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ROBERT BRUCE WEAVER (published on December 19, 2009)



ROBERT BRUCE WEAVER Peacefully with his loving wife Alice of 53 years at his side, at Riverview Health Centre on December 13, 2009, at the age of 82 years. Also survived by sons, Glen (Sherry) of Balmoral, MB and Robert (Michelle), grandson Alexander of Winnipeg, his brother Gordon, niece Sheila Hutchinson (John). Born in Birnie, MB on November 2, 1927, Bruce was the youngest of five boys. He was predeceased by his brothers Charles, Glen and Fred during the Second World War, as well as his father Sydney, mother Mary, grandson Liam and sisters-in-law, Nora and Cloy. From childhood on, Bruce always had an affinity for the outdoors. Right after highschool, he worked for a short time in the bakery at Neepawa. He then followed his four brothers into the Canadian Military and joined the Air Force in 1945 during the late stages of the Second World War, training in southern Ontario. After he was honorably discharged in 1947, he joined the Hudson's Bay Company and was stationed in Northern Quebec. Bruce spoke fondly of his time working with the Cree First Nation of this area, where he earned the nickname Penongese Meechum (Babyface in Cree) from the local women. After leaving HBCo he returned to Manitoba and joined the Federal Grain Company based in Winnipeg. In 1953 he started his 32 year career with MTS, culminating with his retirement in 1985. Alice and Bruce also met at MTS and married in 1956. They settled in St. Vital where they had lived in their family home right up until his passing. Bruce had several interests which he shared with his family. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper, camper, gardener, volunteer at Norberry Community Club, carpenter, curler and golfer. His greatest joy was spent in the outdoors of Canada, including countless hours gardening his own beautiful yard. Spending time with the boys was included in all of the above. A favourite spot was at the cottage in Lac du Bonnet built as a family project. Precious times will always be remembered on the trapline with Robert as well as sharing countless hours driving Glen and numerous teammates to all the hockey games, and practices, no matter how cold or how early. This dedication to fatherhood turned to being a grandfather and his other two boys (Alexander and Liam) continued to keep the twinkle in his eyes that all who knew him remember well. During retirement, even more friendships were made as Bruce and Alice spent winters in Arizona, as well as enjoying summers at the cottage. In 1985, one of his proudest achievements was building his 16-foot cedar strip canoe. At this time, the family would like to express their sincere thanks to all of the staff at CancerCare and at Riverview including doctors P. Czaykowski, Ted St. Goddard, Tony Tran and Nancy McClure. At Bruce's request, there will no formal service held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Riverview Health Centre, CancerCare Manitoba or a charity of your choice. When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun. Your family and friends will miss you, Bruce! NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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