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Date of Passing: Jun 02, 2023

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1935 - 2023

It is with deep regret that our family announces the sudden passing of our much-loved grandpa, father, brother and uncle, Albert Pierson on June 2, 2023. He passed away suddenly in front of his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 87. He did what he wanted up until his last breath, which we know he is proud of.

Left to cherish Abe’s memory and re-tell his many great stories are his two sons, Jamie and Len (Laurie), two grandchildren, Tiffannie and Cody (Lisa), brother Dennis and his sister Sis, nieces and nephews, and many old friends. He was predeceased by his wife Shirley, parents and brother Reg.

Abe had quite an exciting life. He was an avid lacrosse player from a young age and developed a deep and lasting love for the game. He went on to coach many young talents, including both of his sons, from 1960-1988. He was inducted into the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of the many championships he won and lives he touched.

Another source of immense pride for Albert was his career as a printer at Pollard Banknote. Starting as a delivery boy, he worked his way up to apprentice and then a printer. He retired in 1993 but he never stopped telling the stories about the job he loved.

Anyone who knew Abe knows he loved to ride his motorcycle and tell stories. After he retired, he went on many trips across Canada, the US and even Mexico on his motorcycle with friends or his late wife Shirley. When he wasn’t far from home on his bike, he was taking day trips to a house he bought in Ashern, MB, or anywhere, just to be out on the highway. He rode his motorcycle into his 80’s, and it brought him great joy through all those years.

We will miss Abe’s peppy spirit and personality, and especially his great stories. He was a great man, who left a lasting impression on those who knew him. He’s one of those special people in our lives, who will never leave us, even after he’s gone.

A Celebration of Life will be held for both Abe and Shirley in July.

Your memory lives on forever in our hearts, may you now rest in peace.

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Until we meet again

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 10, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I am saddened to learn of Abe's passing. I first met Abe in the early 60s while playing junior lacrosse in Elmwood and competing against his St. Boniface/Winakwa based clubs, a rivalry that continued into the Senior Lacrosse League over the next couple of decades. His passion for lacrosse and contribution to the game in our province were duly recognized with his induction into the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2018. Abe was admired and respected by all in the lacrosse community and he will be missed. Deepest condolences to the Pierson family. Rest in peace Abe; may his memory be a blessing. - Posted by: Dave Gillis (lacrosse alumni) on: Jun 21, 2023

  • Abe nurtured me as a kid, he was 11 years older and worldly to my young eyes. I remember riding on the back of his motorcycle as a 9 year old, riding in his old 54 Pontiac in a Manitoba blizzard until we had to turn around as it was closer to try to go back then continue. He was my lacrosse coach for junior play. He was my best man when El & I married in 1967. Regular visits out to us in BC, and time together when we were in Manitoba. We went to family weddings and funerals, talked to my sister Shirl, and Abe as well in the golden years on a weekly basis. When Shirl got so sick, and then we lost her, I worried for Abe and for a year or so we spoke every couple of days. All that was needed was a good game to give us a starting point. This year, losing one of my very best friends the day before the Stanley Cup finals is hard to accept. I was certainly lucky to have had him in my life for over 65 years, and I will miss him beyond all those words we exchanged over those years. I wished I could give him a final thank you. - Posted by: Jim Crighton (Brother-in-law, friend) on: Jun 13, 2023

  • "RIP" Abe - Posted by: Wally Neves (Friend) on: Jun 10, 2023

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