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BOYD ROBERTSON On Saturday, February 28 with his family by his side, our loving husband and father Boyd Robertson passed away peacefully after a long happy life. Boyd was born in Palmer, Saskatchewan on March 26, 1932 and grew up in the Riding Mountain area and finished his schooling in McCreary. He met his lifelong mate Barb (nee Ross) while working at the Royal Bank in Melita, Manitoba. They have been happily married for 61 years and enjoyed life to the fullest. Boyd spent 39 years with the Royal Bank, where he had 26 different positions in 14 different locations. He left them twice, once to go to University and then again to go and work for a US Bank in Montana. He was lured back to the Royal Bank and retired from there in 1989. He was a former Director of the CNIB and also the Canadian Special Olympics, as well as many other organizations. He was also very proud to have been the President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce for many years. His retirement was spent trying to bring down his golf handicap; he had a real passion for the sport. He was fortunate enough to have made it to the Canadian Seniors more than once and to have worked the Bob Hope Classic on several occasions. Retirement allowed him to fulfill a life time dream of developing and building an 18 hole Championship golf course. This dream came true in 2009 with the opening of Poplar Ridge Golf Course in Onanole, Manitoba. Boyd was predeceased by his parents Russell and Frances Robertson; his daughter Janice Steeves and his great-granddaughter Hope Steeves. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Barb (Ross); his daughter Cheryl (Bill); son Ian (Sue); son-in-law Gord; as well as eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Also left to mourn are his brothers Garth (Lorraine), Lyle (Adeline) and many nieces and nephews and our adopted Myers family. The Family would like to thank the Doctors involved in Dad's care as well as friends and family. We have a special thank you to the incredible staff at the Minnedosa Health Centre. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the amazing care that he received in his final days. The kindness and compassion shown by everyone will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation or a charity of your choosing. Funeral services to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Reception to follow. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements, 1-204-867-3868 Messages of condolence can be emailed to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 05, 2015

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • I am very sad to hear of Boyd's passing, I had a lot of fond memories of Boyd in growing up and will never forget him. I wish all his family my deepest condolences and he will deeply missed. - Posted by: Steve kaste (Old neighbor) on: Mar 10, 2015

  • To Barb, Cheryl and all the family, MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF YOU. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES WITH RBC. (Not having a computer, I am having Gerri forward this to you.) MARGIE SEIFERT (WILL) - Posted by: MARGIE SEIFERT (FRIEND) on: Mar 09, 2015

  • I was shocked to hear of Boyd's passing. He was always such a vital, energetic man. I remember the time he motivated a lot of us bankers to campaign like crazy for him in Federal politics (against Jim Richardson) He came close to winning. Also, Cheryl, I will always remember the time you worked with me at RBC U.S. Yards in St. Boniface. Quite an exciting time. A lot of us girls are still in touch. My deepest condolences to you Barb, Cheryl and all the family. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Gerri McLean (Shute) (Friend and also RBC) on: Mar 09, 2015

  • Mrs.Robertson and Family: Thinking of you today as you say goodbye to a wonderful person. He will always be in your thoughts and your many happy memories. - Posted by: John & Pat Maguire () on: Mar 07, 2015

  • Dear Barb, I came onto the Board of Peace Hills Trust at almost the same month as Boyd, and worked with him as a close colleague for over a decade. I will always treasure Boyd's friendship and his guiding professionalism. I have missed him since he retired from the PHT Board and miss him now. Our visit to Riding Mountain when you hosted the PHT National Board Workshop and meeting will always be a highlight of our long career together. We had planned to be with you today but a health concern is keeping us away. Morgan and I send our condolences and prayers to you and your family. Ted (Theodore) Fontaine - Posted by: Ted Fontaine (Friend and Colleague) on: Mar 07, 2015

  • Will most certainly miss you Boyd as in Palm Springs and also here at Prediter Ridge. And your fine golfing. Barb my Doctor says too long a trip to attend the service but will be there in spirit-Love to all the family. - Posted by: Doug Ross (brother in law) on: Mar 06, 2015

  • Boyd was one terrific man who cared for everyone he met. Will always remember when the three of us played Predito Ridge in Vaernon and what a great visit with Boyd and sister Barm. Sorry I am unable to make the trip to Minnedosa due to doctor's orders. Our family was amazing-Love you all - Posted by: Doug Ross (Brother in law) on: Mar 06, 2015

  • Cheryl and family our deepest condolences. He seemed like an incredible man. - Posted by: Sandy Shields (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2015

  • Barb & family - fond memory of working with Boyd in Winnipeg. Special memory of dining at your home in Montreal. A fine gentleman with a wonderful sense of humour, and a great friend to all he met. - Posted by: Norm Jelfs (Collegue) on: Mar 06, 2015

