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Born: Aug 19, 1934

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2016

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ROBERT (BOB) LAWRENCE WASHINGTON We are sad to have lost husband, father, grandfather and extraordinary human being, who gently passed away December 10, 2016 after several months of dealing with cancer. Bob was born in Wadena, SK August 19, 1934. He worked at what he truly loved, which was broadcasting and that took him to Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Montreal, then back to Winnipeg. The "Voice of K-Tel" became known worldwide when Bob began doing spots for TV. These were telecast everywhere, including England, Australia and the USA. He and his wife Linda moved to Vancouver, BC in 2005 to be with their son Rob, daughter Susan, and grandchildren Jackson and Annie. Bob is also survived by his two brothers Jack and Ted Washington and their families. Bob always served his community in so many ways, volunteering wherever there was a need, whether Variety Telethons, Red River Exhibition, YWG as a "Gold Wing", Pan Am Games, Meals on Wheels, YVR as a "Green Coat", emcee at Brock House, helping with dinners at First United, helping make sandwiches Saturday mornings at CMU for "street meals" for youth, and so many more organizations with which he was associated. He was proud to be a contributing "patient" for the Standardized Patient Program. Bob was a supporter of many charities but a favourite of his was the BC SPCA. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at Canadian Memorial United Church on December 22.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 13, 2016

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Good night Cozy. Thanks for the advice Love you sir - Posted by: Neil Carlson (Colleague) on: Dec 15, 2016

  • I first knew Bob through Wash and Ash reading the funnies and grew up looking forward to that weekly time together. I fondly remember working with Bob when I was starting my career and working at CKRC. He was warm, friendly, and an all-around great person, on and off the air. Working alongside him was a privilege. Blessings to your family Bob. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Dave Jaworski (Co-worker at CKRC) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • My deepest sympathy to the Washington Family. Bob was a wonderful person and will deeply missed. - Posted by: Brian Thompson (Friend) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • I remember Bob from his CKRC days as Wash & Ash and his time with CJOB when he did a show with Bob Munn, also on Bowling For Dollars with CKND TV. I remember hearing his K-tel commercials on BBC TV on one of my visits to the UK. Bob also narrated a tourist video I produced of Winnipeg. Bob as a true professional at everything he did. Rest In Peace my friend. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. - Posted by: Ron Watchorn (Friend) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • It's hard to express what a wonderful man Bob was. Walking into a room and seeing his smile always made you feel welcome and at ease. Echoing in our minds are the many voices of "Wash" and all the memories we have from years and years of spending good times together. Linda to you and your family, may you feel comfort in knowing how much Bob was loved and respected by others as you now continue in life with all those special memories until you and Bob are reunited again. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Don & Joyce Sobering (Volunteer friend) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • Bob was a year ahead of me when I started my radio career at CKOM in Saskatoon. He did a show called "Lets go west" featuring country and western music. Bob had one of the largest audiences at the station at that time. I attended Bob and Linda's wedding in Saskatoon and remember when he was the ring announcer at Stampede wrestling at the Saskatoon arena. Bob developed into one of Canada's great radio personalities and he didn't just stay behind the mic. he went out and volunteered his time in the communities he lived. Joanna and I send love and condolences and remember a great guy and a life well lived. - Posted by: Doug Alexander (Broadcast friend) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • My sincere condolences to Linda and all Bob's family. I too remember listening to Wash N Ash reading the funnies on Sunday mornings on CKRC with my brothers. I got to know Bob when I volunteered on Youth News on Sundays at CKRC in the early 70s. I remember him as being very friendly and helpful. He was always laughing and quick with a joke. A really great guy! Sad to hear he has gone. He will always be remembered. - Posted by: Ernie Tomiuk (Acquaintance) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • Bob is most definitely one of the kindest and most joyful people I have ever met. We served a dinner together monthly on the downtown east side. He would perform the jobs that no one else would want and do so with the most incredible joy. If there was a lull in the work, I would ask Bob to give me one of his famous K-tel commercials, and he would not hesitate, speaking it without script and with the same energy he had done so many years before. We frequently ran into Bob at the airport, where he would be right at the very first step into the airport with a big smile and warm greeting. God bless the man! What a gift to us all, and what a loss. He will be missed! Jackson Mooney - Posted by: Jackson Mooney (Friend & apprentice to Bob's kind ways) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • So many memories of this wonderful man and class person. Curling, visits to the Lake, hearing his "patient" stories, and many that just put a smile on our faces. Beautiful children that Bob and Linda raised, and a wonderful babysitter we had with Susan who managed to convey confidence when she was faced with our 4, who loved her dearly, as did my Bob and I. "Thanks for the memories" Bob, and Linda. Love and hugs to all your extended family for your loss. Bob and Judy Baker from the old Winnipeg neighbourhood. - Posted by: Judy and Bob Baker (Friends and neighbours) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • To Linda & family I am truly sorry, six years ago I lost my BELOVED & I certainly feel with you, I know the hurt. - Posted by: Ray Nelson (My late wife Dorothy was a cousin to Linda) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • Back in the 60's I used to listen on Sunday "Wash and Ash" read the funnies. That voice in my mind, still reminds me of him. Favorite son from Wadena. A voice from the past silenced,he will always be remembered. - Posted by: Ted Jaworski (Fan ) on: Dec 14, 2016

