Passed on February 27, 2021
January 28, 1932 – February 27, 2021 Peacefully on February 27 at the age of 89, Dad passed away at Goodwin Lodge with his daughter, Roxane, at his side. He was predeceased by his wife, Laura (2019), and son Roger (2016). He is survived by his daughter, Roxane (Craig), grandchildren Kristen (Kirk), Jennifer, Wesley (Brenna), Michelle (John) and Brayden; his son Ross (Sonya), grandchildren Kaila, Kailen, and Rye; and his son Rodney (Diana), grandchildren Jade (Garrett), Jake, and Jacey.
Surviving family members are sisters Kay and Gloria, as well as sisters-in-law Helen and Myrtle, along with many nieces and nephews.
He is now reunited with his parents, Fred and Anna; sister, Mary; brothers, John, Harry, Mike, Steve, Alex, Joe, Kost, Paul, and Dan; sister-in-law, Hattie; brothers-in-law, Mike and John; niece, Linda; and nephews, Clayton, Gary, and Brian.
Dad was born on the family farm in Wheathill District. He moved to nearby Chatfield in 1949 to operate his father’s General Store. Mom and Dad were married in 1954. Together, they operated the store until 1970, when they made the big decision to move the store and attached house to Teulon and converted the building into a restaurant. With their four children, they opened G & L Restaurant in 1971, quickly becoming famous far and wide thanks to Mom’s incredible cooking. Expansions included The Cardinal Lounge and Motel, and eventually they sold the highly successful establishment in 1986.
Dad entered the construction business with his partner, Nick, in 1965, when they started land clearing. Later, they worked for the municipalities of Armstrong and Rockwood building roads, in addition to digging dugouts and drainages. Dad was an active business owner until just a few years ago as his health began to decline. Rodney worked alongside Dad for 20 years.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman, and for many decades he was well-known for his trapping skills. One of his many pastimes was digging Seneca roots to be sold for medicinal use. Dad operated a grain farm near Silver in the ’70s.
His lifelong passion was baseball. In 1946, he joined the Chatfield baseball team, along with four of his brothers, and as their pitcher he lead the team to dominance throughout the Interlake. In the early ’50s, he was invited to a professional baseball tryout in Florida but declined to continue operating the store. The Chatfield team was inducted to Manitoba’s Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 in recognition of their great success from 1952–1957. While playing in tournaments with Chatfield, Dad played league-organized baseball with the Balmoral Orioles. He became involved with the Teulon Whips in 1971, winning back-to-back provincial titles in 1974 and 1975, when they also went on to win the Western Canadian championship. He continued to play, coach, and manage Teulon men’s baseball over the course of five decades. Serving as a town council member in Teulon throughout the 1980s, Dad had an essential role in the development of Green Acres Park. In addition to their numerous provincial titles, the Teulon Cardinals’ all-time highlights included a spot at Nationals in 1991 and again in 1998, which was also the year that Dad had been inducted to Manitoba’s Baseball Hall of Fame for his individual achievements both as a player and as a coach. Dad was involved in baseball for 68 consecutive years (1946-2014). Dad pitched his last game when he was 68 years old at Chatfield Oldtimers’ tournament in 2000; ironically the same place where he threw his first pitch in 1946 with the Chatfield Cardinals. Ross and Rodney played for the Teulon Cardinals for many years, keeping the team active until 2014. Many have cherished memories of Dad’s baseball journey. Sport truly does create friendships and memories that last a lifetime!
We would like to thank the staff at Teulon Hospital and Goodwin Lodge for their care and compassion over the past few years. Special thanks to Ken Loehmer for his thoughtfulness and unwavering support. Sincere gratitude to Father Peter Chorney and Father Barry Schoonbaert.
Family and friends are invited to leave condolences or to share memories on his tribute wall at www.klfuneralservices.ca.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Teulon Senior Resource Box 418, Teulon MB R0C 3B0, IERHA — Attn. Goodwin Lodge Box 89, Teulon MB R0C 3B0, or a charity of one’s choice.
I am so sorry for your loss Your Dad always had a sense of humour when we were in his Company. Those years at the G & L are unforgettable Angele and Cherise still remember going there every Sunday, after mass and having so much fun with the Coleshill kids. Your parents were always gracious host Your Mom and Dad were upstanding in our community. Cherish the memories of the way it was 🙏. Claudette Griffin
Our condolences to Roxane, Ross and Rodney and their families, We had the pleasure of being neighbors of George and Laura's for many years and you couldn't wish for better neighbors,I also had the pleasure of working with George on council and we could always count on George for his knowledge and hard work in the cummunity and especially his work in Green acres park and on the ball diamonds. He deserves a lot of credit for the park and ball diamonds. We are going to miss George and Laura in Teulon. You did a great job of writing his obituary.
Ed and Adeline Helwer
Every community needed a “George” to lead & inspire others to participate in activities. I started playing baseball with the Chatfield team when I was 13 & remember George's influence on the players & the team! I also did not realize he had many livelihoods beyond baseball & the restaurant. A life well lived -
George came to my parents’ house for years grading and buying furs from my dad. I remember him flipping the coyotes and foxes back and forth, and then always staying for lunch/supper and talking about trapping with my dad. He was always so friendly to us as kids and I’ll forever remember him from those days. Condolences. Melissa Zembik (parents - Donny and Virginia Zembik)
We send our deepest sincere condolences at the loss of George. We met George, Laura and Roger many years ago at the G&L Restaurant and motel where the food and service was superb for us hunters. George and Laura were such gracious hosts and so kind and even invited to stay with them in their house after the sale of the hotel for many years. Like all of you know both were unbeatable for hospitality. Once you entered their door to their house you were treated like family. George loved his equipment and had projects to do all over the area so he knew just about everyone. Sometimes he seemed like a social butterfly and shared his opinions with whomever would listen especially if it was about the cardinals or his hay days in baseball. He loved his grand kids and enjoyed watching them grow up enjoying their sports. We will miss him dearly as men like him are only made once. Bob & Rick
Ou sincere condolences on the loss of a Dad, Gido, brother,uncle and there are many more rolls this man played. Bring back memories of Chatfield and the grocery store (best in town), the annual sports days in Chatfield that was so much fun. I’ll have deep appreciation of a tee shirt I bought years ago on one of my many trips to visit family in Manitoba, a ‘Cardinals tee shirt’ there are so many fond memories. My sympathy to all the family.
Ross and Kathy Kidd ( new Pawlychyn)
Our sincere condolences to the Ledochowski family and close friends. My siblings and I grew up with the Ledochowski's at the rink and especially at the G&L Restaurant where the food and service was phenomenal. George and Laura were such gracious hosts and so kind. RIP. The Asham Family, Roy and Vivian, Mark, Brenda, Ron and Brent.
Rest in Peace Uncle George. I will never forget all the time at the ball diamond, catching foul balls for the Cards and just watching games, and all the post-game festivities in the basement after. You will be missed. Say hi to Aunty and Roger.
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