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Eugene Kostyra

Eugene Michael Kostyra

Thursday, June 19th, 1947 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Eugene. He will be lovingly remembered by his spouse: Jeri Kostyra (nee: McKee), son Ryan Kostyra (Angela), daughter Tabitha Kostyra, grandchildren; T.J Meikle, Peyton Kostyra, brother Ray (Jane) Kostyra, niece Chelsea (James) McKee -Trenchard, nephews; Michael Kostyra of Alberta, Brant Karmen of B.C, Darryl Karmen of California, sisters-in-law Judie McKee, Winnipeg, Maureen Carroll-Friedman of Florida and numerous loving cousins. He was predeceased by parents Albert and Jean Kostyra of Winnipeg and Son Aaron Jon Meikle (Kim) Pineridge, MB.

Eugene was a loving, caring family man and friend. His passion for the working person and the less fortunate drove him into the labour and political movements. To learn more about that go to Wikipedia.
In his retirement years he loved participating in discussions, sharing music and investigating the history of the artist, or music genre with his two different music buddy groups. His compassion for music resulted in many road trips to concerts and the Blues Highway tour were among a few. Family adventures included camping to the coasts of Canada. He travelled to South Africa, Poland, Ireland, Kauai, Uganda, Montenegro, Australia and driving down to Mexico with Bob was an adventure of its own.

Mazatlan was a place he loved. Friends would tell you that he made the best Margaritas in the world.
In the Outback at Valhalla Beach he became close friends with many of the residents there. He arranged for pals to attend Home Concerts, local Gimli Theatre and he would host infamous Bocci Ball tournaments. He loved having dinner parties and always made people feel loved and welcome. A performance of the N.F. On the deck would be a highlight. He was a proud Manitoban and Canadian.

The last few years Eugene had many Health Issues. Instead of resting, he continued to make every moment count. He loved to show TJ how to BBQ the perfect Tuna Steak and Peyton how to parallel park. EK loved the Winnipeg Jets, Blue Bombers and the Goldeyes. Aaron could always update him on any player statistics. Family Dinners will remain a wonderful memory with great cooking from Ryan and Eugene and the debate of who taught who. Tabitha is very creative artist and many of her special gifts adorn our place.

We cannot have a formal funeral at this time. Eugene would wish you all peace and comfort with your Family and Friends. So when you can celebrate his life raise a glass (CR) or (H20) and remember a humble, generous, hardworking gentleman who absolutely cared for everyone.

We want to thank the staff at Gimli Community Health Centre, (CancerCare Unit, Emergency and Palliative Care Program) for their care and compassion especially during these last few weeks.

He loved his family and friends beyond measure. He will truly be missed by many.
Rest in Peace my Husbuddy, Dad, Grandpa, Brother (Brothers), Uncle, cousins, friends and colleagues. We will all miss you so very much.

Donations if able can be sent to: the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation, for the Gimli Hospital in memory of Eugene Kostyra. Donations can be made online at or via cheque to the Interlake Eastern Health Foundation at Selkirk Regional Health Centre, P.O Box 5000, 120 Easton Drive, Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2 or your local food bank, woman's shelter, Multiple Myeloma Canada, or a charity of your choice.
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Bozica Costigliola

Posted at 07:16pm
Dear Jeri, I was so sad when I heard about Eugene. I remember a smart, funny, gentle human being who made a real difference in people's lives as an activist, organizer, politician, and friend. I feel lucky to have known him and to have had an opportunity to work with him when we were at CUPE. He was very supportive and completely dedicated to improving the lives of workers. I will never forget him. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Bea Goussaert

Posted at 10:03am
To you Jeri and family, our condolences on your loss.
Andrew first met with Eugene in 1980 on Eugene’s visit to Yellowknife with Jake Cowan. Accommodations were rustic cabin style. It was Eugene’s birthday no less so a cake was procured and shared! Soon Arctic Cooperatives and our family made the move to Winnipeg. As Andrew often reflected later, we never looked back. Eugene’s value system supported and uplifted minority groups who were often pushed aside, including the Inuit and Dene of Canada’s Arctic. Eugene touched the lives of countless people, whether known or unknown. He will be missed.
(Andrew), Bea and Vera Goussaert.

Clarence Dungey

Posted at 05:20pm
I am more than saddened having read of the passing of Brother Kostyra. There are far too many memories to speak of in this short context that come to mind other than to remember him as a truly dedicated trade unionist! My sincere condolences for your loss.

Clarence S. Dungey
Ottawa, ON

Chris Lorenc

Posted at 08:18am
I was truly very saddened to have learned of Eugene's passing. He was a great Manitoban and Canadian, whose spirit of contribution was a core principle of Eugene's. He was proud of his roots - always came with a smile. His legacy of participation in the community, in politics and government on various Boards on which he served will be difficult to match. Each organization to which he contributed, was left better because of his advice. I worked with Eugene on many files when he was in government and after. My most recent experience was when we were both appointed in 2009 to the Board of CentrePort Canada. He did not speak often, but we all knew the wisdom to listen carefully as each word was based upon his vast life's experience and each contribution was a lesson learned. My very deep condolences to Eugene's family. I will miss Eugene. Rest in peace my friend. Chris Lorenc

Karen Hurst

Posted at 03:42pm
I miss my friend Eugene. And my heartbreaks for Jeri. My sincere condolences to all.

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