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DANIEL JUSTIN KRENZ
Born: Apr 11, 1981
Date of Passing: Jun 11, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory
DANIEL JUSTIN KRENZ
Daniel Krenz lost his life on June 11, 2023, while visiting Egypt at the coastal city of Dahab. He loved snorkeling - to him, sea life was a source of such beauty, abundance and transformation.
Daniel was predeceased by his older brother Serge Krenz in 2007, at age 27; grandmothers, Anna Krenz and Ewdochia; and grandfather Daniel Humeniuk. Daniel will be dearly missed and forever remembered by his mother Joyce and father Victor. Both sons are now gone forever. He will also be missed by his cousins, Greg Krenz, Terry and his wife Brenda Krenz.
Daniel was born in Winnipeg on April 11, 1981, and received his initial schooling in Winnipeg’s Charleswood area at Royal School, Charleswood Junior High, (where he was elected as school president) and graduated from Oak Park High School in 1999 achieving a 90% average in senior year (emphasis on all science and math). Danny was extremely intelligent and hardworking; striving to do his best at all times. At the University of Manitoba, in 2006, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.Sc.) Mechanical & Manufacturing - Aerospace option. In 2009, he obtained a Master of Science in Engineering (M.Sc.) Mechanical & Manufacturing - Aerospace Material Science and had a publication called “Laser Beam Joined Inconel 718 Superalloy with a Filler Wire” which was accepted in 2009. In 2004, during the summer months, he served as Optics Lab Project Researcher for the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany and three years later in 2007 worked as High Strength Steel Researcher at ThyssenKrupp Steel in Duisburg, Germany. Returning to Winnipeg, he worked as a Research Assistant at the U of M. Later in 2016 to 2018, he served three terms as Adjunct Professor at the highly respected ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Reutlingen, Germany.
In 2008 he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis which he realized could hamper his goals. He persisted with this affliction, having his left hip replaced in 2021 and was already preparing for his second hip replacement later in 2023.
He loved to travel. He managed to visit not only seven or eight countries in Europe, but also travelled to the Far East where he spent some time in Yangshuo, China being an English teacher, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In South America, he was enamoured with Colombia where he considered moving to retire. He travelled to Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay. Six more countries in Central America along with Cuba were added to his list. In his pre-travel days, while growing up in Winnipeg’s Charleswood area, he took active participation in Tai Chi, Kung Fu, and Wushu competitions and later began to be a Martial Arts Instructor in Trier, Germany. Among the most memorable trips that he took was with his late brother Serge in 2001 and 2002 where they spent time visiting Morocco, Germany and Thailand gaining further insight into our Global Community.
Danny met many people on his travels. In Germany, he bonded with a special family - his “heart brother”, Chris Wegehaupt along with his wife Sandy and daughter Nele whom he held in high regard and who became a part of our family as well.
We as parents, are grateful to have had him for the past 42 years. The complexity and unexpectedness of life leave us shrouded in sorrow for what might have been. We shape our dreams and hopes but, in the end, must be grateful for what we had; “all the rest is silence”. The loss of our two sons is a final blow.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service to honour his life will be on Thursday, August 24 and will start at 7:00 p.m. at Assiniboine Park’s Qualico Family Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Friends are invited to sign Danny’s online book of condolences at www.voyagefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences, photos and share memories.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2023
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Although I did not know your son, your obituary was beautiful. I feel like I knew him. I feel your great sense of loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. - Posted by: Michelle Bruneau (Unknown ) on: Aug 20, 2023
Danny and Serge were huge parts of my childhood growing up. I have so many memories of us racing around the neighbourhood and the Krenz house as kids. Danny truly knew how to live life. My heart goes out to anyone who is mourning this loss, especially Joyce and Victor. - Posted by: Erin Acorn (Crocker) (Friend/neighbour) on: Aug 15, 2023
Dan and I went through school together, all the way from Royal to Oak Park. When I saw him in later years I would joke that he was my most familiar face. I loved him ❤️. What an incredible life he lived. - Posted by: Jessica Hanson (Friend ) on: Aug 14, 2023
He will forever remain, completely irreplaceable - Posted by: Max (Friend) on: Aug 13, 2023
My condolences to you Joyce and your family. - Posted by: Brett Buckingham (Friend of Joyce's ) on: Aug 12, 2023
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