Wesley “Wes” Andrew Burtnick
Wesley “Wes” Andrew Burtnick, 83, passed away peacefully on July 1st, 2020 at Carman Memorial Hospital in Carman surrounded by his loving wife Linda and daughters Val & Tanis.
Dad was born in Carman on May 12, 1937 and grew up on his parents (Peter & Bethel) family farm at Sperling, MB. Wes was the youngest of four children, he had two brothers (Reg & Mark) and a sister (Mardel)
Dad married Mom (Linda Gray) the love of his life on August 6, 1960. They purchased the Gray family farm in 1960 and raised their three children Val, Tanis and Craig together on the farm.
Wes was predeceased by his parents Peter and Bethel Burtnick, his brother Reg and his beloved son Craig in 2002.
Dad’s work ethic was unmatched he farmed in the early part of their marriage both at Graysville and Sperling, raised pigs, drove school bus and then took on a part-time job at Ed’s Tire Shop pumping gas. He eventually rented out the land, sold the pigs, purchased cattle with his son Craig and worked full-time as Shop foreman for Ed’s Tire shop and then General Tire eventually taking on the role of General Manager. Dad had heart, when General Tire decided to cut ties with Carman he did not want to see all those staff without jobs and wanted to continue to support his many faithful customers so purchased the business. He sold the business in 2003 known still today as Wes’s Tire Shop at the North end of Carman and took on the new career with Mom that he much enjoyed “Called Retirement”
Dad loved life, he volunteered as a leader for the 4-H Beef club and the Young Mens section and in later years enjoyed visits with friends and family, afternoon naps with their fur baby Jazz their little dash hound, taking Mom on many shopping trips, reading a variety of newspapers, feeding and watching many varieties of birds and was an avid fan of the Winnipeg Jets.
Wes has been a role model and cornerstone to his family. He was an incredibly generous, inspiring and loving man, not only to his wife, but to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We are grateful to have shared his life and we thank him for everything he has taught and passed on to us. Wes leaves a legacy of hard work, family values, love and respect.
Wes survived by his wife Linda, two children Val (Craig) Kozak and Tanis (Al) Ducharme; and 4 grandchildren Josh (Brie), Lisa (Graham), Chad and Kurt and 3 great-grandchildren Paisley, Harper & Madden.
We will always treasure his memory and miss him terribly.
A private family graveside service will be held Monday, July 6th, 2020 at Riverview Cemetery, Graysville. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Carman Hospital Palliative Care, Box 610, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0