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ROBERT BARTLETT (BOB)
Born: Oct 01, 1942Offer Condolences or Memory
Bob was born on Bell Island, Newfoundland, on October 1, 1942. He was the second child and eldest son of William J. Bartlett and Rose Bartlett.
After a short stint in St. John's, where Bob attended high school and university, he returned to Bell Island to teach Math and Latin. Bob then moved to Labrador City to work in the mines before heading to Toronto in the spring of 1966, where he and his brother Kyran got off the train in their parkas and gators on a balmy May 24 weekend, ready to take on the world.
Bob loved sports and passed on his lifelong appreciation of hockey, in particular the Maple Leafs and the Jets, to his daughters. Bob participated in everything from soccer in his younger years to golf in his twilight years and often regaled those around him with tales of his athleticism (some of which were even true).
Bob was most fiercely dedicated to playing and coaching racquetball. He was a member of Manitoba's Racquetball community for more than 30 years; he played in many national and international tournaments, where he displayed his skills for the game on the court and his sense of humour and jocularity off the court.
Bob was a great dad who never failed to give support or provide guidance and was always quick to express how proud he was of his daughters: Kerry (Garett) and Erin (Jason).
Precious to Bob were his grandchildren: Riley, Morgan and Kiera, whom he adored. Never did his eyes light up so brightly as when he got to spend time with his "main man" or his "two lovely young ladies", and he was always certain to have a Kit Kat or three on hand for their visits together.
Family was of great importance to Bob and he loved to spend time with his brothers and sisters. Whether golfing in Myrtle Beach, or playing cards at Grandmum's house, every minute with his siblings brought a smile to his face.
"Uncle Bob" also loved sharing special moments with his nieces and nephews; cheering them on at baseball games or showing them how to cut a rug at family weddings.
Throughout his lifetime Bob shared his warmth, humour and generosity of spirit with everyone he met.
As per his request, cremation has taken place, and a private celebration will be held on Bell Island, Newfoundland at a later date.
As Bob aged his social conscience, awareness and acceptance of all grew in a way that surprised even him. Bob was committed to giving a leg up and helping those in need, as such, in lieu of flowers, donations to Siloam Mission in memory of Bob would be gratefully accepted.
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 29, 2019
Condolences & Memories (1 entries)
I worked with Bob for many years when he was selling abrasives and I was buying them. Bob often spoke of his three loves in life, his children, grandchildren and sports. Bob also spoke often of home, I am so glad that he is returning there. Bob often told me, you can take the boy from the rock but you can never take the rock from the boy. Rest In Peace my friend, we will meet again. - Posted by: Wade Ireland (Friend) on: Jun 29, 2019
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