It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Louis Billinkoff at the age of 99. Lou was born in 1923, the son of immigrant parents who moved to Winnipeg from Rzhyschiv, near Kiev. He married Ruth (Lentz) in 1951 and had two sons, Lorne (Marilyn) and Errol (Nicole Smith). Lou and Ruth were married for 71 years and they were looking forward to celebrating Lou’s 100th birthday in June. They had a long, wonderful life together, building two houses, traveling, and raising a family.
Lou was a devoted family man and enjoyed spending time with his sons, and later his four grandchildren, Alix (Natan Cramer) and Mitchell. Jordan, Asher, (and their mother Susan). He also had three great grandchildren, Shalev, Boaz, and Nava.
Lou went to school in the North End and later went to the University of Manitoba, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1945. He was hired by City Hydro, later Winnipeg Hydro, and was employed there for forty years, working his way up to Assistant Chief Engineer. It was his mission to rid Winnipeg of its overhead wiring.
Lou gained notoriety later in life as a runner. After surviving a heart attack at the age of 89, he started exercising, and then running. He set Canadian records for the 50 and 100 meter runs in his age class, and a World record at the age of 95. His story was covered nationally by many news outlets.
Lou passed away on March 14, 2023, at the St. Boniface Hospital. His funeral was held at the Chesed Shel Emes Funeral Home on March 19. Pallbearers were Mitch Billinkoff, Jordan Billinkoff, Asher Billinkoff, Donald Billinkoff, Martin Billinkoff, and Josh Fineblit.
The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital for their care of Lou. The family would also like to thank Lou’s neighbour Doug and all-round support person Maria for their care and dedication, and the staff at the Reh-Fit Centre for their support.
Donations can be made to the Louis and Ruth Billinkoff Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or the charity of your choice.

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