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Date of Passing: Sep 17, 2022

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After a long and courageous battle, Daniel Patrick McGurran passed away on September 17, 2022, with his beloved wife Georgina by his side.
He will be lovingly remembered by Georgina, son Jamie Paul (Alisa), daughter Jennifer Larner (Geoffrey) and his three beautiful granddaughters, Alexa (Peanut) and Julianna (Sweet Pea) McGurran and Lillian (Munchkin) Larner.; as well as his father-in-law Paul Bodi, and the seven McGurran siblings, Edward (CoraLee), Rita, Babs, John (Jackie), Marian (Rick), Doraine (Dennis) and Maureen, and many nieces and nephews. Danny was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Beatrice McGurran, his mother-in-law Elizabeth Bodi, sister-in-law May McGurran and brothers-in-law, Walter Moore and Robert Pretty.
Dad was born, raised and resided in Winnipeg his entire life. After graduation from Windsor Park Collegiate, Dad went on to obtain his Degree in Education, which was a lifelong dream. He proceeded to teach for over 30 years in the Transcona/Springfield School Division, starting at Anola elementary then to Wayoata and Arthur Day. His passion for igniting imagination and aiding in developing talents in young minds was a passion he excelled in.
With his brother Edward, he built a booming landscape business, McGurran's Landscaping, which the two of them ran for many years. Along with landscaping Dad also worked very hard in assisting mom and her parents growing the family business, Bodi's Garden Centre. Always with a passion to keep busy when he retired from teaching in 2007, he made the decision to work part-time at his home away from home, The Home Depot. Dad also spent many years helping the Gaudette brothers with their businesses, including The Great Canadian Oil Change and Rebel Pizza, from building a new tool to make the job at hand easier or building one of a kind furniture.
Family always came first with Dad, his love for mom, Jamie and Jennifer and with the addition of Alisa and Geoffrey to the family he was one proud parent. It goes without saying the addition of three special granddaughters put his love for family over the moon. Many hours were spent with his grandchildren, helping them build and create games, toys and treasures in Papa's workshop. He could take three broken pressure washers and make one good one of them which mom still uses. If you ask his granddaughters they will tell you, "If Papa can't fix it, no one can". Dad loved working with his hands, whether wood working, welding, painting, drawing or making cinnamon buns.
As a young child Dad's parents built a family cabin at Nutimik Lake, so it was inevitable that he would convince mom that they should do the same, and so with much determination and hard work the McGurran cabin at Grausdin Point in Lac du Bonnet became a reality. He loved to spend hours out on the water fishing, as well as an occasional swim.
Another passion was hockey, according to Dad there are truly four seasons every year, Spring, Summer, Fall and Hockey. He played hockey all his life, and carried that passion into coaching Jamie on the Dakota and Greendell community centre teams for many years. In later years, along with his brother Edward and his son Jamie, the three of them coached the St. Vital Victoria's and the Warriors hockey teams. Dad's involvement also extended into the Canadian Hockey Association, where for many years he assisted in developing and delivering the Initiation and the Nike Skills Programs.
Before his illness, Dad and mom travelled a lot. They enjoyed going to Vegas, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.
But above all else, it was his larger than life personality that will be remembered by everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. He truly was the life of the party and always full of jokes that would keep everyone entertained. Lovingly remembered husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and friend. Thank you for all you did dad for all of us, lots of Love Bumpy.
The family would like to send heartfelt thanks to the CancerCare staff at the Victoria General Hospital. Thank you as well to Dr. Butler and Robert, Dr. Balko and Teresa. Thank you to the Palliative community care team, Dayna, and dad's nurses Sean and Yohannes.
Special thanks to Dr. James Paul and his team. He was with dad since the beginning. We want to thank him for his never-ending support and compassion.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 23, 2022 at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 371 Burnell. Private family interment will follow at Glen Lawn Cemetery. Family have requested masks to be mandatory for all attending. Please wear bright and cheerful attire.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that in Dad's memory you please consider a donation to CancerCare.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • So sorry to hear about Dan’s passing!! Dan McGurran was an excellent teacher to work with myself as a teaching assistant & my three children all had him as their grade 5 teacher at Wayoata School! He was a teacher that had compassion & care for his students and the students loved him! He will be greatly missed! Sending condolences to his family at this very sad time! - Posted by: Sharon McLaughlin (Past coworker) on: Sep 27, 2022

