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William "Bill" Majeski
December 6, 1926 ~ November 14, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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William (Bill) Majeski was born in Winnipeg, MB on December 6, 1926 and passed away in Swan River, MB on November 14, 2023 at the age of 96 years.
Remembering Bill is daughter Karen and husband Richard Klause of Flin Flon, MB, granddaughters Jenna (Tristan Eldridge) and Amber Klause, both of Winnipeg, MB. Bill was predeceased by his wife Norma in 2002 and his daughter Diane in 2000.
Bill was the first child of parents Anthony and Katherine Majeski and was an older brother to sisters Helen and Elsie. He grew up in a home with Ukrainian/Polish traditions. The family lived in the North End of Winnipeg where Bill attended King Edward and Isaac Newton schools. Sunday School was a big part of his young life, as were Army Cadets, followed by Sea Cadets.
After high school graduation Bill permit taught for a year before attending Normal School for his teacher training. He started his teaching career in a one room schoolhouse, and then moved to Kelwood where he taught two grades in a classroom. In 1952 Bill moved to Kenville where he taught combined grades within one room. Ten years later he began teaching grades 9 & 10 at the Swan River Collegiate. In 1972 Bill became the principal of Duncan and Taylor Schools where he remained until he retired in 1985. Bill served on various committees during his 33 years with the Swan Valley School Division. During his teaching career Bill earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba entirely through correspondence and summer school classes. Anyone who knew Mr. Majeski knew he always wore a suit to school.
It was while teaching in Kenville that Bill met Norma (Barnfield). They were married in 1956 and began their life together in Kenville. Together they had two daughters, Karen in 1958 and Diane in 1963. In 1963 the family moved to Swan River where Bill resided for the rest of his life. Bill moved into the Swan Valley Lodge in December 2019 where he lived until his passing.
Over the years the Majeski family enjoyed many trips to Madge Lake and time spent camping in their trailer there. They also regularly travelled to Winnipeg to visit the extended Majeski family. Much time and many special occasions were also spent with the Barnfield family.
After his retirement, Bill and Norma travelled to the western provinces and many parts of the USA with their camper van. Together with friends they enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Nashville, and a Caribbean cruise. Regular visits to Flin Flon for the holidays and to visit their grandchildren were special times.
Bill was always a quiet man with a serious look on his face. Over the years he enjoyed dancing, fishing, gardening, casino visits, crossword puzzles, and playing Rummoli as well as card and dice games with his family. Bill was still interested in stamp collecting into his 90’s. For so many years he remembered his family on special occasions and he always included something in the cards he mailed. After Norma’s passing, Bill could often be seen out having coffee with the coffee guys.
Bill worked hard to provide for his family and he will be remembered by many for his years as a teacher and principal.