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ROBERT ROY DUCH (BOB)
Born: May 28, 1935
Date of Passing: Jul 21, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ROBERT ROY DUCH
May 28, 1935 July 21, 2021
Bob was born May 28, 1935, and raised in the north end of Winnipeg as the youngest of two sons. Bob met Jessie at the age of 17 and married at 21, building an amazing life over 63 years and raising two successful children: Bob and Denise. Bob ensured his family would live a lifetime of happiness and little worries through his hard work of 36 years at the City of Winnipeg building his way up to the position of superintendent of Parks and Recreation. After retiring from his career, he then went to live his happiest years out in Reddit, Ontario with Jessie.
Bob had one of the most admirable work ethics; even in his retirement he was driven by filling his days with projects and chores. Bob always mentioned he was not artistic, but he didn't realize he had many creative talents such as his talent for building furniture from trees he cut down himself. Many of these pieces his family and friends still treasure to this day. His love for nature was admirable. He was always happy to be in nature, whether it be fattening up his feathered friends, fishing in Reddit, or cutting the grass. He was always his happiest to be outside followed by a good book and a nap on the couch.
Bob was a very passionate and wise man. For anyone who knew him, he was a self-proclaimed journalist, often writing letters to causes or companies he may not have agreed with or wanted to improve. He demonstrated a great deal of passion and he wanted to make a difference in our world. When in doubt, Bob was always the voice of reason. He was often a natural mentor and father figure to many, shedding light on many situations and sharing his words of wisdom. He often gave advice that may not have been wanted to be heard, but was needed for growth of the situation at hand.
Bob was so proud of his family, and they meant the world to him. He will be rejoined with his mother Nora, father Michael, and brother Merres (Duke) during his next journey. He will always be loved, remembered, and cherished by his wife Jessie, son Bob (Jill, mother Nancy), daughter Denise (Jake) Joyal, his grandchildren, Tamara (Deric), Jon (Sam), and Julie Joyal (Dan), his great-grandchildren, Madison and Daniel, and close nephew Dave (Shelly) as well as many other cherished nieces and nephews.
Bob cherished all his friendships and will be reunited with many of them. He will be greatly missed by the friends left behind.
The family would like to send our sincerest thank yous to Merle Jamieson, who has been a rock for our family, and the staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital who made his transition to his next journey comfortable. In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Horizons Senior Centre or Lake of the Woods District Hospital Palliative Care in memory of Bob would be greatly appreciated.
To celebrate the life of Robert Duch, the family will be having a Celebration of Life at the Reddit Community Centre August 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Masks are mandatory.
As Bob always said,
"Drive safe and watch for the deer".
Online condolences may be made at
Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
entrusted with arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 31, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
When we are young, our special relationships with Uncles and Aunts teach us that adults are people too and, hey, they can even be fun and cool. How I cherish memories of my Uncle Bob - his staccato laugh, his endless teasing and his expectation that you would make the right choice! He treated me like an adult long before I was one, maybe helped me get there :). Auntie Jess and Bob and Denise: I feel your loss and I’m grieving with you even though I can’t be there. - Posted by: Ina Chomyshyn, Thunder Bay (Niece) on: Aug 06, 2021
Jessie, my condolences to you Bob and Denise, grand- and great-grandchildren, on the passing of Bob. He will always be there as you will see him in your family. May the memories of him give you strength to carry this sorrow. Rina - Posted by: Rina (former co -worker of Jessie) on: Jul 31, 2021
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