  • He was my grade 5 teacher at Wayoata school. I had come from an all French school and had a very hard time with English and math. Mr. Mcgurran took time and made sure I was able to understand. He really changed learning for me and I was able to progress with my education. I am forever grateful that I was put in his class. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Amanda (Gr 5 student) on: Sep 25, 2022

  • Condolences to the family. I had the privilege of working with Dan in Arthur day and I’m sure he will be missed by a all. May he RIP. - Posted by: Judith wach (Past co-worker) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Mr. McGurran was my grade 5 teacher. He was my favorite teacher and my brother and I often talk about him and how much we would have liked to see and talk with him as adults. Grade 5 was likely my most influential year, I became interested in music and also had one of my lifelong friends join our grade 5 class mid year. I remember everything about that school year (30+ years ago) and no doubt he had a big part in that. I had never had a teacher as great as him. My condolences to the family Jennifer Morris (Smith) - Posted by: Jennifer Morris (Student ) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Mr. McGurran was my grade 6 teacher at Arthur Day. He would always show genuine interest in my life and would ask questions showing he cared. He greeted you with a smile every morning. He was my favourite teacher and made an impact on my life. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Melissa Powell (Student (Arthur Day)) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Mr. McGurran was my grade 6 teacher at Arthur Day. He would always show genuine interest in my life and would ask questions showing he cared. He greeted you with a smile every morning. He was my favourite teacher and made an impact on my life. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Melissa Powell (Student (Arthur Day)) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Mr. McGurran was my grade 5 teacher at Wayoata school and one of the best teachers I ever had! I can still remember his enthusiasm for teaching and his students. I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Annette Proulx (Student ) on: Sep 24, 2022

  • Condolences to Dan's family. I worked with Dan at Wayoata School and then Arthur Day Middle School. Dan was in the classroom and I was in the library. What a great teacher, always so caring about his students. He will be missed. - Posted by: Kathy Tremblay (Colleague) on: Sep 23, 2022

  • Hi Geogina Just wanted to say how sorry I am for the loss of your husband. I wish that I got to know him. I hope that you and your family will have a lot of good memories of all the fun times you shared with friends and family. - Posted by: Ilona Feleki- Szalay (Cousin by marriage) on: Sep 23, 2022

  • My condolences Georgina and family for your great loss of Danny. We knew your family when we were on Kearney Street before we both purchased homes and our children were small. I fondly remember the times we spent at each other's homes sharing our friendship with you. I am so sorry for your loss. Elaine Anderson - Posted by: Elaine (Reeve) Anderson (friend) on: Sep 22, 2022

  • We didn't know Daniel, but Jamie, Alisa, Alexa and Julianna are great friends of ours. If we had met Jamie's Dad, we would have told him what a great son he and Georgina raised and that is no doubt a reflection of the kind of father Daniel was. Jamie has many of the same qualities of his dad; an amazing husband, father, friend and landscaper (he's the best Norwood Gardener ever!) I know how much he is missed by them. Our deepest sympathies. Mike, Robynn, Cassie, Maddux and Theo - Posted by: The Clarks (Friends of Jamie's) on: Sep 22, 2022

  • Rest in peace Dan thanks for the great times at the lake and when I worked landscaping with you guys. The best part was when u would convince us when we were younger laying sod to come to work Sundays cause the view on Wellington Crescent was so great! Never got overtime but it was lots of fun! I also enjoyed working at the Bodi's Garden Centre that was also a great experience and lots of fun. Deepest sympathies from the Ronyck lake family. - Posted by: Bob Ronyck & Family (Family Friend) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • My condolences to Georgina & family. I met Danny at Nutimik Lake in the mid 60s. My (later to be) late husband, Brian, was best friends with Danny for a time. We had a lot of fun hanging out with the group during the summers of our youth. We drifted apart as time went on but I have very fond memories of those days and Danny. - Posted by: Colleen McEwan (1960s friend) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • We want to offer you our sympathies for your loss and you will be in our thoughts. - Posted by: Bob and Jocelyn Ronyck (Friends) on: Sep 21, 2022

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