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Born: Jun 28, 1947

Date of Passing: May 15, 2020

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June 28, 1947 - May 15, 2020

Bob Hunt, aged 72, died peacefully on May 15, 2020, as a result of kidney cancer.
Bob spent the last five months in Boundary Trails Hospital. The family gratefully acknowledges the care provided by Dr. C. Woelk and the Palliative Care unit, and particularly thanks the team of health care aides who consistently provided excellent and compassionate care.
Bob is survived by his wife Pat; his daughter Tracy (Kim); his sister Valerie Nicholson (Keith); his nieces and nephews, Lori (David), Glen (Helena), Scott and Erin; his grandnephews, Magnus and Kinnon; numerous cousins; and his canine sidekick and confidant Gordie. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Kay (Fuller) and Vaughan Hunt, and his brother Ken (Jocelyn).
Bob was born and raised in Winnipeg. As a child he developed lifelong interests in science, woodwork and metalwork, spending his pocket money on chemistry kits and tools. These interests continued throughout Bob's professional life and hobbies. Bob spent his working career as an analytical chemist at the Freshwater Institute. After taking an early retirement, he expanded his workshop and pursued many different interests, including electronics, casting, woodturning, sawmilling and the years-long development of a furnace for melting cast iron. His shop allowed him to produce whatever he needed.
Bob always had a project on the go. Over the years, he built countless gadgets and tools. These included: a CNC router, an outdoor wood furnace, many different buildings, several boats, and of course his steam locomotive. Bob was an excellent machinist and enjoyed sharing his interests and skills with members of the Manitoba Live Steamers and the Vintage Locomotive Society. For many years he was a member of the "black crew" who maintained the Prairie Dog Central Railway's steam locomotive.
Bob took great delight in spending time with loved ones. Many wonderful memories were made building boats and sailing during long summer days at the Flanders Lake cottage, and the infamous family canoe trip down the Bloodvein River. Bob also enjoyed scuba diving and snorkeling, especially in the Caribbean. Most recently, he especially enjoyed furniture building with Tracy on winter Saturdays.
A Celebration of Life will be planned after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, hopefully in the fall of 2020.
Friends who wish to make a memorial donation in Bob's name are invited to support Katie Cares, a respite home in Winkler.

Doyle's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 23, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • It is difficult to hear about a much younger cousin passing. I saw little of Bob over the years but want to send my heartfelt condolences to his wife and daughter and sister. So sorry. - Posted by: Marilyn Hebert (cousin) on: May 25, 2020

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