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Born: Jan 26, 1939

Date of Passing: Feb 09, 2021

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1939 - 2021

My life has been a journey of adventures, tragedies and trumps that began in Winnipeg on January 26, 1939 and ended on February 9, 2021 due to complications from Parkinson's Disease and Cancer. I am survived by my wife, Stephanie Wood; sisters, Irene Willison and her son Greg, Judy Johnson and her husband Dennis, their children, Brian and Sharon and Trish Casey.
Alex was predeceased by his father Fred Tretiak; his mother Mary Kaminski and his beloved wife Marjorie McKay in 1996 at age 54.
Alex and Stephanie moved to Gimli to enjoy retirement beside Lake Winnipeg when they married. Retirement saw Alex continue volunteering in the schools in Gimli, giving services in Arborg and Gimli at the Unitarian Churches and embarking on a new career of writing articles on his travels and science. During their marriage, Alex and Marjorie travelled the world from the Canadian Arctic, Africa, but their best memories were their years and special friends on the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii).
Alex and Stephanie enjoyed their life in Gimli, until failing health necessitated a move to the city for medical attention, closer to family.
As per Alex's wishes, cremation has taken place with his ashes placed in a container made by Alex from red and yellow cedar from Haida Gwaii. A private service will take place at a later date.
To all of the special people in Alex's life, he wanted you to know you were very special to him. His final message to us all is to not grieve for him. Move on and enjoy a good and caring life with loved ones. Make the most of each day, as dawn beckons you forward.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I met Alex the summer of 1998, when my mom and I were visiting Stephanie. He was kind and very smart. Alex showed me his whale bones and taught me about the wonders of Gimli. I will always remember those memories fondly. My deepest sympathies Aunt Stephanie. Love from Chris and Arya - Posted by: Christina Schneider (Niece) on: Feb 18, 2021

  • Alex was a school buddy in early years and reconnected in the 70's and met on a regular bases every Wednesday for coffee with his lovely lady Stephanie at San Vito's Restaurant in St James along with many friends. Alex will be remembered, Merle and I give our condolences to Stephanie and family. - Posted by: Richard Bloom (Long Time friend ) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • I met Alex at the coffee shop when I first moved back to Gimli in 2013. He regaled me with some of his adventure stories and how he was still writing. How ironic that yesterday I picked up one of his books and though it would make good reading. My condolences to Stephanie whom I met in the Garden Club and took over treasurer duties from her. Stephanie, know that we are thinking of you. - Posted by: Sis Thomas Moore (friend) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • I just finished reading his autobiography in January. What an amazing story! A small obituary can not really sum up all the places, people and events that made up Alex’s life. So glad he was able to complete the story so he could share it with us all. - Posted by: Tracy Lampert (Niece) on: Feb 13, 2021

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