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Born: Oct 28, 1933

Date of Passing: Jul 06, 2021

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October 28, 1933 - July 6, 2021

Bob passed away peacefully, at home, with his loving wife Frances of 64 years by his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, Gerry (1989) and Yvonne (2010); sister Celine Dubois (2018); brother-in-law Jacques Dubois (1992); niece Arlene Kulba (1997); nephew-in-law Kevin Huck (2010); in-laws, Helmut Soltau, Bob and Claudia Warman.
He is survived by his wife Fran; children, Marcel, Barbara Kelly (Dave Nyiro), Eileen Goertz (Jim), Janice; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Remembering him also are his sister Aline Koning (Ted); sisters-in-law, Marianne Soltau, Judith McLeod (Doug); brothers-in-law, Joseph Warman (Georgette), Gary Warman, and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Bob was born in St. Boniface in 1933. He and Fran married in 1957, settling down in East Kildonan where they raised their family, making many wonderful memories with friends who were as close to them as relatives, and relatives that were also their friends. He started his career with MTS as a Travelling Auditor in 1957, eventually becoming Director of Finance and Comptroller, retiring in 1990.
After retiring, he spent his time enjoying many rounds of golf at Pine Ridge with his best friend Sam Fujii. Bob also loved to bowl (10 pin) and curl with the Buffalo Recreation Club and other organizations. When he wasn't doing those three things you could find him with his nose in a book.
Bob had a love of entertaining and had an unending supply of jokes, yet when no guests were around he was a man of few words.
He loved his family and though he would never say it, he showed it by force feeding you candy and chocolates and poking fun at your personal quirks.
In accordance with Bob's wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral service due to Covid restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the charity closest to your heart.

Family invite you to share memories of Bob by signing the online condolence book at

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of "Uncle Bob's" (that's what we called him when I was little) passing. I remember he was always teasing us and always laughing! Got to bowl with him in the Buffalo Rec Club when I was older and again always laughing and joking. Always liked when we bowled against his team because he would keep score.He was quick as a whip! Condolences to Fran and family. Thoughts are with you. Doug and Deb Gallant. - Posted by: Debbie Gallant (Friend) on: Jul 14, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Vannevel's passing. I can just imagine the games of dealer's choice going on right now with my parents, Len and Vi Kowalker and Yvonne and maybe even Jean Morris!! What a time I'm sure they are all having. I was lucky enough to enjoy a few poker evenings with all these great people at our house on Cameo Crescent. As a little girl I would spend the occasional weekend at the Vannevel's when Mom and Dad went out of town. I remember being amazed that Mr. Vannevel had an actual phone in his car!!! And every bedroom in the house had a phone it, long before that was the norm. One of the perks of Mr. Vannevel's position at MTS. I remember him reading a book at the supper table and if anyone had their elbows on the table, they would get a swat with the book. I never did cause my Mom, Vi, had drilled that etiquette into me already. After supper he would play a few tunes on the piano. Eileen, I read your tribute to mother with a total smile on my face as I remember the poison story exactly as you told it even though I wasn't born yet!!! The world has sure lost some great people this year. I hope we can all take comfort in our memories of them and how they made this world a better place. Take care Mrs. Vannevel and family. Love Paula Husmann - Posted by: Paula Husmann (Goddaughter) on: Jul 13, 2021

  • Heartfelt condolences Fran and to all the family. Many good times were had. I am especially grateful for the wonderful 60th anniversary party Robert and Fram hosted. It was so nice to see so many friends and relatives. Take care all. - Posted by: Brigitte DeLeeuw (relative and friend) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • Remembering his skill with numbers and adding bowling scores! Our condolences to the family, rest well Bob! - Posted by: Glenn Slattery (Old bowler) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • We are so sorry for your loss Fran. We last saw Robert at Charlies funeral when he attended with you. We offer our condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Joanne Roussin (Wilson) (Cousins friend) on: Jul 10, 2021

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