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Born: Oct 09, 1955

Date of Passing: May 05, 2021

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October 9, 1955 - May 5, 2021

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert "Bob" Szklaruk in Ashern, MB.
Bob is predeceased by his parents, Mary and John Szklaruk and his grandson Burke Szklaruk.
Bob was born and raised in St. Martin, MB. He attended Karpaty Elementary School and graduated from Gypsumville High School. He then furthered his education in The Pas, MB and got his electrical degree.
In his younger days, he played fastball with the Hi-Jackers. He became very well known in the area as the pitcher who could fan even the best hitter out. He drove many different cars over the years and loved them all - the faster the better.
He had many jobs which took him all over the world. Throughout the years, he worked for MB Highways Dept. He also worked as a bee farmer, a trapper, a fisherman, a restaurant owner and an original partner in the St. Martin Fish Agency. He installed DWDM fibre optic systems working for Ciena all over Europe, Mexico and the States - they called him Country Bob.
Bob's greatest passion was being a commercial fisherman. He took pride in being the first one out on the ice every year. He fished many years with either his brother Johnny, his dad John, Jason Budge or son Chad.
He loved playing card games with everyone, especially his favourite whist partner, cousin - Robert Yanke. He enjoyed spending the summers in his garden, cooking huge meals and canning his garden goods. He enjoyed hunting with his friends and family. He loved when his family and friends would call and visit. He was always known for having a positive attitude and a smile on his face.
He is responsible for developing the Maple Beach Condominiums and took pride in the Corn Roast every year where he would organize horseshoe and lawn darts tournaments. He had great relationships with everyone who had a cabin here.
He is survived by his brother Johnny (Linda) of Gypsumville, MB; his three children, Chad (Janyne) of Palm City, Kayla (Brian) of Winnipeg, MB, Kari (Matthew) of Winnipeg, MB and five grandchildren, Haleigh, Max, Kemery, Tory and Quaid and honorary son Jason Budge of Ashern, MB.
As per Bobs wishes, no funeral services will be held.

Arrangements by:
Ashern - Lundar

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • This morning when I woke up I thought to myself "I wonder what Country Bob is up to..." I worked with Bob when he was in Europe. One story I thought I would share was when we were in Germany and had a little extra time to get to our next job- we decided to get off the Autobahn and take a slower route; we were in German farming country and Bob asked me to pull into one farm. The Farmer didn't speak a word of English and we didn't speak German- somehow Bob and the old Farmer understood each other- I still remember Bob mentioning the Claas harvester. The Farmer's son and I just exchanged bemused looks and followed along. I was sad to read that he had passed away. - Posted by: Mike (Co-worker) on: Sep 27, 2022

  • I am absolutely gutted at the news that my former work colleague, friend & mentor has passed away. Bob & I spent 18 months together working all over Europe when we worked for Ciena. Bob & I worked hard and played hard. Bob liked a gamble and certainly had luck on his on a night out at a casino in Belgium when he got lucky on the roulette winning in excess of 10,000 euros, around 25,000 Canadian to you guys. My wife & I visited Bob & his family where we had a fabulous time meeting his friends although Kayla's driving I would rather forget. I had planned to come and visit and tried in vain to get Bob to come over to England but without success. I will miss my friend and hopefully one day the girls would be able to come to England for a visit in Bob's memory. Best wishes Sean & Jo - Posted by: Sean Bonner (Friend) on: Jun 08, 2021

  • So terribly sorry to hear of Bob's passing. So hard to believe. I went to school with Bob and we were friends. My condolences to his children and family - Posted by: Patricia Castle (Friend) on: May 10, 2021

  • Condolences to Bob's children and all his Family. Sorry to here about Bob's passing, sometimes we met up at Maple Beach when we camped there few days in the summer at Bryce and Kassandra's cottage.🙏🙏 - Posted by: Bev Makinson(Kitchur) (Friend fr St.Martin, classmate in Karpaty) on: May 10, 2021

  • I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing....Your father was a great friend and amazing ball player (along with the St. Martin Challengers girls ball team)... Bob, Blair, Rosanne and I hung out in High School where we excelled in Biology as a group reconstructing the skeleton of a coyote. He did love to be busy and play ball. He’ll be in charge of the “fun and games” dept. in Heaven where we’ll all meet again! Hugs to all of the family💕! - Posted by: Deb Deslauriers (Childhood friend) on: May 09, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Szklaruk family. So sorry to hear of Bob passing away. I spent a lot of time around Bob and Johnny when they were growing up in St Martin and I worked for their Dad and brothers. You will all miss him very much. Take Care Lovell McDonnell Medicine Hat AB - Posted by: Lovell McDonnell (Friend) on: May 09, 2021

  • My condolences to you Johnny for your loss and for all your family. God's comfort and peace. - Posted by: Rachel Dancsok ( nee: Sasnella) (Knew him and family growing up in Gypsumville.) on: May 08, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Bob’s family. - Posted by: Wallace & Judy Hickman (Friends) on: May 08, 2021

  • So very sorry to Bob’s family and Bob’s friends on their loss. May memories help you all during this most difficult time 🌹 - Posted by: Judy Aucoin (Friend) on: May 08, 2021

  • I am so sorry to read of the loss of your precious dad. In reading the obituary, you carry with you many of his interests. May the memories and experiences you had together always put a smile on your face. Maria - Posted by: Maria Sacha (F) on: May 08, 2021

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