Shirley Timm-Rudolph

Shirley Timm-Rudolph died Sunday from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. (River East Transcona School Division)

Former City of Winnipeg Coun. Shirley Timm-Rudolph has died.

Timm-Rudolph, who was most recently a trustee for the River East Transcona School Division, died early Sunday from cancer.

Another former city Coun. Mike O'Shaugnessy said she passed away from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 2:30 a.m.

Timm-Rudolph had a long and varied political career in the city that included, in addition to time spent as a councillor and trustee, unsuccessful campaigns for federal member of parliament and mayor.

She was a city councillor from 1986 to 1992 and again from 1995 to 2002. During the latter term, she was a member of the city's Executive Policy Committee from 1997 to 1998.

"She was always someone who had ideas and she was always thinking about the city and the community and was very community minded. It's a big loss and she'll be greatly missed," said Transcona city Coun. Russ Wyatt. 

"She always wanted to make sure the little guy, they had a voice. And she would be willing to do that," added fellow trustee Peter Kotyk. "It didn't matter what was in front, she would challenge that. She had no problem, I wouldn't say challenging authority, but asking why."

Timm-Rudolph ran in the 1988 federal election as a Liberal, finishing second to NDP incumbent Bill Blaikie in the Winnipeg–Transcona riding.

She was also one of the first candidates to declare their intention to seek the mayor's chair in the 2004 by-election, called after Glen Murray resigned to run for MP.

Timm-Rudolph finished seventh in the race, which was won by Sam Katz.

Statement from River East Transcona School Division

It is with sadness that the River East Transcona School Division Board of Trustees announces the passing of their colleague Shirley Timm-Rudolph

Ms. Timm-Rudolph died on May 11 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was elected to the school board, representing Ward 5 with fellow trustee Peter Kotyk, in 2010. In recent months, she had been too sick to attend meetings.

“Shirley was a fighter who battled her cancer to the end. We’re shocked and saddened by this news. She will be missed at the board table,” said Trustee Peter Kotyk, chair of the board.

Mr. Kotyk added that “Shirley was a neighbour, a good friend and contributing member of our school board. She always stood up for what was right.” 

“We offer our sincere condolences to her husband Edwin, and her daughter Teena and her family,” said Superintendent Kelly Barkman. “She was a valued member of our school board and will be greatly missed.” 

Politics were always a big part of Ms. Timm-Rudolph’s life. She served as a city councillor for the Springfield Heights ward from 1986 to 1992 and from 1995 to 2002. She represented the Transcona ward. She took an unsuccessful run for Member of Parliament as the Liberal candidate for Winnipeg-Transcona in 1988 and for mayor in 2004.

She returned to political life in 2010 with her election to the board of trustees at River East Transcona School Division.