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Born: May 27, 1948

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2019

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Robbie was born May 27, 1948 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He passed away peacefully in the morning of June 7, 2019.
He leaves behind his wife Lesley; sons, Robin, Eric (Marie-Paule), and Jonathan; grandchildren, Jameson, Addison, Audrey and Elodie; his mother Patricia; siblings, Rick (Laurie), Susan and Cynthia (Loron), along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Robbie grew up in Fort Garry and graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate in 1966. As a young boy, he spent most of his time at the family cottage on Falcon Lake with his siblings and parents, enjoying boating, swimming, and sailing.
From an early age, Robbie always knew that he wanted to be a contractor. His mother had to chase him around to get him to finish high school. After graduating, he decided that he was going to work for his father, Bob, at Perma-Structures. Robbie loved telling stories about carrying telephone poles and receiving a one-way ticket to Gillam from his father to build hydro camps.
In 1975, he purchased the business from his Dad and continued to love what he did, building buildings. He was proud to be the longest standing Butler Building dealer in Canada and served on many boards and councils with Butler Canada.
In 1986, along with his partner Bob Keith he formed Pre-Con Builders. He was very happy to see that to this day the company remains true to his values; treating all customers as your friends, building trust through putting your best effort into everything you do, and treating your employees fairly. He was so proud to have had so many employees work with him for 25, 30 and even 40 years.
Robbie loved nothing more than spending time with friends and family at social gatherings, as well as spending time at his paradise on earth, his cottage in Echo Bay on Lake of the Woods. Robbie would always manage to find an excuse to get out of the city and head down to the lake. In these regards he was truly blessed. He always impressed upon his boys the values of loyalty and long-term friendships. He was caring, loving and deeply devoted to those he loved. Robbie was always regarded as the life of any room he entered, making everyone around him feel warm, happy and special.
Sincere gratitude is owed to all of the healthcare professionals who helped us through Robbie's battle with cancer. Donations in Robbie's honour may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.
There will be a celebration of Robbie's life on Friday, June 14, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3H 0G3.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 11, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • A true gentleman and gracious guy! Rob’s friendship will be missed... - Posted by: Bud Stanner (Friend ) on: Jun 18, 2019

  • My memories of Rob are mostly growing up at Falcon lake. Swimming,skiing, and sailing. He was larger than life and helped create many lasting memories. He will be greatly missed by many. - Posted by: Jack Rolls (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2019

  • To Lesley and the entire Lee family, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences on the event of Rob's passing. Rob was a great guy and I always enjoyed bumping into him at various social events over the years as I knew we would have a good laugh about something and I was never disappointed. May today's tears turn into tears of laughter over the coming years as you fondly remember him as the person he was. - Posted by: Martin Williams (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2019

  • Dear Rick, I am so sorry to hear of your brother passing away. I cannot imagine what it is to lose a brother, your sadness must be very deep. I have never met you brother, but if I can think of him as being your sibling and coming from the same place as you, I am sure he was a remarkable, kind, generous and intelligent person. I wish I could be there with you for the wake, and help you during the next weeks. I know you have the help of a great family and that you are surrounded by love and kindness. Please feel my affection in this expression of love and concern. With my deepest condolences, Yzabelle - Posted by: Yzabelle Martineau (Family) on: Jun 13, 2019

  • I am sad to hear of the passing of Rick's brother Robert. Losing a close family member is a sad part of life. I send my condolences to the family. - Posted by: Maurice Shapiro (Family) on: Jun 13, 2019

  • So very sorry to hear about Robbie's passing. Our friendship goes back to teenage days and he was in our wedding party. We will miss his jovial self. Lesley, Robin, Eric and Jonathan, we are truly saddened and send our sincere condolences for your grief at this time. Your many good memories will soften the sadness as time passes. He loved you all so much that he won't be far away. We will see you all at the celebration of his life. Jim and Cherrie Neal - Posted by: Jim and Cherrie Neal (Long time friends) on: Jun 12, 2019

  • Rob and I grew up in Butler business together. When Rob entered the room it seemed like everyone would gravitate to him because of his personality. We were at numerous Butler Builder meetings together over the years with long nights and painfully early mornings. But Rob was always there when the bell rung, the same way as when you needed help or advice - that was Rob. He will be missed as a friend and advisor. All our best to Lesley and family. - Posted by: Don & Betty Harvey (Friend & Business) on: Jun 11, 2019

  • We are very saddened to hear of Robert's passing, at much too early an age. Although we are not related, this comes with sincere condolences from one Lee family, to all members of another Lee family: for Lesley, Robin, Eric and Jonathan, and spouses and grandchildren, and other family members; we'd like you to know we are thinking of you and sorry for your loss. From Catherine, Gregory (Kamloops), D'Arcy (Montreal), David (Vancouver), and Matthew Lee (Montreal)..... friends from the "SJR years." - Posted by: Catherine Lee (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2019

  • Rob and I grew up in the Butler business together. We spent many sales meetings and business meetings together. Rob was always the voice of reason. When Rob walked into a room he took it over. There are a lot of long nights and painful mornings to reflect back on. Robs strongest asset was his loyalty. Safe journey Rob - you will be missed! All the best to Leslie and family. - Posted by: Don & Betty Harvey (Friend and business) on: Jun 11, 2019

  • Lesley, Sally and I extend our deepest condolences and best wishes to you and the whole family. Robbie and I knew each other since we were young kids in Wildwood Park. He always had that exceptional way to bring warmth into any room - a spirit that made everyone feel better. He leaves us all smiling. - Posted by: Ken Ransby (Friend) on: Jun 11, 2019

  • We enjoyed getting to know Rob when we moved into our new house beside him on Lakeside Drive, years ago. We send our sympathy to all the Lee family. - Posted by: Kathy and Jim Teller (Former neighbors) on: Jun 11, 2019

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