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Born: Jul 30, 1960

Date of Passing: Mar 01, 2013

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ROBERT MATHEW VERNON July 30, 1960 - March 1, 2013 After a lengthy illness, peacefully with family nearby, Robert died on March 1, 2013 at the age of 52. Rob was predeceased by infant son Christopher, parents Reginald and Katherine of Australia, in-laws Percy and Emily Cassel of Winnipeg, MB. He leaves to mourn, wife Jacqueline Cassel-Vernon, children Peter and Southerly, sister Margaret (Stephen Dean), brothers David (Liz), James (Kaye) and Peter (Jan) of Australia, in-laws Brian (Pat Martin) in Mississauga, Deborah (Daryl Verbeek) in Abbotsford, BC; 11 nieces, five nephews and their partners; great-nieces and great-nephews in Canada and Australia; as well as hundreds of friends worldwide. Born in Tamworth, NSW, Rob grew up there as well as Dubbo, Griffith and finally Manly. In 1988, he packed his swag and went on a walkabout through Europe and England before coming to Canada in 1989. There he met his soul-mate Jacqueline while touring on the VIA Rail train. After a brief stay back home, he moved to Winnipeg and married "Jacq" in 1990. He worked in photography, micrographics and finally in culinary before being forced onto disability. Rob was very active in the community with Tavern's Cricket, the Down Under Club, St. Boniface Children's Place Daycare and various charities. Even when ill he continued to volunteer at the kids' school and St. Boniface Hospital as a pet therapy visitor with our dog Chinook. He adored his kids, loved his wife, enjoyed travel, cricket, scuba, sci-fi movies and fine cuisine. All who knew him loved his chucky Aussie humour and zest for life. His Aussie accent was a big hit with the ladies here in Canada. In keeping with Robert's wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, directed to Kidney Patient Services. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2013

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • My heartfelt thanks to all the friends and family who have supported us through this difficult time. Your love and caring kindnesses are very much appreciated. May peace, grace and hope be with you always. - Jacqueline, Peter and Southerly Vernon - Posted by: Jacqueline Cassel-Vernon (wife) on: Mar 22, 2013

  • When I found out I was shocked. I met Rob at West Canadian Micrographics; I was new to the industry and Rob just like a master in Micrographics. We work together to start the new department. He taught me so much in micrographics programming and I cannot remember how many nights when we stayed till 11 pm. I'll miss you Rob. Deepest Sympathies to Jacqueline, Peter and Southerly. - Posted by: Kingson Choy (Friend) on: Mar 09, 2013

  • Rob was taken from the family far too soon and we are all sorry to hear this sad news. We remember his wit and his quick smile and the good memories of our infrequent visits. Hugs to all of you. - Posted by: Arlene Dutchak (Cousin) on: Mar 08, 2013

  • My family was fortunate to have Rob as a neighbour for many years. We enjoyed watching him shovel the snow in his shorts. We considered him, Jacqueline, Peter and Southerly to be family. Smudge, their cat still lives at my parent's house to this day. Our deepest sympathies to Jacq, Peter and Southerly. - Posted by: Uliana Kapty () on: Mar 07, 2013

  • We will miss Rob and his zeal for new challenges. He took on a cooking career, living one of his dreams. He will be missed at the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. - Posted by: Hydesmith family (friends) on: Mar 07, 2013

  • Our sincerest condolences, Jacqueline, to you and the children. We have some wonderful memories of our times together in the Peg. - Posted by: Paulette and Tom MacIntosh () on: Mar 07, 2013

  • I miss my uncle Rob. He taught me so many life lessons. He taught me to pee in a trough. He taught me to always return a wallet. He was the only one in the world I let call me Marky. I am just sad. - Posted by: Mark O'Callaghan (God Son) on: Mar 07, 2013

  • My prayers are with you and your family. The Lord will see you through this, I know! - Posted by: Heidi Hellsten (friend of Jacqueline) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • Rob was my best friend for 40 yrs. It just seems like yesterday when we met all those years ago. Now a husband to Jacqueline and father to Peter, Southerly and not forgetting Christopher who passed away too soon. My heart goes out to you and you are all in my prayers. I do not have the words to express how I feel, only to say that Rob was a great friend with a big heart, great sense of humor and was loved by many all over the world, I, my family and friends will miss him a great deal. It's at times of sadness like this we must remind our selves that we are only here for a short time and our legacy is not of things but of what we leave in people's hearts and Rob has left so much in them. Thank you Rob for being my friend. Your mate Paul. - Posted by: Paul R yan (Friend of 40yrs) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • Sending our love, support and thoughts to my Aunty Jacqueline, Cousins Peter and Southerly. We wish we could be there to support you on Saturday but will send big hugs with dad. Uncle Rob always had a good story to tell and we enjoyed the times we had to share with him. I will always remember our last phone call with him. We have continued to keep you all in our thoughts through the tough days with Uncle Rob's illness and most of all now. May your love bring strength to each other. Much love Kel & Maxi xo - Posted by: Kellie (nee Vernon) & David Maxwell (Niece and Nephew in law) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • My thoughts are with Jacq and Pete and Southerly and all his Australian family,(Jim, who I met at the wedding), well big fella so much could be said. You were and are a top bloke, cheers and beers, keep a cold one for me. Paul x - Posted by: paul antrobus (friend ( best man at the wedding)) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • Generous heart, huge zest for life, courageous spirit, dear friend. We will remember you always. x - Posted by: Jenny Gates and Leon Badali (friend) on: Mar 06, 2013

  • I will remember and miss Rob's sense of humour. My heart goes out to Jacqueline, Peter and Southerly as well as Rob's family in Australia. - Posted by: Janice Smith (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2013

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