It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Wiwierski on Friday, October 7, 2022 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
David was born in Haifa, Israel on December 24, 1949 to Morris and Clara Wiwierski, both Holocaust survivors. The family immigrated to Canada when David was 21 months old and ended up settling in the north end of Winnipeg, where he grew up and attended Luxton School and then Gordon Bell High School. David’s brother, Garry, was born in 1959, and although there was a 10-year difference between them, they developed a very close bond right up until the day of David’s passing.
With a knack for numbers, David graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), and went on to get his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.
David began his career as an auditor with the Credit Union Stabilization Fund and then went on to work for Revenue Canada for 32 years. Holding many positions throughout his long career with the CRA, he retired in December 2013 after being the manager of specialized audit responsible for tax avoidance, international tax, larger files and non-resident audits.
David met his wife Susan (nee Engel) in 1983 and it was love at first sight. They were married in May 1984 and had their son, Jared, in November 1985. Their daughter, Shayna, was born in 1988. David loved his children and was devoted to their happiness. His family meant everything to him.
As an animal lover, David also considered his beloved dogs, Chase and Ziggy, to be members of his family. He also had fond memories of his Siberian Husky, Blazer, who passed away in 1995.
David’s retirement years were spent enjoying life with his family, traveling to Lake of the Woods, gardening, cooking, and biking. He was an avid cyclist, accumulating over 60,000 kilometres over his lifetime. David was also a passionate fan of both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (of which he was a season ticket holder) and the Minnesota Vikings.
David is survived by his wife, Susan Beverly; brother, Garry; son, Jared Tyler; daughter, Shayna Dara; and his dogs, Chase and Ziggy. He was preceded in death by his father, Morris, and mother, Clara.
The family wishes to thank the staff on GH4 who cared for David at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg before his passing.
The funeral was held on October 12, 2022 at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. The pallbearers were Sid Rutman, Phil Halprin, Gary Yip, Joshua Vorstenbosch, Jared Wiwierski, and Garry Wiwierski.
The family asks in lieu of flowers for donations to be made to Darcy’s A.R.C.,where David adopted his beloved dog Chase.