ROBERT (BOB) LEWINDIWSKY
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Lewandiwsky, loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. With his wife at his side, Bob passed away peacefully, on January 21, 2021. He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Jackie, children Dano and Gina (Cory), granddaughter Patsy, sister Elizabeth, brother Wally and numerous family members, including many nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 3, 1949. He was raised in Sundown, Manitoba by his father and mother, Myroslaw and Nettie Lewandiwsky along with his siblings Elizabeth, Gerry and Wally. There he also met the love of his life, Jackie Persowich, who he married on May 22, 1971.
Soon after their marriage, Dad started a career as a Parks Officer in Grand Beach Provincial Park, where he and Mom started their family with the birth of their first born son Dano. In 1976, Dad switched careers and took a position as a Fisheries Officer with the Department of Federal Fisheries and Oceans based out of Thompson, Mb. where they added a second addition to the family, daughter Gina. Dad remained with DFFO until his retirement in 2007.
After a couple of short term positions and family moves, Dad decided it was time to plant roots for him and his family. He decided that The Pas, Manitoba would be a good place to settle with good country living and lots of outdoor activities to be had. This is where he purchased an acreage, along the banks of the Saskatchewan River and built a home with a beautiful landscaped yard, which had a variety of fruit trees everywhere in between, along with a big garden.
If you knew our Dad, you know he loved his family. His family was the most important part of his life. He did everything to provide and grow his family as a unit, just as he was raised. He was so proud of his two children. In 2013, Dad gained the special title of Gido when his sweet granddaughter, Patsy Ada Marie was born. She was the light of his life. Her cute, sweet face would always make him the happiest man alive. The love he had for her will never be replaced. She will always be his "Seesums" and he will always be her hero.
There were many things Dad loved to do but many will remember that he loved to whistle. Where you heard whistling, you would find our Dad. His love of yard work and gardening is something he took so much pride in. You could find him puttering around the yard at any time of the day. His garden was fruitful and provided many meals for his family. His yard was immaculate. You could drive by the property and be sure to see him on his riding lawn mower. He loved going for his walks with his loyal dogs, Bogey and Beejee. This home was definitely his happy place.
Dad was an avid outdoorsman who had an appreciation of the outdoors like no other. He loved nature. Be it hunting or mushroom picking he truly loved nature and being out exploring it with family, friends or sometimes just to go for a long walk and take it all in. One of his favorite places to be was the Porcupine Mountains just north of Swan River, Manitoba. "Gods country" he called it. This was a place where many memories were made within the mountains and good friends. A part of Dad will always be in those hills.
"The natural world is the greatest source of excitement. The greatest source of visual beauty. It is the greatest source of so much life that makes life worth living."...David Attenborough
Our Dad loved to read. He was very knowledgeable and informed as a result of his extensive reading. He had a particular interest in History and War along with many other topics.
In 2011 soon after retiring, Dad and Mom moved back to Winnipeg to be closer to family and remain here until this day.
The days since losing Dad have been different. Something we never imagined but we know he will always be with us. If you knew our Dad you can smile knowing you were a part of his wonderful life. Whether you are from the past, or the present, he had a knack of always remembering people and helping anyone in need. We hope you will remember him as well.
He was a pillar of man to most and a giant of a soul that we will miss dearly and never forget.
We love you. Until we meet again. Forever in our Hearts.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to covid restrictions, a private family celebration of Dad's life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba.
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