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Born: Mar 13, 1919

Date of Passing: Aug 13, 2019

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With heartfelt sadness, Robert (Bob) Bruce Heelis's family wish to convey his peaceful and dignified passing, on August 13, 2019 at the Deer Lodge Centre, where earlier this year he celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.
He was born to the late Edwin Thomas and Elizabeth Emily (nee Handley) Heelis on March 13, 1919 in London, England. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife Mildred (nee Begley) in 1995; his brothers, Edwin Thomas Hughes and Stanley David (Adele); and sisters, Edith Lilian (Cecil) and Doris.
Left with special memories are his immediate family: stepdaughter Dorien Burnette and family; nephews, Rob Platford (Diane) and Tim Heelis (Marisa); nieces, Roberta Shumka (Perry), Susan Heelis and Sue Berry (Don); alongside great- and great-great-nephews and nieces.
Bob immigrated with his family at a young age, to Winnipeg where he resided until his passing. As a young man he entered the military and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. Upon returning from active duty, he began a career with the Canadian National Railway, where he was employed until his retirement,
During the summer months, from his early 20s on and for almost the entirety of his 45 retired years, Bob cherished his beloved lake home, which he built and cared for, at Clearwater Bay, ON. Quiet and reserved, he enjoyed the serenity of lake life's simple routines with Millie and their pet dogs.
In his earlier years, fall time for Bob was filled with his penchant for hunting with his brother-in-law Cecil Platford while in later years, he was often found fishing alone for pickerel or trout or encountered foraging along the bush trail that led to a visit with his sister Edith at her home.
Being a motorcyclist early on, Bob took pride in never owning an automobile, preferring to let his legs carry him every where he needed to go. He became well known for his love of daily strolls (at a remarkable speed even at an advanced age), either walking throughout the Transcona neighbourhoods or along the forested trails at Clearwater Bay, no matter the weather, gaining satisfaction in walking more than five kilometres per day well into his late 90s.
An amazing, humane being, Bob was fiercely independent, full of vitality and sparkling wit, his zest for life will be long admired.
The family wishes to especially thank the kind staff of Tower 3 Deer Lodge Centre for their compassionate care of our uncle during the last years of his life.
As per his wishes, a private family gathering will be held to honour Bob's life and legacy.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Rob would always be walking and when I would bump into him he would tell me about the great deals on Bananas and the Bread at Giant Tiger. Nice man to visit with, I will miss our chats. - Posted by: Cindy Smith (Friend) on: Aug 27, 2019

  • Would see Bob walking and he would always say hi how are you. RIP Bob. - Posted by: Jeanne neufeld (Lived on Ravelston ) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • Our Deepest Sympathy to the entire family! - Posted by: Janet & Bruce Anderson (Friends - CNPA) on: Aug 24, 2019

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