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Born: Jun 14, 1946

Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2021

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June 14, 1946 - November 16, 2021

Peacefully, with his beloved wife Marguerite by his side, Bob passed away after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's on November 16, 2021.
Known as "Bob" to everyone except his wife for whom he was always "Robert", he will be greatly missed by those who knew him.
Bob was born in Selkirk to Elizabeth and John Stefaniuk on June 14, 1946. After a childhood spent in Selkirk with his many siblings and friends, Bob joined the Royal Canadian Navy and was a proud and able sailor. Bob always spoke fondly of his time in the military, which shaped the man he was to become.
After the Navy, Bob returned to Winnipeg and on a chance visit to a roller rink, met the love of his life, Marguerite.
Together they had three lovely children and settled in idyllic St. Adolphe. No father worked harder, slept less or drove more - Bob commuted long distances to work and handled many, many rides to band practices, music lessons and sporting events, so his family could continue to flourish in St. Adolphe.
Bob was a long-time employee at Bristol Aerospace until 1996, when he was elected as Mayor of the Rural Municipality of Richot. Bob dedicated himself to his new role, relishing the interactions and spirit of cooperation with the councillors, RM staff and residents. Through his leadership, the municipality realized historic achievements such as the installation of a new artisan water system, record community growth and successful battling the Flood of the Century in 1997.
In his later life Bob was finally able to take some richly deserved time for himself, realizing a lifelong dream of owning a motorcycle and would take many trips across the prairies. Bob was also able to provide the full love and attention he thought his cats, and truly all cats, deserved.
An avid reader with a keen wit and a sharp mind, Bob was able to draw on his vast wealth of knowledge to be able to answer almost any question. He was well known for his sage advice and his dry sense of humour. Both a dedicated Anglophile and fiercely proud of his Scottish heritage Bob was a great admirer of Winston Churchill. All of this made his diagnosis of Alzheimer's all the more tragic and unjust. This disease slowly robbed of him of the facilities he was most proud of and the traits his friends and family loved him for.
Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marguerite, siblings, Ron (Terry), Liz (Randy), Chris and predeceased by his sister Andrea (Lorne). Bob is also survived by his sons, Rob (Dawn) and Jeff (Jackie), daughter Angela (Brian), and his beloved grandchildren, Julia (Corey), Ian, Kate, Evie, Joey, Teagan, Rowan, Quinn and great-granddaughter Aubrey. He'll be greatly missed by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
The family will be forever grateful to the excellent staff of the Pembina Manitou Health Centre whose care and compassion were unparalleled and means more to us than can ever be expressed.
In lieu of flowers, to commemorate Bob's memory and legacy, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Group of Manitoba.
A service for Bob will be held at St. Adolphe Catholic Church on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination are mandatory.

"I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter."

- Winston Churchill

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 19, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • I first met Robert at Naval basic training in August 1964. The last time I had the pleasure of his company was at a navy reunion in Victoria where I live. I am so sorry to hear of his passing Bob Reimche - Posted by: Robert (Bob)Reimche (Old navy friend) on: Jan 11, 2022

  • He was a kind hearted, caring man, was a genuine pleasure to know him and deeply sadden by his passing. May Lord Bless his Soul - Posted by: Massoud Horriat (Pharmacist) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the family. I worked with Bob when he was the Mayor of the R.M of Ritchot during the 1997 Red River flood and thereafter during the restoration phase of the flooded areas. Bob was a caring leader for his community and very respectful and appreciative of the assistance provided by PFRA staff deployed to assist valley residents with technical and financial support to limit damage, and later during the rebuilding process. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents to keep them and their properties safe. He was a hands on leader and a dependable partner, valuable characteristics in the deployment of all available human and material resources during that emergency of the flood of the Century. - Posted by: Erminio Caligiuri (Collegue) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • I send my condolences to the family of Bob Stefaniuk. As the mayor of NIVERVILLE we met often and often amidst challenging situations. Bob was an unfailingly decent and honourable person. Always respectful and a good Listener to try and understand a situation before he spoke. As an advocate for the RM of Ritchot he was committed and served with distinction. He was respected by all who knew him. Rest in peace Bob. Prayers to his Beloved family. Clarence Braun - Posted by: Clarence Braun (Knew him as a fellow mayor and friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Our condolences to the family. He will remembered fondly as a good and gracious gentleman. - Posted by: Ron belisle (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Bob was my board member at Triple R during my 15 years there. He was a gentle and knowledgeable person who also took time to help me with his advice and guidance. My condolences to his family. He was a great person and our world will definitely have a void in it with Bob no longer part of it. God bless you Bob!! You were a great human being and I am a better person for having known you. - Posted by: Cheryl Thiessen (Former employee) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • Condolences to Marguerite and Family. - Posted by: Colette and Jake Loeppky (Friend) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • My sympathies to the whole Stefaniuk family. I treasure my time serving on council with Bob. He was unfailingly kind, fair and generous to us all. He cared so much for our community and was the ultimate friendly neighbor. Thank you Bob for your leadership, your kindness and your friendship. - Posted by: Jeff Leclerc (Friend/colleague) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • I just want to express to all of Bob’s family how sorry I was to hear of his passing. I know Bob to have been one of the kindest, most gentle people. I had the pleasure to work alongside him, as a neighbour and most important, as a friend. Bob would never pass up the chance to stop by the house when my daughter was selling lemonade, juice or even water. He alway was her best customer. His stories from the navy never got old and was evident to be an important part of his life. He was well loved by everyone and I know will be missed. He was such a good man. You are all in my thoughts. Jackie - Posted by: Jackie Hunt (Friend ) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Our deepest condolences Marguerite to you and your family on the passing of Bob. - Posted by: Doug and Christine Wasnie (Relative) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • My deepest sympathies Marguerite for the loss of Robert. The municipality of Ritchot has loss another great leader. Yvonne Robert - Posted by: yvonne Robert (freind) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Dear Marguritte , I have you in my thoughts so very often. A tremendous loss to you and your family, know I carry you in my heart. Margaret Waldner - Posted by: Margaret Waldner (Friendship) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • I want to express my deepest sympathy to Marguerite and family on the loss of A great man, father and grandfather. Bob was the best Mayor I have ever had the honour of working with. In difficult times, Bob was always there to listen and console or provide insight and encouraging words. I will always remember Bob the way he was when I worked with him. He was a true leader! Yves Sabourin - Posted by: Yves Sabourin (Friend and colleague) on: Nov 19, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to family and friends on Bob’s passing. I will cherish the many memories of Bob riding his bike to East Selkirk to come and ride our Shetland pony. The many times we spent at each other’s house growing up sharing family meals. Bob always talked about joining the Navy. I credit Bob with saving me from drowning at the Selkirk pool. His contribution to his community will be remembered always. Rest in peace Dear Bob. - Posted by: Willy Cole (Cousin) on: Nov 19, 2021

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