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Born: Feb 12, 1931

Date of Passing: Aug 07, 2020

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February 12, 1931 - August 7, 2020

Claude Collister, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020. He was 89 years of age.
Left to cherish a lifetime of memories are his wife of 66 years, Christina Kay (nee Sanders), and their children, Carl (Sharon, who sadly passed on April 26, 2020) and Corinne (Paul). Claude and Christina were also blessed with seven grandchildren, Kathryn (Gordon), Robert (Farrow), David, Mark (Janice), Daniel, Alison (Ryan) and Matthew (Caitlin), and three great-grandchildren, Samantha, Jackson and Sarah.
He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Henry and Stella Bertha (nee Woods), and four siblings, Harry, Jack, Doug, and Olva.
Claude was born in Morden, Manitoba in 1931 then moved with his family to Brandon, Manitoba in 1942. He made his career in retail working with the T. Eaton Company where he met Christina, the love of his life. They married in 1954, and in 1965, Claude accepted a transfer to Winnipeg where he and Christina set down roots and raised their family.
In 1993, after 45 years with Eaton's, Claude retired and looked forward to having more time with family and friends and relaxing with a good read in his favourite chair. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Niakwa Country Club for over 25 years until his declining health finally forced him to retire his clubs. He enjoyed curling with the Eaton's curling group and getting together with the Eaton's retirement group to share some laughs and reminisce.
He was a family man with deep love and pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Annual vacations were family-oriented and often meant loading up the car and driving to the West Coast to reconnect and share laughs with the extended family.
Later as the grandchildren arrived he was always there to support and spend time with them. He especially treasured the time spent taking his grandsons to their many hockey games and the trips to Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories to spend time with his grandchildren living farther away. Claude was also fortunate enough to meet his great-grandchildren and spend time with them at the many Sunday family dinners.
Our Dad, the most influential man in our lives, led by his example of honesty, love, and hard work. He will be missed greatly and remembered forever.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
A private family celebration of Claude's life will be held at a later date.

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Sending our very heartfelt condolences to the entire Collister family at this time but especially to Claude's wife, Christina. Friday nights at The Southdale Village Family Restaurant always meant one thing...that there would be a reservation for 4 for the Collister's, usually at Table #5 if possible, where they would meet with lifelong golfing friends to enjoy a meal and conversation which they usually started with a beer and a hot bowl of beef barley soup! The love and devotion between Claude and Christina was always evident and often when stopping by their table to check on their food we would be included to hear them pridefully share stories about their adult grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom they loved! Our apologies for not sending a note earlier but only came upon Claude's obituary now. Respectfully, Kelly and Perry Verot and staff at The Southdale Village Family Restaurant. - Posted by: Kelly and Perry Verot (Owners of The Southdale Village Family Restaurant) on: Sep 15, 2020

  • Chris and Carl: So sorry to hear of Claude's passing. He was a real gentleman. I remember when I was selling Claude a new pair of golf shoes at Niakwa and he offered me advice on width when fitting a customer for shoes. I never forgot his advice. Lana and I wish to express our condolences to the family. Lana & John Irwin - Posted by: Lana & John Irwin (Friends) on: Aug 22, 2020

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