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Date of Passing: Mar 05, 2021

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1926 - 2021

After a long and courageous battle with chronic kidney disease, Robert Greenwood Briercliffe, aged 94 years, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, March 5, 2021. He passed away at the Pinawa Hospital with his immediate family present, surrounded and sustained by their love.
A private family service of remembrance is planned with Christian burial to follow at Pinawa Cemetery. Reverend Robert Murray will officiate the committal.
Robert leaves to mourn his beloved wife Phyllis, of 65 years; daughter Beryl (Blair) Peters; son Robert (Cheryl) Briercliffe; grandchildren, Brock Peters, Winston Briercliffe, Merridy Peters, Spencer Briercliffe, Kerensa Peters and Eagan Peters; and extended family and friends.
Robert was born in 1926 in his grandparents' home on Greenwood Place, a street in Winnipeg named after his grandfather. His early years were spent on the family farm in Millbrook with his parents, Vernon and Emma (Jackson), his brother, Bill, and numerous goats, chickens and bees. The Briercliffe Farm was well-known in the community for local barn dances, baseball games, a community skating rink, social events, and more. Robert enjoyed sharing entertaining stories of his early farm life.
Robert's love for aviation emerged in his early years and he treasured his Jimmie Allen Trophy for flying model airplanes. Robert was a master story-teller who enjoyed telling hair-raising anecdotes of flying light aircraft and buzzing his neighbour's fields so low, he'd "take the hats off their heads." His love of aviation continued throughout his life. Family and friends have special memories of Robert's 90th birthday held at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, where he regaled the audience with stories and his famous yodelling.
Following life on the farm, Robert joined the Canadian Army Cadets when he moved to Winnipeg for school, leading to a 15-year career with the Canadian Army Reserve where he rose to Sergeant Major. He was proud of his "Canadian Forces' Decoration" (CD). It was during this period that he met the love of his life, Phyllis Anderson. They started off life in Charleswood and settled in Pinawa, where Robert and Phyllis have lived for 54 years. During this time, Robert's wife, children and grandchildren were his focus and great joy. He loved nothing better than being with his six grandchildren doing puzzles, playing board games, catching snakes and frogs, carving toys, and telling jokes and stories. Nothing made him happier than attending any school, music, or sports event that his grandchildren participated in.
Robert and Phyllis were long-standing members of the Pinawa Christian Fellowship (PCF). Robert was very proud of the PCF belief in a shared ecumenical ministry and said he wished the world could model the approach of four diverse denominations living and working together. Robert's faith strengthened and supported him throughout his entire life; he was a beloved and inspiring model of selfless Christian servant leadership.
Robert and Phyllis enjoyed travelling all over the world throughout their 65-year marriage, RVing from the Yukon to Mexico with friends and members of the Good Sam Club. Grandchildren have special memories of Gran and Poppa arriving to visit in their RV and picnicking with them at Otter Falls.
Music was a special joy in Robert and Phyllis' life. Robert enjoyed a wide range of music genres from country-western to classical opera. He loved hearing his grandchildren sing and perform various music instruments. Even in the last few days of his life, Robert drew comfort from music and sang from his hospital bed, "There's No Place Like Home."
The family is enormously grateful to Dr. Sayfee and the staff of the Pinawa Hospital for their exceptional and outstanding care of our cherished husband, father and grandfather. Robert passed from this world to the next, confident that his Lord was waiting to receive him in ever-lasting life, reassuring his family, "I'll always be there with you".

We love you Robert, Dad, our forever Poppa.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We are passing on our sincere condolences to the Briercliffe family. Bob was a true gentleman and a kind soul. Every encounter with Bob was a pleasant experience. Our thoughts are with Phillis and her family. - Posted by: Ken and Louise Young (Friends) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • He was a fine person, will miss him. Love Betty Curnew - Posted by: betty curnew (friend - extended family) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a very fine person, will be missed. - Posted by: betty curnew (friend - extended family) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • Carol and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Phyllis and the family. Take comfort in knowing Bob is in a place of rest. - Posted by: Ken Sargeant (teaching collegue with Pphyllis anf Beryl) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • How well we remember those days in the late ‘60s when we were neighbours on Athlone Cres. We knew Bob as a gentle man and gentleman. Our sincere sympathy to you, Phyllis, and all your family. Dave and Maureen Tisdall - Posted by: Dave and Maureen Tisdall (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to the Briercliffe family on the lost of their loved one. Always enjoyable camping trips with the Manitoba Sunny Sams. Take care, God Bless. Kathrine (Kathy) Keselowsky - Posted by: Kathrine (Russell) Keselowsky (Camping friend) on: Mar 13, 2021

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