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ROBERT (BOB) LINNEY
Born: Nov 28, 1934
Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
ROBERT (BOB) LINNEY
November 28, 1934 - September 14, 2021
Born in Winnipeg in 1934, he was the youngest of nine children, the son of Daniel J. Linney and Edith G. Linney (nee Langton). He was predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law: Charlie and Dorothy Grant, Gordon and Doris Grant, Raymond and Joyce Grant, John and Mae Linney, Bruce Linney, and his sisters and brothers-in-law; Grace and Ralph McCaw, Edith and Alex Miller and Bernice and Godfrey Blakeman, leaving behind his sister-in-law Norma Linney.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 64 years, Pat and sons, Glen (Donna) and Scott (Tracey) along with his treasured grandchildren, Ryan, Trevor (Marissa), Brad (Megan), Tiana, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and anyone who knew him.
Robert graduated St. John's High School in 1952 and without skipping a beat went directly to work for the CN Rail, as an apprentice in 1953. It didn't take long to figure out that while the railway paid well, it wasn't to be his lifelong career, and in 1954 he began working on his certification, via correspondence, through the Radio College of Canada. Within two years, Robert took his radio certification exams and, of course, he passed. He continued to work at the CNR where he achieved Journeyman Carman status in 1958. Finally, in 1959 Bob got his first job with Dow Television and was able to use his training from Radio College. From there, it was a series of rapid transitions to Eaton's TV repair in 1960, and in 1961 he landed the job of a lifetime at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). While at the CBC, Bob would have the opportunity to travel as part of CBC's production crew to Cali, Columbia; Sapporo, Japan; Munich Germany and Christchurch, New Zealand; providing Canadian television coverage for the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics.
In 1969 he and Pat purchased two lots on Sandy Lake, Ontario where, with the generous assistance of friends and family, they built a cottage that the family continues to enjoy today. Bob loved to take his boys water skiing in the mornings and his grandchildren fishing, on the pontoons, in the evenings. When he wasn't busy making sure that everyone was enjoying their visit, he was busy thinking of ways to improve the cottage and the shoreline that would make their special place even more comfortable for family and guests.
Bob would hold various positions at the CBC until he retired in 1992 as the Manager of Regional Engineering. That same year his first two grandchildren, Brad and Ryan, were born. Bob now had a new title and a new job as Papa. Two grandchildren weren't enough to keep Papa busy, so in 1994 he was blessed with two more, Trevor and Tiana. Robert lived in Winnipeg, MB for his entire 86 years, despite numerous opportunities with CBC in other cities, and he remained committed to the CBC long after his retirement.
When his youngest son, Scott and his family moved to the Dallas area in 1999, Bob and Pat began spending their winters in Mission, Texas. At first, they would drive their RV down to Texas. Later, they purchased a park model and settled in at Bentson Park Resort. In 2021, Robert purchased his dream car; a Cadillac XT5 that he babied and enjoyed, until his passing.
To say that he will be missed is more than an understatement. It is not every day that one meets a Robert Linney, and we are all so thankful that we had 86 years with him in our lives. There is a great emptiness in all our hearts because of the loss of this great man.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in his name would be greatly appreciated.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 18, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Dear Pat, Glen, Scott, and the entire Linney family. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. I had the privilege of knowing and working with Bob for many years at CBC in Winnipeg. He was a great colleague and a very gifted technician. The Linney family were neighbors at the lake and Bob was a great source of information and wisdom when we built our cottage. Rest in Peace Robert and thank you for being such a good friend. - Posted by: Brian & Marilyn Lawrence (Friend and Colleague) on: Sep 19, 2021
I was saddened to learn of Bob's passing, condolences to his family as he was truly a great man. I had the distinct privilege of working with Bob at CBC Winnipeg. His sense of fairness and integrity should be an example to everybody. I know I would not be where I am today if it hadn't been for the help and encouragement of people like Bob. Thank you Bob. Lloyd Ferguson Glendale, California - Posted by: Lloyd Ferguson (Former employee) on: Sep 18, 2021
Dear Glenn and Donna and family, sending prayers and comforting hugs on the passing of your dad. He lived a wonderful full life, and the family will certainly miss him. Give thanks for the gift of his life and for the peace and freedom that has come to him at last . Jan & Harve - Posted by: JAN & HARVE ROCHELLE (friends) on: Sep 18, 2021
Dear Aunt Pat, Glen, Scott and family, I was heart broken to hear of Uncle Robert passing. Uncle Robert was such a welcoming and kind man. I always looked up to him . When I decided to go to college to take Cinematography he told me to follow my dreams. That meant a lot coming from CBC sports employee. My dad Charlie always told be how great a hockey player Robert was in his younger years and just what a special guy his youngest brother was. I was always so proud to have Robert as my Uncle. Rest In Peace now. Love Dave and Gina Grant, sons Dylan and Colin - Posted by: Dave Grant (Nephew) on: Sep 18, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Bob as part of the CBC management team in the late 80s. He was easily one of the most respected managers both by colleagues and employees, who enjoyed his pleasant manner; his sense of fair play; and, of course, his subtle wit. Sincerest condolences to Bob’s entire family. - Posted by: Rick Inglis (Colleague and friend from long ago) on: Sep 18, 2021
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