Justin Nicholas Silicz was a man for others.
As a child Justin played baseball, practiced Taekwondo and proudly owned only Nintendo products, at which he always won. Travelling back and forth to Moose Jaw to visit family, "JJ" (his nickname so not to be confused with his cousin) was always surrounded by family and friends. Gifted academically, Justin graduated from St. Paul's High School 2004 and excelled at his studies. Justin went on to the University of Manitoba and St. Paul's College, graduating with a four-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree at only 21 years of age. After working alongside his father at Wellington West for two years, having passed the Canadian Securities Course (without reading the books of course), Justin was accepted into law school. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of North Dakota and passed the state bar. JJ then came home, taking an articling position at Pullan Kammerloch Frohlinger. He was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 2014, working from Morden and Winkler, and recently began practicing out of the Winnipeg office.
He loved being a lawyer. He was exactly that "kind of lawyer" that wanted you to know he was a lawyer. But he wouldn't want you to know that he also did his laundry at his parent's house every Sunday before family dinner. JJ did not wear his heart on his sleeve, but his heart was always in the right place. Chivalrous, polite and well-mannered, he was a man of integrity. JJ was a fitness enthusiast and a weight-lifting guru. He was extremely disciplined, spartan enough to live mainly on chicken and broccoli (no butter), which he believed went straight to his biceps. He was the type of guy who would drink water at a restaurant and turn down cake at his own birthday (empty calories). He was a connoisseur of protein powders and pre-workout shakes. A man of simple pleasures, he was contented hanging out with his buddies in the basement every Saturday for the NHL double header and a Kokanee Gold. He liked Led Zeppelin and the same music as his dad, despite never admitting it. Like his mom, he cared so deeply about those he loved and was fiercely loyal to them. A true Virgo, his wardrobe consisted of only three things: tailored suits to fit his hulking frame, "free" t-shirts from Popeye's Supplements, and well-worn blue jeans. He loved his nephew Eli, and was never too busy to talk about Paw Patrol or play trucks. Uncle JJ was just getting to know his newest nephew Asher. His proudest accomplishment was when he and his brother attended the very first Jets 2.0 game (tickets that Mom and Dad gave up for them). Last but not least was his prized possession - his recent Audi 5 - a long-sought upgrade for having "finally made it" as a reward for accomplishing his goals. He was quietly ambitious and competitive in the right ways. His star was just beginning to rise.
In the early hours of June 2, 2019, Justin's life was literally cut too short as a result of random, senseless violence from being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
We love you Justin. You will be in our hearts forever. You are with God and we know we will see you again one day.
JJ was predeceased by his Polish Grandpa Nick Silicz, his Ukrainian Grandma Sophie Silicz, his Austrian Granma Helene Carriere and his French-Canadian Grandad Marcel Carriere. He is survived by his dad Walter Silicz, mom Nicole Silicz, brother Michael Silicz, sister-in-law Alison Hamilton and nephews, Elijah Silicz and Asher Silicz, his Uncle Nicky Haar, his Aunt Lou Haar, his cousin Steven Haar (Tess), his cousin Peter Haar (Cara), his Aunt Julie, and his cousin Dustin (Megan).
Funeral Mass will be held for Justin at St. John Brébeuf Parish on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., and his interment will follow at Assumption Roman Catholic cemetery at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you, in Justin's memory, to tell someone you love them. Seriously. Now. And if you are so inclined, donations can be made in his memory to the Westland Foundation to help fund inner-city Winnipeg students earn a post-secondary education.
Winnipeg Free Press Obituary: https://passages.winnipegfreepress.com/passage-details/id-264763/SILICZ_%20JUSTIN