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Born: Sep 28, 1964

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2016

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KENNETH RICHARD CHEMERIKA After a long, courageous battle with cancer, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kenneth Richard Chemerika on December 10, 2016 at the St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 52 years. Ken was born in Neepawa, Manitoba on September 28, 1964. He grew up on a farm outside Riding Mountain. He attended J. M. Young School in Eden until Grade 9 and then went to Neepawa Area Collegiate for his high school years. Ken enrolled in a computer programming course at Herzing Career College in Winnipeg. After graduating in 1985, he held term positions at three Winnipeg companies. He then secured employment as a computer programmer for Nygard International Limited where he worked for almost 20 years, until due to failing health, he could no longer work. Highlights of his employment with Nygard included his two work trips with co-workers to Hong Kong. During his time at his childhood farm, he enjoyed many hours outdoors helping his Dad, riding his bike, playing tag as well as playing hide and seek with his siblings. When he knew it was a day to go fishing with his Dad and brother, he was up at the crack of dawn casting his fishing rod in the yard for practice. Ken loved the digital world and often spent his leisure time playing video games, searching the internet and watching movies. He liked the challenge of fixing computer problems for his family and co-workers. Remaining to cherish Ken's memory are his parents, Richard and Marie; his brother Ron (partner Carolyn); his sisters, Brenda (Grant and son Brandon), Elaine, Carol (daughter Amanda) and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ken is predeceased by his grandparents and several Aunts, Uncles and cousins. The funeral service was held December 15, 2016 at St. John's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Neepawa with Father Emil Kardasinec officiating. Interment followed at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa. White's Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Ken will be sadly missed. Donations in his memory can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 24, 2016

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