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Born: Jun 23, 1943

Date of Passing: Feb 17, 2021

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June 23, 1943 - February 17, 2021

After a lengthy illness our Dad has passed peacefully from this life, with Mom by his side.

He leaves to cherish his memory: wife of 53 years, Dianne; sons, Darren (Shauna), Kevin (Barb) and Jayson (Cathie); and grandsons, Kayden and Huxley. Others left with wonderful memories are his sister-in-law Nancy (Jim) Porth; nephew Chris (Kate) and their children, Charlotte and Benjamin; niece Alyson (Jeff) and their children, Nicholas, Erika and Victoria; aunt Mary (Don) McMahon, and numerous cousins and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Steve and Katie and in-laws, Stanley and Pauline Jachnicki.

Dad grew up in Medika, Manitoba, learning many of his future skills and his love of working the land on the family farm. He went to high school in Whitemouth and after leaving school was able to get a job with the CNR. Then, with Mom by his side, he moved to Winnipeg.

The work ethic instilled in him from working on the farm served him well with his employment with CNR, Pioneer Electric and then TransCanada Pipelines in 1970, working there until his retirement in 2001. He enjoyed his years at the pipeline and his assignment to Station 43 Spruce, allowed him to move his growing family to Hadashville, Manitoba, only minutes from his parents’ farm.

Dad enjoyed his job and the challenges it presented and took great pride in his station. He was well admired and respected by those he worked with. The best thing about the job was his ability to be close to home and the farm he loved. Being able to work the land and work with the equipment brought him great joy.

He also loved his community and was always willing to lend a hand where needed. He served as a building inspector for the area and when the new Hadashville Rec Centre was being built he was on the committee and devoted many hours to ensuring it was a place that would serve a large portion of the area's residents and would be a great gathering space. This was so important to him, as one of his great joys was gathering with family and friends.

Weekends were for family and there was nothing he liked better than having his family by his side, working together on the many chores on the farm or at the house and then settling back and enjoying a home cooked meal, a good drink and visit. The door was always open to anyone that dropped by. There was always plenty of food and good conversation to be shared.

Rest peacefully Dad, we love you and will miss you deeply.

We would like to thank the staff at the Niverville Heritage Life Personal Care home for the compassion and care you provided him for the last four plus years. The livestreamed private family service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.; to view the livestream please visit Robert’s obituary on Birchwood Funeral Chapel’s website and click the link at the bottom of the obituary. It will be officiated by Proto Deacon Stefan Tyrawski.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10 - 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, phone 1-800-378-6699,

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1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 25, 2021, Feb 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Diane & family, our condolences during this sad time. - Posted by: Ken & Lorna Ivanyshyn (Friends) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • Dianne and family, I am so sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He was such a good man and even greater friend and neighbor to my grandparents, Joe and Lena. Dianne, you and Robert (and the boys too) were always there to help them whenever needed. Your many kindnesses are not forgotten. Without a doubt, they were waiting for him with a drink to hand him and dinner on the table so they could get caught up on old times. Thinking of you all at this sad time. - Posted by: Leah (Lozinski) Watson (Neighbor’s granddaughter ) on: Feb 26, 2021

  • Dianne and family...A lovely life story for Robert...He would be so proud...Bill has fond memories as a child and playing with Robert on the family farm...Our condolences to the family...Take Care Bill and Karen Shanski - Posted by: Bill and Karen Shanski (Bill - cousin to Robert) on: Feb 26, 2021

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