Obituary of Christopher King
It is with heavy and broken hearts we announce the passing of Christopher Justin King.
Chris passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 14, 2022, at the age of 49, surrounded by his family and friends, after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer.
Chris will be greatly missed by his three children, Kaylie (Chad), Kyle (Julie) and Corbyn; his partner, Michelle Shewchuk; his brothers Bob (Juanita), Don (Linda Mutter), Mike (Debbie, deceased 2012), Dennis (Cindy), Bryan, and his sister Kim (Marc Forest), Michelle’s mother, Celine Shewchuk and Michelle’s two sisters, Delores and Jacqueline and many nieces, nephews, and friends who loved him.
Chris was predeceased by his father, Elmer (1994); his mother, Rita Power (1996); and his sister Barbara (1999).
Chris was the youngest of eight children. Many memories were made in Otterburne where he spent his childhood and had many adventures with his siblings. One of the highlights was going for rides with Dad’s delivery feed truck. They would often stop and pick pin cherries and always kept a pail and a salt shaker for the occasion. The family relocated to Winnipeg in 1985. There, Chris went to school in St. Vital and made many lifelong friends. He started working in construction at a young age with his brother, Mike. He gradually started learning the roofing trade and he was a roofer until his passing. Throughout his career, he has made many friends that have had an impact on his life as well as theirs. Chris was hard-working and rarely missed a day of work – even going in to work with a broken ankle. Chris worked hard, and he also played hard. He loved his cars, snowmobile, quads and side-by-sides – spinning his tires and showing off his prized possession, a 1970 Dodge Dart. Chris loved having a good time and having people over. A good Poker or Rummoli game was often to be had. While entertaining, he also enjoyed his beer and clam juice in a glass and a cigarette. Chris often loved reminiscing and added details to make the stories more colourful.
Every year, he looked forward to spending time at his favorite spot at Wild Oaks Campground with his children, family and friends who were always welcome. Many memories were made by the campfire, going for midnight dips, playing horseshoes, swimming with his kids and the dogs, Daisy and Bailey, and Chris barbecuing many of his favourite meals. Many friends were made there and a void will be felt I’m sure.
When he was 24, Chris met Melisa Koch and became a father of twins, Kyle and Kaylie in 1997. In 2002, Michelle Shewchuk came into his life. In 2008, they welcomed their son Corbyn who is now 13.
What we will most remember of Chris was his friendliness and love of life. Chris always had an open-door policy and was someone to lean on for a lot of people and loved by so many. He was always ready to lend a helping hand.
We are extremely grateful for the many friends and family who supported us over these last few months. It truly takes an army to care for someone and Chris had a strong, amazing army. All the help, big or small, did not go unnoticed. Also, thank you to the Southern Health Palliative team and Dr. Darren Reimer and his team at Steinbach Cancer Care who assisted Chris with getting the best of care and quality of life.
We celebrated Chris’ life and legacy on Saturday, January 15th, 2022, and will have another celebration in the Summer of 2022 so all his family and friends can celebrate his life.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Cancer Research or a charity of your choice in his memory.
If you wish to attend the celebration in the summer, contact Michelle via phone, text/messenger or through Chris’ Facebook Messenger.
“Cheers everyone! I’ll see you on the other side! Love you!”
Grief, I’ve learned is really just love.
It’s all the love you want to give, but cannot.
All that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.