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ROBERT JAMES DICK (BOB)
Born: Nov 11, 1942
Date of Passing: Sep 02, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ROBERT JAMES DICK
November 11, 1942 - September 2, 2021
Bob was born in Winnipeg on November 11, 1942 to William James Dick and Madeleine Marguerite Dick (nee Gravel). Bob grew up in St. Boniface with his four siblings: Margaret Dick (deceased), Louise Thibeault, Suzanne Shott (Gerald, deceased), and Brian Dick (Maggie). They were raised in a strong Roman Catholic household, which became a founding principle that guided him throughout his life. Bob and his siblings grew up spending their summers at the family cabin at Gull Lake.
In 1964, Bob married Carol Aldous in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They had four children: Robert (Colleen) Dixon; Jeffery Dick (deceased in infancy); Jennifer Layte, and Dianne (Kevin) Dorle. Bob and Carol resided briefly in Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the 1960s, where Bob extended his father's printing business. Bob and Carol returned to Winnipeg, residing primarily in St. Vital until the 1980s. Bob later married Diane Ouimet (deceased) and welcomed his stepson, Jason (Rachel) Melnyk. Papa, also known as Papa Tundra, welcomed 10 grandchildren into the "family clan": Alyssa (Avi) Bahl, Janaya (Justin) Pokrant, Caitlin (fiancé Brian) Dorle, Tiana Dixon, Noah Layte, Joshua Dorle, Sierra Dixon, Ryan Dorle, Nolan Dorle, and Ruby Melnyk. Bob welcomed his first great-grandchild, Everly Bahl in 2019. Bob has many nieces and nephews who affectionately call him "Uncle Bob" and he was a strong father figure for many. Bob found companionship in his later years with Janice Quibang.
In 1970, Bob purchased the cabin next door to his parents at Gull Lake, Manitoba, which has been his place of solitude and rejuvenation throughout his life. He marked his cabin with a stone, stating Gathering Place. We would have many family gatherings over the years, including the "yellow shirt" gathering in the early 2000s when he planted a pine tree for each of the grandchildren. Bob met lifelong friends at Gull Lake over the years. He was an active member on the Gull Lake Ratepayers Association. Bob enjoyed the geese and the peaceful, glass-like appearance of the early morning lake. He would always mutter under his breath when the first power boat went by, disturbing the water's reflection.
Bob enjoyed family time at Gull Lake with his kids and grandchildren. In recent years he took several Alaskan and Caribbean cruises with his "family clan". Conversations at dinner and hanging out near the soft serve ice cream dispenser on the cruises were two of his highlights. Each night at dinner featured a pair of grandchildren joining the adult dinner table so that Papa could specifically connect with them through teasing and grandfatherly interrogation.
Although Bob often joked about receiving the worst spelling score in grade 6, he excelled in business and math and developed his entrepreneurial spirit. In the 1970s, Bob opened his own company, Central Graphics Ltd. on Hargrave Street in Winnipeg. After 20 years, he sold his business to Azon Canada, where Bob continued to play a pivotal role in the expansion of that corporation. In the late 1990s, Bob shifted his attention to commercial real estate. He bought and sold property including the WRHA building on Hargrave Street. He later purchased the Franciscan Friary on Edmonton Street, which is now called the House of Peace. He expanded that building to offer affordable housing to immigrant/refugee women. As Bob learned from this group, he developed a sincere passion to help fleeing women establish a safe place to call home. When the land beside the House of Peace was listed for sale, he purchased the property to offer affordable housing for immigrant/refugee women and their children. He was meticulous in his design for their safety and called his vision Marie Rose Place. Bob found immense joy in being able to change the lives of so many. One of his biggest, and unexpected joys, was the young children getting off the school bus, returning home, eagerly saying, "Hi Bob!", as he greeted them.
Bob gave his time and energy freely to mentor, guide and advise budding entrepreneurs. He gifted his skill to the Catholic church on many occasions in their downsizing. Bob always gave thanks to God to have been so blessed that he could bless others. His philanthropy was quiet and understated, without the need for flashy recognition. If he could see a need, he would help. His generosity has positively impacted so many.
A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Bob's life will take place Tuesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral (353 St. Mary Ave). Viewing is available starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Cremation and interment will take place at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, Bob was passionate about many projects that would support others in need. If there is a project you are passionate about, a donation in his memory would be appreciated.
