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Born: Mar 23, 1943

Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2021

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March 23, 1943 - September 20, 2021

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Roger at his cottage in Plage Albert, having lost his battle with ALS.
Roger will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Denise, son Dany, daughter Renée (Kevin Kapitoler), and his three precious granddaughters - Sophie, Maya and Zoé.
Roger was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Augustine Robidoux, his sister Gracia and brother Pierre, as well as his father and mother in-law, Jim and Germaine Ritchot. He leaves behind his siblings, Louise (Marcel), Laurent (Huguette), Hélène (Aurèle - deceased), Jacqueline (Christian), and Marcel (Gisèle), as well as his in-laws, Eveline (David - deceased), Rachelle (Leland), Norbert (Suzanne), Marcel (Henriette), Madeleine (Ron), Rolande (Richard), Émile (Lucy), and Arthur (Janice), and many nieces and nephews.
Roger was raised in Otterburne. It is there, under his grandfather's tutelage, that he first developed his love of woodworking and carpentry as well as his strong work ethic. With the help and encouragement of his second cousin, Msgr. Robidoux, Roger returned to school in Saskatchewan, completed high school, and went on to Teacher's College and then Bemidji State College where he obtained his certificate to teach Industrial Arts. He proceeded to establish the Industrial Arts programs in the schools of St. Norbert and Ste. Anne.
Roger was creative, hardworking and ambitious in his desire to provide a good life for his family. After nine years in the classroom, he became a real estate agent and subsequently a broker. He enjoyed a career of 48 years selling houses, farms, and investment properties. Roger was well known for his integrity, knowledge, and the quality of his service. As a result, he was sought out by many for his advice. His genuine nature allowed him to foster long-lasting business relationships and friendships with many of his local and international clients.
When it came time to retirement, it was difficult for Roger to stop working. To help him adjust to this, he took up golfing and enjoyed discovering and playing golf courses in Barbados, Bemidji, Phoenix and St-Pierre-Jolys. He had many discussions with his golf buddies - especially Émile. Together, they solved many of the world's problems. Retirement was also made more enjoyable by travelling with his wife to many countries around the globe, visiting friends and making fond memories.
As for the cottage, it was Roger's crown jewel. He built it all with ease because he was so talented. It stands as his legacy to his family, for all of us to enjoy. He enjoyed it too, and all of nature's gifts that surrounded it. The cottage allowed him to continue working at what he loved to do even after his retirement, and right until the very end. He always looked forward to his ritual coffee with his buddies in Albert Beach. Thanks guys!
Roger était un fier Franco-Manitobain. Il était passionné de sa langue, de sa culture et de son histoire, une passion qu'il a su transmettre à ses enfants et petits-enfants. Il était également aussi fier de sa communauté et de son village natal d'Otterburne, qu'il voulait absolument voir prospérer.
Passionné de la politique aussi, il n'était pas question qu'il n'ait pas son mot à dire au sujet des dernières élections. C'est avec conviction qu'il votait toujours par anticipation afin de ne pas manquer son coup afin d'assurer la victoire de son candidat.
Roger was diagnosed with ALS on September 7, 2021. For someone who was hardly sick a day of his life, the changes and challenges brought on by this devastating disease were heartbreaking. Courageously, he faced each day with patience and love.
Denise has lost her fabulous dance and life partner. Dany and Renée lost their much-loved father, as well as a much-appreciated mentor in life and also in business.
The family thanks Dr. Mostafa Ghoneim for the care and sincere attention that he gave Roger during his illness.
Funeral services will be held in the ruins of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.
Donations can be made in Roger's memory to the ALS Society of Manitoba, 1717 Dublin Avenue #2A, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0H2.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances à toi Denise, tes enfants, Dany et Renée à la famille Robidoux et Ritchot. Je les su juste aujourd’hui, très triste d’entendre cette nouvelle. Je pense à toi Denise dans ce temps paisible, Roger était un homme gallant et gentil et toujours plaisant, ont sûrement va ête manquer. Repose en paix ROGER, God only takes the best. - Posted by: Diane Ritchot (Acquaintance by family) on: Oct 07, 2021

