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Born: Jun 14, 1944

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2020

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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 (2 entries)

  • 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

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