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MICHAEL DOBBIN (MIKE)
Born: Jun 01, 1938
Date of Passing: Jul 11, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Mike leaves Gail, his children, John, Suzanne (David), Jim (Kerrie), as well as sister Marg, and grandchildren, Tom (Anna) and James (Karley).
Mike was born in Montreal on June 1, 1938 and moved with his Second World War veteran Dad and Mom to Winnipeg in 1949 at Wildwood Park. Evacuated in the 1950 flood, he captivated family with stories of the flood and subsequent years in Fort Garry.
As a teacher, Mike taught many years in schools such as Victoria-Albert and Lord Nelson and continued to meet fellow teachers and students in retirement at Cheers restaurant. He was a coach, volunteer and 52 year resident of River Heights who loved his neighbourhood and neighbours.
He and Gail continued to have a decades long involvement with Westworth United Church, were passionate about their beloved Jets and Bombers and were long time owners of dogs. Family camping/holiday trips featured prominently and European travels on riverboats with church friends.
In lieu of flowers, Dad wanted to donate trees as part of the Winnipeg School Division 150th. The family will be planting a variety of saplings in October for at least 40 schools and at Westworth Church. To help be part of this project you can send a gift in Mike's memory to Trees - Dobbin Family Fund, The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 - One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3.
A memorial at Westworth Church will be on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I taught with Mike for many years at Victoria Albert School. I always called those years “the golden years“. This was because of the staff & wonderful students we had the honour of teaching. Mike played a big part in those years. His kind, gentle manner was a wonderful role model for myself as a young novice teacher. Mike was always cheerful & his demeanour & attitude towards his career and family were obvious & lifted staff & student’s spirits alike. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He brought Jimmy to our school as he trusted our staff with the job of teaching his son. Jimmy used to wait for me & carry my bags (teacher materials, etc) each morning to the third floor of that beautiful old school. Mike ensured that his son showed respect to staff & students and was the perfect role model. Mike, l think of you with great fondness. You will be missed on this earth. Sincere condolences to Gail & all your family. Cindy Parker Victoria Albert School - Posted by: Cindy Parker (Teaching colleague ) on: Sep 11, 2021
My main memory of Mr. Dobbin was his endless patience ferrying around the neighbourhood kids to hockey and soccer games in his blue Fury station wagon. Thank-you for all of the countless rides. My condolences to the family for their loss. - Posted by: Ron Serbin (Neighbour) on: Jul 20, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Dobbin. He was one of my most favorite teachers, I didn't miss a day of grade 4 (I received certificates for perfect attendance and best student), as he taught me my multiplications and I gained confidence speaking in front of others with the spelling bees. Nice to hear he lived a wonderful life and had a loving family. Very Blessed. - Posted by: Monica Morin (Student at Victoria Albert 1978-79) on: Jul 19, 2021
I am sorry for your family's loss Jim. Take solace in all the memories and he will live on in you. Take care my friend. - Posted by: Mike Berard (Friend of Jim) on: Jul 18, 2021
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