Born: September 1, 1935
Date of Passing: April 9, 2013
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ROBERT DUKE

ROBERT DUKE It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Duke, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Deer Lodge Centre, after a lengthy illness with dementia. Bob was born in Kenora, ON, on September 1, 1935. He is survived by sister Evelyn (Ed) Zintel and family, of Humboldt, SK and sister-in-law Lil and family. Predeceased by brother Bill, and parents Walter and Evelyn. Left to mourn Bob's passing are wife Winnie (nee Olecka), children: Doris (John), Bob, Lance (Ramona), Jeff, Daryle (Lori), Evelyn (Mike), Kelly (Bob), Myra, grandchildren: Karolyn (Ken), Jodie, John (Amy), Robbie, Garry, Reena, Candace, Kenny, Leah, Rachel, Alyssa, Wesley, Corey, Breanne, Brenden, great-grandchildren: Jazmyn, Jordyn, Marina. Bob was a retired Winnipeg Transit Operator, and prior, with Canada Post, Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg Municipal Hospitals, and Wiley Ambulance. Bob spent countless hours in volunteer service for many organizations and interests: an avid roller-skater, St. James Anglican Church, Pop Warner Football, Transit Bowling League, Law Enforcement Torch Run, St. John Ambulance, Winnipeg Grenadiers, 18 Medical Corp., Senior NCO's, St. James Legion #4, Independent Order of Forresters, Canadian Red Cross blood donor, 85th Cubs and Scouts, Stevenson Band Parents Association, as well as others. The family extends their sincere appreciation to the many staff and physicians at Deer Lodge Centre: T3 and 3W, who cared for Dad so compassionately and with great dedication. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice, or the Alzheimer's Association of Manitoba. Private family interment, after cremation. Please join us in a Celebration of Life Memorial Reception at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Chapel Lawn, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on April 13, 2013

Guest Book(8 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, Winnie, and family. Jack and I remember Bob with fond hearts. Our thoughts go out to you all.
    - Posted by: Jack & Lynne Lang (Old friends) on: Apr 25, 2013
  • Sorry for the loss of your loved one. Bob and my Dad (Phil) were Transit drivers together. Our children attended the same school with most of the Duke children. May Bob rest in peace. From, Phil, Eileen, Caren, Brent, David and Phillip JR & families Thomas
    - Posted by: Thomas Family (friends) on: Apr 25, 2013
  • I remember Mr & Mrs Duke at the Jets games in the old barn volunteering with St John's Ambulance as well as the odd time that I would drop in at the family home on Brooklyn St to say hello. He always had a joke to tell or at least a smile on his face and a hearty laugh. You have left 8 reminders for the rest of us to appreciate in this life. God Bless you Mr Duke, see you when Jesus brings me home! Don
    - Posted by: Don Bracken (Family Friend) on: Apr 18, 2013
  • Bob is a man who I remember fondly, always smiling and pleasant to be around. Winnie and Bob raised eight great kids on a single income AND with a single bathroom! I was always impressed by that achievement. Rest in Peace. My condolences to the family. \ken
    - Posted by: Kenneth Janes (ex son in law) on: Apr 17, 2013
  • Mr.Duke was a beautiful man and spread his joy & happiness everywhere he went. I'll miss the conversations we had when he went for his walks and I would always see him. He would always stop chat and made me smile. It broke my heart when I heard. Just remember he's pain free now and heaven has another angel. And knowing your dad he'll always be watchin over you & the family. My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the whole family.
    - Posted by: Lori Smith ( Family friend) on: Apr 15, 2013
  • Sorry to hear my thoughts and prayers go out to Winnie and all the family
    - Posted by: Rod Bencharski (ex son in law) on: Apr 14, 2013
  • Condolences from Wally and myself, as we knew Bob when we were younger and friends with his children. He will be very much missed in the community
    - Posted by: Cheryl Goodman(Prockert) (Friend) on: Apr 13, 2013
  • He was a great family man and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the Duke family
    - Posted by: Charlene Anderson (friend) on: Apr 13, 2013

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