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Lillian Ramsay

May 19, 1928 - August 3, 2018

It is with heavy but full hearts that we announce the passing of Lillian Ramsay, “Diamond Lil”, wife, mother, sister, grandma and great-grandma, but most of all a woman who lived her “dash” her way.  In the poem The Dash by Linda Ellis, she says, “For that dash represents all the time they spent alive on earth and now only those who loved them know what that little line is worth.”


Lil lived her dash her way and died peacefully at home on August 3rd at the age of 90.  Lil wanted to live her final years independently in her own home. That is just what she did!


Lil lived a full life between Winnipeg and Toronto. Most of that time was spent travelling from hockey rink to hockey rink, trying to keep a family of four kids all pointed in the right direction.  Lil’s sense of humor and passion for caring for others will live on through family and friends.  Our family will live our days with a sense of humor and never look back to see what just happened.  We will all try to live our lives with a lust for life and love, as Lil always did.


Lil is survived by her daughter Linda Ramsay (Ted Percival); three sons Dave Ramsay, (Charlene), Jim Ramsay (Anita) of New York, NY, and Jeff Ramsay (Tiffany) of Dallas, TX; grandchildren Erin McLeod (Corey), Courtney Erickson (Kris), Paige Ramsay (William), Mason, Sloane of New York, NY, Chase of New York, NY, and Owen, Lucy, and Jack, all of Dallas, TX;  great-grandchildren Cruz and Lennyn; and step-great-children Mackenzie and Michael of Toronto, ON.


Lil was the daughter of Leonida and Edmond Nolin. She was predeceased her husband of 67 years, Robert Earl Ramsay; sister Doris Van Ryckeghem (Jerry) and Donald Nolin (Simone).  She is survived by her sisters Florence McLeod, Aline Carneiro (Simon) and brother Claude Nolin (Flore).


Lil’s life will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Friday August 10, 2018 in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation,

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