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ROBERT (BOB) FREDERICK TINKLER (published on January 27, 2010)

ROBERT (BOB) FREDERICK TINKLER (VE4TX) It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Tinkler on January 21, 2010, at Concordia Hospital with his family at his side. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 63 years, and daughters Marilyn (Ed Sloane), Cathy (Greg Sneyd) and Bev (Dan Paukovic); grandchildren Graeme (Karen) Sloane, Devon Sloane, Jackie Sneyd, Robyn (Ryan) Jensen, Mathew Sneyd, Lauren and Jason Paukovic; his pride and joy, great-granddaughter Makenzie Sloane, three and one half weeks old; and brothers Ed and Brian (Bev) and families. Bob was born February 9, 1921 in the West End of Winnipeg. He attended Isaac Brock and Daniel McIntyre Schools. He began his career with Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) on March 1, 1940. He began as an apprentice in the Shop Department, moving to the City Plant where he left to join the R.C.A.F. (Second World War) as a Radio Tech, May 2, 1941. He spent four and one half years overseas in North Africa, Cyprus and Palestine. He rejoined MTS after the war in 1945 and spent a total of 43 years in the Plant and Engineering departments, retiring in 1983 as Director of Operations. Bob was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a Life Member (58 years) and Past Section Chair (1952 to 1953) of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fort Rouge Legion, Air Force Association (500 Wing), Past President of the Kiwanis Club of South Winnipeg, Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club, Manitoba Repeater Society, Winfall Seniors Group - Whiteshell and Churchill Park United Church. Dad had many hobbies some of which were his wonderful ability to build and create anything that was asked of him. He built the family cottage at Star Lake in the Whiteshell where he and Eve and family spent many happy summers for the past 54 years. He was an active Amateur Radio Operator, VE4TX, loved to wood carve, silver smith, fish and hunt, play with his computer - lovingly referred to by Karen as hi tech Grandpa , and traveled for many winters to Mesa, Arizona and then Oosoyos, BC. Dad was well respected by friends and colleagues and was a mentor to many - one of a kind . He will be dearly missed. The family wishes to thank friends and neighbours for their kindness during Dad's recent hospitalization. Thanks also to the Staff of 2 NE at Concordia Hospital for providing such comfort and compassion to Dad during his hospitalization and who cared so much for him and our family. We truly appreciate your dedication to your patients! Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bob's life will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lung Association of Manitoba, 629 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB 774-5501; Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook Ave., Winnipeg, MB 774-7483 or a charity of your choice. To love a Dad and then to part Is the greatest trial of the human heart. A cherished smile, a heart of gold To the dearest Dad and Grandpa the world could hold. Happy memories, fond and true, From us who thought the world of you. Beautiful memories are treasured ever, Of happy days when we were together. With aching hearts, we whisper low, God Bless You, Dad and Grandpa. Rest in Peace. We love you so. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

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