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Born: Apr 03, 1930

Date of Passing: Jan 27, 2023

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April 3, 1930 - January 27, 2023

It is with profound sadness we announce that while peacefully sleeping, Bob passed away in the early morning hours on Friday January 27, 2023 at Riverview Health Center at the age of 92.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 71 years, Mimi. His daughters Linda Fiedler, Brenda (Wayne) Striowski. His son Rob (Kelly). Grandchildren Danny (Charlotte) Fiedler, Jeff (Tracy) Fiedler, Michael Striowski and Michelle Striowski (Sean). Great-grandsons Devon and Kaden Fiedler. Sister Mary-Lou (Gary) Leggero. Niece Cori (Roger) Yager and daughter Isabella. Nephew Jim (Tracy) Leggero and sons Turner and Evan. As well as Bob's extended families, and his many lifelong friends.
Bob enjoyed a successful career in hockey playing defence with Brandon Wheat Kings, Denver Falcons, Cleveland Barons (having scored the winning goal to win the Calder Cup 1952-1953) and the New York Rangers #6 (1953-1955) as part of the Original Six era. Bob was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1995) as an individual inductee, and into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2009) as a team member along with the entire Brandon Wheat Kings team of (1948-1949). Bob was honoured to have his biography book "Block That Shot-The Bob Chrystal Story" written by Ty Dilello (2018).
After his hockey career he was a PR rep/Sales rep for Carling Brewery and later District rep for Hiram Walker Distillery.
Bob together with his wife Mimi enjoyed their favourite pastime of raising and training Labrador Retrievers for over 50 years.
The family would like to thank Dr. R. Albak and Roseanne. Pharmacist Devarshi and staff at Silver Heights Pharmacy. Homecare givers Alem, Donna (RN) Kendra and Carol. As well as the Doctors, Nurses and staff at Riverview Health Center (floor 2 West) for all the care and kindness given to Bob.
In keeping with Bob's wishes there will be no formal service. A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date.
"Thank You" for being the man we all loved and respected, you are our hero and will be in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers donations to Cancer Care, Riverview Health Center, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame or Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame would be appreciated.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Our condolences to Mimi and family. Mimi and Bob were such cherished friends of my parents. When my father was ill I’d drop by at night for a coffee to find Bob and dad talking about their labs and sports. Memories of Bob will last in our family - Posted by: Al and Carrie Powell (Son and daughter-in-law of Joyce and Bob Powell) on: Feb 09, 2023

  • Dear Linda & family, extending our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your dear father. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute! It's evident he touched a lot of lives along the way! Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad & difficult time! Ollie Carlson & Lynda Ruban - Posted by: Lynda D Ruban (old acquaintance) on: Feb 06, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to Mimi and family. A remarkable man and a cherished friend to the Powell family. - Posted by: Jaime Powell (Granddaughter of Joyce & Bob Powell ) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • So many happy memories and friends from the days of prairie women's club to more recent memories of our shared dog siblings. I will always remember Bob's patient, kind ways and excellent scence of humor. I will miss him greatly as I am sure you and his family will. My sincerest sympathy. Dawne - Posted by: Dawne mckenzie (Friend ) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • Thank you Bob and Mimi for your countless hours and dedication for the betterment of working retrievers in Manitoba. Your graciousness and humor put many novices at ease and started them on the right path. Bob's passing will leave a great void with many of us but the friendship you have shown will be will us forever. Mimi my deepest sympathy! - Posted by: Joyce Love (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • Mr. Chrystal was my hockey coach at Sturgeon Creek Community Club in the early 1970's. I played with his son Rob and remember what a great role model he was for me and the other players on the team. He was an ex-NHL player and had a great knowledge of the game that he tried to pass down to us young guys. I remember clearly Mr. Chrystal playing "keep away" with the hockey puck at hockey practice. The entire team would try and take the puck away from him but we could not. He was an exceptional stick handler and his skill with the puck was hard to forget. He taught sportsmanship and fair play to the team. My father also coached on some of those teams and had fond memories of Mr. Chrystal. My thoughts are with son Rob, and family. Your father lived a long and memorable life. Jeff Coates - Posted by: Jeff Coates (hockey player ( Mr. Chrystal was the coach)) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • One of my favourite people - loved his humour, his twinkling eyes, his kindness towards me. He was a valuable friend to my sister and my brother-in-law and I’ll never forget how wonderful he was with Bob when he was sick. Rest in paradise Bob - you will be so missed by many! - Posted by: Del Brady (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2023

  • My sympathies to the family. Rest in peace Mr. Chrystal. - Posted by: Marilyn née McLennan (Daughter of Jinx and Dunc McLennan) on: Feb 04, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to Mimi and family. Bob was a wonderful kind man and well respected dog trainer. I still hold great memories of the many field trials over the years. He will be missed by many people. - Posted by: Shannon Coburn (Former Field Trialer) on: Feb 04, 2023

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