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BERTRAM (BERT) MICHAEL REBEIRO

Born: Nov 25, 1940

Date of Passing: May 09, 2020

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BERTRAM (BERT) MICHAEL REBEIRO
November 25, 1940 - May 9, 2020

It is with much sadness that Bert passed away peacefully, at the age of 79 years, after a long and tireless suffering with Alzheimers and Parkinsons on May 9, at the Grace Hospital, without his beloved wife, Joan, at his side.
Bert was predeceased by his sons, Brian in 1991 and Darryl in 1999, his father, Alexander in Australia and his brother, Ernest (Ernie) of Winnipeg in 2013.
He leaves to mourn his devoted and heartbroken wife of 57 years, his mother in Australia and his only sister Shirley (Tony) of Melbourne Australia, numerous nephews and nieces, his many friends and relatives.
Bert was born in Akyab, Burma. He was a war baby, and he trekked with his mother to Calcutta, India in 1945. Bert met his childhood sweetheart, Joan in 1958 at the age of 18 while he was doing his five year apprenticeship in Mechanical / Marine Engineering. They were married in 1963 and were blessed with two sons, Brian and Darryl. They moved to Canada in November of 1969. Baby was it cold outside, but it did not take them long to settle down in our winters with his family in this beautiful city, Winnipeg, or 'Winterpeg' which we came to know.
It did not take long for Bert to find employment. He started working with C.P. Rail three weeks after his arrival in the Diesel Shop as a Machinist. He was a very skilled and conscientious worker moving up in his career to become a Supervisor of the Frog Shop, where he stayed for 31 years at the time of his retirement. He and Joan took over his son's Darryl's Vending Machine business, Kwik Snack Vending serving businesses in Winnipeg for 10 years.
He was a loving and devoted husband and a great father to his sons. The four of them made their first trip to Melbourne, Australia in 1986 after 17 years to visit their mothers and extended families, and thereafter made nine more trips. They enjoyed travelling and covered most of our travels to Europe, Asia, America and Australia, and in between cruised to the different islands with CAA Travel and on their own.
Bert became very involved with St. Bernadette Catholic Church and community and served in the many ministries of the Parish, with his wife Joan in the early 1980s and 1990s. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Windsor Park Council since 1981, in the early 1980s he was their recording secretary and editor of the Galleon. This is where he and Joan met their closest friends. This gang of 12 eventually came to be known as the 'Twelve Apostles' and have remained friends to this day. Some have passed away, and Bert is entertaining them once again. We visualize Bert asking - "Did you put any Scotch in this glass?? It tastes like water!"
He was a member and President of the St. Bernadette's Bowling League for many years, Vice-President of the Men's Club. He was gifted with many skills and could fix almost anything from electrical to plumbing to building a garage, Bert did it all - a man of 'all trades'. Bert also volunteered and sat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hemophilia Society with his wife Joan in the early 1970s.
Bert was a great dancer, never missing an Elvis Presley dance with Joan at a social or wedding. It was nothing for them to entertain a group of friends at the drop of a hat, old, young and in between dancing and jiving, even though he felt he had two left legs, it came naturally. Just being with his friends, many of whom he had known since the early 1980s, enjoying the good summer months at his cottage in Sandy Hook. He was the life of any party. He was a people person, he shared many laughs and tears when he was with the friends who knew him as the 'little man' with a big heart. Bert and his wife Joan were nicknamed the 'party couple'. He never stopped doing what he loved, whether it was volunteering, or fixing fences, or chatting with his neighbours, he will always be remembered for the good acts of kindness.
Bert was a great sportsman in his school years and his love for sports was going to the football and baseball games and watching curling and hockey on TV, and golfing in the summer with his buddy Morris Subtelny.
Joan would like to especially thank the Comfort of Home Care for the wonderful service they provided Bert with the caregivers of Benny, Christian and Jonathan who helped him get through his day with much patience, understanding and care. Thank you. Joan would like to thank the WRHA, Self-Managed Family Care Program, and his Case Coordinator, Shelby McLeod for the funding Bert received through this program which allowed him to stay at home. Thank you. Special thanks to Doctor George and the wonderful nurses at the Grace Hospital in 5North with the care, patience and understanding Bert received in the short time he was in the hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzhemier Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2 and Parkinson Canada in Bert's name.
"You will be able to watch a streaming mass for Bert on Thursday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette's Parish with Father Phil. Thank you."

