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ROBERT (BOB) MACKIE (published on October 04, 2008)



ROBERT (BOB) MACKIE If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you've made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in the palm of my hand. Anonymous Robert (Bob) Mackie passed away on September 27, 2008, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at the age of 65 years. Bob was a true romantic and will be forever missed by Heather, his soul mate of 44 years. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Keith and Helen Mackie; brother, Bill Mackie; sister, Marita Kondrat, and in-laws, James Sr., Cathy and James Jr. Ferris. He is survived by his immediate family; sisters, Vel Heselwood and Eunice Mackie; and Heather Ferris, Jamie (Kim) and Robert (Carmen, Ronin) Ferris; Anne and Larry Mahoney. Bob was an exemplary man who dedicated his heart and soul to his family. He was a wonderful father, who shared his wisdom, advice and sense of humour with his three daughters, Colleen, Robyn and Jillian; his grandson, Quinton and son-in-law, Tim. We feel grateful to have experienced Dad's kindness, love and mentorship while growing up as children, and to have had the opportunity to establish a wonderful friendship with him as adults. Equally important as Bob's family, was the many special friendships he nurtured over the years. Bob and Heather lived on Palliser Avenue for nearly 40 years, and formed lifelong friendships with many special neighbors, who have shown such kindness and support during this difficult time. Many laughs were had during the infamous block parties and progressive dinners. Bob will be greatly missed by Little Bob and the gang from the South, who shared many good times at their annual Golf Tournaments at Hecla. A special mention goes to Pat and Barry, with whom the many ups and downs of life were shared with friendship, laughter, and a wee dram . Bob loved to travel. He retired two years ago, and was able to travel to England to visit dear friends, Lynn and Theo, and visit Scotland and Ireland, where Bob and Heather's parent's were born. A trip to France and Italy with their oldest and dearest friends, Stan and Kathy was planned for this fall. We are greatly saddened that he was unable to make this trip. Bob worked for 35 years at Winnipeg Photo/LifeTouch. He exhibited a faultless work ethic and was well respected in his field of photo finishing. Many great friends were made throughout his career, which continued after Bob retired. Bob enjoyed singing, dancing, golf, curling, reading, and card games, doing crosswords, entertaining and fine dining. Christmas was his favorite time of year, and there will be a little less sparkle during the holidays without his presence and joy for the season. A special mention goes out to the angels of the Grace Hospital Cancer Care, and the Palliative Care team. Your guidance, and comfort will forever be remembered. Through your support Bob was able to spend his final days at home surrounded by his loving family. In accordance with Bob's wishes, the family is holding a private ceremony. While flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made to the CancerCare Manitoba in Bob's name. Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying tis you, tis you must go and I must bide. May you rest in God's loving arms, and find peace in the knowledge that you are truly loved. Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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