Alexander Cole Sawatzky, age 6, of Winkler, MB passed away on Monday June 5, 2017 at 3:45 am at his residence, after an 8 month battle of DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), an aggressive brain tumor. He is survived by his parents, Dan and Janet, sister, Victoria, grandparents, numerous aunts and uncles and 17 cousins. Alexander was predeceased by his grandfather, Frank Quiring in 1998 and cousin, Nathaniel in infancy. Alexander was born at Boundary Trails Health Center on January 14, 2011 at 3:35pm to Dan and Janet (Quiring) Sawatzky. After complications, the pregnancy of Alexander was a miracle and a wonderful surprise. Alexander was loved and cherished well before he was even born, with his birth being an exciting time. He was a cuddly baby and loved being held, much to everyone’s delight, he remained a snuggler and always loved being held. Alexander was a hugger and gave the best bear hugs. He’d hang on tight and squeeze hard, showing just how strong he was. His tender heart loved everyone and he enjoyed giving to others and making people smile. Though he received many gifts in his time on earth, they didn’t mean as much to him as time spent with his family and friends. Alexander remembered and talked about things done with him, places gone and fun had. Memories were far more precious to him than material possessions and he would often say “we need to have a talk”. Alexander was a content child and would play for hours by himself. Lego, rescue bots and firetrucks were his favorite things to play with. Many people will remember him from the baseball diamonds, riding around on his little red strider bike, there was rarely a time that Alexander went anywhere without it. Right from young on, Alexander wanted to be a firefighter. He played fireman and dreamed of putting out fires and driving a big fire truck. It wasn’t surprising that his favorite color was red. In October, Alexander was able to have a dream fulfilled and rode in a firetruck. He was beyond thrilled to sit in the captain’s seat, hear the siren, and see all the equipment. The smiles and excitement that day will be remembered forever. Alexander was an amazing big brother to Victoria and loved her with all his heart. He was very protective of her and always looked out for her. His soft heart couldn’t handle if she cried and he would cry as well. The love between them will never be forgotten, they were best friends. Alexander was a special son, brother, grandson, great-grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. There isn’t a person he met that he didn’t impact. God had such an amazing purpose for him on earth and we know he has a greater one in heaven now, he received his promotion and he was ready. On October 2, 2016, Alexander was diagnosed with a brain tumor at BTHC. He was transferred to Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with DIPG. The next 8 months and 3 days were a testament to how incredibly strong Alexander was. He never complained and he remained grateful and happy. Alexander taught everyone around him what it meant to live life for Jesus. He knew that Jesus lived in his heart and he wanted that for everyone. He frequently talked about heaven and had many dreams about it. Though our hearts ache, we find comfort in knowing that Alexander is with Jesus and finally got to give him a big bear hug. The funeral service for Alexander Cole Sawatzky at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the Winkler EMMC with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Manitoba Candlelighters Childhood Support Group. A special thank you goes to Wiebe Funeral Home, Dr. Woelk, Dr. Sheps, nurses, Karen and Deanne, the staff at the Children’s Hospital, the community of Winkler and all those who were a part of Alexander’s Army. Thank you for all the prayers, gifts, meals, flowers and encouragement these past 8 months.