"Thank you for those beautiful years, through good times and sad times, we shared it all, but our love for each other always stayed strong. Will miss you my sweetheart, till we meet again, save a place in Heaven with our sons, in the Promised Land." "Rest In Peace."

Peacefully Sleeping, Resting At Last
His Weary Trials And Troubles Are Past
In Silence He Suffered, In Patience He Bore
Till God Called Him Home,
To Suffer No More

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca.

Glen Lawn Funeral Home
204-982-7550

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Joanie, it is with a very broken heart with which I extend mine and also Joe's sincerest deepest sympathy and condolences in the devastating loss of your dear Bertie. You were about to celebrate your 58th Wedding Anniversary with Bertie on May 25, 2020 and I'm so very sorry you were unable to do that. It was a very special, memorable time in January 1997 when I met you, Bertie and your precious son, Darryl in Mazatlan, Mexico while I was also there on vacation with girlfriends. I instantly fell in love with all of you and it was an absolutely incredible vacation! I'll lovingly always cherish the many wonderful memories we all enjoyed together on vacation and the 23 years of memories we enjoyed creating since then. Upon our return to Winnipeg, our wonderful friendship continued as we shared in many special occasions and events we loved looking forward to. Joe and I loved going out to Sandy Hook for weekend getaways, visiting together. It would always be such a treat to look forward to enjoying your amazing signature slushy! Joe had a very special love and affection for Bert. Joe spoke of Bert so highly and with deepest respect and dignity. He thought of and loved Bert like a Father, as I thought of you both as parents. Joanie, I've never known anyone else to have suffered so much painful loss in their life. You are a very strong woman who has many special, precious friends which I know are helping you navigate your life now with the support you really need. I will cherish many beautiful memories of your beautiful family and our shared wonderful times together. With much love, Jill Greenwood xxoo - Posted by: Jill GREENWOOD (Long time friend of Joanie, Bertie and Darryl ) on: Oct 28, 2020

  • Joan, I was saddened to read of Bert's passing. My thoughts and prayers have been with you these past few weeks. I have also made a donation to the Manitoba Alzheimer's Society in Bert's memory. Betty Brand - Posted by: Betty Brand (Friend) on: Jun 07, 2020

  • Dear Uncle Bert and Aunty Joan, I will always remember our time together with Brian and Daryl at Wilson’s Prom where we stayed in a cabin and mum and Brian went missing for hours! Uncle Bert you loved squeaky beach and the rosellas that climbed all over us. I’ll remember our time at the cottage working in the veggie patch, having our night cap of whiskey, and sipping your home brewed red wine. I’ll remember your warmth and cheeky sense of humour and the example that you and A. Joan have set for us all in life, you are both pillars of love, strength, endurance, unity and faith. May god bless you in his sanctuary. With love, Rachel Myers and Husband Scott. - Posted by: Rachel Myers (Niece ) on: May 21, 2020

  • Dear Joan. My deepest sympathy on the passing of Bert - your life partner for 57 years. It's never easy losing someone you love but they are never far away. Unseen, unheard, but always by your side. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. With love from your sister Hazel - Posted by: Hazel Workman (Sister-in-law) on: May 21, 2020

  • So very sorry about the passing of Bert. He was a good man, leaving behind so many beautiful memories. Much loved and never forgotten. Rest In Peace dear Bert. All my thoughts, love and prayers are with you dear Joan as you journey on without your beloved Bert. Love from Denise - Posted by: Denise Mariano (Sister in law) on: May 20, 2020

  • Hi Joan, very sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you. I remember Bert at the Winnipeg Beach Cottage when we all went camping. We had such a nice time that week. God Bless. - Posted by: Cheryle (Friend) on: May 19, 2020

