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Robert Bruneau

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On February 25, 2019 @ 4:08 pm In Obituaries | 29 Comments

April 10, 1942 ~ February 22, 2019

Peacefully in his sleep, Robert passed away after a 2 year hard fought battle with esophageal cancer.

Dad was born on April 10, 1942 and lived in Lac du Bonnet his whole life.  He worked for Atomic Energy for over 25 years. After retirement, he was elected to the R.M council for 16 years; some of that as Deputy Reeve. He also belonged to the Lions Club, the Legion and the Knights of Columbus where he was Grand Knight for a time.

Dad was the most amazing person, making friends everywhere he went. He had a way about him that endeared him to people. He had such a colourful personality you couldn’t help but smile after spending time with him.  Dad will be remembered best for his comedic personality. He loved to crack jokes, adding his own personal touches to it, stretching the joke out until we all lost interest – We’d often get a “sluchaj”, I’m telling a story here!” to draw us back in. He made up his own words and sayings. We’d often get a “goja” or “cicho”, probably some variation of a Polish word, but we always knew what he was saying.

Dad would do anything for anybody. He was the guy that did all the tough jobs. You could always count on Bob.

Big Bob was an incredible fastball pitcher, playing for the Lac du Bonnet Huskies for over 25 years. He was much feared in the fastball league as well as the Pinawa Plant league. He would quite often be picked up by other teams to pitch for Provincials.

Dad and mom began dating in Feb. 1964, married on October 21, 1967 and they were inseparable for 55 years. They enjoyed going to Celebrations, Club Regent shows and many concerts. It seemed they were always on the go. They went on many trips together including the most recent to Jamaica to see their daughter Bobbie get married, where he discovered the “naked banana” cocktail – extra naked!

Mom and dad, well dad mostly, really enjoyed going to the music jams in town. He would play guitar and sometimes sing, he really loved his country music.

Dad’s absolute pride and joy were his grandchildren. He and mom spent many, many hours babysitting, watching the kids play sports, and just being a second set of parents to all. Dad taught the kids various useful skills and some not so useful but whatever it was, the kids loved every minute of it.

Dad was predeceased by his parents Romeo and Bernice, his brothers Romeo Jr. and Lloyd, nephew Rodger, sisters in-law Rollande and Valerie, his father and mother-in law Henry and Helen Olson, sister in-law Linda Olson, brother in-law Dale Gilchrist.

Dad will be deeply missed forever by his devoted wife and best friend Lynnette, his children Kerry (Jeff), Calvin (Alexis), Bobbie (Dan) and his grandchildren Madison, Eastin, Delaynee, Dylynn, Adam, Ashton, Braeden, Noah, Koby, Abbee and Seth.

He also leaves his brothers Louis, Donald (Maggie), Norman (Ivy) and sister Louise (Michael), sister in-law Cheryl Bruneau, his brother in-law Floyd (Peggy), sister in-law Lorise and numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.

A heartfelt thanks to Dr. Biniam Kidane for his care and compassion. He truly made us feel like dad was his #1 priority.

A big thank you to Lisa Kroeker and Dr. Frederick Zeiler for their amazing care and attentiveness.

Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Notre Dame du Lac Roman Catholic Church in Lac du Bonnet, MB.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation, PO Box 744, Lac du Bonnet, MB  R0E 1A0.


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Condolence from Geraldine &Lyle Beuckx on February 25th, 2019 6:19 pm

So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.

Condolence from Andy & Lynn Usackis on February 25th, 2019 8:00 pm

So sorry to hear the very sad news. We have so many wonderful memories of the fastball years. It was always so nice to have a visit when we returned to LdB to see family & friends. Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

Condolence from Charlie .sally on February 25th, 2019 10:53 pm

So sad to hear of Robert’s passing. I have many memories of you in baseball years. He has been called home where there is no pain and you must let him have that. Another great soul has been taken. Time heals in time. Our hearts go out to you Lynette and family. charlie & sally

Condolence from John and Mary Lynn Busch on February 26th, 2019 6:49 am

So sorry to hear Robert passed away. Mary Lynn and I have many fond memories of our long coffee visits, many fastball games and a few Old Timers hockey games. Robert was the driving force behind many of these events.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Condolence from Larry Gauthier on February 26th, 2019 9:36 am

My most sincere condolence to Lynette and her family on the loss of Robert.
I have many fond memories of him during our many years of employment at AECL in Pinawa.
He will be fondly remembered by his family, friends and his community.

Larry Gauthier

Condolence from Nancy on February 26th, 2019 10:42 am

Love you Robert.

Condolence from bruce nystedt on February 26th, 2019 11:36 am

My sincere condolence to the Bruneau family on the passing of Robert. I knew him all my life as I lived across the road from him and was over there most of the time . The stores I could tell would fill a book. Happy hunting old buddy. bruce & lorraine nystedt victoria bc

Condolence from Leah on February 26th, 2019 11:56 am

My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Bob was such an amazing person I will remember him fondly.
Hugs to you all <3

Condolence from Rollie & Claudette on February 26th, 2019 12:43 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. Thoughts & Prayers go out to you, Lynnette and your family. We spent some great times during the fastball years. Rollie & Robert spent time talking about their pitching years. Take Care! Rollie & Claudette Boucher

Condolence from Kevin Nally on February 26th, 2019 3:03 pm

So sorry for your loss.
He was the perfect neighbour, when I was in LdB.
We had many discussions on our shared water line and our propertes. I have many fond memories of Bob.

