Eugene Allan Harris, known as Allan Merasty and Dancing Man in Big Eddy, was born Sunday, September 20, 1953 in The Pas, Manitoba. He received his education at Guy Hill Residential School near The Pas.
As a young child growing up in Big Eddy, he was known as “Dancing Man” and that nick name stuck with him throughout his life.
Allan always dressed in black as he didn’t want to draw attention to himself. He was a very quiet, laidback person. When he wanted to be a pest, he did that well, just to get a kick, when he pissed you off. Allan would laugh at his jokes because we would hear them over and over.
Allan moved to Winnipeg in his early 20’s and he worked at Goodwill for 33 years. He was still working there and was very proud in what he did. He enjoyed working with his co-workers and always had nice things to say about them. He had a collection of stuffed monkeys which he would call “my family”.
Allan passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 16, 2016, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 62 years.
Allan will be sadly missed by his sisters Catherine “Sharon” Bear, Alice (Johnny) Sayese, Pauline (Kirk) Moore; brothers Billy (Mary) Merasty, Pierre “Sid” (Karen) Merasty of Prince Albert, SK, David (Patti) Merasty, Gerald Merasty of Saskatoon, SK.
Allan will also be missed by nieces and nephews Lindsay (Travis) Merasty, Cheryl Merasty, Lisa Merasty, Brandon (Tanielle) Bear, Steve (Teri) Merasty, Jonathon (Savanna) Sayese, Tiffany (Jesse) Thomas, Mary Sayese, Melissa (Justin) Spence, Michelle (Harley) Constant, Kayla, Kendall and Katelynn Rosteski-Merasty, Kassie and Keyanna Ausland, Freda, Tanya (Cody) Kathleen, Danielle, David Jr. (Ariel) and Teemu Merasty, Nicholas Langan, Jarrod Laret, Charlie, Kirk Jr. and Conor Moore; great nieces and nephews Noah, Jessie, Tashina, Kassie, twins Seth, Travis Jr., Tyson, Jason, Alex, Kaylee, Riley, Anisa, Kianna, Marcus, Halle, Johnni, Mika, Dezlyn, Jayzn, Rainer, Raelle, Benton, Kalem, Brookelyn, Capprianna, Andre, Bryson, Santiago, Betsy, Cailynn, Ashanti; auntie Lucy Merasty, Surrey, BC; cousins Gloria Bird, Prince Albert, SK, Debbie, Janice, Tony and Michael, Vancouver, BC, Marilyn Merasty, Calgary, AB; and numerous other relative and friends from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Allan was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Kathleen Merasty; brother Daniel Merasty; sister Freda Merasty; auntie Evelyn McDonald; grandparents William and Betsy Harris, Elsie Bird and Joseph Sidley Merasty; uncles John William Harris; aunties Mary Partridge, Bella Constant; great nephew Taija Merasty.
Monday, August 22, 2016 4:00 pm
Margaret Henderson Parish Hall, Church of the Redeemer, Opaskwayak, MB
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 1:00 pm
Church of the Redeemer, Opaskwayak, MB
Presider: Ven. Jim Sayese
Layreader: Charlie Lathlin
Music Ministry: Mike Jebb Jr.
Scripture Readings: Pauline Moore, Karen Fishcher
Eulogy: Charlie Lathlin
St. Michael and All Angels Cemetery, Opaskwayak, MB
Margaret Henderson Parish Hall, Opaskwayak, MB
In lieu of flowers, donations to the
Canadian Goodwill Industries,
70 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1K2,
would be appreciated by Allan’s family.
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