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ROBERT (BOB) LEWANDIWSKY
Born: Mar 03, 1949
Date of Passing: Jan 21, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
ROBERT (BOB) LEWANDIWSKY
He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife Jackie, children, Dano and Gina (Cory), granddaughter Patsy, sister Elizabeth, brother Wally, and numerous family members, including many nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 3, 1949. He was raised in Sundown, Manitoba by his father and mother, Myroslaw and Nettie Lewandiwsky along with his siblings, Elizabeth, Gerry and Wally. There he also met the love of his life, Jackie Persowich, who he married on May 22, 1971.
Soon after their marriage, Dad started a career as a Parks Officer in Grand Beach Provincial Park, where he and Mom started their family with the birth of their first born son Dano. In 1976, Dad switched careers and took a position as a Fisheries Officer with the Department of Federal Fisheries and Oceans (DFFO) based out of Thompson, MB where they added a second addition to the family, daughter Gina. Dad remained with DFFO until his retirement in 2007.
After a couple of short term positions and family moves, Dad decided it was time to plant roots for him and his family. He decided that The Pas, Manitoba would be a good place to settle with good country living and lots of outdoor activities to be had. This is where he purchased an acreage, along the banks of the Saskatchewan River and built a home with a beautiful landscaped yard, which had a variety of fruit trees everywhere in between, along with a big garden.
If you knew our Dad, you know he loved his family. His family was the most important part of his life. He did everything to provide and grow his family as a unit, just as he was raised. He was so proud of his two children. In 2013, Dad gained the special title of Gido when his sweet granddaughter, Patsy Ada Marie was born. She was the light of his life. Her cute, sweet face would always make him the happiest man alive. The love he had for her will never be replaced. She will always be his "Seesums" and he will always be her hero.
There were many things Dad loved to do but many will remember that he loved to whistle. Where you heard whistling, you would find our Dad. His love of yard work and gardening is something he took so much pride in. You could find him puttering around the yard at any time of the day. His garden was fruitful and provided many meals for his family. His yard was immaculate. You could drive by the property and be sure to see him on his riding lawn mower. He loved going for his walks with his loyal dogs, Bogey and Beejee. This home was definitely his happy place.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman who had an appreciation of the outdoors like no other. He loved nature. Be it hunting or mushroom picking he truly loved nature and being out exploring it with family, friends or sometimes just to go for a long walk and take it all in. One of his favourite places to be was the Porcupine Mountains just north of Swan River, Manitoba. "God's Country" he called it. This was a place where many memories were made within the mountains and good friends. A part of Dad will always be in those hills.
"The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much life that makes life worth living."...David Attenborough
Our Dad loved to read. He was very knowledgeable and informed as a result of his extensive reading. He had a particular interest in History and War along with many other topics.
In 2011 soon after retiring, Dad and Mom moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to family and remain here until this day.
The days since losing Dad have been different. Something we never imagined but we know he will always be with us. If you knew our Dad you can smile knowing you were a part of his wonderful life. Whether you are from the past, or the present, he had a knack of always remembering people and helping anyone in need. We hope you will remember him as well.
He was a pillar of man to most and a giant of a soul that we will miss dearly and never forget.
We love you. Until we meet again.
Forever in our Hearts.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Robert's memorial page at IntegrityFuneralPlanning.com
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I just heard of Bobby's passing today. The obituary brought on tears and a feeling of lost youth, lost times, regrets that we moved to far off places. The old Sundown crowd was special. Many memories of the camaraderie, laughter, craziness and good-hearted fun will never fade. I remember some of Bob's words to me that made me think of him as a special guy. The description of Bob in the obituary confirmed it. I lost out on not knowing him as an adult. Condolences and deepest regrets for your loss, Jackie! May we meet up again soon. - Posted by: Patricia (childhood friend) on: Apr 22, 2021
Jackie & family, deepest sympathies on the recent passing of Bob or Bobby as we all knew him in the early years. Lovely obituary honouring Bob, sounds like he lived a wonderful life, now he is reunited with other family members. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all-may Bob Rest In Peace. Murray & Luba Beange [ nee Happychuk ] - Posted by: Murray & Luba Beange [ nee Happychuk ] (relative) on: Feb 03, 2021
I began my career with Bob in Thompson where we worked together out of the Fisheries office. Being a rookie, Bob guided me through my first few months on the ins and outs of life in northern Manitoba. We had a lot of laughs and worked hard enjoying the office with Water resources and in typical Bob fashion, playing tricks on the guys. Later on I again remotely worked together with Bob in the office at The Pas and continued a friendship then and when he moved back to Winnipeg where I often met him at breakfast time at McDonalds on Henderson highway where Bob would walk to from his home close by. Rest in peace Bob. Larry - Posted by: Larry Gambrel (Friend and coworker) on: Jan 30, 2021
Bob was a great friend. Bigger than life. He always made people laugh and he and Jackie were friends to all! - Posted by: Cheryl and Vic Falk (Friends from Hanya’s) on: Jan 30, 2021
We always loved Bob’s stories and jokes. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jackie and your family. Love Al & Rhonda - Posted by: Al & Rhonda (Cousin ) on: Jan 30, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm going to miss him too. I remember Bob reading large books (concealed behind a text book) in primary school. Did a little hunting and fishing with him too. And some other adventures. A good guy to have had as a friend. LA - Posted by: Len Alexiuk (friend) on: Jan 30, 2021
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