Charles and Ruth Keep

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Charles and Ruth Keep

It is with great sadness and disbelief that we announce the sudden and tragic loss of our parents, Ruth Allison Keep, age 65 years and Charles Robert Keep, age 75 years.

Our parents found each other later in life, and between them, forged a family of eight. They married on October 6, 1989. Their love was so natural and effortless...what they had together was beautiful!

Ruth was born in Ashern, Manitoba on March 20, 1954. Mom had an infallible love for all her children - we meant the world to her! She was everyone’s biggest cheerleader showering us with loving and affectionate words - and meaning every one. Mom had a nursing career for 20 years and cherished all the wonderful friendships she made. The relationship she had with her sisters was extremely important to her. She always looked forward to the sisters’ lunches.

Charlie was born in Brighton, Sussex, England on September 9, 1943. He was passionate about music. He was always singing and loved to play his guitar. Dad was a second tenor for the Winnipeg Male Chorus for the better part of 20 years. He had just recently accepted the position of vice-president of the choir. The choir meant a great deal to both our parents. They were family to them. Dad taught at Red River College for almost 50 years. He was a well written and organized man, always sending his wife and children amazing letters expressing his love.
Our parents were long time members of the Headingley United Church. For over 20 years dad was the presbytery rep for the Church.

The congregation was family. They had many fond memories from potlucks, Church plays and a trip to the Maritimes.

Left behind to cherish their memory are their children Daniel (Trina), Brennan (Rochelle), Shelley (Trevor), Stephen, Kevin, and Jessica (Ray); their grandchildren, Harleigh (Reece), Jade (Keenan), Issabella, BillyBob, Kassidy, Faith, Liam, Donovan, Madison, Breanna, Riley, Nathan, Jonathan, Brayden, Tera Lynn, Kaitlyn, Adrianna, Sabrina and Dante; their great grandchildren Luca, Ryleigh and Ryleigh; Ruth’s sisters, Gail (Len), Sandra (Ron), Bonnie (Al), Terry (Bill), and Cheryl (Lloyd); Charlie’s siblings, Carol (Brian), Tim (Cathy), Tom, and Liz (Rob).

Condolences will be held on Wednesday, September 4, at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Cathy Maxwell presiding at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue.

The family would like to thank the RCMP, Fire & Paramedic and all of the other emergency responders that helped in this situation.

In lieu of flowers, please hug a loved one and take a moment to express the value they bring to your life.

Donations can be made in their names to the Winnipeg Male Chorus or the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Funeral Details

  • Service

    Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

    Event Times:

    04-Sep-2019 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Sheila Mullen-Smith | 04-Sep-2019

I was deeply saddened to hear of this tragic loss. While I did not know Ruth, I was a nursing student at RRC 1986-1988 and Charlie was one of my instructors in the Integrated Nursing Program. He was a very kind and gentle soul, as well as an amazing teacher who was able to inspire his students with his comments and praise. He had a great smile and could tell a story very well. He is one of a few teachers I must credit for my successes both professionally and personally - I am grateful to have had the chance to learn from him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time. Sincerely, Sheila Mullen-Smith

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