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Reverend Robert  English

Reverend Robert William English

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
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Obituary

It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the death of Robert (Bob) William English, priest, husband and father on May 4, 2021.

Bob was born on the family farm near Bradwardine, MB to Fred and Bessie English on October 23, 1932. His only sibling, Clair, was born several years later. After high school, Bob went to St. John’s College, Winnipeg to study Theology. In 1956, he married his long-time sweetheart, Victoria Wiens. In 1959, he was ordained an Anglican deacon and in 1960, a priest in Brandon, MB. His first parish was a rural four-point assignment encompassing Holland, Cypress River, Glenboro and Stockton, MB. Following that he served at the Winnipeg parishes of St Aidan’s, St Thomas’, Church of the Good Shepherd, St Barnabas’. He retired from active ministry April 2001 and became honorary assistant at St Mary Magdalene. He was affectionately known to many of his parishioners as “Father Bob”.

Bob valued education. He received a Master of Divinity 1985 and a Master of Sacred Theology 1994. He followed his passion for counselling and trained as a certified family counsellor while shepherding his parish and raising his family. He continued counselling into his retirement.

Bob will be forever cherished and missed by his wife Victoria; daughters Sandra, Teresa and Barbara and son-in-law Kevin; grandchildren Erin Rose, Luke, Katie (Dan), Tyler (Katherine), Robby (Jenn), Molly (Oliver), and Hayley; and great grandchildren Levi, Ronan and Clayton; his brother Clair and sister-in-law Beth; extended family and friends.

Bob was a kind and gentle soul with a wonderful sense of humor, a hearty laugh, a love for horses, visiting and fresh coffee.

He deeply touched the lives of so many people who will never forget him.

Bob was laid to rest on May 10, 2021 with a family funeral Eucharist at St Matthew’s Cathedral, Brandon and interment in Ancrum Cemetery, Bradwardine, MB. A celebration to honour Bob’s life will be held at a future date.

In Bob’s memory, donations may be made to St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2M5.
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