keeping his books in good shape and displayed them proudly. Recently, Justin even began authoring a book, partnering with his closest friend, Tyler as his editor, sounding board, and idea generator. It was a lifelong dream of Justin’s to become an author. Although he only got a few chapters in, it brought him great joy to contribute towards his dream.
Justin enjoyed music immensely, most notably, The Beatles, Rush, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Eagles, among others. He was very intent on understanding the lyrics and meaning behind a song. For him, it was not just about the beat or the rhythm, music had a deeper meaning. You could often find Justin with a pair of headphones in his ears enjoying the music he loved. In addition, Justin enjoyed many pastimes playing computer and video games, which he was able to share in with close friends.
For anyone who knew Justin, it was clear he was a very fit guy. He greatly enjoyed keeping himself physically fit and active. Aside from playing soccer, he enjoyed hitting the tennis courts in the summertime, and working out on an almost daily basis.
Justin also took great pride in his home. He spent many hours working on projects to transform his house into a home. He could do almost anything – plumbing, carpentry, electrical – whatever was needed. He was self-taught in many areas which brought him great joy and accomplishment.
Growing up, Justin attended Arthur E. Wright School and Tec Voc High School specializing in Design Drafting. He was also part of the Air Cadets for many years, where he learned how to play the bagpipes and performed with the Air Cadets pipe band on many occasions.
In his career, he spent more than 10 years in the paint industry, first at Canadian Tire, then at McDiarmid Lumber, and finally with Dulux Paints for the past 6+ years. Although he would have a hard time admitting it, Justin had a knack for building relationships. He greatly enjoyed meeting new people through his work and building relationships with those he shared common interests.
A summary of Justin’s life would not be complete without notable mention being given to his beloved fur babies. Justin greatly enjoyed caring for and spending time with his two cats, Rooney and Olivia. In 2011, Justin found Rooney weak and unable to eat and nursed him back to health. Later in 2013, it was decided that Rooney needed a pal, so Olivia came into our lives. Justin adored his cats, spending endless nights with them curled up on his lap and listening to them purr. In addition to his own cats, Justin was passionate about taking in and ensuring the well-being of other “neighborhood” cats. On many occasions, Justin befriended a stray cat and ensured they found their way to the Humane Society so they could be taken care of with the hope of finding a loving home.
Justin, you were deeply regarded by many more people than you ever knew. You will indeed be missed. Your life ended too soon, but you sure made a lasting impression on those who were lucky enough to have known you.
For any of those out there suffering with their mental health, you are not alone. Please seek help, tap into the support of a trusted person, and let’s all work to end the stigma. It is okay to not be okay.
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A gathering in honour of Justin’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the First Unitarian & Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society in memory of Justin.
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