Robert (Bob) Wazny
December 17, 1938 – September 25, 2018
It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of our Bob after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bob fought his illness with dignity, bravery, and a smile on his face. His favorite phrase throughout this difficult time became “it is what it is.”
Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Joan, his daughters, Sherri and Shannon, his grandchildren, Mandy, Jesse, and Alex, his brother Dennis (Vera), his step-sister Joyce (Don), and many other close family members and wonderful friends.
Bob was born and raised in Melrose, Manitoba. At the age of nine he moved to the North End of Winnipeg with his family. Upon graduating from St. John’s High School, he started a five year apprenticeship as a Carman with C. N. Rail. At the completion of the apprenticeship he made the decision to explore other career options, which led him to join the Winnipeg Fire Department, where he stayed for the next 35 years. He greatly enjoyed his job, and especially the comradery and fellowship within his Fire Fighter family. He retired due to health issues in 1994 with the rank of Captain.
Bob was a very active person throughout his life. He was a runner, swimmer, tennis player, cyclist, bowler, and golfer. He curled for 35 years at the same club. He tried it all and loved it all. Gardening was also one of his passions and he looked forward to his spring planting each and every year.
While spending winters in Palm Springs, he became an excellent shuffleboard player. He won the Tournament of Champions in 2013 and was so proud of his American Eagle trophy. Being able to spend 20 winters in Palm Springs with Joan was wonderful, and they made many new friends there that keep in touch to this day.
Bob and Joan travelled all over the world over the years. One of the most memorable trips was a month-long Mediterranean cruise in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Summers, of course, meant Grand Beach. Bob fixed up the first family cottage, but the one that now stands in its place was built by him. Over 40 summers were spent at the cottage with their children and grandchildren, and it was a proud moment when Bob and Joan were named Legends of Grand Beach. Bob could never bring himself to sell the cabin and he was so glad that the family will continue to enjoy it for years to come.
Heartfelt thanks to the Palliative Care team, especially Tamara and Angela. We could not have made it through this time without your help and compassion.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Monday, October 1st at 2:00pm, at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Cancer Care Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9, or to the Manitoba Fire Fighters Burn Fund, P. O. Box 45001, R. P. O. Kildonan Place, Winnipeg, MB, R2C 5C7.
Rest in Peace Bob, Dad, Poppa. We will miss you terribly. We love you.
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Robert (Bob) Wazny