Maxililian (Max) Winkler, formerly of Moose Jaw, passed away suddenly at the age of 71 on February 23, 2019. Max was born in the United States and came to Canada as a young man. He settled in Moose Jaw and opened a used book store, and later ran an organic market garden.
He was a competitive Olympic-style weight lifter and trained at Dave Pyle's gym and the Y, making many friends there. He was very interested in youth sports and spent many years refereeing and coaching youth soccer as well as coaching in the Moose Jaw Track Club. He had a love of history, geography and reading, and could rarely be challenged at any trivia game.
He and his wife, Beverley Brooks, moved to Kelowna three years ago to be closer to family, but Max remained loyal to Saskatchewan and the Roughriders. He enjoyed walking his dog in the Kelowna hills and going to the Okanagan Lake in the summer.
He loved his family deeply, and nothing was better than spending time with his children and three grandsons.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Beverley, his daughter Colleen (Aage André Weider) and their sons Liam and Filip, his son Graham (Nicole Pyett) and their son Erik, and his daughter Tess (Wolfgang Knoblauch), brother-in-law Bob Brooks (Holly Roy), nephew Dan Brooks (Yuki) and cousins David Scott and Dave Green (Connie Goozee).
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 2 at 11 am at the First Memorial Funeral Services at 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation would be gratefully received. Condolences may be sent to the family by visting www.firstmemorialfuneralkelowna.com. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299