It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sheldon Kirk McKinnon Pottinger on July 12, 2020 at the age of 37. Sheldon lost his lengthy battle
with Neurofibromatosis and
passed peacefully with family by his side in the Neepawa hospital.
Sheldon was born August 13, 1982 in Gladstone, MB and diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis at the age of 4. Sheldon took his schooling in Gladstone, Mb and after graduation, at the age of 21, he moved to Neepawa and entered the Touchwood Program. During his 16 years at Touchwood, he made many lifelong friends that he enjoyed many day trips, concerts and activities with. Sheldon's passions were playing card games such as crib, bingo, especially in Arden on Tuesday nights; and he loved to bowl. He bowled at the Neepawa Bowling alley and later on in Minnedosa. He played many tournaments with friends and family, where he brought home many medals. Sheldon was a dedicated hockey fan as well, he held season tickets every year to the Neepawa Native games and almost never missed a game.
On April 24, 2019, Sheldon underwent a spinal surgery and that's when his hospital journey began. He spent the next 13 months in hospital between Neepawa, Brandon and Winnipeg, fighting to recover, however, we found out the Neurofibromatosis had turned into an aggressive form of cancer and months later, he gave up his fight.
The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the Doctors, Nurses and other staff at the Neepawa Hospital. You became family to Sheldon, you made him feel special and loved. It was comforting to know that he was so cared for. We will forever be grateful, thank you.
Sheldon was a loving and caring individual with an amazing sense of humour. He will be deeply missed and always loved by his parents, John and Denise Pottinger; brother Shane Pottinger (April); sister, Tanya Speiss (Chris); nephews, Hayden, Braxton and Preston. Grandparents Bill and Myrtle Pottinger; grandmother Jean Shelvey and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
A private graveside service was held July 16, 2020 at the Neepawa Riverside Cemetery, with Rita Friesen officiating. White’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Neepawa Hospital or The Neurofibromatosis society at Neurofibromatosis Manitoba online at: www.mbnf.ca or by mail: Po Box 41044 Markham Winnipeg MB, R3T 2H0
Thank you to family and friends for all the kindness through these difficult times. Thanks for all the gifts, flowers, food, cards, donations, hugs, visits and phone calls. Thank you to White’s Funeral Home for your care and kindness and to Rita Friesen for the beautiful service.
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