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Born: Jul 21, 1938

Date of Passing: Mar 19, 2021

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July 21, 1938 - March 19, 2021

It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Roland (Rolly) Walter Barthel on March 19, 2021, at the age of 82.
After a sudden and brief battle with his heart, he passed away in the company of family, knowing he was not alone and that he was very much loved. Rolly is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joan Barthel and family members, Bonnie-Lynn Hunter and Brie-Lynn; daughters, Suzanne (Paul Bormann, Reece, Erika and Spencer) and Deborah (Chuck McManamen, Keith and Fiona). Rolly was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Lottie; his son Derek, stepson Drew, and his brother Eric.
Rolly was born and raised in Winnipeg, graduating from St. James Collegiate. Rolly spent his early years in the Navy in Victoria, BC. Part of Rolly's adventures included managing the Jolly Friar Restaurant in the Norwood Hotel. His life passion for 30 plus years was his business: Rolly's Coffee Service. In those days he was an avid golfer, played racquetball at the YMCA and was a member of the Canoe Club. After retirement, Rolly loved swimming at the Rady Center and loved spending time outdoors at a local park visiting his animal friends and feeding the gophers and deer.
Before Covid, he was a regular volunteer at the Winnipeg Humane Society as a cat cuddler. Rolly also loved working for Adesa Auctions, driving cars down to the US border with a crew of guys making great friends along the way. He was the entertainment committee on the van ride home. His road stories and humour are legendary.
Papa or Opa Rolly loved getting together with his family. We will miss his larger than life smile, his chuckle, his great humour, his unconditional love and his colourful fashion.
Special thanks to the amazing staff at St. Boniface Hospital who provided such loving care to Rolly.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date for family and friends, perhaps his birthday July 21, 2021.
Donations can be made to your favourite animal shelter or support group.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Joan, was so sorry to read about Rolly. I used to love seeing you when you came into the restaurant. Talking to you was so refreshing and inspiring on how you dealt with all the issues in your family. The two of you were an amazing couple. Take care of yourself. - Posted by: Brenda Knight (Staff person from Peaks Restaurant ) on: Apr 02, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences go out to Rolly’s family and friends and great big virtual bear hugs to Joan and family. I will always remember Rolly’s bubbly personality and his great big smile. - Posted by: Wendy MacKenzie (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2021

  • It is impossible to think or speak of Rolly without smiling. We will remember his kind nature, always the gentleman, funny, dashingly stylish (with the help of Joan, I’m sure), and a smile that lit up the room. We know how important family was to Rolly, and our hearts go out to each and every family member and friend who loved him in return. Thinking of you always Joan and family. Rest easy Rolly. ❤️ - Posted by: Linda Mymko/Miles Kereliuk (Friend) on: Mar 29, 2021

  • One time on Christmas Eve, my mom and I decided to bring this game called “Speak Out.” The basis of the game is that you have a plastic piece holding the sides of your cheeks wide open so it is difficult to comprehend what that person is saying. You have to try and guess what the person with the plastic piece in their mouth is saying. Well, when it came to Papa’s turn he lost his teeth underneath the couch when he was trying to read the saying on his card. We were on our hands and knees (including him) as we searched for his now lint-covered teeth. When we finally found them, he did not hesitate to put them back in his mouth without even taking the time to rinse them out. I am sure he was crunching on dirt, crumbs and hair for the rest of the night but it did not even phase him. - Posted by: Brie-Lynn Hunter (granddaughter ) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • I always enjoyed when Rolly came shopping to my store, he was always dressed like a king, We will miss your colorful appearance and great conversations. Thinking of you- Joan & Family, Blanche❤ - Posted by: Blanche Wilson (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • We want to offer our deepest sympathies to Joan and family. For many years Rolly would show up weekly with coffee and supplies when he serviced a the law firm that I worked. He always had a smile or joke to share. Rest in peace Rolly, you will be missed. - Posted by: Marion and Bryant Hucul Stevens (Friends) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Rolly and I go away back to our early teens as close buddies and trouble makers, but all in good fun. Rolly's parents were very involved in the German Community and it I guess it was fitting his Dad bought him one of the first Volks Beetles to arrive in Winnipeg. Needless to say we spent many a day cruising everywhere in that unique car until he bid goodbye heading for Victoria to join the Navy. Rest in peace my old friend. - Posted by: Ron Chatfield (Childhood Friend) on: Mar 27, 2021

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