  • I will always remember Bob's kindness, from not kicking up a fuss when I almost ran him over in a downtown parkade to offering to take my mother to re-fit after her heart attack, even though it would have taken hours. Bob Washington exemplifies what I believe we all strive for as humans, in being fabulous and compassionate, and giving everything we've got. What a true inspiration! Wishing Linda and the family much peace and joy in the beautiful memories. Love, Bea - Posted by: Bea Broda (Friend) on: Dec 13, 2016

  • Bob was very kind friendly and positive.I will miss him very much at YVR. Shashi, love you Bob - Posted by: Shashi (Green coat volunteer and Marquise customer service) on: Dec 13, 2016

  • Bob was a kind, good humoured fellow. I know he was deeply involved in many community activities wherever he was. My deepest condolences to Linda and family. Many hugs and love. - Posted by: Shirley Murray (Bob & Linda volunteered at Meals On Wheels winnipeg when I was Volunteer Manager) on: Dec 13, 2016

  • I was so sorry to have read about Bob's passing. You Linda, and Bob were always a class act as a couple. I remember babysitting at your home on Borebank Street many times, and Bob would tease me each time when you came home, throwing his wallet on the floor and saying "go ahead, take all my money!" Such a character and you would always say "Oh Bob!" Such memories, and your children Rob and Susan were so well mannered, they were a pleasure to babysit. I am sorry for your loss, it is no doubt, a huge one. My father Wilf also adored and respected the man Take care. Sincerely, Tracy - Posted by: Tracy Baldwin (Neighbor and babysitter all those years ago) on: Dec 13, 2016

  • I am so sorry to hear that "Washie" has left us. He was such a wonderful man..and the best person I have ever worked for. His empathy went beyond simply being a boss, to being an understanding, caring human being. I am so glad that he had these many wonderful years of retirement to spend with Linda and the rest of your family. My sincere condolences to you all at this time of grief. May his mermory star shine in your hearts forever. He was a good man and he lived a good life. Mary and Grant Hagman - Posted by: MARY HAGMAN (friend and worked for Bob at ckrc) on: Dec 13, 2016

  • To Lynda and family, Arvel and I offer our most sincere condolences. To select a single memory of "Washy" is impossible. We had so many good times to share . From CKRC days to years later on at CJNU "oldie goldie" radio when I followed him at noon after he'd gained an audience for me with his morning show. Nobody could tell a corny joke better than Bob and more than one of us plotted to steal his joke book. Common sense reminded us that it wasn't the book but Bob's delivery that made us laugh. - Posted by: Murray Parker (friend, collegue) on: Dec 13, 2016

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