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Born: Dec 11, 1956

Date of Passing: Jul 29, 2023

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December 11, 1956 – July 29, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we share Robert’s passing at St. Boniface Hospital after a brave three year struggle with lung and liver cancer. He was predeceased by his loving wife Joan (Braun) a mere 7 months earlier.

He leaves to mourn, siblings, Lenore, Donnamae (Lynn), and Fred (Joanne); as well as Joan’s siblings and their families, Dorothy (John), Harvey (Joyce), Marvin, Ken (Christine), Ray (Mary), and Muriel (Herb).

Rob grew up in Fort Rouge, Winnipeg, and attended Churchill High. He was a carpenter for many years with the Winnipeg School Division. We will all miss his wry wit and sense of humour and his clever, inventive construction ideas. He and Joan lived on an acreage in the Stony Mountain area and enjoyed the rural lifestyle with many friends and social activities. They were well known for their get-togethers of music and bonfires both summer and winter. They also loved their weekends and summer activities at the family cottage at Beaver Creek on Lake Winnipeg.

The family wish to thank Rob’s neighbours (his Stony Mountain family), for their exceptional love and support through the last difficult years.

In lieu of a formal service we are asking friends and family to raise a glass, toast a life well lived, play some of Rob’s favourite music, and remember him in a way that is special to you.

MacKenzie Funeral Home



As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 05, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I knew Rob from my MMI bartending days. He would come in to play pool every Tuesday. Always a happy face and a story to tell. Condolences to his friends and family. RIP Rob! - Posted by: Christie Williams (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2023

  • We were very sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Our condolences to his family - Posted by: Sherry and Rick Wood (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to Rob's family.  I was deeply saddened to hear of Rob's passing. I had the privilege of knowing Rob for many decade's.  Throughout all those years Rob remained an exemplary consummate friend.  He had a knack of making everyone feel welcome at his parties and bonfire reunions.   Whether Rob knew it or not, his influence on his friends brought "the guy's" together when we would otherwise rarely see each other.  Rob was the common denominator. As can be imagined knowing Rob for all those years  I have quite a catalogue of "Rob stories", it's funny how recalling one that didn't involve pyrotechnics was difficult. LOL One such story that Rob and I often rehashed, it always made Rob laugh.   One year, Rob organized an afternoon of "baseball, barbeque and beers." The assembled group played ball, drank beers and then barbecued steaks. I sat on the grass devouring my steak. My faithful dog "Nick" at my side awaiting his portion of "steak gristle".  A short time later Rob walked over settling down nearby and with the grin of a "Cheshire cat", Rob made sure that I noticed that he had two steaks on his plate to my one nearly consumed steak. Rob began trying to cut into the meat, but soon realized that his lap was not enough to support the flimsy paper plate.  So he set the plate on the grass in front of him and began to slice into one of the steaks.  The grass was tall and soft so the plate bent under the pressure of the knife & fork.  Rob concentrating on cutting the one steak, was not aware that the second steak balanced precariously on the edge of the plate.  Rob didn't notice the teetering steak, but my dog "Nick" sure did. Nick sprang up and snatched the steak, he trotted off with his prize with Rob in futile pursuit.  After a brief chase Rob sheepishly returned to his plate with only the single steak remaining.  You couldn't script that type of comedy. On many occasions Rob and I used that story as a, "remember back when" moment. Rob, you were a dear friend and you are and always will be missed.  You'll remain in the memory and hearts of all those that knew you. - Posted by: John&Susan Pogorzelec (friends) on: Aug 05, 2023

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