Condolence from Tim Connell on February 26th, 2019 4:34 pm

Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We kind of lost touch over the years, between grandchildren, distance,and illness, but remember Bob as a very fine man. He will be surly missed. Our sincerest condolences to Lynette and family. Tim & Joan Connell

Condolence from Brigitte & Howie on February 26th, 2019 6:50 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
Bob was an amzing person, gentle and kind.

Condolence from Josie and Bob Gebauer on February 26th, 2019 10:08 pm

We are very sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. He will be missed by many. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

Condolence from Sonja on February 26th, 2019 11:48 pm

I am so sorry for the entire family’s loss. I remember him when Kerry and I were playing baseball he would always be there rooting the team on. He will always live in your hearts and walk beside you all. Heaven received another angel.

Condolence from Peanut and Gwen on February 27th, 2019 11:10 am

We have many longtime memories of Bob, especially the fastball years, the corn roasts, the shared laughter. Our condolences to you Lynnette and all the family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dennis & Rosalie on February 27th, 2019 3:06 pm

Our sincerest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dennis & Rosalie Lofstrom

Condolence from Terra Van Deynze on February 28th, 2019 9:35 am

Lynnette, I was deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was an integral part of the MGRA Association serving on the Board as well as the judging committee for many years. I loved catching up with him at meetings and the banquet! He always loved hearing about my kids and their sports and he would tell me all about his grandkids. He always had a smile and a listening ear! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. He was a good man! Take care.


Condolence from alf and gale apsit on February 28th, 2019 11:59 am

to Lynnette and Family

What a loss for Lac du Bonnet. So sorry.

Due to previous appointments in wpg that day we cannot attend Bob’s funeral.
However, please know that we are thinking of you and offer you our sincere condolences and prayers.
He left so many memories and will be missed by many.

Condolence from Joan Hampshire on February 28th, 2019 9:34 pm

hugs to the entire family…there aren’t many words i can say except hug each other every day and hang on to the wonderful memories that your family has made….Joan Hampshire

Condolence from Cathy Olsen Marshall on March 1st, 2019 10:59 am

Sending thoughts, prayers & much love to you Lynnette & to all of your family. Xoxoxoxo Cath & Ken

Condolence from Donnie & Norma Hladki on March 1st, 2019 11:55 am

We were so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I will always remember growing up close to the Bruneau family years ago on the farm, and later on during many years at AECL. We always enjoyed Bob’s company. The ultimate “prankster”!! Rest in peace, Bob. Donnie & Norma Hladki

Condolence from Barry & Darlene Hood on March 1st, 2019 12:55 pm

Our sympathy to your family on losing Bob. Such fond memories over our years of knowing Bob at work, sports and social events. Can’t forget the “big steaks” at fastball windups and making Khalua flavoured milkshakes. Another one of those memories goes back some years having Bob phone, from his car while sitting in our driveway, asking “what’s for breakfast”? So nice! We’ll remember Bob as a thoughtful, gentle man. As we’re unable to join you Monday for Bob’s memorial, will be thinking of you all that day Lynnette. Take care.

Condolence from Alma Warniski on March 1st, 2019 6:51 pm

With heavy hearts I send this message. Lynnette, we so enjoyed the shared time we got to spend with you and Robert. This message is also from Joan ‘Levina ‘ Ray Art and myself. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Love You

Condolence from Gail (Holmberg )McKenzie on March 2nd, 2019 9:59 am

Dear Lynnette
So sorry to hear of Robert’s passing. Although I never met Robert it sounds like he was wonderful person.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Roger Bouvier on March 2nd, 2019 1:25 pm

To the Bruneau family, my sincere condolences in the passing of Bob. Had the opportunity to work along with Bob in his many years of service with the Rural Municipality of Lac du Bonnet. Always enjoyed our meeting and get togethers at municipal conferences. Roger Bouvier, Winnipeg

Condolence from Marlene Warson on March 2nd, 2019 7:04 pm

So sad to learn if Bob’s passing. He was one special person, irreplaceable. Condolences from
Pat and Marlene Watson

Condolence from Mike, Nicole and Grayson Busch on March 4th, 2019 4:08 pm

Our sincerest condolences on this huge loss. I will always remember Bob’s smile and laugh filling the room. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Lynn Fosty on March 6th, 2019 11:27 pm

Dear Lynette. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a very special caring person. He was also a lot of fun. I have really good memories of all the years we worked together. He will be missed by so many.

Condolence from Trevor Mellors on March 10th, 2019 12:43 pm

My condolences to the Bruneau Family, I know he is missed. I first met Bob during the during the good ol’ days in the Reactor and always enjoyed his sense of humour and appreciated his dedication. Our paths diverged but by chance we reconnected a few years ago in his role as councillor, and he was the same Bob. It made me smile. Great person!

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