It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Edward “Eddie” Shell on Friday, December 29th, 2017, at the age of 91.
Eddie was predeceased by his parents Max and Bessie, his sister Evelyn and brother-in-law Ben Rayman, and sister and brother-in-law, Claire and Syd Jacobson. He is survived by his loving wife Rose, his children, Marla (Avie), and Alan. Eddie will also be missed by his grandchildren, Andrew (Brendan), Emily (Josh), and great-granddaughter Scarlett. In addition, he is survived by his caring brother-in-law Harold (Marg), and many devoted nieces and nephews
Eddie was the ultimate husband, son, father, brother and grandfather. He was a wonderful role model. Generous, thoughtful and loving.
He was born in Leduc, Alberta on June 3, 1926. At the age of 20, he worked at Columbia Pictures in Winnipeg, where he rose steadily in the ranks. At 27, he married the love of his life, Rose (Raisel) Altman.
In the early 1960s, Eddie became involved in construction and realized that was his calling. He formed Sargent Construction in 1964 and went on to build: Courts of St. James (his favorite and greatest project), Northgate bowling alley, U of M pool, the extension to Pan Am Pool, Towers of Polo Park, Tawani Towers, the library at Garden City Collegiate, the first pre fab concrete house on Roblin Blvd., Keewatin Place, and Corydon Village Mall.
Eddie introduced the family to rollerblading, and was instrumental in initiating a huge group of guys to the game of horseshoes, both in Winnipeg Beach, and in Palm Springs.
Everyone whose lives he touched was enriched by him. Loved by family, friends, and employees, he was honorable, generous, and kind. Eddie will be remembered with love and respect.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Shaftesbury Park residence, the homecare nurses coordinated by Mary Ashcroft, the doctors and staff at the Simkin Centre – with special thanks to Julius, Roma, Jane, and Saleem. Also, thanks to Dr. R. Meyers, Dr. Aynsley, and Clare at the Health Sciences Respiratorv Clinic. And thank you to Marcela Fullante for being such a caring companion his last few months.
Donations may be made to the Altzheimer’s Society or Cancercare Manitoba in memory of Eddie.