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JOHN ROBINSON (ROB) BENSON
Born: Mar 29, 1935
Date of Passing: Mar 13, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JOHN ROBINSON (ROB) BENSON
March 29, 1935 - March 13, 2021
He was predeceased by his parents, Marjorie and Edward Benson; his sister Barb (Paul) Couture; his brother Mike (Jackie) Benson; his sister Terry (Pat) Carroll; his sister Lynne (Brant) Heywood and his brother-in-law Maurice Bauche.
He is survived by his sisters, Bev Bauche and Rosemary Hebert (Denis). He was a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.
Rob was a loving, kind, giving, patient and gentle man who loved his family beyond all else. He was very proud of the majestic A-frame cabin he built with some help from his family and friends. He chose the location of a beautiful bay surrounded by forest in Minaki, Ontario and loved playing gracious host to anyone who wanted to visit. He took great pleasure in organizing "cousins weekends" for his nieces and nephews at the cabin. He loved to read and had a huge collection of books that were meticulously organized alphabetically. He built a second cabin on the property which he lived in during the winters and rented during the summer for many years, but eventually sold it.
Rob graduated St. Paul's High School in 1952 and attended the College Militaire Royal de St. Jean in Quebec. He served in the Navy for 13 years and spent 26 months in England, along with officers from every Commonwealth navy, taking the Junior Officer's Education and War course at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Upon returning to Canada, Rob served on five Canadian naval vessels. After retiring from the navy in 1965, he continued serving in the naval reserves on the Great Lakes and in Esquimalt, retiring in 1973 as a Lieutenant-Commander. Rob obtained his BSc, BEd and MEd degrees at the University of Manitoba. He taught senior high school mathematics and computer science at Fort Richmond Collegiate in Winnipeg for 20 years. He was instrumental in helping develop computer-assisted systems for the Manitoba Department of Education.
In 2016, Rob suffered a devastating stroke that left his right side paralyzed and his speech impaired. He bore this bravely, without complaint and always with a smile on this face. The family would like to thank Simkin Centre who provided Rob with a warm, loving and caring home, where he received excellent care in a happy environment.
Rob was cremated at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home. As per his wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. It was his wish that family and friends hold a Celebration of Life when it is safe to do so, to raise their glasses and wish him a "bon voyage."
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (9 entries)
A very kind soul, my father and many were amazed by his abilities and endurance to live with nature and fit in perfectly. Hard working man. He came to our cottage to Tudor me in my math part of my gas fitters license. I don't think he knew what he was in for, but passed all the same. Regards Mr. Benson - Posted by: Eastwood Mark. (Minaki Family.) on: Sep 20, 2021
The stroke prevented Robbie from going to his Minaki home. He was always the best helpful neighbor. Will miss him dearly and toast his memory daily at my camp next door. - Posted by: RICK LAUDER (Minaki friend) on: Jun 11, 2021
One of my favourite teachers. - Posted by: Ron Buchanan (student) on: Apr 09, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this kind, patient, intelligent teacher. Math was never my strong suit, but I loved Mr. Benson and his classes (1978-1981). In fact, in art class I made a little portrait of him, which he found amusing (I believe I gave it him; it was on a button to pin on one's person). So grateful to be made aware of his passing and to read a little about his life outside of FRC walls. Love to you, Mr Benson. - Posted by: BLANKA JURENKA (former student) on: Apr 09, 2021
Rob, remembering your visits to our home in Dartmouth when I was a teenager and driving your convertible MGA made my reputation in the neighbourhood. Though we lived miles apart I always felt a special bond between us. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. - Posted by: Tony & Ann Benson (Cousins) on: Mar 28, 2021
Well Rob, you survived all those cold long winter nights standing watch in the North Atlantic on board a tribal class destroyer, on an open bridge, so as you sail off into the sunset, this voyage should be 'piece of cake'. I will always have fond memories of our extended canoe trip on Lake of the Woods, when we had to paddle for five days to get to Kenora, because we desperately needed to get another bottle of Lambs Navy rum! Great trip, great memories! Get the rum ready for my arrival! Bon voyage! - Posted by: John M Boxall and Aline Boxall Brétécher (Cousins) on: Mar 23, 2021
Cousin Rob will always be remembered as 'Uncle' Rob to the Pat Benson clan. Rob was our only extended family in Nova Scotia, and was always dashing in his uniform and his sporty MGA's. - Posted by: Dave Benson (family) on: Mar 22, 2021
Have many great memories with Rob in Minaki. Will always remember the great times my father-in-law (Glenn Hodgson) and I went down to stay with Rob during the winter months and staying in the winter cottage. A really great friend and always there to lend a hand when needed. Will miss you. - Posted by: Steve Shail (Friend) on: Mar 21, 2021
Hey Rob. Smarten up. This may sound harsh and disrespectful but this was a standing joke between the two of us for years and years. It is how we ended cards, emails, texts and conversations. My heart is truly broken Rob. I will miss you so much. You were such a wonderful brother and a wonderful human being. God bless you and may He welcome you into His eternal kingdom. - Posted by: Rosemary and denis hebert (Sister/brother-in-law) on: Mar 20, 2021
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