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ROBERT ALAN DICK (published on September 24, 2011)



ROBERT ALAN DICK, FRI Peacefully at his home in Winnipeg, with his family at his side, Robert Alan Dick died Wednesday, September 14, 2011. Born in Winnipeg May 20, 1935, the elder son of the late Robert Lawrence Dick and Margaret Thexton. Alan is survived by his wife, Rosalind (née Birse); sons Robert Imrie Norman (Anna Classen) of Ottawa, and Donald Alan Graeme (Katrina Flaherty) of Winnipeg, and beloved grandchildren Rachael, Imrie and Ryan Alan. He is also survived by his brother, Garry (Louise); niece Karen Brown; nephew Christopher, and their children, all of Toronto. Alan was passionate about life, and his anchors were his love for his family and Lake of the Woods. Inextricably intertwined, both enriched his life and brought him immense joy. He took a vital interest and great pride in the adventures, achievements and careers of his family members, and never missed an important event or moment in their lives. He provided support and guidance with wisdom and vision, and inspired with his positive attitude and energy. From his boyhood, summers were spent working, sailing and boating on Lake of the Woods. He knew its history, its waters, its people and how to avoid its rocks. He was thrilled to see this deep love of the Lake pass on to his children and grandchildren. A lifetime guided by deep curiosity provided him with a wealth of knowledge. He completed a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia, where he made lifelong friends, was a member of the university swim team, and developed an enduring connection to Zeta Psi fraternity. He was proud when Graeme became the third generation of his family to join the same fraternity many years later. Alan's curiosity was not just intellectual, but experiential: he wanted not only to know, but also to understand and feel how others lived. He indulged his curiosity and love of travel, journeying around North America and later Europe, working along the way. He was especially fond of recounting stories of his time on a ranch in Arizona, working construction in Calgary, and how a two week visit overseas turned into a two year adventure through England and the Continent. Alan was also passionate about his profession and 46 year career in real estate. He was a founding Director and first Chair of the Real Estate Institute of Manitoba (REIM) in 1973, and went on to be Governor of the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC). He developed and taught many courses and educated and inspired new professionals in his years of involvement with the Winnipeg Real Estate Board, the REIM and the REIC. He brought integrity, vision and passion to all that he did. In his final weeks, he cherished time spent with family, especially his brother, and life-long friends. Throughout the latter part of his life, Alan showed determination, strength and spirit in the face of visual impairment and illness. He defied diabetes and cancer until the very end, and few knew the extent of the challenges he faced. He always loved history, and over the past years enjoyed countless hours exploring the family's heritage in Winnipeg, on Lake of the Woods, and Fenelon Falls, Ontario. His last great project to distract him from his health challenges was the restoration of a heritage building in Kenora, Ontario, the community that was such an important part of his life and his family heritage. Alan took an interest in everyone he met, and was genuinely curious to learn their stories - and tell them his! All who knew him will miss his laugh, the fun he brought to every moment, his stories and the true pleasure he derived from little things, every day. One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. A family interment will take place at a later date. The family would appreciate donations in his memory to the Lake of the Woods Museum (P.O. Box 497, 300 Main Street South, Kenora, ON P9N 3X5), or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (1101 - 191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X1).


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