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ROBERT VANCE RONDEAU (BOB)
Born: Aug 12, 1952
Date of Passing: Sep 10, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ROBERT VANCE RONDEAU
August 12, 1952 - September 10, 2020
A Fort Garry boy born and raised, Bob attended St. Maurice School and Vincent Massey Collegiate. He grew up playing baseball, hockey and golf. He loved cars and worked part-time at the local Safeway. He began a career in auto mechanics, but health concerns beginning in early adulthood sidelined many of the plans Bob may have had for his life.
Still, while Bob's path was not traditional it was alive and rich just the same. He was creativity and inventiveness. He was conversation. He could talk to anybody about anything, leaving everyone dumbstruck over his ideas and his insight. He was gratitude, marveling over even the smallest things that might come his way: a meal, a good book, a neat button he might later sew on his coat. He loved libraries the way we should all love libraries, for their services and information, their welcome and their shelter. He was a Winnipeg man and walked its streets endlessly. He was generosity. Bob would give what he had to anyone without worry for himself. He was curiosity and wonder, always hungry for information and amazed by the world. He was kindness. Everyone he met was welcome in his life. Many Winnipeggers knew him as "Cosmic Bob", a frequent call-in on TSN Radio 1290, where he would entertain listeners with his sense of humour and one-of-a-kind opinions. Bob was a born storyteller.
He leaves behind brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and friends too numerous to mention. His life taught us that we're always free to walk our own path and that's a big lesson indeed. Here's to you, Cosmic Bob.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
What a lovely obituary that befits a man who's sweetness came across on his phone calls to TSN. I'm so sad that there will be no more phone calls from Cosmic Bob. My condolences go out to his friends and family. - Posted by: Bridget (TSN1290 listener) on: Sep 22, 2020
Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was a very close friend. We spent many endless days playing sports, working on the 1954 Volkswagen that we drove to Banff after rebuilding the motor. Bob always had a keen interest with anything mechanical, always welcoming a challenge. Some of the memorable highlights were the trip to Banff when we were 17 years old, camping and tenting and driving his brothers dune buggy in the late 1960’s Gimli parade. You will be missed but I will always have very fond memories. - Posted by: John Sandberg (Good friend) on: Sep 21, 2020
Listening to Cosmic Bob’s intellectual insights will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Larry (TSN Listener) on: Sep 21, 2020
Many laughs with you Bob. We used to drive around in your little Volkswagen bug. I remember your parents too. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Don Burns (School friend) on: Sep 20, 2020
Loved listening to Bob’s calls on 1290- the best - Posted by: Les (1290 listener ) on: Sep 20, 2020
RIP to the Cosmic one. - Posted by: Mike (Loyal listener) on: Sep 20, 2020
I am shocked to hear this. Bob and I were really good friends growing up. We played many a baseball game. And played a lot of catch on Royse and Hudson. I am sad to say we lost touch in our later years. A lot of fond memories with the Rondeau family as a teenager!! My heartfelt condolences to the family. - Posted by: Larry McKenzie (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020
My youngest son Connor unknowingly listened to Cosmic Bob on the radio many mornings driving to work and was astounded to learn that he was his great uncle. He sent a Twitter message to inform the radio host of his passing and a flood of Twitter responses have resulted, he was much loved by this hockey community. I remember watching the game in my grandparents living room crowded in around the old TV. I guess the love of hockey is genetic in our family. - Posted by: Valerie Smith (Neice) on: Sep 19, 2020
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