  • Our sincerest condolences to the Robidoux family. We have known Roger for many years, and always enjoyed his demeanour, and his jovial self. Rest easy, Roger. Flore Nolin (nee Proulx) Claude Nolin - Posted by: Claude Nolin (Neighbour/Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • I offer my deepest sympathy to you Denise, to your children, and your wonderful family. Roger was a special, talented, and loving man. He will be missed by many. Lise Dumont - Posted by: Lise Dumont (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Chère Denise, je t'offre à toi et ta famille mes plus sincères sympathies. Bon courage dans ces moments difficiles. Marco - Posted by: Marco Ratté (ancien collègue de Denise) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • C'est avec beaucoup de tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de Roger. J'avais sus que ca n'allait pas bien mais je ne m'attendais pas a une mort imminente. Alors a toi Denise et a Dany et Renée, mes plus profondes condoléances. Cette épreuve est sans doute une immense perte pour votre famille. J'ai toujours joui de mes échanges avec Roger et je garde d'excellents souvenirs de lui. Que Dieu vous garde dans ce moment difficile de votre vie. Maurice Therrien - Posted by: Maurice Therrien (Ami) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • He will be missed by all. Safe passage for Roger and Healing light for your family - Posted by: Marlene (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • I am very sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I had the great pleasure of working with Roger on the restoration of the Maison Gabrielle Roy in St. Boniface. He was very conscientious and dedicated to ensuring that an accurate restoration was achieved for this important heritage building in Manitoba. My sincere condolences to his family. - Posted by: Gordon Menzies (Working relationship) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Mes sincères condoléances en ce moment de deuil et je vous témoigne toute ma sympathie et mon soutien, Je pense a toi Denise et a toute ta famille. Je suis profondément émue par le déces de votre cher Roger. - Posted by: Gisele Mousseau (friend) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences! So sorry to hear of your loss Denise. It was so good to see you again and meet Roger. He was a genuine person. May your special memories of him give you comfort. - Posted by: Bert and Linda Berard (Friend) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • In 1985 Rodger and I were on a business trip to the Orient through the chamber of commerce, we room mated together for the two week trip Found Rodger to be a good travel companion, - Posted by: Alex Moodrey (Acquaintance in past) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille Robidoux. Je pense à vous tous très fort durant ce temps si difficile. - Posted by: Dolores Beaumont (Amie) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences Denise and family. We have lost a great man. We will all miss him at Wed. Senior’s golf. - Posted by: Paul Langhan (Cousin) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Rest in peace, Roger! Condolences to the whole family! You and your family will be in my heart and prayers! - Posted by: Laurette Musso (Family friend) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • So sorry. A lovely man - Posted by: Pippi Johnson (Friend ) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Denise. Friends from Albert Beach and long ago teaching of the DSFM...My husband knew Roger from real estate. Our deepest sympathy. Chris and Marge - Posted by: chris and Marge Daman (friends ) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Mes plus sincères condoléances à toute la famille. May your memories and love surround you and help you through this time of grief. Sending comforting vibes and virtual hugs to all. Susan et Dennis Ste-Marie. - Posted by: Susan Ste-Marie (née Dumont) (Cousin) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Our condolences to the ROBIDOUX FAMILY, RIP - Posted by: Marcel & Sharon DAIGNAULT (Cousins ) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • With sincere condolences to the Robidoux family. Roger was one of a kind. Sincere and loving. - Posted by: Jean Marc and Julia Lemoine (friends to the family and in-laws to Helene) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • So sorry to hear the sad news at such a young age. Thoughts are with you Dany, Renée & family. - Posted by: Rod Stephanchew (Family Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Condolences to all the the Robidoux family especially my best friend Helen! Thinking of all the family! Ed Agnes Roch - Posted by: Agnes Edmond Roch (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

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