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Born: May 26, 1944

Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2019

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1944 - 2019

Jill passed away peacefully December 5, 2019, surrounded by her family.
Jill was predeceased by her Welsh parents, Melville and Muriel Walters. She is survived by her husband Donald; sons, David (Jen), Derek (Sarah), Keith (Tracy); and daughter Shannon (Glenn Constable); and stepson Michael. She doted on her grandchildren Nathaniel, Jacob, Riley, Justin, Katelyn and Evelyn.
Jill was born May 26, 1944 in London and emigrated from Wales to Canada in 1952. She graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate and then married Richard Riel in 1965. She was a first and foremost a mother to her four children, working a variety of jobs before working full-time in property management until her retirement.
Life changed for two people when Don met Jill at the Canoe Club in 1990. The next 29 years were a match made in heaven. The winter vacations included Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Europe, Central America and the unforgettable trips to visit her father in Wales. In the summer, Jill and Don enjoyed the cottage on Lake of the Woods.
Jill was so proud of her Welsh heritage and was the matriarch of the family. She was the consummate hostess to all guests who were treated to her Yorkshire Pudding and huge, Welsh cabbage rolls. Jill enjoyed fishing, her flowers and ornamental lights. She enjoyed her glass of white wine, a few VLT's with her very close friend Giselle Morin, and adored the opera and classical music. Jill was never without a book in hand, she loved her mysteries and suspense.
Jill and I shared everything together, which included decisions, adventures, adversities and the outcome was always positive. Were the outcomes favourable because we were both geniuses? This relationship worked because we were made for each other. For years I called you ''Coach'' because I depended on you for almost everything. I know you'll be waiting for me up there. I'll buy you a glass of wine and we'll shuck and jive to "Old Time Rock and Roll". This time we won't stop. I love you Coach.
A celebration of Jill's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Desjardins Funeral Home, 357 DesMeurons Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba at Health Sciences Centre, where Jill received compassionate care.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I pass my condolences to Don and David, Derek, Keith, and Shannon and you have my sympathies in the passing of your mother & wife Jill. We attended Glenlawn together and danced at Glenlee CC & Glenwood CC. never mind the home games played, with the family, such as charades etc. The times at the rink. See you on the other side Jill. God Bless. - Posted by: Paul L Lagimodiere (Freind & 2nd cousin to the Riel's) on: Dec 21, 2019

  • So sorry Don and family for your loss. I always enjoyed Jill's company when I spent time with you guys. Always good conversation and funny stories. I know you will miss her dearly as will Gisele. I know you have lots of great memories RIP Jill - Posted by: Susie Ehnes (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2019

  • Dave, Nathaniel and Jacob. I'm sorry to hear about your Mom/Grandmother. Cherish the wonderful memories of her. Praying for comfort and peace for all. - Posted by: Judy Benson (Aunt to Nathaniel and Jacob.) on: Dec 11, 2019

  • Dear Don & Family, Boris & I are so so sorry of Jill's passing. We had some good times together, whether at the lake, in Arizona, or at our get-togethers at our homes. Jill will be greatly missed and our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family tomorrow. Wish we could be there with you, but we will see you when we get back to Winnipeg, Love, Boris & Marilyn - Posted by: Boris & Marilyn Nazarewich (Friends) on: Dec 11, 2019

  • Don & Family I am so sorry to hear about Jill's passing. My Deepest Sympathy Nadia Lind - Posted by: Nadia Lind (Lacomy) (Friend) on: Dec 10, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies to Don & the whole family on the loss of Jill, we enjoyed her company so much, she will be greatly missed. our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely Mary Ann & Gilbert - Posted by: mary ann & gilbert (friends) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • It is hard to imagine you are gone, Jill. What will I do without your unique and funny take on things, without your advice on which books I should read next, without the lively updated stories about your beloved grandkids, without hearing about your trips to the Riviera Maya resorts, without your tales from the lake or your details about getting ready for Christmas? You are leaving a big hole in the lives of the many people who loved you, but you are also leaving us with many fond memories of a very special lady who loved fiercely and who lived exactly the life she preferred. You will be missed terribly, dear friend, but never forgotten. - Posted by: Linda White (Muckle) (long-time long-distance friend from our days at GCI) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • I am so sorry to read of your spouse's passing, Don. I saw the happiness in your face when you and your beloved came to Pierre Radisson functions, and you are correct... this was a match made in heaven. Your ready smile and genuine tenderness whenever your wife's name was mentioned in staffroom talk was noticeable and admirable. She was a lucky lady to have found you, as you were fortunate to have such a true love in your life. Again, my condolences. - Posted by: Sheilah Land (friend) on: Dec 07, 2019

  • Don and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Love Lori Bjornson Savage - Posted by: Lori Savage (Family) on: Dec 07, 2019

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