Bob has left a vacancy in the lives of so many, yet we are all so much richer for his presence.
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Publish Date: Sep 11, 2021
ROBERT JAMES DICK
November 11, 1942 - September 2, 2021
An outdoor service for Bob will be held Monday, September 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home.
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Publish Date: Sep 8, 2021
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 08, 2021, Sep 11, 2021
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
I met Bob in the early 80’s when I went on a retreat weekend called THE BEGINNING EXPERIENCE. It was a support group for separated, divorced and widowed individuals. It was brought to Winnipeg by Bob, Fr. Ray Beaudry and others. As a team member later, I was fortunate enough to help facilitate retreat weekends which Bob was so instrumental in organizing and developing. He was always very encouraging and helpful to everyone. So many great friendships ensued from this support group, for which I will always be grateful. Thank you Bob. Marge Winiarz ( Cooley in the 80’s) - Posted by: Marge Winiarz (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021
We are cottage owners at Gull Lake, and through this we met Bob. We became close friends. We shared many similar life experiences. Alice became best friends of Diane Quimet. There were many visits to his cottage for friendly banter and dinning. He was always willing to share his knowledge of business with us. He was also very adept at getting you involved in his many community projects. This resulted in great memories which we carry with us to this very day. We often shared our faith based convictions with each other. We will miss him, but not forget him. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and pray that God will bring peace and comfort to them all during this time of grieving. - Posted by: Alice and Raymond Nixdorf (Friends) on: Sep 16, 2021
I live in Marie Rose Place and I will always remember Bob for his friendly and kind nature. He would always greet my son and I every single time we saw him around the building. One day as we were walking out he complimented my son’s superhero costume and how he looked mighty cool! It made my son smile and jump from happiness. What an extraordinary man. Thank you Bob for all your contributions and doing your part to make the world a better place. - Posted by: Kris (Tenant) on: Sep 14, 2021
Bob was a friend and benefactor to the Holy Names House of Peace on Edmonton Street which offers safe housing to newcomer women. He made this project possible in 2004 by purchasing the property and keeping the rent affordable. In 2014, he bought the property next door to build the Marie-Rose Place which provides safe housing for newcomer women and their children. Thank you Bob for all you have done! The Sisters of the Holy Names are most grateful! May you rest in God's merciful love! Continue to intercede for the mission you supported for the last 17 years! - Posted by: Lorraine St Hilaire, SNJM (Sisters of the Holy Names) on: Sep 13, 2021
I met Bob through business dealings when I worked at Manitoba Hydro. He was a very friendly and approachable person. My condolences to all his family and friends. - Posted by: Lorne Verville (work) on: Sep 11, 2021
I met Bob in the mid 90's I think when I did some work on the old cottage at Gull Lake. I met him at his office and he informed me that he used to pick up his kids at my parents house in Regina because Carol was working nearby and my mom was babysitting for them. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. We had a nice long conversation after that. We would bump into each other after that every once in a while and have a good chat. He was a kind soul and cared about what you had to say or what was on your mind. I haven't seen him in a couple of years and only talked to him once sometime last year. I will regret not seeing him more often. My condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Mike Love (Friend ) on: Sep 11, 2021
I worked for Bob at Central Graphics for 20 years. He was easy to get along with, fair and willing to listen to different points of view. On the few occasions we spent time outside of work at social functions he was always very friendly and ready to share a laugh with others around him. I am very sorry to hear of his untimely passing. Mark Beakley - Posted by: Mark Beakley (former employee) on: Sep 10, 2021
Bob was a long time colleague and friend from the time I joined Azon Canada many years ago. He had a true gift for good business and people management and this philanthropic efforts were astounding. I will miss his wit and that smirky smile! - Posted by: Cheryl Grewar (Colleague) on: Sep 09, 2021
My wife Liane Dartnell (deceased) worked for Bob at Central Graphics for 8 years as his accountant and office manager. She always said he was a very kind and generous man. She really enjoyed working for Bob. Because of her working there, I met Bob several times and am very much saddened to read of his passing as she would be. I'm very sorry for the family's loss. Aurele Teffaine - Posted by: aurele teffaine (acquaintence) on: Sep 09, 2021
My childhood friend. So sorry to hear. Condolences to family. - Posted by: Larry hamilton (Friend) on: Sep 08, 2021
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