Hal Sveistrup

Obituary of Hal Sveistrup

Hal Sveistrup, born in 1931, kicked off his incredible journey in Lundar MB, where his childhood
mixed hard farm work with a love for family, sports and nature, setting the stage for a truly
remarkable life.
As a lifelong educator, Hal embarked on a teaching career at the tender age of 19 in Wapaph,
MB, nurturing and inspiring generations of children over his 35 year tenure.
In 1964, Hal married the love of his life Barbara, and together they created a beautiful family of
four children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild, making family first more than just a
saying - it was a way of life. Family was the most important cornerstone in dad’s life. He was
never happier than when he was surrounded by his family, laughing, singing, playing games
and sharing stories. Dad’s love and wisdom will continue to guide and inspire us throughout our
lives. “Just do your best” was his guiding principle.
Rivers MB, and briefly Eriksdale and Gimli, became the backdrop to Hal’s community
superhero persona. Engaged in everything from Rivers United Church to coaching hockey, he
was a proud member of countless clubs and organizations, leaving an impact that echoes
through the Riverdale Community and beyond. His love for fishing, hunting, trapping, dancing
and gardening painted a vivid canvas of adventures.
He was predeceased by two younger brothers and both parents. His fantastic storytelling will
live on through his wife Barbara, daughter Marie (John -Hanna, Grace, Will, Cameron), Hali
(Derek-Jessica (Lainey) Jaime), Tara (Darren-Jena (Marseu), Jeremy), and son Rodi (Tarah-
Ben, Josh, Piper), siblings Marvin(Mary) and Ann(Barry), and countless friends and relatives.
We are so grateful to the army of angels that have supported Dad and our family over these
past years. Dr. Mandeep Dhaliwal gave us so many more years with Dad and we are so
grateful for his expertise and compassion. Thank you also to Drs Nowasad and Vermaak, Dad’s
home care nurses, his “lab girls”, and the caring staff of Hamiota Health Centre, Carberry
Health Centre, and Riverdale Health Centre, where he passed away peacefully, lovingly
surrounded by his wife and four children. A celebration of his life awaits in June 2024, promising
laughter, stories, and a heartfelt tribute to a remarkable man who truly made every moment
“May your spirit soar even as you rest in peace”
In lieu of flowers, we would be so grateful for donations to be made to Riverdale Municipality,
Box 520, Rivers MB, R0K 1X0, Designated to the Riverdale Community Centre; or Rivers and
Area Community Foundation, Box 714, Rivers MB, R0K 1X0, or a charity of one’s choice.

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