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ROBERT (BOB) JAMES MITCHELL
Born: Oct 19, 1936
Date of Passing: Jan 17, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
ROBERT (BOB) JAMES MITCHELL
October 19, 1936 - January 17, 2020
Mitchell passed away.
Survived by wife of 54 years, Pat; sons Bob, Ryan and James; daughter Audra (Ron) Schalk; grandsons, Travis and Owen Schalk and Bobby Mitchell; Bobby's mother Diane Hince; sisters, Isabel Mavor, Ann Stone and Andrea Walker; brothers-in-law, James
Walker, Terry Stawychny and Bryan Stawychny; and sister-in-law Yvonne Peters; along with many nieces and nephews, whom he adored.
Dad was born in Montreal, Quebec.
Growing up in Cartierville, he was very
active and rather mischievous (a theme that continued throughout his lifetime). He spent time playing hockey, boating, and was a youth boxing champion. Dad spoke fondly of his days in Montreal, especially when sharing stories about his mother and sisters. Dad's sisters were so important to him and he shared many great times with them over the years.
Dad came to Winnipeg for work and had so much fun (and participated in many antics) with his Canadian Airlines co-workers.
Winnipeg was also where he met mom. Dad instantly became a part of the Stawychny
family and loved the simple life on the farm in Poplarfield. Dad had a special bond with his father-in-law Peter. The "twins" would spend many hours together "making their rounds" and coming back to the farm to sleep it off in the summer kitchen.
Anyone spending time with dad would have experienced his sharp wit and great sense of humour (and likely some teasing). So much laughter was shared in our home, which was usually a result of dad's storytelling or
made-up songs. Some of the things dad loved: music, doing crosswords with mom, golf,
cycling and running marathons. Some of the things dad hated: swearing, fixing things and people who judged other people based on
Dad received the most joy from spending time with family, especially with his
grandsons. He was totally dedicated to his children and grandsons in every aspect of their lives. "Cha-Cha" would let Travis, Owen and Bobby do anything (usually involving
water and mud), with Baba assigned the job of cleaning up after them (which she loved and he knew it).
Dad was small in stature but had a mighty personality - he wasn't afraid of anyone
(except mom). He cared about people and he taught us to accept people as they are and treat them with respect, regardless of their appearance, money or status. He never cared about gaining wealth or material possessions; those things were never important to him. To us, dad was the strongest, smartest and
funniest man in the world - he was our hero.
When dad's illness progressed, he found his second family at Actionmarguerite
Saint-Vital. Dad called the staff "his friends" and would often mention how much he loved his room. Words cannot express how thankful we are for the exceptional care dad received during his stay. All of the AMSV staff treated dad with dignity and respect and we would like them to know they made a difference to our family by making dad's journey a positive one.
Dad would not be happy if he thought we were sad about his death. To honour his
memory, please think of the good times you shared with him and spend time doing some of the things he thought were most important in life: being with family, accepting people as they are and using humour as much as
possible (and maybe with a little bit of
A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
Started working at Winnipeg International Airport in the 60's and that is where i met Bob . Had not seen Bob for many many years but i'm happy to see the smile that was there in the 60's never changed . Condolences to the family . - Posted by: Ray Bolton (Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020
I had worked with Bob during the C.P.Air and Canadian Airline Days. Bob was always a great pleasure to be with in the 30 years of knowing him...God Bless You My Friend.You are well thought of in our hearts. - Posted by: Dave Cowen (Work friend) on: Jan 27, 2020
Our family and specifically our mom (Shirley) & dad (Donald) had a wonderful friendship with Bob & Pat. Don & Bob worked together at Winnipeg Airport with CPAir. Our parents are now both gone but their surviving children (Wade, James, Susan & Darren), who also remember Bob with great fondness, want to offer our heartfelt condolences to Pat and the family. A really good man he was! - Posted by: Harper Family (Friends) on: Jan 26, 2020
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I loved learning so much about your Dad and now I understand where all the jokes and antics come from. A beautiful tribute. Sincerely, Robin - Posted by: Robin Mitchell (Friend of Audra and Bob) on: Jan 26, 2020
I remember Bob eyes told many a story. The twinkle, the smile and sometimes sadness. Bob you will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Gerald (Gerry) Morier (Canadian Pacific Airlines Winnipeg) on: Jan 26, 2020
Working with Bob was lots of fun and I’m honoured to have worked with him and glad to know him. I enjoyed every day working with him he was positive and funny to work with never a dull moment. I’m truly sorry for your loss. Bob - Posted by: Bob Ronyck (Canadian Airlines ) on: Jan 25, 2020
I think of Bob Mitchell and instantly smile. He truly was a great guy! I have many fond memories of the time I worked with him at CP and CAIL. - Posted by: Laurie Gagnon (former co-worker) on: Jan 25, 2020
Bob ALWAYS had a smile, always had kind words. When I was taking adult learn to swim lessons he didn't find it at all odd but applauded me instead... RIP good sir xo - Posted by: Ave Dinzey (work colleague) on: Jan 25, 2020
I worked with Bob for many yrs at Canadian Airlines. I loved working with him he was a smart funny guy and a joy to work with. In all my yrs working for the airline he was one of my favorite co workers. Im sorry to hear he has passed away. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Pieter Tolsma (Co worker at Canadian Airlines) on: Jan 25, 2020
I had the privilege to work with you Dad and he was exactly how you described him; very funny, honest, people person and so on. R.I.P. Bob you were the real deal. - Posted by: Josie Mistri (friend) on: Jan 25, 2020
So saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Some of my best memories in the airline business include Bob and his antics at Canadian Airlines. We sure had a lot of laughs! My condolences to his entire family. His sense of humour will live in our hearts forever. - Posted by: Glenn J Bigourdin (Co-worker ) on: Jan 25, 2020
Bob was not only a great co worker but a wonderful friend. I will always remember when I 1st came to YWG cargo how much of a mentor he was and always had such a great sense of humour, and amazing knowledge in the airline industry. I will always remember him saying he never wanted to retire because it was so much fun being at the circus.....the way he would refer to people with special Nick names. There was never a dull moment with him around.....his laugh was always contagious and there was always something brewing when his dear friend Gerry Alary got together.....I will always have great memories from my time working with Bob, May he RIP - Posted by: Bill Stuart (Airline Friend and Co-Worker) on: Jan 25, 2020
My deepest condolences. Bob was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face and a wee chuckle in his voice. A very nice man. - Posted by: Bob Braden (Co worker) on: Jan 25, 2020
I worked with Bob since the early seventies and found him to be a wonderful man. He guided me through my pregnancy and growth of my twins. He loved being a Father and not only to his children but to their friends as well. Bob entertained us on our breaks with telling old airline stories keeping us in laughter and making it difficult to get back to work. Bob’s family was everything to him. My condolences to the family for their loss but how fortunate you were to have such an incredible person in your lives. Thinking of all of you, Marilyn Hiebert - Posted by: Marilyn Hiebert (Friend from the Airlines) on: Jan 25, 2020
Great guy to work with ,always ready to help,and lots of laughs. - Posted by: Norma Warecki (Work) on: Jan 25, 2020
My dad, Romeo was a neighbour of Robert’s, a few years ago, at Actionmarguerite so my husband and I got to know Robert on our visits to see my dad. Robert was sweet and yes a little mischievous. He always had a smile for us and a hello. In the last few years, since my dad passed, we have often reminisced about our small community, including Robert. So sad for your loss. - Posted by: Romeo’s daughter (Part of Actionmarguerite community) on: Jan 25, 2020
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