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Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2002

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ROBERT PELLETIER Mr. Robert "Bob" Pelletier, call sign VE5WCB, of Yorkton, SK and formerly of Brandon, MB, beloved husband of Donna Neyedly-Pelletier, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2002 at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre. He was 48 years of age. Bob was born July 13, 1953, the adopted son of Georges and Jeanne (nee Winter) Pelletier. Bob moved with family to various parts of Western Canada and eventually settle in Manitoba. Bob graduated from Dauphin Regional High School in 1973. He had great love for mechanics. He especially like to fix Volkswagon Beetles and motorcycles. He first worked in Brandon as a mechanic at both Torsch-McGill and Carls German Import Centre. In 1974 he moved to Esterhazy, SK to start employment with I.M.C. Canada as a mechanic and worked there until 1981. Bob met his future wife in Esterhazy in 1978. While in Esterhazy Bob was very busy at work plus he worked at Reliable Electronics setting up TV towers and antennas. Bob was active with local C.B. radio, which he was named "Little Bandit". Bob loved music and attended many concerts like Burton Cummings, Trooper, Prism, The Guess Who, and Aerosmith. Bob was also involved in teen dances which he and Dereck Tatton provided D.J. music for. After leaving Esterhazy, Bob worked at various jobs and finally settled in Portage La Prairie in 1984 where he worked at Woodstone Foods. On June 30, 1985 Bob had an accident which left him a paraplegic. After a lengthy stay in the hospital, he went back to his home in Portage. In the fall of 1987 he moved to Brandon and shared an apartment with his mother. Bob also worked as a volunteer for the Canadian Paraplegic Association for 11 years. He closed the local office in Brandon because there was no longer accessibility problems in the city. His major accomplishment was helping design the Westman Kiwanis Court, a residential complex in Brandon designed for disabled people. While living in Brandon, Bob decided to learn how to become a HAM Radio Operator. He passed the licence test and was on the air as VE5WCB (Wheel Chair Bob). Bob also ran Packet via the computer and met many new people over the airwaves. In the fall of 2000, Bob decided to move to Yorkton to live with his wife to be. He moved to Yorkton in July of 2001. He was united in marriage to his long-time love Donna Neyedly on August 3, 2001. They resided in Yorkton along with Donnas son Tyler. Their home needed to be made more accessible for Bob, so along with their carpenter, Curtis Krochak and Bobs guidance, it became reality. Bob spent many weeks in and out of the hospital until his passing on February 28. Bob will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends. Bob was predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Donalda Pelletier and Archibald and Sarah Winter. He leaves to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, his wife Donna and step-son Tyler of Yorkton; his parents, Georges and Jeanne Pelletier; his sister Dona (Norman) Barrate and their children, Maryse, Jeanine and Neil of Virden, MB and Lance of Winnipeg; his uncles , Alfred Monnin, John (Irene) Pelletier, Mark (Sylvia) Pelletier; aunts, Majorie (Rob) Thompson and Edith Paxton. As well as numerous cousins and friends. The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 5 from Christie-Hill Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Rosluk officiating. The organist, Mrs. Vange Shipowick, led the congregation in singing the hymns "The Lord Is My Shepherd" and "Make me a Channel Of Your Peace". A poem written by Bob to Donna, entitled "To a Real Friend" was read by friend Laura Phipps. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Bobs life. Interment of cremated remains will follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christi-Hill Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Yorkton.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 10, 2002

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