CORY JAMES MCKILLOP
Suddenly, on Friday, February 5, 2021, with his wife at his side, Cory McKillop passed away in the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 44 years.
Cory is survived by his wife Cynthia; sons, Ewan and Morgan; parents, Gary and Mary-Anne; sister, Christy Neufeld (Shane), parents-in-law, Garry and Darlene Russell; Sister-in-law, Tanis Dyck; nephews, Brock, Brandon, and Jackson; nieces, Ella and Taylor. as well as uncle, Brian Mckillop (Pauline). He was predeceased by his grandparents, George and Jeannie Mckillop and John and Myrtle Chornenki; and his aunt Donna Felder (Ken).
Cory was born in Winnipeg on December 2, 1976. He grew up in the West End where he graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in 1994 with honors. He made many happy memories and lasting friendships.
In 1997, Cory made a decision to pursue a passion of acting and auditioned for his first role in the Grant Memorial Baptist Church Christmas production, A Country Christmas. This decision led him to a ministry within the church he embraced. He spent the next 10 years writing the scripts, directing, singing and acting in the Christmas Productions where his heart's desire was to lead people to a relationship with Christ.
It was during the 1999 production that he met Cynthia and they were married on November 24 ,2001. They welcomed their first son, Ewan, on November 3, 2005 and their second son, Morgan, on November 9, 2009.
Cory joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 2004. He was so honoured to be a part of the police family and made many special bonds. He was very patriotic and proud to serve his city and country.
Cory was all about spending time with family. He grew up vacationing each summer at Lac Lu and wanted to create similar memories as an adult with his children. He took his family on many camping and cabin adventures, where days were spent having outdoor fun, campfire nights or even thunderstorm watching.
Cory loved the game of baseball! Whether it was watching the Toronto Blue Jays, his boys play ball each spring or taking them to the field to throw the ball around, he enjoyed it all.
Music was always a huge part of Cory's life. He began playing guitar and singing when he was a teenager. He wrote songs and performed on many stages with friends. He brought the joy of music to his boys by introducing them to rock concerts at a young age. He got the pleasure of taking them to numerous concerts including Metallica, GNR, Iron Maiden and his all time favorite, AC/DC. It filled his heart to see his boys embrace his love of music. They spent many hours together having jam sessions . He never got tired of watching them play the drums and guitar. His music lives on through Ewan and Morgan.
Christmas was the most important time of the year for Cory. Ever since he was a child he wished he could be Santa. He loved every single thing about Christmas. From the lights, family gatherings, decorations (old and new) and movies (yes, including the Hallmark ones), he embraced every moment. His Christmas traditions will forever bring us joy for years to come.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 22, 2021. Interment will follow in the Transcona Cemetery. Due to COVID regulations the service will be by invitation only – but a larger celebration of life will be planned for a future date when restrictions are lifted.
The family would like to thank the ICU Doctors and nurses at St. Boniface for their amazing care and support.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for his sons secondary education: https://ca.gofundme.com/f/cory-mckillops-kids-secondary-education?qid=4b4bbc2ae55d599129a01c4649886130
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