Advanced Search:

Regular Search
❮ Go Back to Listings


Born: Jun 14, 1944

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2020

Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory

Adjust Text Size: A+ A-


With heavy hearts we announce that Robert William Smerchansky, age 76, passed away suddenly in the afternoon of Saturday, September 12, 2020, outside on a beautiful fall day. We are comforted knowing he died enjoying puttering in the yard alongside his beloved wife Gloria of 54 years. Additionally, he leaves to mourn, his son Steven and daughter Audrey (Jeff), along with grandchildren, Louisa, Nathaniel and Joseph; sister-in-law Ruth, nieces and nephews, and cousins and friends. He is predeceased by brother Ted, and parents, Adam and Marie.
Born June 14, 1944, Robert grew up in Winnipeg, attending Tec-Voc High School. He lived his adult life in the Municipality of Springfield, married to the woman he would tell his children was his soul mate, Gloria, on August 6, 1966.
Despite hearing loss, he owned and operated Transcona Lawn Service through retirement. He liked nothing better than to hop on the tractor to take care of the lawn. Robert was a very enthusiastic person and a lover of people. Forever the optimist, he had a zest for life that was to be admired. Playing cribbage and blackjack were among his favourite past-times. He had a love of travelling and took immense pleasure in planning and anticipating trips. Collecting seashells and amassing museum quality specimens was a hobby that took over his basement; he loved sharing his collection with others. His grandchildren have memories vacationing with Grandma and Grandpa in Sanibel Island, Florida and that he was 'a really good sharer' and 'very welcoming'.
Dad thoroughly enjoyed his weekly social time at Kin Place with The Sunrisers in Oakbank - special thanks to Lisa and Erika! The family wishes to thank Dr. Wiebe for his care of Robert over the years. Thanking the paramedics for their efforts to revive Dad and empathy shown to Mom.
Per Robert's wishes, cremation has taken place, with no funeral or memorial services.
If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba at 200-6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0K6 in Robert's memory.

We will forever miss you and keep you in
our hearts, knowing you loved us,
encouraged us and wanted the best for us.

Friends and family are invited to share
memories and condolences by visiting
Robert's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of working for Robert and Steven a few years back. It truly was a great experience. I loved to hear Robert laugh, it was so infectious. Robert treated his employees very well and had my respect for that. Condolences to Gloria, Steven and Audrey. Rest easy Robert. Chris - Posted by: Chris Chezick (Former employee) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • I have the absolute best memories of Uncle Robert I'll always cherish. At 6 six months of age, Uncle Robert and my dear Auntie Gloria actually took me along on their honeymoon! Not many people can say that! As a family we regularly got together for big Ukrainian family dinners whether at Grandma Smerchansky's, Uncle Robert and Auntie Gloria's place first on Shadyside Drive in Transcona, or at our place in Garden City. Uncle Robert taught his nieces and nephew how to play cribbage and chess, although we never got to be as refined a player as he proved to be. Uncle Robert was generous to a fault. He had many many special qualities which is why he truly had a great precious marriage with his dear soulmate, Gloria. Uncle Robert was so appreciative of his three loving grandchilren and two special children who became exceptional adults. It meant everything to Uncle Robert that his son, Steven successfully took over his Dads business and has been running Transcona Lawn Service since Uncle Robert retired. Uncle Robert worked very hard over the years to develop his business into the great success it is. Through his many travels, he established a vast and most impressive "Shell Room" displaying countless varieties of shells which he carefully documented-every one. Truly an extraordinary one of a kind collection I've ever seen or ever learned existed. Uncle Robert you were such a wonderful person to so many, especially all your family, particularly your lovely wife, Gloria of 54 happy years. You left a big loss in many hearts and lives. With great love, I miss you. Please R.I.P. Your niece Jill Greenwood (Ted and Ruth's oldest daughter) xxx ❤❤ - Posted by: Jill Greenwood (Niece (Ted and Ruth's oldest daughter)) on: Nov 25, 2020

  • So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed visits with Gloria and Robert here in Ariz. May he RIP. - Posted by: Carol and Ed Kensek (cousin) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • I would like to send my condolences to aunt Gloria, Steven and Audrey. I’m sorry for your great loss, but for uncle Bob what a peaceful way of passing. He absolutely loved the outdoors and yards. I remember everytime you visited uncle Bob head for the yard and gardens to check things out! He will be sadly missed . - Posted by: Dawnett Osioway (Family) on: Sep 19, 2020

❮ Go Back to Listings