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Stories and Condolences for the late Edward Sobkowicz


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September 13, 1929 – August 29, 2015


Ed passed away peacefully after a short stay at the Seven Oaks Hospital.


He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, June; daughter Joan (Glen) Johnson of The Pas, MB; son David and several cousins, nieces, nephews and three sisters-in-law.  He was predeceased by his son Michael; parents John and Anna and his brothers Walter and Joe.


Ed was born and raised in Fort Frances, Ontario.  After ten years of marriage and the birth of his first two (of three) children, he felt the need to continue the education he began years earlier at the University of Manitoba.  While working part-time (to make ends meet) at McMillan Blowdell, Ed earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at UBC, Vancouver.  After graduation he worked for Boeing in Seattle on the SST project.  An opportunity for teaching Electronic Technology brought him to the Red River Community College in Winnipeg.  He was quite happy to continue his work there until his retirement twenty-five years later.


The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the doctors and staff of U3-U1 of the fifth floor at the Seven Oaks Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Ed.


As per Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and no memorial services are planned at this time.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Agape Table or The Salvation Army would be gratefully appreciated.


We miss you Ed.

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From: Ken Dzogan

Ed was always kind, giving and respectful. From my earliest recollections, I always reacted with eager anticipation whenever I learned we were about to visit Ed and his family in Fort Frances. He had a way of making even a child feel special in his presence.


Later, when we visited Ed and his family in Steveson BC, Federal Way WA and Winnipeg we were welcomed as warmly as ever. Ed was truly a good man who was loved by those of us fortunate enough to know him.


He will be greatly missed.

From: John Sobkowicz


Ed was a remarkable person - someone who could get along with almost anyone and who truly valued his time with his family and friends.


As a young boy and then young man, I valued his friendship and I knew he was my friend by the way he talked to and treated me. Ed had a thoughtful and loving way with everyone that he met or with whom he associated. I have tried to emulate his care for people in my own life - not as successfully as he did. I suspect I needed a few years of tutelage under his mother, Anna (Galandzy) Sobkowicz, and his wife, June, to get it right.


In paying tribute to Ed, I also pay tribute to the wonderful women and children in his life. Although I had a predisposition to mathematics and sciences, it was Ed who encouraged and inspired me to take engineering in school. I was literally following in his footsteps at the University of BC, and was proud to do so.


His example and love of engineering were passed on to me and I am sure many other young people who studied under him. He was a stickler for getting things right but always quick to praise. One thing I absorbed from Ed was a love for learning and to keep at it throughout my life. Mentoring young students and engineers is a huge part of life for a mature engineer and Ed showed us how to do this in spades.


Goodbye for awhile, my friend - I look forward to our future meeting and discussions, when the cares of this life have dropped away and when the differences of age and time have been erased.


A quote from Richard Bach seems appropriate: "Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends".

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