Shane Cripps

Shane Cripps

December 2, 1972 – May 22, 2017

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the very sudden loss from our lives of our much loved son, husband, father, brother and uncle on May 22, 2017.

He was born December 2, 1972 in Gillam MB to Art and Ditta, joining big brother Sean. In 1980 the family relocated to a 10 acre farm just south of Stonewall MB. It was on this farm where all the skills were acquired to become the self made man everyone came to know. Following high school and some self discovery came some years in Red River College and the romancing of his life love Li. They both graduated in 1995 with Li taking a college instructor position in Thompson while Shane worked in Winnipeg. A proposal was soon followed by wedding plans and a move to Thompson in 1996 then a wedding in 1997 and the birth of son James in 1998. Shane joined Li as an instructor in the college for six years, always doing everything he could to help the lives he touched.

2002 brought the departure of his father and the arrival of his son Dylan. This began a time of change as 2003 found Shane and Li starting the first of many businesses and initiatives where

Shane made a full and complete life for his family. This family came to include his mom when she sold the family farm and relocated to Thompson in 2008.

Shane was the definitive entrepreneur his entire life, and in his twenty years in Thompson he found his home and place. He loved all the people whose lives he was able to touch and leveraged all these opportunities to enrich the life experience of his family, form and discuss new ideas and continually expand on all the items already on the go. His primary passions and who always came first was his wife, sons, family and all of their activities, sports, outdoor adventures and in recent years, vacations. If not busy with those items then his focus was his staff, businesses and anything he could do to support the community. In recent years Shane’s greatest satisfaction came from helping anyone and everyone with no interest in receiving anything in return.

You were larger than life to all who came to know you and your family can not put into words how much you are missed and will forever be in our hearts and minds.

Shane is survived by wife Li, son James, mother Ditta, brother Sean (Teresa), nephews Keenan, Austin and Ethan, aunt Chris, cousin Richard and many family living in China.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Shane’s memory at or to your preferred educational or community support organization.

A Celebration of Life was held Monday, May 29 at 2 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Thompson, MB with Pastor Dan Murphy officiating.

An online Book of Memories is available to view and leave condolences at

The family extends sincere thanks to all the friends, staff and community members who have reached out with their assistance and support in this very difficult time. 

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