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Dennis Matthew Skibinsky
January 7, 1949 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Dennis Mathew Skibinsky was born in Winnipeg on January 7, 1949, to Matthew and Margaret Skibinsky, and passed away January 11 2024 in Neepawa, MB.
The family moved to Eden shortly after Dennis’ birth, where he attended school and graduated in 1967. He spent many years in the Air Cadet Program, obtaining a flying scholarship in 1966 and going on to acquire both private and commercial pilot’s licenses. Dennis had a passion for flying and enjoyed piloting the family’s private aircraft, a Mooney, with his father Matt.
Dennis met Lesley Hulme in 1965, the two became high school sweethearts and they would go on to be married in July of 1969. The couple lived in Brandon, where their first son Brad was born in 1973. In 1975 they moved to Neepawa. Dennis joined his Dad Matt at the Eden Garage that year, eventually relocating to Eden in 1976. Their second son Curtis was born in 1977, and they welcomed their daughter Kristy in 1978.
After the closure of the Eden Garage in 1986, Dennis attained a vocational teaching degree (RRCC) and a B.Ed (UofM) and began teaching Automotive Mechanics. The family moved to Nipawin, SK in 1988 and then relocated to Dauphin, MB in 1989, where Dennis taught for 10 years. In 1999, Dennis and Lesley moved back to Neepawa MB, with Dennis taking a teaching position at Minnedosa Collegiate until his retirement in 2010. He was very passionate about his role as an educator and took great pride in mentoring students at the vocational Skills Manitoba Competition and the Skills Canada National Competition.
Dennis and Lesley vacationed in Puerto Vallarta for many years along with Lesley’s brother Robin and sister-in-law Lois Hulme, and it held a very special place in his heart. The family also enjoyed weekends together at the family cottage at Kerr Lake in the summer months.
In 2009, Dennis became a Grandfather with the birth of his first grandson Aiden to Kristy and her husband Derek, followed by the birth of Rylan to the same family. With Curtis’s marriage to Alleah, their granddaughter Chartreuse was welcomed into the family, and the youngest grandson Kade was born to Curtis and Alleah in 2021. He loved being a grandfather and loved the richness that was added to the family with their arrivals.
Dad always enjoyed the company of close friends and family. He was a gentle person that concealed his sensitivity from the world with bluster; if he had negative opinions of you, you heard about them directly, and when his deepest feelings were shared with those closest to him, they would often arrive along with tears of joy. He was a great storyteller and we wish he was here to tell his story himself.
He was an active member of every community he was a part of, coaching high school football and other sports, and was a volunteer firefighter in Eden MB for many years. He loved competing in the annual Volunteer Firefighters’ Rodeo in Virden MB. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, providing for his family alongside the sport of it.
Dennis was pre-deceased by his parents Margaret and Matt, his stepmother Audrey, father and mother-in-law Mary and Lyle Hume, as well as his brother in law Robin. He is mourned by Lesley, his wife of 54 years, and by his children and their partners, Bradley and Andrea, Curtis and Alleah and their children Chartreuse and Kade, and by Kristy and Derek and their children Aiden and Rylan, his sister Eleanor, brother-in-law David and their family, and his sister-in-law Lois and her family. He was a loving husband, brother, uncle, father and grandfather, and his family will look to his memory for comfort for all their days.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donation be made in Dennis’ name to the Neepawa Royal Canadian Air Cadets #9 c/o the Neepawa branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (#23 - Box 936, Neepawa MB, R0J 1H0) to aid in the purchase of a flight simulator. Donation can also be made to the Neepawa and Area Palliative Care Program or charity of your choice.
A celebration of life announcement will follow at a later date.