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July 12, 1955 ~ July 10, 2023 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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It is with great sadness that the family of Wesley Esau announce his passing on July 10, 2023. We are saddened for his absence, but we take great comfort knowing he is with our mother Victoria Littlejohn-Esau. Wesley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Victoria Littlejohn-Esau on July 12, 1955. He was the third oldest of eight children to his single mother. Wes was a loving man who was humble, compassionate, caring, and fun-loving. He was especially kind to his nieces and his nephews. Wes loved adventures and would travel to Europe as often as he could to visit with his sister Angella and brother-in-law Luca.
His explorations and his connection to his mother who was also gifted in the kitchen, lead him to a career in the culinary arts. Wes graduated from the Red River College with the requirements needed to further pursue this career. He worked in many restaurants in Winnipeg but took special delight in feeding his family. It was at our family meals that he was clear to state that his home-cooked meals were better than ours. This was often an open debate, but he enjoyed the conversation. Wes would often spend the summer travelling with the Bannock Hut and the Bannock Hut family. This would give him opportunities to spend time with brothers and friends that he would meet along the way.
Wes had a difficult life as result of past trauma. Despite the hardships that come with trauma, Wes never allowed it to steal his love for people, his joy, or his ability to enjoy life. Sometimes, it would become too hard to Wes and he would attempt to run-away to be alone. However, after the passing of our mother, and the hardships that we were forced to endure caused our family to take care of each other. The two oldest brothers would always go in search of Wes to bring him back home. We did not have much, but we held close to each other. His older brothers would routinely check in on Wes and do what they could to make sure he was cared for. Wes never asked for more but was always content with what he was given. Especially, if he was given love and attention.
Wes was named the “fun-uncle” by his nieces and his nephews. He was the one that would take them on the scary rides at amusement parks, the biggest waterslides at the waterparks, and fill them up on all the foods and treats they shouldn’t eat. Sometimes he was a little too much fun, but that was Wes.
Wes’s voice, smile, hugs, and expression of love will be what we miss the greatest. He was always so excited to see you no matter the space in time. If it was years or if it was days, he would wrap his arms around you and greet you like he missed you. Silence replaces his voice and his laughter, but we look forward today that we are greeted again by his embrace.
Wes was predeceased by his mother Victoria Littlejohn-Esau; baby sister Cathy; nephew Jason; sister in-law Rose.
Wes is survived by his brothers Bob, Merv (Barb), Lloyd (Nicole), and Floyd;his sisters Berni (Harrison), Angella (Luca); and his maternal last living aunt Shirley Littlejohn; nieces Naomi (Simon), Lindsay (Jordan), Heather; nephews Conrad (Shannon), Donny, Jesse (Kimberly), Aaron, Jordan (Christy);numerous great nieces, nephews, Littlejohn cousins from Roseau River First Nation.
Wake service will be held on Wednesday July 26,2023 from 5 p.m. till 11 p.m. at Eternal Grace Funerals, 1111 Logan Avenue.