On March 25, 2017 as early evening turned to dusk Winnipeg’s “Car Doc” took his final breath and I lost my super hero.
Sid was born to humble beginnings in his beloved North End. Sid began his career as an automotive mechanic and spread his wings from there, obtaining his science degree at Bemiji State, going on to teach automotive at Tec Voc for 19 years (1969 to 1987) where his focus was centered on his students. The Automovice Hot Line was one of his great loves. The “Car Doc” loved his audience and they loved him. After Sid left teaching he devoted his life to his own business: Sid’s Complete Car Care. His customers became his friends and every day was a special event. Sid loved the life he lived and lived the life he loved, he earned the love and respect from all of the “kids” whose lives he touched; including friends, students, customers, industry partners, and especially his devoted staff. Sid left way too soon. He will be missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Rickie, his children Brad (Kara) Minuk, Shannon (Nelson) Bowley, Kevin (Tammy) Minuk; and his most prized possessions, his grandchildren, Carlie and Beth Minuk, Jordan, Hailey, Brett and Ashley Bowley, Hannah and Aaron Minuk. Also left to mourn are his sisters, Irene Minuk, Shirley (Phil) Shaff, and Ruth (Sid) Kraitberg; sisters-in-law Sheryn Smith, Cynthia (Ben) Friedman; and many special nephews, nieces and cousins. Special thanks to St. Boniface ICU and it’s many doctors and nurses. “His heart was shattered but his shoulders were wide and his arms were strong. He will hold us tight in his magical hands”