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Date of Passing: Aug 24, 2019

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On Saturday, August 24, 2019, our Dad passed away peacefully at Concordia Hospital at the age of 81 years.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years,
Lillian; daughters, Cheryl Skabar, Janet
Miller (Brad); his grandson Evan Miller;
Evan's dad Rob; and his sister Jean.
He is predeceased by his dad and mom, Tony and Mary Skabar; his sister Isabel as well as his in-laws, Steve and Anne Korol.
Dad grew up in Elphinstone and in 1965 married our mom, Lil. They lived in
Winnipeg where they raised their family. Dad was a school teacher at Nordale for over 30 years where he taught mostly junior high. He retired in 1995 and spent his retirement doing the things he loved; spending time with family, golfing and curling.
When Dad was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma (brain tumour) he faced his
illness the same way he faced everything else, with quiet determination and he
focussed on living his life the way he wanted to. While he gave up curling, he continued to golf regularly including the day before he was hospitalized. There are no words to
express how much we will miss him as it is not something that could ever be measured.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 28, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Ross was the kind of person who could relate to everyone, as reflected by his former students, friends and family. He was so easy to talk to and always made other feel comfortable when talking to him. His role as caring husband, father and grandpa came easy to him. His kindness and generosity was beyond measure. He and Lil welcomed me into their home when I attended university and they became my second family and showed me what a good marriage could be (54 years)! Ross was, what my brother says, "one of the good ones". My heart goes out to Lillian, Cheryl, Janet and family, and Jean and family for their loss. Lovingly remembered by Dawn Yaskiw - Posted by: Donna Yaskiw (2nd Cousin) on: Sep 02, 2019

  • He was one of the best teachers at Nordale. Always looked forward to his class. Funny, caring and smart. One of those teachers you remember 40 years later. Prayers and good thoughts to the family. He did it right and his students recognized that. He was fantastic with the borderline students, and showed so much kindness. - Posted by: Curtis Gee (Former Student) on: Aug 31, 2019

  • Mr.Skabar was my favourite teacher at Nordale (1976-79) wonderful man. Jeff Venderbos - Posted by: Jeff Venderbos (Student) on: Aug 30, 2019

  • My condolences to Mr. Skabar's family. He taught me in grade 8 and 9 (1979-81) He was a wonderful teacher and man. He often caught me sleeping and whipped the binder from under my head, much to his own delight. You are lucky he was yours. - Posted by: Lisa Tetrault (Student) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to Lillian & Janet, he was my teacher at Nordale School for several years, and I worked with his wife and daughter for a number of years. Mr Skabar was the best teacher at Nordale School, always cheerful and willing to help . Rest in Peace. Roslyn McInnes - Posted by: Roslyn McInnes (Former student ) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • Ross Skabar taught 4 of my children at Nordale in junior high. Mr. Skabar was an “institution “ at Nordale. He was “chill”, laid back, all around nice guy & a favourite teacher! As a parent I am so grateful that my children were taught by such a kind & caring man. Our heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Deb Springett-Frymire ( Guyot) (Parent of students ) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • We are sorry to hear about your loss, Ross was always so kind and friendly. We pray for you in this difficult time, please take care. - Posted by: Janine Pearson & Maryanne Serbyniuk (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • Our condolences to Lillian, Cheryl, Janet, Brad and family. Len and I grew up in Oakburn and Sandy Lake respectively and were well acquainted with Ross during our years of growing up. In later years we often renewed acquaintances on visits to Club Regent Casino. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the celebration of life due to out of town commitments but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. We hope for all of you, peace will come early and your reflections of the wonderful man he was, will bring a smile to your faces, and warmth in your hearts. - Posted by: Len and Vicki Lazaruk (friends) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. I remember fondly the times Ross and I would come across each other on the curling ice at the odd bonspiel or on the golf course. I still remember when I started teaching, he called me up to suggest that I change my e-mail address because he was getting my e-mails sent to him by accident (so I went to .ca from .com). We had a good laugh about it (I think). Once again, our deepest condolences. - Posted by: Robert Skabar (second cousin) on: Aug 28, 2019

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