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Date of Passing: May 10, 2018

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ROBERT (BOB) WALTER NIESLER It is with great sadness the family announces that Bob Niesler passed away suddenly, in his home, on May 10, 2018, at the age of 73 years. Bob was predeceased by his sister Maureen, and parents Mary and Walter. He will be sadly missed by his son Rob, his daughter Barbie (Sean) Flamand, and grandchildren Ryder and Jaxon. Born in 1945, Bob was a Transcona boy born and bred. An official baby boomer, he was the first born of Walter and Mary Niesler followed by his sister Maureen. When his sister Maureen died of cancer at age 15, Bob was only 17 and couldn't concentrate on school after that. He left for a job at Armstrong Cork and then trained as a lather with Advance Acoustics. His 1956 Triumph motorcycle was his first love. He rode it all summer long with his best friend, Ricky Wilson and then the two of them would work on their bikes all winter; painting, chroming and modifying. In his mid 20s the motorcycle went and marriage and two children followed. When his kids, Robbie and Barbie, were three and five years old the family moved to Oakbank. Within a couple of years of the Oakbank move Bob decided to quit his job and open his own company. After a couple of years of trial and error he settled into the retail construction business and never looked back. He built up his company over the years and the owners of many of the businesses he worked with became very good friends. Bob was well respected in the industry as a man who did beautiful work and was a reliable, trustworthy and fair man to do business with. He was very proud when he and his son Rob formed their own company, Oakridge Contractors. In 1997 Bob married Pat Ogilvie, he and Pat were well suited. They both enjoyed travel, home life and socializing with their special group of friends. Building the new cabin at Woodchuck Bay was a project they both threw themselves into, with the company of Pat's granddaughter Kryn. Tragedy struck in 2008 when Bob and Pat were involved in a terrible car accident coming home from Texas. Pat was killed instantly and Bob survived by the skin of his teeth. He recovered in Riverview, eventually becoming healthy enough to move back to his home in Oakbank. His family have considered the last 10 years to be a gift because they came so close to losing him. Barbie got particularly close to her dad when Bob lived with her while recovering from an illness in 2016, she was her dad's nurse and friend. Bob was so pleased that both his children, Rob and Barbie, chose to settle in Oakbank. They saw one another frequently and he loved being close to Barb's family, husband Sean Flamand and grandsons Ryder and Jaxon. One of Bob's great joys was hunting with the boys of the Mickey Moose Club; Tom, Leonard, Ross, Rick. The stories that were told and stories that will never be told are legendary. Bob moved to Handler's Cove in Oakbank in 2009 where he met a great group of people and was lucky enough to move next door to Anne. They have been each other's companion for the last 10 years, both loved wintering in Texas and enjoying time at the cabin. A memorial service celebrating Bob's life will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue West. Reception to follow in the church hall. Those wishing to attend the interment are welcome to following the reception. If you have a photo of Bob that you would like to share, please bring it to the reception to put on our memory board, we would love to see it. E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 204-253-5086

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2018, May 19, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • We just learned of the sad news. Our condolences to the family. - Posted by: Chuck and Rosalyn Golfman (neighbours at Woodchuck Bay) on: May 28, 2018

  • Condolences from the Glacken family. Very sorry to heat about Bob's passing. Take care. Erynne, Maureen, Cindy and Bob - Posted by: Glacken's (Transcona neighbours of Mary and Walter. ) on: May 22, 2018

  • Dear Rob, Barbie and Family and of course Janie, Our family and yours were tied together so much in your Oakbank years. Tom and Bob had plenty of hectic days trying to keep up with the rest of us. Thank-you for all the memories, friendships, construction advice and fun evenings spent next to a bonfire. Linda, Tom and Aly, XOXO - Posted by: Linda Lenhardt (Friend) on: May 22, 2018

  • To all the family we express our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. - Posted by: Rene Chaput (Friend) on: May 16, 2018

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