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Born: Mar 16, 1987

Date of Passing: Apr 07, 2021

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March 16, 1987 - April 7, 2021

Kipp Christian Kocay, beloved son of Ulla Liljegren and William Kocay, passed away suddenly on April 7, 2021.
He is survived by his parents; grandmother Shirley Kocay of Clandeboye; grandparents, Aimo and Anneli Liljegren of Finland; sisters, Sheila Gagnon and Sanna Kocay, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces.
Kipp was a giant, creative, musical talent, with hundreds of friends. We all miss him enormously.
Private funeral service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and can be viewed at

Condolences maybe left on his tribute wall at

Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 14, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Ulla, Bill and family, Collette and I were very saddened to learn of the passing of Kipp. We have many fond memories of him at music lessons and were so happy he continued on, creating wonderful music and becoming a respected and beloved musician in his adult years. We had the pleasure of seeing him perform a couple of years ago and were able to catch up with him after, which was wonderful. His music will continue to soothe, inspire and entertain. Our sincere condolences. - Posted by: Vaughn Smith (Music teacher) on: May 16, 2021

  • I recently learned of Kipp's passing with great sadness. I met Kipp when he was a cook at the Billabong on Osborne. I was a regular and found myself chatting and joking with him almost daily. During a tough time in my life he was a bright light. His wit and curiosity made him one of the most memorable people in my life. I saw him this past year at the Ruby and was so blessed to connect with him again and was happy to see he was part of such a kind crew. Prayers and condolences in dealing with such a tragic loss. - Posted by: Noel Bernier (Friends) on: May 08, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Kocay family. I'm so terribly sorry to hear about the loss of such a fine young man. - Posted by: Lynda Brethauer Venton (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • I never met your son but my son was a friend, as well as his former girlfriend. So sorry for your loss. My heart is heavy for this pain. Ginette Lagimodiere Lorette, Manitoba - Posted by: Ginette (Mother of friend) on: Apr 23, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to you Ulla and your entire family. I know how proud you are of your children and can't imagine the sorrow you are feeling. Much love to you and please reach out at any time if you need a chat or a hug. Your spin sister, Pam Trupish XXOO - Posted by: Pam Trupish (Friend and colleague) on: Apr 20, 2021

  • Bill, Ulla, and Shirley, and family. So very sorry to hear of Kipp's untimely passing. Brian and Joyce - Posted by: Brian and joyce litton (Shirley's cousin) on: Apr 20, 2021

  • To all of you, my condolences. I have many fond memories of Kipp! He was an old soul, so kind and creative. I think of him often and of the girls! I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Suzanne Cormier (Former teacher) on: Apr 16, 2021

  • On behalf of all of the Publow family, we wish to send our deepest sympathies on the tragic loss of Kipp. It is so sad and devastating when a young bright light goes out. We hope you can find some peace in the days, months and years ahead. Lisa and Jon Publow - Posted by: Jon and Lisa Publow (Evan's parents) on: Apr 16, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of this terrible news. Bill, Ulla, Sheila & Sanna I extend my deepest sympathies to you. I wish you strength and love to see you through this. Dave McKnight - Posted by: Dave McKnight (Friend) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the entire family at this unimaginable loss. I remember when our children all played together at St. Norbert Y-Neighbours. I really am quite speechless and don't know what to say - except I send my love. - Posted by: Karen Bate (Friend of family) on: Apr 15, 2021

  • Dear Ulla, Bill, Sheila, Sanna. We are so sorry to hear of this most sad news at the loss of your Kipp. I know Kipp grew up to be a kind, gentle, exceptional young man in all ways. We remember him with great affection. Just last week, Guy said to me, 'Do not regret getting old. It is a privilege denied to many.' Truly, an inconsolable loss. When the light will shine in, Hope is another chapter. It is what comes next. Deepest sympathies to all of Kipp’s family, friends. So sorry...... Bruce North, Odette, Guy, Sébastien, Luc - Posted by: Odette Sabourin (Friend) on: Apr 14, 2021

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you, Sanna, and all of your family. It is always sad to lose a close family member and the opportunity to overcome barriers and reconcile. Virtual hugs to you, dear. - Posted by: Shelagh and Ned Basher (Evan's aunt and uncle) on: Apr 14, 2021

  • I am shocked and saddened by reading this. I knew Kipp when he was very young and the joy that he brought to Ulla and Bill. My thoughts and prayers are for the family in this difficult time. - Posted by: Marshall Mann (friend) on: Apr 14, 2021

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