Gerald Freund

Obituary of Gerald Cameron Freund

Peacefully on Monday, February 26th, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family, Gerald passed away at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 69.


He is survived by his wife of 44 years Karen Freund, his daughters Kerry (Clayton) Starkell, and Karla Freund (Scott Walls), and his grandchildren Will, Alex, Kenleigh, Clara, and Seth. He is also survived by his mother Linda Freund, sisters Arlene (Walter) Payjack, Donna Freund (Steve), and brother Brad Freund (Dee).


Gerald was predeceased by his daughter Kristin Chaban, his father Roy Freund, his father and mother in-law Paul and Nellie Kornyk, and his sister-in-law Karen Freund.


Gerald was born in Steinbach, Manitoba. He grew up on Pritchard and Atlantic Avenue in Winnipeg. Gerald attended David Livingstone, Aberdeen, and St John’s High School. He moved to Transcona and went straight into the workforce. Gerald spent 36 years working for CP Rail and retired in June of 2010.


His love for the great outdoors led to countless camping trips with his family and friends. He spent his summer weekends creating lasting memories at Birds Hill Park, St. Malo, and Spruce Woods. He always enjoyed sharing stories and a good ol’ rum around the campfire. More recently, Gerald looked forward to spending his summers with his family and grandkids at the lake in Lac Du Bonnet.


His favourite past times involved sports, whether it was 10 pin bowling, playing a round of golf, or a game of slo-pitch. Gerald was an avid bowler and spent many evenings at Chateau Lanes. He found joy and camaraderie on the lanes, and his competitive spirit and sportsmanship were evident to all who had the pleasure of bowling alongside him. His enthusiasm for sports was infectious, and he shared many unforgettable moments with friends and family.


In his retirement, Gerald could be found in his recliner watching sports on tv and keeping an eye on the neighbourhood. He was a passionate sports fan and thoroughly enjoyed a good curling match and cheering on his favourite teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and the Winnipeg Jets.  


Gerald shared a special bond with all five of his grandkids; they were his pride and joy. He delighted in their laughter, celebrated their achievements, and cherished every precious moment spent with them. He loved cooking for the kids and watching them play their sports. Gerald was their biggest fan!


There will be no formal service as Gerald would prefer a much more casual get together. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Details to follow through social media.


Hug your loved ones dearly, take the photos, and cherish the time you have together as tomorrow is never promised. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Gerald’s memory can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.





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