Peacefully, after a courageous three-year, 10-month battle with cancer, Derwin (Ralph) passed away with his family by his side at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Man. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the age of 61. Derwin was born in Melville, Sask. on April 3, 1958 to Orin and Margaret Wing. Growing up he enjoyed being outdoors, playing baseball and hunting. He attended school in Melville, graduating in 1976. He started working for the CN in 1977 where he met Brenda (Halyk). He spent many hours at Brenda’s family farm. Derwin and Brenda were married on May 17, 1986 and in 1987 they moved to Winnipeg, Man. He became a proud father to Dakota and Destiny on Nov. 26, 1990. He was very involved and supportive of all their hobbies, interests and academics. As a family, they went on many adventures, including vacations, camping, ski events and trips to visit family and friends in Saskatchewan. Derwin liked tinkering in the garage and spending time in the yard. He received his Red Seal in steel fabrication in 2000. After 36 years of service, he retired from the CN in 2013. In his retirement he spent time at the farm, getting in as many rounds of golf as possible, and travelling to many places around the world with Brenda. His memory will be cherished by his wife Brenda; son Dakota; daughter Destiny (Cody); siblings, June (Norm) Rathgeber, Victor Wing, Brian (Crystal) Wing and Shirley Jeffery; brother-in-law, Bryan and sister-in-law, Jane Halyk; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Orin; mother Margaret; step-father, Steve Reves; sister, Joyce Halyk; brother in-law, Isadore Halyk; sister-in-law, Connie Wing; nephew, Kelly Wing; mother-in-law, Edith Halyk; and father-in-law, Max Halyk. Derwin will be remembered as a loving husband, a proud father, a caring brother, a fun uncle, a golf buddy, a good friend, and as the Smartie Man. The family would like to give a special thank you to the oncology department and all the staff at Concordia Hospital who provided care for him. In lieu of flowers, donations in Derwin’s name may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation (Concordia Hospital Oncology Department), 675 McDermot Ave., Room 0N1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. A celebration of Derwin’s life will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd, Winnipeg, Man.
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