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ROBERT BOCKSTAEL

Born: Feb 15, 1923

Date of Passing: Jun 28, 2017

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ROBERT BOCKSTAEL February 15, 1923 - June 28, 2017 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Bockstael on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 surrounded by friends, in the chapel at his residence at Villa Aulneau. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Roberta Dick and Sheila; sons, David (Jackie), Larry (Irene), John (Monique); 15 grandchildren, Kevin (Rebecca), Cathy (Ifti), Trevor (Jodi), Greg (Lindsie), Michael (Suzanne), Erika, Erin (Jean-Luc), Alison, Jeffrey, Andrew (Nikki), Sandra (Jed), Cameron, Nicholas (Stephanie), Daniel (Laneil), Sarah (Tom), and 17 great-grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn one sister Jeanne DeCruyenaere. Robert was born on February 15, 1923 to his parents, Theodore and Marie Bockstael (nee VanBelleghem) and lived his entire life in St. Boniface. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Marietta, his half-siblings: Martha, Albert, Gus, Omer and Irene and siblings George and Joseph. Robert was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His Catholic faith was the foundation for how he lived his life. Robert was a terrific storyteller with an incredible memory for names and details. He had a long and vibrant career at the helm of Bockstael Construction and in politics. He was known in the community for his integrity as a businessman, school trustee, city councillor and Member of Parliament for St. Boniface. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring personnel and residents at Villa Aulneau, to his physician, Dr. Michael Cummings, Dr. Sinha and the entire Cardiology Department at St. Boniface Hospital for the care and support given to our father. A funeral mass celebrating Robert's life will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. in the St. Boniface Cathedrale, 190 Avenue de la Cathedrale. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Robert may be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation in support of Cardiac Sciences. E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086 ejcoutu.com
Publish Date: Jul 4, 2017

ROBERT BOCKSTAEL It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Bockstael on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, surrounded by friends, in the chapel at his residence in Villa Aulneau. In keeping with Robert's wishes, cremation has taken place and a funeral mass celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. in the St. Boniface Cathedral, 190 Avenue de la Cathedrale. Longer obituary will follow in the Tuesday, July 4 edition. E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 204-253-5086 ejcoutu.com


Publish Date: Jun 30, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2017

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Mr. Bockstael was a neighbour growing up I hung around with Larry. Whenever his dad came along he was always so happy to see us playing He was a kind and big hearted giant to me.I remember playing countless hours on some of his construction sites or even in his construction yard across from his home on Gaboury Pl. I always think of all you kids.Or should I say grown up.I miss those days! Another great one has left! Sorry but I just found out about his passing. - Posted by: Allan emond (Neighbour ) on: Aug 13, 2017

  • Our families share a lot of history. During the last two years we were often discussing history & politics in phone calls and when I visited Winnipeg in the last two years we discussed for hours and over good meals. He was sharp as a tack in recalling life events & my family also appreciated the role he played as communion minister at my late mother's funeral fours years ago. He worked hard his entire life, he was proud of his family and spoke often of them, especially John's devotion to him in the last two years, he prospered and he gave back ten-fold to his community. My deepest sympathies to the family. James Wyndels, Ottawa - Posted by: james wyndels (relative) on: Jul 08, 2017

  • Although I worked more with Dave, Larry and John, you always felt Robert's stewardship was well installed as a business philosophy in the company. Always a gentleman, Robert gave his time graciously to young professionals and loved to talk about construction. I am sure he was so proud of the boys carry on his dream. - Posted by: Doug Corbett (Industry ) on: Jul 06, 2017

  • Your dad will truly be missed. My sincere condolences. - Posted by: Suzanne () on: Jul 06, 2017

  • While working at Bockstael Construction, Mr. Bockstael Sr. would occasionally bring chocolate bars in for the ladies in the office. He was always very pleasant & kind to us. Sorry to hear of his passing. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Leanne Enquist () on: Jul 04, 2017

  • My deepest condolences to the Bockstael Family on the passing of your dad. May the memories of his stories remain in your hearts forever! - Posted by: Heather Schaub ((deceased) husband Guenter Schaub's wife) on: Jul 04, 2017

  • Our deepest sympathies to Larry, Irene, Andrew, Ali and Jeff and all the Bockstael family. - Posted by: Jocelyn, Marc, Alison and Reed Tetreault (Friends of the family) on: Jul 04, 2017

  • I knew Mr. Bockstael when he sat as a Referee on the Appeals board for Employment Insurance. He was a lovely person who treated staff and appellants with courtesy and respect. My condolences to the family. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Donna Scibak () on: Jul 04, 2017

  • Sad to learn of Mr. Bockstael's passing. He was one of the friendliest customers I had the pleasure to serve at the pharmacy I used to work at in Southdale. He was just such a really nice man, so very polite, always smiling! Condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Mr. Bockstael. - Posted by: Bradley Pisiak (acquaintance) on: Jul 04, 2017

  • So sad to hear of Robert Bockstael. I will miss him! He finally let me give him a brush cut the week before! He came knocking at my door during lunch and I couldn't say no to him! I told him he couldn't tell anyone he was my favorite client! Along with Marietta it was a privilege to have known both of them. My sympathies to his family and to all who loved him. - Posted by: Celine Rochon (Friend) on: Jul 02, 2017

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