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Born: Apr 29, 1953

Date of Passing: Sep 01, 2021

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April 29, 1953 - September 1, 2021

"For everything there is a season,

A time to be born and a time to die."

Robert departed his earthly home as he had entered, dearly loved and in the arms of his Creator. He had many health challenges with his heart and arthritis in the last six years but left us peacefully in his sleep at his family home.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother Mary (nee Durban); sister Cheryl Chartrand (Jeff); beloved nephews and nieces, Brad Chartrand (Elizabeth), Tracey Vrecko (Quincy), Renee Langrell (Darryl), Micah Chartrand (Sheena) and their children. He was predeceased by his father Stephen. Robert was a second father to Cheryl's family and loved them unconditionally. He was always on hand to drive them to school, sports activities, concerts, etc and pet sit. The great-grandnieces and nephews knew they could always find a special treat awaiting them from "Uncle Rob", loonies and toonies were favourites! Robert was blessed with a lifelong childhood friend Ken Friess (Joan and family). The two were always able to share laughs and commiserate over life's ups and downs. Close neighbours and the Portage la Prairie Ukrainian community were also a major gift in his life.
Robert attended John Taylor Collegiate and graduated from Red River College with a degree in Fisheries. He was employed by Canada Safeway and the St. James Assiniboia School Division No. 2. His colleagues always spoke highly of him and respected his strong work ethic.
Robert was a private man who enjoyed his solitude. He was most at peace when he was outdoors and experiencing nature's beauty. In his latter years he developed a love of gardening and enjoyed exploring new plant species. He also developed a flair for cooking and was always interested in trying new spices and recipes. All who knew him will attest to his quick wit and knowledge on a wide range of subjects. He was a great fan of "Jeopardy" and we always marvelled at how he knew all the answers well before the contestants!
Most importantly, Robert was a man of deep faith. We, the family, are consoled knowing he is free of life's trappings and at rest with his God.

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant,

Your work on earth is done:"

Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, with Father Paul Tinguely presiding. A luncheon will follow with COVID guidelines in place.
In lieu of flowers, should one wish, donations may be made to Harvest Manitoba or a charity of choice.

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Publish Date: Sep 25, 2021


On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Robert passed away peacefully at his residence at the age of 68 years.
A longer obituary notice will follow.

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Publish Date: Sep 4, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021, Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I first met Bob in February of 69 when I moved From Sault Ste Marie. I was the new kid. I remember Bob looking out for me!! Worked with him at Safeway and could he slug Skids of milk. Always had a big smile that was contagious. Bob was always there, a true friend. When we meet again we can check out the car lots in heaven!! - Posted by: Robert smith (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Bob was an excellent fellow employee. He had a great work ethic and a big heart. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Chuck Mulvenna (Coworker) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Rob's passing meant deep sadness but also presented a flood of memories. Like playing army men in the bushes between his house and Mrs. Good's house with guns we made out of wood scraps. Of going to school together from Crestview elementary, to Ness Junior High, to John Taylor Collegiate, or hanging out with John Larkin. Truly a kind and generous soul who is now reunited with his father Steve in heaven. - Posted by: John Friess (childhood friend) on: Sep 20, 2021

  • Dear Mrs. Kushner, Cheryl & Jeff & family, How very sad to hear of Rob's passing. Rob was a special friend of my family and certainly with my brother John. John always was happy to see Rob and as friends and neighbours, Rob was a big part of our families life. I remember one evening, when Rob and John were on summer holidays from school and were laying on the lawn outside our home singing. It was late and the stars were out and they were both just having the time of their life just singing their hearts out. So maybe, tonight if we look to the stars and hear some young voices singing . . . it might just be Rob & John trying out for the heavenly choir. Our hearts are broken with the loss of Rob, but remember it is Heaven's gain. Our deepest sympathies . . . The Larkin Family (friends and neighbours). - Posted by: Gail Caroline Schell (friend) on: Sep 07, 2021

  • Condolences to Mrs Kushner, Cheryl and Jeff and family for your loss of a wonderful son, brother and uncle. He will be missed. RIP Rob. Love from Joan and Uncle Rob Friess - Posted by: Joan Wood (Friend) on: Sep 06, 2021

  • My dear friend. How sad I am to hear of your passing. You were the kindest person I have ever met and a cherised friend. I have so many memories of the wonderful times we spent together. So many laughs. Warm hugs to your beloved mother Mary and sister Cheryl, brother-in-law Jeff and family. Sleep in heavenly peace buddy. Until we meet again. - Posted by: Ken Friess (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2021

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