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Born: Jun 08, 1932

Date of Passing: Jan 17, 2020

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It is with a heavy heart and sadness that we announce the passing of Bob on Friday, January 17, 2020, after a short stay at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Bob's memory will be forever cherished by his wife Reta, of 63 years; son Rick (Wendy) and grandsons, Kevin and Mark; son Glenn and grandson Thomas; son Dean; sister-in-law Lorna Olson; brother-in-law Kenneth (Diane) Olson, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mabelle and Roy Rosendahl; sisters, Della (Dan) Witzke and Ireen (Warwick) Blissiett; brother-in-law Donald Olson; sister-in-law Janet Olson, as well as nephews, Joel Olson and Brad Knippel.
Bob was born June 8, 1932, in Turtleford, Saskatchewan to a life on a farm, living in a log house with a dirt floor and hard winters but a loving and supportive family. In 1941, in the pursuit of a better life, the family moved south to Estevan, Saskatchewan where they put down roots and began to build a new future.
Through the guidance of his father Roy a strong work ethic was instilled in Bob at a young age. He joined his father in the carpentry trade and earned his Journeyman Certificate. In 1953 he became a Freemason, a proud member of Estevan Lodge #25, with his Freemason ring being one of his most prized possessions.
Bob met and married his high school sweetheart, Reta, in 1956. They started their own construction company "Rosendahl Woodworks", building it to the point of 35 employees constructing commercial buildings and houses in Estevan and the surrounding area.
In furthering opportunities for his young family, Bob and Reta embarked on a career change to pass on knowledge to others through a pursuit in education. At the age of 35 he returned to school full time earning his Bachelor of Education Degree at UND following that with a Master's Degree from UNI. He taught high school at Estevan Comprehensive School and then moved on to a position as an instructor at Red River Community College in the teacher education program in Winnipeg, Manitoba for 17 years.
With Bob's strong desire to share his knowledge with others, he authored his first book on the many uses of his favourite woodworking tool titled "the Router", first published in 1982 and reprinted 11 times over 20 years. The publishing of the book led him into a new passion of performing instructional and entertaining seminars across North America to many interested woodworkers.
In 1995, at the age of 63, Bob continued this desire to educate and inspire with the start of the TV Series "the Router Workshop". He completed 183 episodes which were broadcast across North America to millions of viewers each week on multiple networks running for 12 years. One of his proudest accomplishments was being able to co-host the show with his son Rick.
In 2003, as he was stepping closer into retirement, he developed a passion for the restoration of his father's first and only new car, a 1921 Model T Ford. This pursuit brought him much enjoyment and fun meeting many enthusiasts at car shows and clubs. He was especially excited to share this passion with his youngest grandson attending local car shows together.
He was always proud of his sons' and grandsons' accomplishments. Bob continued to educate and inspire all those he met and visited with, always with enthusiasm, a smile and a desire to help.
Although we are saddened with his passing, his life taught us that life is a journey filled with opportunities and possibilities, and it is up to each of us to embrace them and pursue our passions.
We invite all to share a memory, a picture or story of how Bob inspired you at
A private family memorial is being planned.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.
Voyage Funeral Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba is assisting the family.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I first met Bob in 1973 when I became one of his students at Red River College. At that time I was your typical 23 year old, cautious withdrawn country boy. You can imagine how Bob would have burst into my life like a bolt of lightning. I had never met anyone so positive outgoing and eager to help everyone. His personality was so foreign to me that i, initially, was suspicious of his motives. However, it wasn't long before I realized that all he wanted for me was to trust in my fellow man and enjoy my life. In the years that followed I would keep in touch with Bob and Rita by dropping in on them whenever I was in their vicinity. And, although my impromptu visits were no doubt on occasion inconvenient, they always made me feel welcome and was often treated to some of Rita's world famous cinnamon buns. Bob's friendship has been a great influence in my life and still resonates to this day. - Posted by: Gil Chacun (Friend and student) on: Feb 05, 2020

  • Bob taught me all about the router and all its uses. I learned more from him and have constantly used those lessons to this day. I appreciated his friendship and enjoyed all his lessons and endeavors we shared in the woodshop. Pat and I will miss him. - Posted by: Bill Taylor (Mesa Arizona neighbor and friend ) on: Feb 05, 2020

  • Bob and family lived 2 doors away from me and my family on Charleswood Rd. We were neighbors during the 70's, 80's and beyond. It was during that time he taught me much of what I know about working with wood. He was my consultant during the construction of our home in those earlier years. He not only gave me suggestions but also got physically involved when needed. In 1996 we moved to St. James but still maintained a close relationship with Bob. He taught me how to use a router, allowed me to use his special tools and guided me through installing a hardwood floor and staircase there. I'll always have a great admiration for his willingness to share his ideas and expertise. Thanks Bob. To Reta and family, deepest condolences. Ken Bachynsky. - Posted by: Ken Bachynsky (Friend and Neighbor) on: Jan 27, 2020

  • An Ode to Bob Rosendahl - Mr. Router, the Wizard of Wood Bob's gait was the prelude to the story of "The Wizard of Wood". Bob was many years my senior, however, trying to keep up to Bob walking from the Buffalo to the Construction class in "J Building" was a challenge in itself. Bob taught with conviction, which was exemplified by everything he did, including how he walked. I had the luxury enjoying Bob's teachings for two years at RRCC, then many years after through his books and videos. Bob Rosendahl, a role model, mentor, great story teller, fabulous personality, inspirational, motivator, full of enthusiasm, unlimited passion, a true gift to mankind, and giving individual, all ingredients which made Bob the woodworking facilitator never to be forgotten. 1980 was year one in the four year Industrial Arts Bachelor of Education program. Year one was the pace setter for the rest of my life! Construction class year one: establish a construction company; company organizational structure c/w shares, the entire company formalities, where we now established TED Construction. TED Construction was a garage building company, where we built the garages in the RRCC Construction facility in components; walls to length, trusses made to fit, and all accessories. Garage #1: pull up to the building site on Abbotsford, in St. Vital, with the one ton truck loaded with everything we needed. Several hours later, the garage was built, trusses installed and roof sheeting applied. One could see the neighbors sticking their heads out windows and doors in amazement of the miracle that just occurred. Bob had the ability to teach without lengthy lectures. His teachings were focused on telling stories which was his most effective teaching skill. Bob had the ability to capture and motivate his audience with his magical skills to motive and bring the best out of his students; a true gift. Bob enlightened his students to follow their dreams! If construction/woodworking fit ones dreams, then he was the role model for many, I included. I personally built our family home motivated by Bob's slide show of he and his family building their family home on Charleswood Road. My current role is not in the teaching industry, rather in Sales, Marketing and New Product development, which is a result of Bob giving our team of students the vision to dream, follow our hearts, and "do what you love" and "love what you do". Bob, whether in a classroom setting or in front of a video camera, broadcast his skills and knowledge with conviction, a smile and an extra-ordinary touch. A gift that will remain in the Legacy of "Mr Router" for those that enjoyed his ability to teach, for a life time! So, the next woodworking project I tackle in the future, I'll stop for a precious moment and tip my ball cap in your direction and whisper - thanks for all! - Posted by: Al Loewen (Student - Class of 84) on: Jan 25, 2020

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