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WILHELM (BILL) ROUCEK (published on March 07, 2009)

WILHELM (BILL) ROUCEK It is with broken hearts that the family of Wilhelm (Bill) Roucek must sadly announce his passing on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 10:14 a.m. Cherishing his memory forever are his daughter Monica (Patrick), beloved grandsons, Michael and Kevin Pauley, and other relatives and friends in Canada and abroad. Many family members predeceased Dad (his mother and father, Rosina and Henry; sister Hedwig; brothers, Karl, Leopold and Walter, as well as sisters and brothers-in-law) but it was the loss of his wife, of 36 years, Frieda and his son Walter (at the young ages of 60 and 35 respectively) which were most devastating to him. With steadfast love and devotion and deep sorrow, Dad suffered with Mom during her illness, which she finally succumbed to on their son Walter's 30th birthday, September 29, 1986. Five years later on December 10, 1991, Dad had to endure the sorrow of his son Walter's passing. Dad was born in Iglau, Czechoslovakia, on December 19, 1921 and was always a devoted member of his family. With the passing of his father when my Dad was only 10 years old, he readily accepted the responsibility of helping care for his family during this difficult time in their lives. Enlisting in the army at the young age of 18 Dad served his country valiantly during the Second World War but suffered in Prisoner of War Camps near the war's end. Dad was an adventurous and dedicated man, dedicated first and foremost to his family. On January 28, 1950 he married the love of his life, Frieda. Courageously, in 1951, the were both the first members of their families to immigrate to Canada, as they knew that together they could make a better life for their future family. As they became established in their new country, they welcomed other family members into their home and helped each develop their new lives in Canada. My father trained and apprenticed as an autobody technician for three years while he was living in Europe. He spent the majority of his career, to the date of his retirement in 1987, as a dedicated employee of McNaught Pontiac Buick Cadillac. In addition to being an extremely hard worker, Dad was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying downhill skiing, soccer and competitive cycling in his youth and fishing throughout his entire life. Dad shared his love for the outdoors with his family, spending many years camping and fishing in Ontario and the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Dad was especially proud of the opportunities that he and Mom had worked so hard to give to both my brother and I and that the opportunities given were used well. As Dad watched his children and grandchildren develop into adults, he knew that the life lessons taught were learned well. As with his own children, Dad participated in all of Michael and Kevin's activities and continued in his role of family elder, participating in all family celebrations, holidays and times of sorrow. Dad shared most every evening meal at our home catching up on the day's events and updating his calendar for his grandson's school events and family activities. During the last eight years of his life, Dad met Patrick, the man who introduced him to Tim Horton's and ultimately became his best friend and companion. Patrick and Dad shared many meals and good conversations at Alycia's or The Sals. Together Dad, Patrick and Hershey (our Chocolate Lab) spent a men's only week at Lake of the Woods, fishing, boating, camping, and touring. Dad's favourite saying to Patrick every evening was What time are you picking me up tomorrow morning? Thank you Dad, for providing me with all of your wisdom and support throughout my lifetime; for sharing your strength with me, especially during the last 18 years when I have been very ill and helping me endure the sorrows we have experienced during our lifetime together. Your family will love you always and you will never be forgotten. At Dad's request, there will be a private family remembrance. Condolences can be sent to 43 Simkin Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R2P 2K6.

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