  • Dear Barb and Family. Garth, Lorraine and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Boyd was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Lucille Lavoie - Posted by: Lucille Lavoie (Friend) on: Mar 05, 2015

  • Sorry for your loss Barb and family. We were happy to "share Greta and Emery at birthdays and concerts." Will be thinking of you in Texas ... Helen and Howard - Posted by: Helen and Howard McCausland (friends) on: Mar 05, 2015

  • Dear Barb, Like his many friends, I was saddened to learn of Boy's passing, he was an active participant in so many things and notably played a significant role in his many Royal Bank assignments. My condolences go out to you and your family, Sincerely Hal Wyatt - Posted by: Hal Wyatt (Friend and colleaugue) on: Mar 05, 2015

  • From the Directors, Management and Staff of Peace Hills Trust Company we wish to send our sincere condolences to Barbara and family for the loss of a strong, determined and loving man that Boyd was. Boyd was on our Board for 12 years, from 2000 - 2012 and was a big part in the success of building our Company. With his excellent guidance on the Loans Committee, Peace Hills enjoys the success it has today. May you rest in peace now Boyd overlooking your beautiful golf course. - Posted by: Peace Hills Trust Company (Board of Director - Loans Committee ) on: Mar 05, 2015

  • Boyd and Barb have been friends of our family since meeting in the early 1970's at Glenmore C.C. Became very dear friend of their daughter, Janice, whom I still miss greatly. Boyd never told me just how much he got involved in getting hired by the Royal Bank but I suspect it was significant and 36 years later I am still in banking and don't know what I would have done if I hadn't got on with RBC. He was a super guy, quick with a funny story or a guiding hand. Will miss you big time Boyd. Thoughts to the wonderful Robertson family. - Posted by: Bob Burrows (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • Barb and family. Our thoughts will be with you this Saturday. We cannot join you as we are in Victoria. Boyd was the ultimate gentleman and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Ian and Donna Dickson - Posted by: Ian and Donna Dickson (friends) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • Sadly, we will be unable to gather with everyone on March 7th to celebrate Boyd so we send our heartfelt condolences to all from afar. We will spend some time on Saturday in quiet reflection and remembrance. Uncle Boyd was a ‘larger than life’ presence in all of our lives and it goes without saying he will be sorely missed. We will move from sorrow at our loss to being thankful for his permanently stamped memories in our hearts and minds. We shall raise a glass to a life well lived, and hope, that from this point forward Auntie Barb, Cheryl, Ian, Gord and families will ease into a life without the presence of Boyd, but always with his spirit. Rest easy Uncle Boyd….. with love, Terri Walker and Diane Murphy / New Westminster BC - Posted by: Terri Walker (Niece) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • I met Boyd and Barb in 1958 when they lived in Fort William, Ontario when Cheryl was about 5 years old (his brother Garth and I were single and lived in Dryden). While Boyd and I worked for competing banks our friendship took place primarily at the Glenmore Curling Club in Montreal! There are many stories I could tell about Boyd and Barb but this one I'll never forget. We were curling in a mixed bonspiel in Schenectady, New York defending the title we won the previous year. We were up against four young kids from Schenectady and they were the home town favorites - the crowd was very loud and noisy! We were tied up 5-5 going home and we had the hammer. The ice was bumpy and Boyd had to perform a take out by coming through a very narrow port with his last shot. Barb was playing third and calling the shot. My wife Eileen and I had our brooms ready for action! For a minute all was very quiet - like the still before the storm! As he went down the ice Boyd put his arm on my shoulder and said you guys be ready to sweep. As he delivered his rock - all was very quiet. Then Barb yelled (I should say SCREAMED) at the top of her voice SWEEP, HURRY, HURRY. We had never swept so hard in all my years of curling! The shot was perfect - we won! The local fans were crushed!!! - Posted by: Kenneth M. (Ken) Westby (Dear friend of 58 years!) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • Please accept my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I want you to know that you’re in my prayers. - Posted by: Cheryle Cavener (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • Dear Barb & family. Ron & I send our very deepest sympathy on the passing of Boyd. May the company of family & friends give you comfort & strength at this time. Boyd would not want us to grieve his passing but celebrate his life & reflect on all he did for the banking world & his community. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Joan - Posted by: Ron & Joan Jackson (Our boss in the Saskatchewan Royal Bank family) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • To Barb and family, so sorry for your loss. May memories of days gone by keep you strong. RIP Boyd - Posted by: John and Audrey Ewasiuk () on: Mar 04, 2015

  • Sincere Sympathy to Boyd's family and friends. - Posted by: Iona McPhee (Work at Royal with Boyd.) on: Mar 04, 2015

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