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ROBERT JOSEPH VICTOR CARTER (published on January 16, 2010)



ROBERT JOSEPH VICTOR CARTER Peacefully at the Notre Dame De Lourdes Hospital on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, Robert Carter of St. Claude, MB, passed away at the age of 82 years. He leaves to mourn his passing, five children: Brian (Ingrid) of Yellowknife, NWT, Norman (Roseline Gobin) of St. Claude, MB, Jo-ann Proulx (Claude) of St. Albert, AB, Donna Martin (Bruce) and Terry Cormier (Desmond), both of Winnipeg; one son-in-law Larry Wellman of Winnipeg, 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grand-children, numerous nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Robert was predeceased by his beloved wife Cecilia (nee Chartrand) in October 2007 and by one daughter Marlene Wellman in May 2008. Robert was also predeceased by his father Victor Eloy in November 1962, his mother Flora Carter in February 1982, his brother Rene Carter in December 1985 and his half brother Joseph Boley in February 1933. Robert also had a half sister whom he had never met, Marie Therese Carter who was born in 1919 and adopted by another family. Robert was born in Nippissing (North Bay), ON on August 1, 1927 to Joseph Victor Eloy and Marie Clarina Flora Carter (nee Theroux). As a child, Robert lived in North Bay, ON until 1931 when he moved with his mother and brother Rene to Winnipeg. In 1932 for a short period of time, Robert and his brother resided at St. Joseph's orphanage. It was here that the French speaking Robert first learned to speak English. In 1932, Robert's half brother Joseph Boley was born. In 1933 Robert, his brothers, Rene, Joseph and his mother boarded a train to reside in Brandon, MB. On February 25, 1933, tragically Joseph died and was buried in the Brandon Municipal Cemetery. Within months the family relocated to Yorkton, SK. In 1939, Robert's brother Rene joined the war effort and they did not see each other again for many years. In December 1942 Robert returned on his own to North Bay, ON to reside with his father and finish school. Robert returned to Winnipeg in 1944 and worked at various jobs until he joined the Hudson Bay Company in 1946 to work at the store and trading post in York Factory where he learned to speak the Cree language. Robert had many exciting adventures in the North including a chance meeting with well known writer Farley Mowatt. Robert served with the Hudson Bay Company in various communities in and around Churchill before returning to Winnipeg in 1949 where he advertised in the newspaper for a wife and met Cecilia who was to be his lifelong companion for almost 60 years until her death in 2007. On June 25, 1949, Robert and Cecilia were married in Winnipeg where they settled and raised six children. Robert trained as an accountant and worked for several businesses later opening his own accounting firm. Robert finished his career at the St. Amant Centre as the Office Manager and retired in 1989 due to health reasons. After Cecilia was admitted to the Kildonan Personal Care Home in January 2005, Robert resided with his son Norman and daughter-in-law Roseline for two years due to ill health. Robert later regained his strength and moved into the Donwood Manor and visited each and every day with Cecilia until she passed away on October 15, 2007. After the death of his daughter Marlene in May 2008, Robert relocated to Yellowknife, NWT, to reside with his son Brian and daughter-in-law Ingrid. Robert thoroughly enjoyed the north country but returned to Manitoba in July 2009 and took up residence in St. Claude, MB to be closer to family. It was in the quiet confines of St. Claude that Robert wanted to pursue his dream of completing a family history and of writing his own autobiography. Robert had a great mind and a wonderful memory and was able to recall names, places, events and dates with ease. Unfortunately on August 25, 2009, Robert fell ill and due to deteriorating health was unable to complete his dream. Rest assured Dad that dream is not lost in us. Your work here is done and you are now with Mom and Marlene in heaven. Funeral services will be held in the St. Claude Roman Catholic Church, St. Claude, MB on Monday, January 18, 2010. Prayers, eulogy and video tribute at 1:30 p.m. followed by Funeral Mass at 2:00 p.m. with Father Marcel Carriere and Deacon Brian Carter officiating. Cremation to follow with a private family interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honour to the St. Claude Wellness Centre or to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Fikry, Dr. Mohamed and the staff at the St. Claude Health Centre and Notre Dame Hospital for their care and compassion. Adams Funeral Home of Notre Dame De Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements. Phone 248-2201 or 1-888-400-2326. www.afh.ca


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