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Born: Nov 22, 1933

Date of Passing: Jan 06, 2022

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November 22, 1933 - January 6, 2022

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and friend, Dr. Robert Stark, on January 6, 2022, at the Grace Hospital.
Robert is survived by Joyce, his best friend and wife of 56 years, his children, Catherine (Michael) and Andrew. He also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Daniel, Austin and Lucas. He was predeceased by his parents, (Malcolm and Catherine), and by his sister (Florence).
Robert was born and raised in Scotland, amid the backdrop of the Great Depression and Second World War. At the age of sixteen, he got his first job as a conductor, collecting fares on the Glasgow tram cars. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, specializing in Pathology. After graduation, he fulfilled his military service obligation as an officer in the British Army Medical Corps, serving at bases in England, the Mediterranean and North Africa. In 1968 Robert moved his young family to Winnipeg to accept a position in the Department of Pathology at St. Boniface General Hospital, where he worked for 40 years until retirement.
Robert really took to life in Canada! He loved to explore National Parks while taking his family on summer vacations throughout Canada and the US. In 1972, Robert and Joyce built a home in Southdale where they raised their family.
Robert loved to travel. At age 16 he solo bicycled 900 miles from Glasgow to London and back, staying at youth hostels along the way. He took his family on winter escapes to Hawaii, California and the Caribbean. He also took many trips with Joyce to Europe, Asia and Australia.
Robert loved being a father and grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He made many memories taking his children and grandchildren on fishing trips and hiking expeditions. He also enjoyed watching their various sports events. Robert was always ready with a quick bit of advice, often expressed by sharing funny anecdotes of growing up in Scotland.
After retirement, Robert continued to develop his communication and leadership skills at Toastmasters. He would faithfully join the weekly meetings to present and critique speeches, and had many administrative roles within his club. His friendships with his Toastmasters community brought him great joy in his final years.
Robert was a kind and gentle man whose life reflected his core values of hard work, humility and kindness. Personal and economic challenges during his youth made him a fierce advocate for the marginalized. He gave us so much by his life example, and he will be dearly missed.
Robert's family greatly appreciates the tireless dedication of all the medical professionals who cared for him since his stroke in October 2021. Special thanks to Dr. Matt Labossiere at Grace Hospital who led Robert's care during his final days. We will always be grateful for your wisdom and compassion.
A private family service will be held at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I met Robert at Serendipity Toastmasters 8 years ago. Robert was an admired and appreciated member whose dedication to our club was outstanding. Robert was engaged at all times and did all he did to the best of his ability. Like it was a job he quite liked. I know him as a kind, thoughtful member who would always be sure to help guide us and reaffirm us with his words and his ways. Robert wrote long notes to other members about their performance which showed his willingness to be involved and helpful in every way. I will treasure those notes. Robert will be remembered for his shy, kind ways, and his outstanding dry wit. He was a master at humor and I admired him greatly for that. You have changed me and the world with your loving ways Robert. Thank you - Posted by: Lori Todd (Friend) on: Feb 14, 2022

  • I met Robert at the Serendipity Toastmasters club. He always carried himself with a quiet dignity, and he had a strength in his character which was not obvious but was evident. as much as I tried, I could never get to the meeting room before Robert and no matter how early I arrived, he would have the room already set up. He was an anchor for the club and will be sorely missed by us all. His attention to detail and his forward thinking and preparation were invaluable. For me personally, he was like a big brother with a devilish sense of humour, and a good heart. My deepest sympathies to Joyce and the family. - Posted by: thomas yamashita (friend) on: Jan 18, 2022

  • Highest respects to a true gentleman. Dr. Stark is remembered for his kindness, wit and morality. Blessings to you. - Posted by: Jeanne (Former coworker) on: Jan 15, 2022

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