In Memory of

Brent

Gestur

Sigurdson

Obituary for Brent Gestur Sigurdson

Brent Gestur Sigurdson
April 25,1956 – January 25,2024

After an almost two-year battle with cancer, Brent passed away Thursday January 25 at the age of 67 at the Gimli Community Health Centre with family by his side. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Kathy of 43 years, sons Steve (Stephanie), Paul, and Chris (Kirsten); grandchildren Soren, Kade, Olivia, Hayden and Sadie; sister Lorraine Sigurdson, brother Warren (Stacey), and sister Noreen (Don) Barkman; brothers and sisters-in-law Gord (Cindy) Anderson, Elin (Lawrence) Johnson, Lorraine (Hugh) Collins and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by parents Gestur and Gudrun Sigurdson; mother and father-in-law Doris and Lorne Anderson; and brothers and sister-in-law Murray Craddock, Greg Anderson and Karen Anderson.

Brent was born and raised in Hnausa, Manitoba. He loved the outdoors and spent most of his time outside exploring. He often talked about running cross country to Uncle Marino’s house to see Cousin Gary. Growing up he had many fond memories of staying at fish camps with the family and even working as a camp cook in his early teen years. He worked along side his dad farming and fishing. After graduation he spent some time in Winnipeg but was always drawn back to the Interlake. He worked along side his dad and then took over the fishing and farming when his dad suddenly passed away.

Commercial fishing was always in his blood, but he did several other jobs as well throughout his career. Many of these were between fishing seasons. Among them were at Pool Elevators, Lake Winnipeg Boat Works, Gimli Boat Works, Mulders Road Construction and various construction jobs. He also spent over 10 years with the North Red Waterway Corporation and was very proud of being a big part of developing the ice cutting program. He even took his knowledge of the ice and worked for 2 years for WERI when they took over the program. Brent was an avid volunteer. He was a Kiwanis member for almost 30 years and received a Distinguished President Award in 2001. He also looked after the grass cutting at Minerva Hall for many years and helped Kathy delivering Meals on Wheels.

Brent met Kathy in 1977 at an Arborg Carnival Dance. They eventually started dating and were married in 1980. Together they raised 3 boys. Their home was a gathering place for the boys’ friends and there were many jam sessions held in the garage over the years. They spent many years travelling to Curling bonspiels and events with the boys. These were wonderful times, and many new friends were made. Brent was very proud of his boys and their accomplishments. He loved his daughters-in-law as his own, he always said the boys made great choices. Afi loved his grandchildren very much and it wasn’t long before his yard was turned into a kid’s playground. Brent loved camping and we spent many summers camping in Lilac, Hecla, or the family farm at Svalbakka. And whether it was on camping trips or our annual Minneapolis Bus Trips to watch the Vikings, we almost always had an extra kid or two tag along (or even 8 one time!).

Family would like to thank all the health care workers at Cancer Care Manitoba and the Gimli Community Health Center for their care and compassion.

At this time no service will be held, a private memorial will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honour to Cancercare Manitoba Foundation Inc., 675 McDermot Ave., Room ON 1160, Winnipeg MB R3E 0V9 or a community group of choice.