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Born: Nov 17, 1938

Date of Passing: Jan 22, 2021

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November 17, 1938 – January 22, 2021

Robert (Bob) Mathew Riddell passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on January 22, 2021.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife Lorraine, his first wife Mary and his four children, Kim (Russ Zitaruk), Rob (Donna Foote), Janet (Mike Guatto) and Randal (Lisa Macdonald); his grandchildren, Nicolas Zitaruk, Rachel (Carson Zilkey), Sidney (Devan Cobb), Quinne Riddell, Phoebe Riddell, Senem Riddell-Yapici, Hazel and Lewis Riddell, and great-grandson Bohdi Zilkey (Rachel and Carson).
He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Jim, Leonora (Gord Sutherland), Chris (Helen), Brooke and Gordon (Donna); also many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Also survived by Lorraine's extended family the Girouards, Boulets and Sandersons.
Dad was born on the family farm in Warren, MB to Florence (Nickel) and Ernie Riddell and had many rich stories of growing up on the prairies. After attending Manitoba's Teacher's College 1958 he started a lifelong love of teaching even after he retired in 1994.
He moved to Miami in 1963 where he and Mary shared raising their four children on a small farm with so many animals the fences sometimes burst. Many adventures happened all over the countryside including a two week horse and wagon trip to Warren. (Caravan was hand built of course!)
Schools where he taught were Cartwright (1958 to 1961), Milner Ridge, Stockton, Assistant Principal at Miami Elementary and then Principal (relinquished due to health), then Grade 6 and 3 at Miami Elementary. He enjoyed his shift to the Miami and then Skyview Hutterite Colonies. He retired on December 31, 1994.
Robert married Lorraine in 1996 and they enjoyed their retirement in Manitou and then Carman. They travelled visiting the growing number of grandchildren. Dad was famous in Carman for his red electric trike that he delightfully rode around the trails on daily adventures to cap off his retirement.
Many thanks to the tremendously caring staff at the Carman and Boundary Trails Hospitals and Carman Boyne Lodge for the most excellent care Dad received in the last stage of his life. His quality of life was improved everyday by all of you.
Everywhere Dad went his circle of family and friends grew. He will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Clarence and I are very sorry to hear of Robert's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lorraine and your family. Take care. Love Anita and Chuck - Posted by: Chuck Daigle (Cousin) on: Feb 01, 2021

  • So sad to read of Bob’s passing. My condolences to the families and wives, Lorraine and Mary. Bob taught me in Cartwright in 1958 – 60. Being a young teacher he did wonders for us teenagers in Cartwright. Bob has long been my mentor. He was instrumental in many positive things I did in my life. My mother, Fern, was the hairdresser in Miami for many years. When we visited mom and sister Sonia a trip to the Riddell farm was a necessity. We rode his horse and wandered around his farm amazed by all the animals. Bob’s mentorship affected me then as well, as I would eventually buy a hobby farm East of Winnipeg and raised my family along with every animal we could possibly raise on a small farm. My career moved me to the US for 20 years but upon my return I searched and found Bob’s home in Carman and visiting him and met his loving wife Lorraine. Even though he had his arm in a sling at the time from crashing his bike, it was so good to see him looking so well at 80 and still owned that wonderful warm smile that could melt ice. We had a good chat about our mutual memories with the help of a spoonful of honey from Lorraine to help keep him focused. I am so glad I took the time to make that visit as sadly it was the last time I would see Bob but he will always have a special place in my heart. You touched many hearts Robert so rest in peace my friend. Don Hayden - Posted by: Don Hayden (Friend) on: Jan 30, 2021

  • Mes sincere sympathies a Lorraine et Donald, Paul (Pots), Simone et Roger pour le deces de votre beau pere. Je vais passer le message a mes deux freres Henri et Louis Girouard. - Posted by: Richard Girouard - Montreal, Quebec (Girouard relation) on: Jan 30, 2021

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