Welcome Sign

Look what’s new!

Our footbridge, (AKA Pont de Roo), has a new look. Thank you to Peter Giannuzzi and Thomas Achenbach (both of Third Avenue) for their appropriate design and installation.

What a lovely entrance into our neighbourhood. Its heralding of love and care are hallmarks for us that community is important. These are the things of a welcoming people. 




South Beach Tribute – Bert de Roo

Bert de Roo passed away on February 22, 2018 at the age of 64. Bert was introduced to South Beach in the summer of 1976 because he fell in love with Evelyn Ward (6 Hansson Ave). He would joke that one of the main reasons he married her was because of her cottage.

Very soon he was warmly accepted into the Ward family fold because he loved working beside his father-in-law Bill on projects at the cottage. Felling trees, renovating, putting on additions, crawling under the cabin, all things Bill was very happy to have help with and Bert was eager and willing to get his hands dirty. Over the last 42 years he only missed one summer in South Beach.


He took this photo of the Gimli Glider the summer of 1983.

He spent many many hours on the Loni Beach Tennis Courts trying to better his game. He eventually encouraged his wife, Ev, to learn to play.

Bert learned to sail at the Gimli Yacht Club in 1990. Sailing as a team member in the Wednesday night keelboat races became a beautiful pastime for many years. He became proficient at flying a spinnaker.

He served as Vice President of the South Beach Property Owners Association for a number of years. Among the things Bert will be remembered for are rebuilding the footbridge into South Beach at the municipal ditch which became known affectionately as “Pont de Roo”. And rousing his neighbours down to the beach on a clear night to view the International Space Station passing overhead.

In his later years he went back to his love of welding and started making recumbent bikes from reclaimed bicycles. He glad repaired bikes from people all over Gimli in exchange for a few beer.

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new bike rack

Professionally Bert was an award-winning software developer. His little ‘cabin in the woods’ office became his experiment in semi-retirement. His clients would hear birds chirping away in the background as he spoke to them on the phone all over the world.

Mourning him are his beloved wife, Evelyn, children Katie (Tom), London, Ontario and Lukas (Chloe), Buderim, Australia.

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The “little guys” he loved most, his grandsons, Ben and Teddy, will miss their Opa terribly.

To read his obituary ….. http://www.needhamjay.com/obituaries/Bert-De-Roo/
His funeral and interment took place in Petrolia, Ontario in March.

You are invited to join the family in a celebration of Bert’s life at an informal reception on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Gimli Yacht Club, 1-4PM.


South Beach Tribute – Allan Stephen

Allan George Stephen

Surrounded by family, Allan peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 71 years. Allan will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Sherilyn and their children Jeffrey (Susan) and daughter Kate, Craig (Sandra) and children Lauren and Clayton and Allison (Nicole), his brother Douglas (Maureen), mother-in-law Frances Kolisnyk, sister-in-law Marlene Cooper and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Allan was born in 1944 to Grace and George, he lived most of his life in Winnipeg and spent many happy hours as a young boy playing sports at the Orioles Community Club. He graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1966 with a degree in Civil Engineering and three years later from the University of Western Ontario with a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Allan had a fulfilling career with the City of Winnipeg, in the Water and Waste Department for 25 years and retired in 1999.

During these years Allan and Sheryl raised their family in the Southdale Community where Allan volunteered as a Coach and Manager to Jeff, Craig and Allison’s hockey, skiing and soccer teams. An avid lover of sports himself, Allan skied, played hockey, golfed and curled with the St. Vital Senior Men’s Club and together with Sheryl in a mixed league. Later, they decided to give square dancing a try and enjoyed several years dancing both in Texas and with Paws-n-Taws in Winnipeg.

Allan was an active member of the Windsor Park United Church for many years, serving on several committees. With retirement came the opportunity to travel and some wonderful memories were made visiting new places and spending several weeks every winter in La Feria, Texas. South Beach, Gimli has been the centre of summer fun and gamily gatherings all of his life. Second Beach is where he met Sherilyn 50 years ago, one summer afternoon, a special place they continued to enjoy even this past summer when his health was failing.

