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Date of Passing: Dec 25, 2019

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With deep sorrow we announce the passing of Bob Ireland on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at the age of 92 years. A spirited fighter, Bob passed late Christmas Day, with loving family members by his side.
Left to cherish Bob's memory are his two sisters, June Horan and Ev Adams; his loving children, Sandra (Jack), Valerie (Lorne), Ron and Colleen; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Bob grew up on the University of Manitoba campus; he attended school in Fort Garry, United College as well as the University of Manitoba.
Starting as a baggage handler and then working as a fireman, brakeman and conductor on CN and VIA trains powered by steam to diesel locomotives, Bob was very grateful for his lengthy career with the CNR. Much more so for the colleagues and his many friends made there, which he would happily advocate for when needed; Bob served as President of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen; then the United Transportation Union Local 1874 for 21 years.
Bob was an active member of the Shriners Oriental Band for a great many years and could be counted upon for his love of humour. He was fortunate to enjoy the excitement and diversity of different countries through travel. Whether it was enjoying Mexico, the beaches of Hawaii, or one of the many other destinations travelled, Bob could always be counted on to offer a rum and coke to all those who engaged in and appreciated his many stories.
A dedicated and strong-willed man, Bob and his late wife Eileen lovingly built a cottage on Nora Lake, where they spent their summers appreciating nature's gifts and the great friends they made there. When not summering at the cottage, Bob and Eileen spent a number of years wintering in Phoenix where they made even more friends, all of which they have always been grateful for. His love and passion for his children and grandchildren, and life in general was undeniable and unconditional.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Canad Inns - Fort Garry, 1824 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg.
The family extends the kindest thanks to the staff and residents at Riverwood Square while Bob resided there, and the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital cardiac unit.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3P 1B9.

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Publish Date: Jan 11, 2020


On Wednesday, December 25, 2019, Bob passed away at St. Boniface Hospital, at the age of 92 years.
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Publish Date: Dec 28, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 28, 2019, Jan 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Grandpa was amazing, loving, kind, and funny. He always had wonderful stories to share and words of wisdom that I practice in my everyday life. I feel true sorrow that he is gone and am very happy I spent time with him recently. Thank you grandpa for teaching me to be strong, to think before I speak, to drive a boat, clean fish, shoot a gun, hunt for minnows, start a generator, plus always believing anyone who points at slop on my shirt. I appreciate every basketball game you attended, always patiently listening to my stories, questions, and thoughts when I called. You had the best set of ears, and the sweetest smile. I miss you. Love, your granddaughter, Katrin - Posted by: Katrin Mendes (Granddaughter) on: Jan 14, 2020

  • Your mom and dad were such good friends of my mom and dad, Mac and June. I fondly remember the times we spent together and have thought of them often. My sincere condolences on the loss of a truly wonderful father (and your mother before). Sincerely, Judy Hall - Posted by: Judy Hall (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family! With Deepest Sympathy! - Posted by: Janet and Bruce Anderson (Friends - CNPA and Shriners) on: Jan 11, 2020

  • Sending our sincerest condolences to the family of the man I called "Uncle Bob" for most of my life. He and my father (Merv Swayze) co-owned that cottage on Lake Nora and I've many happy memories of times spent there. He always took the time to visit my father following his strokes and went out of his way to pick him up and take him to their various meetings. I can see the two of them now, solving the world's problems, raising a glass of rum & coke to each other. May the family find comfort in each other at this sad time. - Posted by: Geri Cole (Family Friend) on: Jan 11, 2020

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