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ROBERT (ROBBIE) MCQUAY OLIVER (published on January 16, 2010)



ROBERT (ROBBIE) MCQUAY OLIVER February 25, 1922 - January 10, 2010 Suddenly in the early morning hours of January 10, 2010 at the age of 87, Robbie passed away at home. Surviving to mourn his loss are wife Ida, sons Garnet of Vancouver, Randy of Lake Francis, Clayton (Penny) of Stonewall, daughter Debbie (Grant) of Winnipeg, grandchildren Elizabeth (Tom), Anthony, Jaye (Brian), Dana (Ben), brother David Oliver, sisters Alice Kaartinen, Phyllis Oliver, Evelyn (Walter) Erickson, stepsister Grace McMillan, sisters-in-law Christina Oliver, Helen Taylor and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by parents Robert and Kate Oliver, brothers Dan and Lloyd, stepbrother Alder Stevens, step sister Maja Oliver, sister-in-law Cecile Oliver and step sister-in-law, Valborg Stevens, brother-in-law Frank Kaartinen, step brothers-in-law William Oliver and Donald McMillan. Born in Portage la Prairie, Robbie lived in Lake Francis, Marquette and Bonnie Doon districts, then back to Lake Francis. At 19 he joined the army with the R.C.A.S.C. He went overseas in 1941 and to France in 1944, landing on the Beaches of Normandy and saw action through Belgium, Holland and Germany, celebrating VE Day in Olenburg, Germany. He returned to England and then back to Canada where he was discharged. In 1946 he purchased the Dick Malcolm farm in Lake Francis where he resided until his passing. He married Ida Hallett and they raised four children, together they celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Robbie was always a hard worker, a helpful neighbour. He enjoyed game hunting, cutting wood, poker games, hockey games, ice-fishing. He loved the outdoors, his gardening but especially haying time' and driving his Case tractor. He enjoyed the simple things in life, visits from his children and grandchildren, talking to everyone (even strangers), walks, auction sales, Nicki his dog and mom's cooking. Dad, you taught your children well in steering life's highway of ups and downs and you'll always be in our hearts and minds forever. As per Robbie's wishes, there'll be no service. Farewell Robbie, old soldier farewell.


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