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Born: Oct 18, 1977

Date of Passing: Jul 15, 2020

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There is this painting she brought back from her last visit to California which has pride of place in her family home. It is of the ocean and was painted underwater by a well-known and unique artist. Those who knew Roberta would not have been surprised to see her, wearing her red Jacques Cousteau tuque, undertake similar projects, had she not been ambushed by an unforgiving form of multiple myeloma. Roberta had a true passion for life, including a love for singing, teaching, the ocean, nature, travel, and the arts.
She was a smiling happy child, her radiant face would bring joy to everyone she crossed paths with, in her early years in Portage la Prairie, and in St. Boniface where she grew up attending Ecole Taché and Collège Louis-Riel. As an energetic young woman, she sang in her first band and worked at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre while completing a Bachelor of Education degree at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface, becoming, like her mother, a teacher. As her colleagues, her students and the parents of her students would attest, she excelled at her profession at Collège Louis-Riel, Ecole Christine Lespérance, and Centre scolaire Léo-Rémillard, where she was responsible for the fine-arts program, and became artistic director for the Cirque troupe Circumfero.
Affectionately known as Birdy, she radiated and projected a certain je ne sais quoi, which, along with her diverse vocal repertoire, was befitting to her role as lead singer in various cover bands in Winnipeg for over 20 years. It was a talent and a passion that took her and a group of Manitoba musicians on a one-year tour in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, and most recently as the lead singer of Hipshake.
Adventurous and always on the go, Roberta always enjoyed taking on new challenges including riding a motorcycle, running in the Manitoba marathon, and hiking the Mantario trail with her husband Derek and friends. Roberta graciously gave of her time and talents with kindness, generosity and a positive outlook. One could always find her planning her next pottery piece, musical project, or travel adventure with family and friends.
Born October 18, 1977, Roberta Lynne Decock passed away on July 15, 2020. She will always be present in the heart and thoughts of her husband Derek Robertson, her daughter Calista St. Hilaire, her son Quinlan Robertson, mother Monique Arbez (Lucien), father Ron Decock (Ronna), sister Céleste, brother David and his daughter Ivy, Ivy's mother Chelsea, Ronna's children, Lindsey and Andrew, her father-in-law Lyle (Adeline), brother-in-law Scott (Melanie) and their children, Kohl, Luke, Kaleb, Kyuss and Rorie, as well as her exceptional friends, Heather and Margaret. She holds a special place in the hearts of numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and countless friends.
If you are so inclined, you could say that on a peaceful, sunny July morning, the angels chose Roberta to join their heavenly choir. Even if you're not so inclined, if you knew Roberta, you will agree: When you listen carefully, you can still hear her beautiful voice in the sound of the wind and the waves of the lake.
Roberta followed her passions wholeheartedly and lived life to the fullest during her limited time with us.

As we remember Birdy, we leave you with one of her favourite quotes,
"Not above you, not below you,
but with you, and right beside you".

We Love You Roberta. You are deeply missed and forever in our hearts.

Due to the ongoing public health concerns, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Ron and family, I was so sorry to read about the passing of your daughter. It is unimaginable to have to experience the loss of a child. Just want you to know, Ron and family, that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you cope with this tragic passing of a loved one who was such a very special person. Lionel Moore - Posted by: Lionel Moore (Friends) on: Aug 07, 2020

  • Je tenais à dire au revoir, Roberta. J’ai eu la grande chance de faire ta connaissance seulement brièvement et récemment, comme suppléante à l’école. Je n’oublierai pas ta générosité envers moi, l’étrangère dans la salle des arts! Le royaume sur lequel tu présidais avec plein de créativité et respect pour tes étudiants. Tu m’appris en peu de mots et gestes comment guider les élèves, comment exiger le nettoyage! Ooh boy, j’avais beaucoup à apprendre. Quand tu es revenue des vacances, la bague d’alliance à la main, j’ai vu la joie que tu vivais. Lors du festival, tu participais avec dynamisme et vivacité à Hipshake. Merci, étoile filante, de ton influence, conviction et ta passion. Toutes mes condoléances à tes proches. Xox, Heather - Posted by: Heather Cullen (Collègue ) on: Aug 04, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, she was a fantastic lady, and we can still hear her singing me and Bobby McGee It was the best! You’re in our thoughts! - Posted by: Erik and Lynne Bjornson (Friends of Ron) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences to ALL the family. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person. May she RIP. Hugs to all. Reg and Donna Wyatt - Posted by: Reg and Donna Wyatt (Family to extended family ) on: Aug 03, 2020

  • I met Roberta a few times. But she left her love of life on many people. Go on your journey now you have changed the lives of many people and children. You will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Lynn Drury Peters (Friend of mother) on: Aug 02, 2020

  • I was so sorry to hear of Roberta’s passing. I will remember her powerful voice and lovely smile. She will be missed by all. - Posted by: Elisa Meade (Collegue ) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • I met Birdy in Manama, Bahrain back in 2009. She was a tremendous singer and entertainer, and helped hundreds of US and UK sailors visiting and living in Bahrain endure their deployments. Every night, she and her band mates helped us escape reality through song. Birdy encouraged me back up on stage to sing with them on numerous occasions, and that openness and welcoming attitude truly made her a dear friend. I look forward to seeing her in heaven and hear all the love she's undoubtedly singing. - Posted by: William J Huff (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • Stunned to read of Roberta's passing. We hope the best for all of you in this unfortunate time. After reading the obituary in the Free Press it is obvious she lived a full and active life. The biggest tragedy in this world is not living your life while you have the chance. Nobody I've ever heard could sing Joplin like her. Norma and Alan Owens and family - Posted by: Norma and Alan Owens (Former neighbors and friends) on: Aug 01, 2020

  • Dear Ron and family, So sorry to hear about your daughter's passing..When we lost our 25 year old grandson 2 years ago.. The pain was unbearable.. With time the pain decreases somewhat.. Try to dwell on the good memories. Love and prayers Your friends Ben and Millie. - Posted by: Ben and Millie Sveinson (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2020

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