In Memory of

Daniel

Wilson

Klemm

Obituary for Daniel Wilson Klemm

Daniel, beloved father and grandfather, passed away suddenly at St. Boniface Hospital, on January 31, 2024, aged 91 years.

Born in his childhood home in The Pas, Manitoba, to parents Meta and Karl Klemm, Danny had an early life of freedom and adventure, full of escapades along the Saskatchewan and Carrot Rivers.

Danny’s early school years were in a one-room schoolhouse kept warm in winter with a wood stove. He loved his dog Bing and the other dog companions throughout his life, who accompanied him fishing, hunting and on his other outdoor adventures. The woods of Northern Manitoba were truly his happy place.

After graduating from the Red Brick High School in The Pas, Dan worked in Northern Manitoba and the Yukon for a few years, earning the money he’d need to pursue his secondary education. He left Northern Manitoba on a bus to Winnipeg, having applied for the Engineering program at University of Manitoba, and learning on his arrival that he’d been accepted.

Once Dan graduated from the Faculty of Engineering he started a decades-long career with Manitoba Hydro as a Civil Engineer. He was involved in the construction of hydroelectric generating stations built in 1960’s and ’70’s, which allowed him to revisit northern Manitoba.

Dan met the love of his life, Corinne, at a YMCA dance, in his final year of University. Many times he told his children ‘asking your Mom to marry me was the best decision I ever made.' When they married, Dan was welcomed into Corinne’s family, by her parents Jozef and Karolina, and her brother Victor.

Dan and Corinne started their family when they lived in Wildwood Park, bringing Carole, Jocelyn, Eric, and Valerie into the world. When the family of six outgrew their two bedroom house, they made the move to what became Dan’s home of more than 50 years. Dan enjoyed seeing the many other families grow as they moved into the neighbourhood. Every Spring he looked forward to planting his vegetable garden, sharing his abundant crops with neighbours and their kids, encouraging them to pick beans, zucchini, or raspberries. This love of nature and sharing he instilled with all of his children.

An avid letter writer, history buff, and non-fiction reader, Dan liked to talk and question and debate the issues of the day. He kept a close connection with his childhood friends, his Engineering cohorts from University of Manitoba and from Hydro days. Dan and Corinne visited their children and grandchildren often, and when long distance travel became difficult, they always welcomed family back to their home.

Dan was predeceased by his beloved Corinne in 2017, and by his parents Karl and Meta. He is survived by his four children Carole (Doug), Jocelyn (Ric), Eric, and Valerie (Andras), and his four grandchildren India, Andy, Liam, and Max. He also leaves his sister-in-law Agnieszka, nephews Conrad and Jason (Michelle), great nephews Brandon and Jordan and great niece Gracelyn. Dan was a dad and grandfather to the end, always concerned for the wellbeing of his family.

His family extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of The Convalescent Home of Winnipeg, for their kindness and caring for Dan.

The family will hold a celebration of Dan’s life in the late Spring.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, or to a charity of your choice. Plant a garden, nurture it, and share what you grow.