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Date of Passing: Jun 12, 2021

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The family is saddened to announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Norbert Vandenbossche, on June 12, 2021, at the Bethesda Health Centre in Steinbach. Dad was 90 years old.
Norbert leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years, Sylvia, daughter Christine (Don Scott), sons, Alan and Garry (Cindy), grandchildren, Matthew (Lindsay), Michael, Sara, Alexa, Eva, Jenna and Nicolas. He was predeceased by his son David and sisters, Rita and Agnes. Dad has many friends who are considered honorary siblings and children.
Dad enjoyed nature and the companionship of his many friends, neighbours and family; picnicking, playing cards, hunting near Riding Mountain or Turtle Mountain (where he grew up), enjoying a cold beer or cup of coffee in the backyard, having a good laugh and teasing Mom, the simple things in life. The curtains were usually left open in the living room and Dad would see who was waiting at the bus stop or heading off to school. He wasn't one to complain, and was of the generation where he would be referred to as a fine gentleman.
Dad's father passed away when he was a young boy so he took on the responsibility of the man of the house at the age of 12. This left a mark on him that defined his life. He worked hard and always tried to help others, as he explained that his family relied on the generosity of neighbours during this time of hardship. Dad quit school early and trapped and hunted during his teenage years to help support his family. He started working for the Canadian Pacific Railway and retired as the Work Equipment Shop Supervisor at Weston Shops after 39 years. He was very proud of his service, but even prouder of the number of years that he would collect his pension. Work even had a role to play in Dad's personal life as he and Mom met at the home of his coworker and her aunt. Two of their sons and two grandsons would eventually be employed with the railway as well. And when Mom and Dad moved to the new neighbourhood in Transcona and word got out that he was a mechanic, he became very popular very quickly. Although he attributed his popularity to his good looks and ready smile, his work ethic and many talents made him the complete package. And hence Dad's nickname Handy Andy.
The family would like to thank the many people who have been sending their prayers and positive energy to Mom and Dad as well as the staff at the Concordia and Bethesda Health Centre and Dad's long time friend and Doctor F. Olynyk.
As per Dad's wishes, there will not be a service. Dad will be cremated and ashes scattered at a later time in the Turtle Mountain area that he loved so much.
In lieu of flowers, hug each other (when possible), help your neighbours when you can and appreciate each and every day. Gramps found beauty and recognized the importance of rain and snow and sunshine.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Dear Sylvia and Family: I just heard of Norbert's passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve just moved back to Transcona and will be getting in touch. Love Nomie and girls. - Posted by: Nomie Meronuk (Friend) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Sylvia I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I always looked your way as we passed by. It has been many years since we worked together. Hope you are doing well. Take care. Marion Molnar - Posted by: Marion Molnar (Friend) on: Jul 07, 2021

  • Dear Sylvia ... sorry this is so late. Whenever we drove past I would comment that Norbert was in his chair by the window. Now that window has a cat pedestal. We are thinking of you and the family. Anna, Doug & Tracy, Deann & Erin - Posted by: Anna-Maria Stein (friend) on: Jul 03, 2021

  • We are so saddened to hear of Norbert's passing. Norbert and Sylvia were our first and best neighbours, and felt like family. We will miss seeing him in the back yard he loved so much and our dogs Nora and Brantley will miss his voice. Much love and prayer to Sylvia and family. - Posted by: Stephen, Mary and Micah Dyck (Neighbours ) on: Jun 25, 2021

  • So very sad to hear of Norbert's passing. Thoughts and prayers go to you and the family. thought - Posted by: Diane Hancocks (Friend) on: Jun 23, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear of your lose Sylvia and family, may all that you shared bring you peace in your time of sadness. - Posted by: Ray & Heather Wright & family (friends) on: Jun 22, 2021

  • Dear Sylvia and Family, So sorry to hear of Norbert’s passing. He was a really nice man and a good neighbour. We have lots of good memories of living on Kildare with you all. May you find comfort in all of your good memories as well. Sincerely, Darlene and Randy Siver - Posted by: Darlene (Moore) And Randy Siver (Friends and old neighbours) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Very well-written story here - thank you. I always enjoyed seeing Norbert and Sylvia when I visited the house on Kildare - they are good people. Please take care, and we'll keep up the good memories. - Posted by: David Stoyko (Friend) on: Jun 21, 2021

  • Sylvia and family so sorry to hear of your loss. So many memories of you, Norbert and the kids next door. - Posted by: Kathy McPhail (Neighbor) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Dear Sylvia and family. you have been in my thoughts for weeks, and I was wondering how I could find you for a chat. We send our sympathy to you.Love Louise and Roger - Posted by: Louise Page (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Sylvia, Christine, Alan, Carlo and I are so very sorry to hear of Norbert's passing. He was a very dear and sweet man. We have great memories of the times we babysat you kids. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Linda Capochin (Former babysitter for the kids ) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Gary, Cindy and family sorry to hear of the loss of someone special. You are in our thoughts in the sad time. - Posted by: Tim and Rhonda Cameron (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Norbert's passing. In our thoughts and prayers. God Bless - Posted by: Yelle & Donna Dykstra (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2021

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