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ROBERT FRANK SAWATZKY (BOB)

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2021

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ROBERT FRANK SAWATZKY

We are sad to announce the passing of our brother Bob on January 23, 2021, at the age of 65, in Langley, BC.
He is survived by his son Aven (Angela), and daughter Erin (Tommy) Truong and their families in BC; his three brothers, Ken (Linda), Walter (Joy) and Ron (Denise) and their families as well as his stepmother Rita (Klassen) Sawatzky and her family. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Susan Sawatzky.
Bob was born in Morris and grew up in southern Manitoba. He attended the MCI in Gretna and then went on to hold numerous jobs in Manitoba, Ontario, Edmonton and BC. Intelligent and hardworking, Bob did well in various positions including sales, administration and facility management. With one company he was able to achieve salesman of the year honours for Western Canada.
Bob loved sports and was a natural athlete in hockey, curling, baseball and golf. After his playing days, he later loved umpiring in the BC elite youth baseball leagues. While in Edmonton he developed a lifelong affinity for the hockey and football teams there. Bob, it's too bad that after all these years we couldn't rub in the Jets first ever playoff win against the Oilers but we can surely hear you say, "We'll give you that one, next year it'll be business as usual."
Bob loved connecting with people and had a gift of being able to strike up a conversation and relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. He had a wide range of knowledge and thought deeply on many subjects. Although prone to being single-minded and at times very opiniated, he was also very kind and generous. Bob wasn't affiliated with any church but had his own spirituality and a strong belief in God.
Unfortunately, Bob had many health issues in his later years and he passed away suddenly from an aneurism at home this past winter. We will miss our annual spring trip to see him in Langley for golf, good laughs and of course some good debates.
Restrictions permitting, the interment of his ashes will take place later this year at the Blumenort Cemetery near Gretna, Manitoba.
If friends so desire, a donation may be made in Bob's honour to a charity of their choice.

Rest in peace brother, we miss you!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2021

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