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Obituary for Lawrence Joseph Kemash

Lawrence Joseph Kemash - Born December 12, 1964, at the St. Boniface Hospital

The family of Lawrence (Sonny) Kemash are saddened to share that he passed away December 20, 2023, peacefully, at the Grace Hospital with family by his side.

Lawrence is survived by his sisters, Lorna Nicholson (Darrell), Doreen Kemash, Joanne Finlayson (Troy); stepbrothers, Henry Loewen, William Loewen; and stepsisters, Edith Morissette, Lillian Borowsky and Helen Luyben. Sonny is also survived by his son Lawrence Sabiston; his son's extended family and granddaughters, Brooklyn, Tia, Hope, Saige, Alena and Serenity; and his chosen daughter Brittany Patabon and her children, Christina, Makayla, Kerri, Mythias, Charlie, Charity, Judy, Keshaun, Kenalia & Syria; along with aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and many cousins and his father Lawrence Kemash.

He is predeceased by his mother Elsie Loewen and stepdad William Loewen, his grandpa Felix Nault (affectionately known as Pumpum) & grandma Edna Nault, his nephew Brandon Finlayson, his granddaughter Mia Rose, his aunt and uncle Priscilla & Henry Dyck, his uncle Tom Nault, his grandparents Paul & Phylis Kemash, his aunt and uncle Peter & Barbara Kemash, his aunts Stella Boychuk, and Florence Bezditny, as well as cousins Glen Sereda and Angela Huebner, Amanda Davidson and Brooke Nault.

Sonny loved his grandma and pumpum and spending time with them. Christmas and New Years were always a favorite time at their house, and grandma's tourtiere's, baked ham, meatballs and her lemon meringue pie were some of his favorites. As a child, Sonny enjoyed trips to Baba and Gigi's family farm in Dallas, Manitoba riding the tractor with Gigi was a hi-light of his visits. Growing up Sonny was quite the daredevil. Keeping his family on their toes!

Sonny was a permanent fixture of the North End, he worked and lived in the North End for the last 40 years. While he was healthy, he worked as a delivery driver and worked on cars in his spare time. As a child around the age of ten he began tinkering with bicycles, he loved taking things apart and fixing them, many of his friends would bring their bicycles to him to be fixed and from bicycles, his love of working on cars began. Sonny loved the classic muscle cars and had one that he planned to restore until his illness took that away. Sonny also loved his classic rock music - the louder the better!
Sonny lived with Crohn's disease for the last 30 years which took a toll on his body. Sonny never let that get in the way of giving a helping hand to those in the North End and working as much as he could. Sonny would give you the shirt off his back if you needed one, his love for his family was unwavering and he was especially fond of his granddaughters.

Sonny accepted the Lord as his personal Saviour prior to his passing - Heaven bound with no more colostomy bags or medication!

The family would like to thank those who visited him while in hospital, it meant so much to him. We also want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the healthcare team at the Grace Hospital for their care and to Dr Chakroborty at St Boniface Hospital that provided Lawrence with all the necessary vitamins he required due to his health condition for many years.

Sonny will be buried beside his grandma and pumpum Nault at Brookside cemetery in the Spring.

A memorial service will take place at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2:00 p.m.