Robert (Bob) Roy Dewbury
Bob was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on November 18, 1944, to parents Charlie and Beatrice Dewbury. He was an only child until his sister Marilyn was born 13 years later. He told the story of when he was only two years old. His mother had the sense to gather from him from the crib moments before a tornado took the roof of their sod home and crushed his crib. He grew up on the farm in Sifton, MB. His family farm consisted of raising a herd of purebred Herford cattle, horses, pigs, roosters, and chickens. He spent time as a young boy caring for the animals. His favorite horse was named Fly.
Bob attended a one room schoolhouse. He would finish his own work early and then work on the assignments for the grade above. He enjoyed telling the story that he skipped a grade in school and graduated High School at the young age of 16. He moved to Winnipeg at 16 to attend Winnipeg Bible College. It was there that he made many lifelong friends. He completed a BA in Theology.
He then went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary. He started dating Gail the love of his life who became his life partner in 1968. In the early years of their marriage Bob was pastor at a church in Winnipeg. He also taught at Winnipeg Bible College. They eventually returned to Dallas Theological Seminary with their two oldest children (Becky and Bobby) to complete his Master of Theology.
After graduation Bob and his family moved to Tisdale, SK to pastor a church. Their third child (Ben) arrived while pastoring in Tisdale. He continued his ministry in Black Diamond, Whitecourt, Edmonton, and Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Many youth that crossed paths with him throughout his life considered him a mentor.
After retirement, Bob and Gail returned to Manitoba to live in Winnipeg. In retirement Bob continued to do what he loved to do all his life, teaching those around him. He taught English as a second language with international students. He taught small group Bible studies. He even enjoyed teaching people how to drive.
Bob loved his family. His face would light up when he could visit his family in person or on facetime. He wanted to hear what and how his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were doing. He was so proud of them all and would pass on their accomplishments to family and friends.
In the last few years of Gail’s life Bob was her main caregiver. He was so kind and patient with Gail as they faced the struggles of ALS and MS together. He amazed his family and friends as he stepped into the role of caregiver, housekeeper, cook, grocery shopper, and feeder. His final words were “I want to be with Gail.”
At the end of his life, Bob made sure that all of his family knew that he loved them. He was ready to go and finished well, the way he lived.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, his parents-in-law Perry and Millie Foster and his beloved wife Gail Dewbury.
Bob leaves behind 3 children – Becky (Jon) Mayerle, Bobby (Jody) Dewbury, Ben (Alicia) Dewbury. 9 grandchildren – Josiah (Alysha) Mayerle, Aaron (Jessica) Mayerle, Angelle (Jay) Schmitz, Tessa and Brett Dewbury, Alexandra, Levi, Avery, Ethan Dewbury; 4 foster grandchildren – Jose, Sophia, Tao, Zion; 6 great-grandchildren – Saoirse, Kyla, Solomon Mayerle, