AXIS Inspection Announces Death of Senior Inspector and Vice President Daniel (Dan) Shewfelt
Winnipeg – It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Vice President and Senior Inspector Dan Shewfelt. Shewfelt passed away at Health Sciences Centre on Sunday January 13th, following a tragic event a week prior. He was 39.
“We at AXIS are deeply saddened by this sudden loss, but Dan was proud of and dedicated to this company and its employees, and it is in that spirit that we will move forward.” says General Manager Jean Lessard.
“While his presence will be deeply missed, we will continue to provide the same high level of expertise and quality inspection services Dan would expect us to provide.”
Shewfelt was considered a pioneer of the welding industry, and led teams responsible for many high-profile Winnipeg projects, including the construction of IKEA, Investors Group Field, James Richardson International Airport, the expansion of the Winnipeg Floodway and the Disraeli Overpass. Most recently, he was involved in work on the Manitoba Hydro dams in northern Manitoba and the current construction of the Rapid Transit Corridor in Winnipeg.
Most notably, he was instrumental in the creation of AXIS Inspection Group (AXIS) with his partner and President of AXIS, Bonnie Pankratz. AXIS began initially as a small inspection company. Together with Pankratz and a growing team of highly-trained professionals, Shewfelt worked tirelessly to help transform it into one of Manitoba’s leading structural steel and welding inspection agencies, as well as a professional testing and training facilities for welding professionals.
“We will miss Dan, not only for his wealth of knowledge but also for his sense of teamwork and can-do attitude. However, I am very confident we will continue to provide the same level of service and expertise customers expect from AXIS”, says Pankratz.
“I assure all our customers that the level and quality of service they’re accustomed to receiving will not be disrupted. Despite this tragic loss, AXIS will continue to be the leader in testing services and quality assurance solutions. That is what Dan would want.”
Shewfelt was a larger than life character who brought his contagious sense of humor, tireless work ethic and strong sense of teamwork to every aspect of his life. However, his ongoing struggles with depression and anxiety were well known among those close to him.
“When someone ultimately loses their life because of a mental illness, a lot of people choose not to view it for what it actually is. It’s much simpler to accept and speak about if someone passes away because of cancer or some physical ailment.” says a statement from the Shewfelt family. “But when something like this happens, it’s much less tangible, it’s much more complex because they weren’t physically ill.”
“Mental illness can take lives just as easily as a physical disease. Depression takes lives. And it’s easy to be angry at the person, but what we need to remember is that they had a disease, and they lost the battle. And we need to make sure his death isn’t for nothing – we need to leverage our connections and our personal webs of support – and talk about these issues and how to help those who struggle know that they are not alone.”
Shewfelt leaves behind his wife Bonnie, his two sons Nicholas and Ryan, and step son Cole, as well as countless friends, colleagues and extended family.
In honor of Shewfelt, AXIS will be closed on Friday, January 18th, 2019 for a celebration of Dan’s life at the Manitoba Masonic Centre. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that people make donations to Mood Disorders of Manitoba in Dan’s name, in order to provide help, hope and recovery to those suffering from mental illness. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact AXIS at 204.488.6790 or by email at email@example.com
For more information about AXIS Inspection Group, please visit our website at www.axisinspection.com.
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