TRAMTelephone Retirees Association of Manitoba



BORN: NOV 27, 1933



ROBERT SAMUEL BUTTERWORTH November 27, 1933 - November 10, 2017 On November 10, 2017 Bob passed away peacefully at Concordia Hospital, with his loving family by his side. Bob was born on November 27, 1933, to Percy and Catherine Butterworth in Minnedosa, MB. In August, 1935, his parents took Bob and moved back to England where he lived until August, 1947, when his family returned to Canada, and moved to Winnipeg, where he attended Hugh John Macdonald School and eventually the University of Manitoba. Bob was predeceased by his father Percy in 1966, and his mother Catherine in 1994. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Bertha, daughter Lisa, grandson Max Turner, sister Christine Bramham, nephew Kieron Stutley (Carla), grandniece Roisin, niece Nikolai Simkulak, sister-in-law Shirley Ann Simkulak, as well as cousins in both Canada and England. Bob retired after working for 35 years for the Manitoba Telephone System where he was a skilled and dedicated employee. He was also dedicated to his family and adored them: he helped Bertha with household chores, taught Lisa to do basic repairs around the house, maintained the yard and cars. For Max, he would sometimes take and pick him up from school. The one thing that can be said about our home is that gender was not an issue when it came to chores - it was whoever was there first had to deal with the issue. Bob was probably one of the first male feminists. Bob was always fixing things around the house and was at his happiest when he was working with his hands. He also liked to cook so he took over the kitchen with Mom's blessing. They were true soulmates they did almost everything together. Bob, Bertha and Lisa enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends throughout his working years. After his retirement in 1988, Bob and Bertha continued travelling extensively. They travelled in North America, Britain, Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Turkey and Morocco. As well, they enjoyed several Caribbean cruises and river cruises travelling with family on the Rhine, the Douro and the Danube. They especially enjoyed several weeks each winter in Mexico. There were trips taken in which his nose for donuts would take over and we would end up driving all over a city or town to find the bakery. Bob was a loving, generous, caring husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather, who will be remembered for his kindness, his sense of humour, his ready smile and infectious laughter, and his gentle soul. Flowers are gratefully declined, please donate to the Winnipeg Humane Society or charity of choice, if you like. His was a life well lived. We will miss you Bob. May you rest in Peace. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 21, 2018