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Born: Jul 10, 1941

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2023

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July 10, 1941 - January 26, 2023

Lorne George Heshka passed away peacefully at age 81 on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He is survived by his loving wife Joan, his two sons: Ryan, his wife Marinda and their daughter Roxy, and Tyler and his wife Amanda; sister Millie King (Bob), brothers: Jim Heshka and Ken Heshka (Gerrie).
Lorne was born in 1941 to George and Leona Heshka in Canora, Saskatchewan and raised in the surrounding area. At an early age, he developed a love for the outdoors, including exploring nature, and hunting and trapping with his dog Cubby. After high school, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in agriculture (honours) and worked for Health Canada in the health protection branch. During the early years of his career, Lorne met and married Joan Epps, and they went on to have two sons. He and Joan attended East Kildonan Baptist Church where he ran the Sunday school program for many years and was on the church board. Later in his career, he worked contracts with the United Nations and travelled internationally. Lorne retired at 57 and enjoyed a lengthy retirement, passionately pursuing many interests, these included photographing nature and old churches, and growing orchids (he was deeply involved in the Manitoba Orchid Society, won many awards for his plants, and co-authored a field guide on native orchids), Lorne also led guided tours in Churchill, Manitoba with Joan.
He was ahead of his time - his respect and protective attitude toward the natural world was something he passed along to those around him. He was a quiet and gentle man who loved his immediate and extended family very much, was loved by those who met him, and respected individuals, cultures, and creatures of all shapes and sizes. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A private family service was held.
If desired, a donation can be made to the Deer Lodge Foundation in Lorne's memory.

Family and friends may sign a
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Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • To the Heshka, King & Epps Families: Heartfelt condolences on the loss of Lorne. He inspired many a memorable wilderness outing, back in the day. We also have fond memories of Heshka family visits. May your own treasured memories keep him close. With Our Thoughts & Prayers, John & Gina Klassen - Posted by: Georgina Klassen (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2023

  • I met Lorne through Native Orchid Conservation on field trips searching for Manitoba native orchids. His knowledge and dedication to the conservation of orchids was incredible! Cory and I so enjoyed his trip to Churchill. What a privilege to learn from Lorne and Joan about the flora and fauna of the area. Lorne was a very generous, kind and gentle person. He will be missed. Condolences to Joan and the family. - Posted by: Karen Burridge (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2023

  • Lorne was an expert on orchids including Manitoba's native orchids. I enjoyed going on field trips with him looking for native orchids and other rare plants. He was also very skilled in researching them and generous with sharing his knowledge with others. A true friend to the environment, he will be missed. My sincere condolences to Joan and the rest of his family. - Posted by: Doris Ames (friend) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • Lorne was the big brother I didn't have. Owls, geese, orchids, or marshes - he could capture any natural scene perfectly. Took me out one February to photograph a total eclipse over the Red River. If that's not dedication to your hobby, I don't know what is. We had to hide cameras inside our parkas to prevent icing. I was fortunate to have known him. - Posted by: John Epps (Brother in law) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • I first met Lorne and Joan in Jasper, Alberta on a native orchid expedition. True to form for these kind people, I was invited to stay with them in Winnipeg for the Winnipeg orchid society show. This was the beginning of many visits with them. I put my husband and I on the waiting list to join one of their tours to Churchill and finally our turn arrived. What a privilege and a treat. I will cherish my photos of that event even more now. I especially remember Lorne's heartfelt prayers at the dinner table. What a blessing to have known him. - Posted by: Monica De Wit (friend) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • While I never had the privilege of meeting Lorne, I have thoroughly enjoyed Tyler’s childhood stories of adventures with his dad. I would have loved to have met him and viewed his orchids and photographs. My deepest sympathy and condolences as you all grieve. I pray you are comforted every step of the way and have laughter and joy in remembering him. - Posted by: Shana McGinnis (Friend of son Tyler ) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • I am very sorry to hear of Lorne's passing! He was always very kind and willing to show me nature's beauty and explain things so easily! My sincere condolences to you Joan and family! HUGS! - Posted by: Rose Anne Burdeny (Friend via MB Orchid Society) on: Feb 04, 2023

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