Lloyd Henry Christian Jensen

Lloyd Henry Christian Jensen

Passed on December 30, 2023

January 12, 1935 – December 30, 2023       It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden and peaceful passing of our loving Dad and Grandpa on Saturday December 30, 2023 at the Victoria Hospital, 14 days before his 89th birthday.

Lloyd is survived by his sons James (Heather) of Oak Bluff and Robert (Lavonne) of Abbotsford, BC, granddaughter Natalie, sister Wilma Horton, sisters-in-law Myrna and Marlene Jensen, and his nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased in 2018 by Alice, his wife of 55 years, parents Alfred and Nell (Hewett), brothers Ray and Norman, and brother-in-law Ken Horton.

Dad was born in Winnipeg on January 12, 1935. He grew up on the family farm at Oak Bluff. After finishing high school in Oak Bluff, Dad completed his apprenticeship as a machinist with CN Rail and, nearly 20 years later, he graduated on the Dean’s Honor Roll from the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba.

Dad and Mom were married on April 27, 1963. Dad farmed from spring until fall each year while together they built their farmyard on a bare field just down the road from where Dad grew up. In the early years, Dad worked shift work at Bristol Aerospace during the winter, then as a beer waiter on weekends while attending University and finally as an instructor in the School of Agriculture. Health concerns forced Dad to retire from farming in 1985. In 2000, Dad and Mom moved from the farm to retirement living in Winnipeg but Dad continued to spend countless hours at the farm, helping out by cutting grass and doing other chores; it was his best excuse to come and see Bailey and later, his granddaughter Natalie.

Dad and Mom were fortunate to leave the Manitoba winters behind for 20 years, moving to Sun Vista Park in Yuma, Arizona each fall. They both loved life as snowbirds and stayed active with Dad’s cousins, old friends and made many new friends. During the summer months, they loaded up their motorhome or hopped on a bus tour and travelled most of Canada and to many parts of the USA. Dad was the travel planner, the driver, and the navigator, always getting Mom and him safely from place to place and back home again. When they were actually home, their activities were planned around Fiddle Festival weekends, country music jamborees and Old Tyme dances in every small town in Manitoba. Dad stayed active at the Reh-Fit Centre, rarely missing a day and usually waiting for the doors to be unlocked in the morning so he could walk and workout with one of his buddies. For years, he enjoyed riding his bike for miles through Assiniboine Park. We are certain that his commitment to remaining very active through his retirement contributed to the good health he enjoyed and was grateful for.

Dad was a dedicated farmer for his entire life. Even as his memory faded in later years, he showed concern for the farmers. There was nothing he enjoyed more than going out for a drive to see how the crops looked and he loved when he got the opportunity to see harvest in full swing and have a brief visit with any local farmer running a combine.

Thank you to Dr. Sinha for his excellent care and friendship for over 40 years, the nurses and health care aides in the Arbor at Brightwater Senior Living for ensuring Dad’s wellbeing and safety and to the doctors and nurses in Urgent Care and 4 North at the Victoria Hospital during his final days, especially his nurse Ian and Dr. Jean Prenovault.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 10:30 am at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 200 Dalhousie Drive followed by a reception in the lower level of the church. A private family burial at the Oak Bluff Cemetery will take place in the spring.

We ask anyone wishing to make a donation in Dad’s memory to consider the Oak Bluff Cemetery c/o RM of Macdonald, PO Box 100, Sanford, MB R0G 2J0.


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