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Born: May 13, 1964
Date of Passing: Mar 26, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to Winnipeg Humane Society
May 13, 1964 – March 26, 2023
The family of Robert Rudyk sadly announce his sudden passing at his home on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 32 years, Shelley Rudyk; daughter Breanne Rudyk (Eric); parents, Don and Vicky Rudyk; mother-in-law Sally Latta; and sister Cathy Laaly (Ray). He was predeceased by his father-in-law Ted Latta; and his brother-in-law Barry Latta.
Rob loved his work as a semi-truck driver, then as a driving and safety instructor with Bison Transport. Rob loved "big trucks" right from his childhood, as well as planes and dreaming of being a pilot. He was very hardworking and was well liked and respected by fellow colleagues and students.
Rob loved and lived big. He enjoyed travelling with a special love for Disney World and taking the motor home to Bird's Hill Park to soak up the sun and nature; as well as taking his boat out for fishing. He loved animals and was the family favourite of their cats, Pixie and Jasmine. He loved listening to rock and roll music and playing his acoustic, electric, and bass guitars. He passed on his love of music and guitar to his daughter, Breanne. His loud voice when entertaining the family with anecdotes from his many interesting experiences, along with his cheerful laugh and dad humour made him the life of any party!
The shock of his sudden departure feels like a hurricane has swept through our lives. He was an especially wonderful, loving husband and father, and he worked tirelessly to provide a wonderful life and home for his family and made sure they were all fed as he loved cooking.
We will miss him with all our hearts but know that he is flying free and catching up with his favourite Uncle John, looking after his beloved pets, Sheba and Mickey, and meeting his daughter Allison who never made it into this world. Until we meet again.
Family is planning a private celebration of Rob's life.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Winnipeg Humane Society or charity of your choice in his name.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online book of condolence and share memories at ejcoutu.ca
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 01, 2023
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Sending our heartfelt sympathy to the Rudyk family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Patrick & Judy Harapiak (Rob's parents are our neighbours) on: Apr 08, 2023
I have not seen Rob for almost 40 years, but memories of our days in a Heavy Metal rock band > "IRIDIUM" still seem like yesterday. He was an accomplished bass player, singer and song writer. He suggested the name of the band (IRIDIUM is one of the World's Rarest Metals!) and also designed our LOGO. We had some very exciting times playing in Winnipeg bars and travelling around Rural Manitoba and even into Saskatchewan as we had our own bus. We ended the band in 1985 and went our separate ways. Hearing the news today from our former drummer Terry, really saddened me even though we had not spoken for all those years. I hope his family and friends will be able to endure this terrible loss. My sincere condolences to all who knew Rob. I will definitely donate to The Winnipeg Humane Society in his memory. - Posted by: Rick Schween (Band mate almost 40 years ago) on: Apr 06, 2023
I worked with Rob for nearly 20 years before my retirement from Bison Transport. Rob was a great guy, whose enthusiasm was contagious; he made friends easily, was a born entertainer with a hilarious sense of humour, and made all work enjoyable for everyone around him. His particularly strong enthusiasm for trucking and safety greatly influenced all of his students, setting a great foundation for their new careers. Rob will be sorely missed by all who knew him, and my heart especially goes out to his close friends and family. - Posted by: Eric Roeder (Co-worker ) on: Apr 02, 2023
I am deeply saddened to hear of Rob’s sudden passing. We may not have been close recently, but I loved you like a son would love his father at a point in my life. You were there for me when my father passed, and I will never take that for granted. I cherished our time together during the trips to Disney world, our time spent camping, and the endless hours spent on the acreage in Teulon, making it a more beautiful place to live. These are memories I will carry with me for my entire life. A large part of the reason I was driven to take my PPL was your deep passion for aviation. I held out hope that one day we could see each other again and I could take you up on a flight. My deepest condolences to the Rudyk family in this dark time. Love your nephew, Justin - Posted by: Justin Latta (Nephew) on: Apr 01, 2023
Our hearts go out to you. We are given memory that we might have roses in winter. - Posted by: Terry Harapiak (nephew) on: Apr 01, 2023
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