Garnet Thievin

Garnet Thievin

Passed on July 23, 2022

After a courageous fight against Cancer, Garnet passed away peacefully at the Stonewall Hospital on July 23, 2022.

Garnet will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 57 years, Bunny, his son, Joe (Nadine) and daughter Penny (Sheldon). Grandchildren Kristin (Brendan), Michael (David), Amber-Dawne (Jeff), Tyler (Megan), Devan (Anna), Koenraad (Brooke), Christy, and his precious great granddaughter Blayke, and numerous friends.

He was predeceased by his son Chris, father Ernie, mother Jennie, mother-in-law Lilian McEwan, brother Bert, brother Dick, sister-in-law Alice, and nephews Marvin and Gary.

Garnet was born in Stonewall, on October 12th 1943, and went to Centre School.

Garnet married the love of his life Bunny in 1964 and together they raised 3 children, Joe, Penny, and Chris.

They spent their summers camping and fishing and traveling with the kids and many friends.

Garnet farmed for many years with his brother Bert, and upon Bert’s passing, he was able to continue his passion for farming with his son Joe. His farm life allowed him to create great friendships within the farming community.

Garnet loved flying and his children were the only kids lucky enough, to jump in the plane after supper and fly over the crops and he would even let us fly the plane.

He took pride in teaching Joe how to fly, and seeing him attain his pilot’s license.

Garnet had a SnoJet business and could fix most anything, he always had spare parts and if you needed something, would often say, “I think I have that in my stock”.

He spent the last 2 winters working on many projects side by side with his son Joe which they both enjoyed very much.

He taught his grandchildren how to fix various quads, trikes, boats and anything they brought him.

When Penny bought a property with an old tractor, he took the grandchildren there and showed them how to get it running and drove it around proudly as the grandkids watched with great admiration.

To the grandchildren, whatever grampa said was always right, he knew everything.

Garnet went on many snowmobile trips, and created many memories with friends and family.

He passed his love for snowmobiling on to his children and grandchildren.

Garnet was a councillor and Reeve for the RM of Rockwood and his passion to do the right thing allowed him to develop many bonds, both within the council and the community which he felt blessed to have until his final days.

Garnet retired to the lake and became very involved in the community at Lake Manitoba Narrows and especially Skunk Bay, working at The Lodge and giving back to the lake community he so loved.

Penny and the grandchildren were very lucky to spend many summers at the lake with grama and grampa and as adults the grandchildren continued to spend time fishing and making memories with them.

He loved fishing with his friends, but, especially his grandchildren, who also cherished his life lessons, but most of all his storytelling and love.

When he became a great grampa, the sun rose and set on the little girl.

He often said she was perfect, the most beautiful little girl, and whenever he saw her his eyes sparkled.

He volunteered for many community groups and was always willing to help out wherever he could.

As many of his friends said, he had strong morals, and believed in always doing the right thing.

Our dad was our best friend, our mentor and he had so much patience he didn’t tell us how to do things, he taught us.

He instilled the values of kindness, love, and the passion for life, in us all.

He often said, if you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.

A memorial service was held July 28th 2022, at the Legion in Stonewall.

The family would like to thank Ken Loehmer for his guidance and compassion, Shirley Williams for a beautiful service, Arnie Appell for his singing and capturing the spirit of dad.

A heartfelt thank you goes to Jim Campbell, for sharing not only his memories, but the memories of so many of dad’s friends.

As a family we want to thank Dr. Graham for his support and care of Dad through his journey with cancer. Dr. Hicks, as well as the many doctors and nurses at Cancer Care Manitoba.

To the entire staff at Stonewall Hospital, thank you for taking time to talk to dad to fill his days with stories, and for your kindness to the family on his long stay. To Janice, as dad would say his “Senior Advisor”, thank you for listening to dad’s stories, and indulging him in a good story whenever he asked. You all made his last days brighter.

To his Advisor Sheldon, thank you for all the love you gave dad, no words can ever express how much comfort we all had knowing that you were there when we couldn’t be, Dad truly loved you.

To The Men’s Club, and his many friends, thank you for the visits, the phone calls, most all of all the stories and making dad’s final days full of laughter.

To his grandson Devan, thank you for making the beautiful urn, that he wanted so much for you to make it was perfect.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, remember dad through donations, to the Victoria Cemetery, Cancer Care Manitoba and the Siloam Mission.

Dad, you have left a void in our hearts, but we were so blessed that you also filled our hearts with so much love, laughter and memories we will spend the rest of our lives cherishing you.

Rest in peace dad, you are with your son Chris whom you missed so deeply.


My deepest condolences to you, Penny (Sheldon), and the extended family.

Kathryn Baldwin

So very sorry for your loss❤️

Donna Stewart

A wonderful man gone too soon. My sympathies to you all.

Joan L. Main

So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the family

Alan and Gail Schick

To Bunny, Joe, Penny and family; Sincerest condolences for your loss. Kim (Reese) Treller

Kim Treller

So sorry to hear of Garnet's passing. Really enjoyed working with him during his years as Reeve. Sincere condolences to Bunny and the family. Bert and Kathy Campbell

Bert Campbell

So sorry to hear about your loss Our thoughts are with you guys François, jael and Jordan

François Henri

Bunny and family sorry to hear the news our condolences Bob & Rose Buck

Bob Buck

Sending you and your family my sincerest sympathy and condolences to you all. Praying God will provide you with all the support you will need to help you through these next days, weeks and yes, years. Sending lots of love and hugs to you Penny.

Judie Schnell

Sorry to hear of the passing of Garnet. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Dean and Donna Couvier

Dean and Donna Couvier

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