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ROBERT THOMAS EVANS II

Born: Mar 18, 1934

Date of Passing: Jan 06, 2003

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ROBERT THOMAS EVANS II March 18, 1934 - January 6, 2003 R.T. Evans, son of David W. Evans and Elaine Henderson Evans, grandson of R.T. Evans I and Minnie Seeger Evans, died suddenly at his office in Winnipeg at 3:20 p.m. on January 6, 2003, of a heart attack. He was 68 years of age. "RT" as he was known to his many friends and colleagues, was born in Winnipeg and received his primary education in Yorkton, SK. Through grades 5 to 8 he was a boarding student at Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, and was reported AWOL from campus without permission on numerous occasions, each time only to be retrieved from the residence of his grandparents Selby and Elaine Henderson, 1215 Wellington Cres., where he felt the food was better. He received his secondary education at Shattuck School, Faribault, MN, without further notable absences. Subsequently, he attended the University of Manitoba, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. At Shattuck School, "RT" was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football, hockey, track, swimming and wrestling, captaining several of those teams to State ISL Championships. He was a fearsome competitor and physical presence still remembered by his surviving classmates as "The Bodyman." During, and after high school, between 1951 and 1957 "RT" was Captain of the Winnipeg Beach Lifeguard Corps where he taught swimming to a generation of Winnipeggers. After performing handstands and other acrobatics on the Government Pier for many summers, he went on to become Manitoba Senior Gymnastics Champion under the tutelage of Mr. Bill Nemeth. At Dalhousie University "RT" anchored the Tiger Football Team as a middle Linebacker and "underutilized power Fullback." Upon returning to Winnipeg, he appeared briefly with the Blue Bombers before turning to business pursuits. "RT" began his business career in Sales with Geigi Pharmaceuticals. He developed Sales and Marketing expertise with Geigi and several other firms before entering senior management with Office Overload where he was instrumental in helping to build that firms American operation. Thereafter, he went into private consulting as a Sales and Marketing strategist. In that capacity he consulted internationally with firms including Pickam Products International, India Ink, MWG Apparel, Assiniboia Downs, Stuart N. King Inc., Wright Colour Graphics, and Poley Mountain Resorts. Throughout a demanding career in business, "RT" remained committed to athletics and was a life member of the Winnipeg Squash Racquets Club. Tommy was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, and sister Marcy. He is survived by his brother David (Carol) sister Judith; longtime companion Susan Ferguson; only son Dr. Robert Thomas Evans III (Annie) only grandchild Selby Andrew Evans; Dr. Jane Rawson Evans; nieces, Debbie and Marcy; nephews, Davey, Stewart, Duncan, and Ian; and "good friends," Cotton and Max. He will be profoundly missed but well and truly remembered by a grateful son, surviving family, friends, and business colleagues across North America. Following cremation, a private memorial service was held at St. Johns Cemetery, Winnipeg, January 10. Condolences may be emailed to rte1215@aol.com or sent by post to Dr. Robert Thomas Evans III in care of Thomsons Funeral Chapel, 699 Sherbrooke St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0X4.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 11, 2003

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • There are just too many memories to count! What a dynamic character he was! It makes me smile to remember it all. God rest your soul dear Tommy! - Posted by: Dawn vicars (Marcy's best pal) on: Oct 06, 2014

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