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Date of Passing: Jun 12, 2020

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Suddenly in the early morning hours of June 12, 2020, in the arms of his son, Edward Alan Gaffray left this world.
Left to cherish his memories are: his wife Janice, his son Lee, daughters, Megan (Jenna), Julie (Tyler) and Kaitlyn; his mother Andrea, father Arthur; brother and business partner Stephen, sister-in-law Carrie, and their children, Tyler, Dallas, Laci and Easton; his father-in-law Don and sister-in-law Alicia.
Also to remember him by are close relatives both in Canada and England, as well as numerous good friends from all around the world.
Edward was predeceased by his wife Roseanne, and his infant sister Grace, paternal and maternal grandparents, uncles, and some very close, family-like friends.
With a passion for aviation since a young age, Ed received his pilot's license as a teenager and aircraft engineering ticket shortly after. He was a mentor for many and leaves a large gap in the aviation community.
Edward's life experiences reached well beyond his 51 years. He was full of adventure, always yearning to learn more, do more and be more. There was not a project too small, too large or too unrealistic for him.
Ed was active in the community, being a member of the Pine Falls Curling Club, the CDC, and Chamber of Commerce. Ed also loved following hockey, and as a Winnipeg Jets "critique", he was not shy to give his opinions to his close friends.
If he was your friend, he was your friend for life. There truly was nothing he would not do for anyone. He always put everyone before himself. He worked hard, lived fully, and loved unconditionally.
All Edward would want for all of us, is to be true to yourself, enjoy and value what you have and always keep learning.
Please go in peace Edward. You taught us all the meaning of hard work, responsibility, and true commitment. Your job is now done here on earth, and you can peacefully rest. Many loved ones have gone before you, and will be welcoming you with open, loving arms.
To honour Edward's wishes, no service will be held. But he always said "just throw a big party". A hangar party to celebrate his life will be held at a later date, when we can all gather as one.

High Flight
By John Gillespie Magee

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on
laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed,
and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds,
- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of
- wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along,
and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights
with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew -
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
204-268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Deepest condolences to the family on the too soon passing of Ed. He was great to work with in his wild rice business, making a nutritious local product available as Arthur had done before him, while enjoying the flying he loved. Best of Luck Stephen and family in carrying on. - Posted by: Janine Gibson (Colleague) on: Aug 06, 2020

  • Please accept the sincere condolences on behalf of the VINET, PEDERSON and BLACK families on the sudden passing of Edward. - Posted by: Sue Black (Cousin) on: Jul 02, 2020

  • "Fast Eddie" will be missed dearly. From my first years at Aikens docking planes to the final trips up here last summer, Ed was always fun to have around. Quick wit with the customers or the dockhand, he was always keeping people laughing and smiling. I remember back in the 90's he and Steve scuba dove 90 feet in Aikens to help us retrieve some motors that fell in the lake. And last year he lent us a skunk trap that he had built and welded together. What couldn't he do? The entire Aikens Family offers its most sincere condolences to the Gaffrays and the entire Bluewater Family. - Posted by: Pit & Julie Turenne (Friend & business associate) on: Jun 30, 2020

  • Ed was the first friend I made when I moved to Pine Falls. His generosity and willingness to help others was truly amazing. Always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. I know he is and will continue to be missed very badly. My deepest condolences to Lee and all of Ed's family. It's hard to believe you are gone! Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Kelvin Kralka (Friend) on: Jun 22, 2020

  • Always there for those who needed him and a pillar of the Winnipeg River community. As the memories of the decades wash over me the thoughts of Ed and all that he represented stand out. We have lost so much more than just a cherished family member, mentor and friend. Both Cheryl and I wish to express our heartfelt sorrow for your loss. - Posted by: John Melnick (Friend and admirer) on: Jun 20, 2020

  • Condolences to Edwards flamily, he was a wonderful and generous man. I rember him as a young lad racing on his tricycle from his house to the hanger. Always excited to be around the hanger from a very early age. Rest in peace knowing your time spent here on earth made a difference to those who knew you. - Posted by: Robert Lemoine (Bob) & wife Phyllis Hannon (Long term friend and employee) on: Jun 18, 2020

  • We offer our deepest condolences to Lee and the Gaffrey family. We've known Ed for over 30 years when he was flying us into Aikens Lake. He will be remembered as a kind person always ready to help. So sorry he is gone. - Posted by: Philippe & Jackie Lavack and family (formerly of Aikens Lake Lodge) on: Jun 17, 2020

  • I got to know Ed at the curling club in Pine Falls. Both on and off the ice he was a great guy to be around. I got lucky and won fly in fishing trips. Ed flew us to Gammon River. What a blast. He was the kind of man who you just feel better for knowing. My thoughts are with the family and all the other friends who, like me, are saddened by this loss. - Posted by: Mark Petursson (Friend) on: Jun 17, 2020

  • I have competed against Ed in curling and he was a serious competitor and a lot of fun in the lounge after the game. I enjoyed his sense of humor and a laugh that was infectious. I delivered fuel for their business and he would often come and talk with me as I was unloading. I am going to miss you Ed. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Denis Cyr (Friend) on: Jun 17, 2020

  • Ed truly was a guy who, when you met him for the first time, you feel you've known him forever. He'd treat you like an old friend. Rest in peace Ed, our sincere condolences to all the family. Respectfully, James, Joe & all our family - Posted by: James Hnatishin (Business associate) on: Jun 17, 2020

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