A loyal, loving and generous man with a smile for everyone, Allan was completely dedicated to his family. They always came first, we will miss you dearly. We will always remember the way you looked, the way you walked and smiled, all the things you did for us will be with us. You always did your best, your heart was true and tender, you lived your life for those you loved and those you loved will remember.

A special thanks to the palliative care team at the St. Boniface Hospital for their care and compassion and for helping us support Allan.

In keeping with Allan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive.12243142_10156394342470657_1855174990127203599_n

South Beach Tribute – Holly M. Frantz


FRANTZ, Holly Marie (nee Boudreau) – Peacefully, Holly Frantz passed away from cancer on November 7, 2015, at the Gimli Community Health Center, with her boys around her. She was predeceased by her father Jim Boudreau. Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 34 years, Larry; sons Karl and Eric; her mom Lillian Boudreau; brothers Guy (Sonja), Mark (Rose); sister Kallie Boudreau; mother and father in-law Marie and Vern Frantz; sisters-in-law Susan (Mark Woodruff) and Sharon (Gord) McMaster; brother-in-law Don (James) Frantz and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Holly was born on July 16, 1955 in Fort Frances, Ontario. The family moved to Winnipeg in 1961 and she finished her schooling at Kildonan East Collegiate. Holly had a varied career and finished her working years with the CRA. She met her husband Larry in late 1978 and they were married in February of 1981. Their first son Karl was born in October 1983 and Eric completed their family in March of 1985. They spent the first years of their marriage in Winnipeg but soon moved to the country where Holly was able to pursue her love of gardening. While the boys were growing up the family had many great adventures, traveling to both coasts of Canada and spending summers at Rugby Lake. When Holly and Larry retired, they moved to Gimli to enjoy the summers where they both took up golfing and Holly even managed to beat Larry on several occasions. For Holly to avoid the cold Manitoba winters which she detested, they began exploring the world, visiting New Zealand, Fiji, Portugal, Spain, The Canary Islands, Egypt, Texas, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Barbados, Sturgis Bike Week and Mexico. Holly was well known for her caring heart, positive attitude, hosting guests and endless optimism. She will always be loved and missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank the staff at the Gimli Hospital for their care and compassion. A memorial service was held November 14, 2015, in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gimli Community Health Center – Northeast Palliative Care Unit.


Holly loved to research family history and wrote this blog article for our site.


South Beach Tribute- Jennifer Jackson-Jones

Jennifer Simone Jackson-Jones (Third Ave)

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January 30, 1952 – August 8, 2015
Jennifer Jackson

1972 Canadian Speedskating Team, Sapporo Japan (back row, third from right)


Submitted by Bryan and Val Verity

We only got to know Jennifer briefly in her short time living in South Beach but we thoroughly enjoyed her quick wit, intelligence and her company. Even while she was hurting she was still able to crack a joke! We respected her greatly for her love and compassion toward her furry friends….her 3 rescue dogs. Those who have had family dogs in their lives will appreciate all she did for them.

After several visits with Jennifer, not once did she mention her accomplishments as an Olympic Speedskater representing Canada in Sapporo, Japan in 1972. We learned this information by someone else and when we asked Jennifer about it she said …she represented Canada and had a great time as an Athlete. Jennifer didn’t feel the need to brag about her accomplishments. She was very humble and we respected her for that.

We will miss Jennifer’s tenacity and competitive spirit at South Beach. We feel proud and very blessed to have spent time with this amazing woman, even though it was only brief.

By now, Jennifer has likely been introduced to those who have previously passed from South Beach and has been welcomed into the Heaven’s above. She will be waiting for Piper, Finagan and Molly to be with her again so she can walk them along beautiful shorelines in Peace……..

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Memorial Service

Meet the New Mayor

South Beach Property Owner’s Association President’s Reception was held on July 14th, 3PM to meet the new mayor, Randy Woroniuk, and Councillor Danny Luprypa. All residents of South Beach were invited. Approximately 20 attended this informal get-together.

Randy Woroniuk

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