  • My condolences to the family and friends. I recall Bert as being the most pleasant and friendly person willing to help anyone at any time. He was a valuable employee and truly wonderful person. - Posted by: Doug Simpson (Former C P Rail co-worker) on: May 19, 2020

  • Dearest Joanie On behalf of our mother Gretchen & myself, our Deepest Condolences to you in this very difficult time as we share in your sorrow for our dearly beloved Bert who is now resting in peace with the Lord. Thank you for being a totally devoted and loving wife to Bert & for doing everything you possibly could to make Bert’s life a happy & comfortable one right to the very end. God’s blessings on you. RIP Bert. - Posted by: Shirley Myers (Sister) on: May 18, 2020

  • I hardly know what to say. Bert has been a wonderful neighbour and friend. My late husband, Jerry, and I spent many times with Bert, Joan and their friends either travelling, socializing or visiting back and forth at each other’s homes. Bert was so warm, caring, and compassionate, and a good host and card player. His home and his heart were always open to new friends. In the last few years it was exciting to see him come alive when discussing The Blue Bombers. - a team he was passionate about. I’m glad he was able to see them win the Grey Cup. Bob and I send you, Joan, our deepest sympathy. We’ve lost a good friend. Love Dorothy and Bob - Posted by: Dorothy Talman (Friend) on: May 17, 2020

  • Dear Bert I have been Blessed by the Lord to have had you as my life long friend and not only as my brother-in-law but as a brother from a different Mother and Father. Bert and to your devoted wife Joan , I wish to paraphrase 2 Timothy 4.7; Bert you fought the good fight, you carried the Cross the Lord bestowed upon your shoulder, you did not complain nor did you ever become become bitter but you finished the race and above all you kept the Faith in the Lord. Joan, our prayers and thoughts are with with you, you have been a tower of strength and comfort to Bert throughout his life. Behind every good man there is always a woman and loving wife. Farewell and R.I.P Bert. - Posted by: Anthony Myers (Brother-in law and life long friend) on: May 17, 2020

  • Aunty Joan, we are so sorry for your loss but comforted knowing Uncle Bert is now at peace. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. It was great to spend time with you both when you came to Melbourne many times over the years. I will never forget how exciting it was the first time all of you came to stay with the Myers family, including Brian and Darryl. I was just a young boy then. I remember it snowed (just a little) in our home town of Sunbury - I don’t think you were amazed at the snow as much as we were! I will also cherish the fond memories of you and Bert being at our wedding and am glad that you could both make it. Uncle Bert, I will always remember your smile and laugh. May you Rest In Peace. Love from David, Hayley, Isabella and Sofia - Posted by: David Myers (Nephew) on: May 17, 2020

  • Joan, we are really sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved husband and friend Bert. We remember having such good times together. Bert was especially good with our children and they really loved him. He was a gentle, kind and caring man and could not do enough for people. This must be very devastating for you Joan. Chris and I will keep you in thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Chris and Colleen - Posted by: Chris and ColleenSouce (Friend) on: May 16, 2020

  • Uncle Bert, I’ll miss you dearly. I have such fond memories of you both in Winnipeg and Australia. You and Aunt Joan took me in lovingly when I travelled by myself as a young man 1997. And again years later when I brought my own family. I loved your cheeky, mischievous humour. Your love of a whiskey, which when I was old enough would join you in a tipple and sneak you an extra shot when Aunty Joan wasn’t looking! Your love of sport, introducing me to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. I’ll miss you Uncle Bert. We are thinking of you Aunty Joan and sending our love. We are supporting our Mum Shirley and Nanna Gretchen as best we can in this difficult time. Love Brendan, Silvia, Jessica and Ethan - Myers Family. - Posted by: Brendan Myers (Nephew ) on: May 16, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Had the good fortune to work with both brothers. Thank-you for your friend ship.............God Bless - Posted by: Y. Dykstra (co worker CP Rail) on: May 16, 2020

  • Sorry for your loss. Jason, Michelle and June - Posted by: June Rebeiro (Sister-in-law) on: May 16, 2020

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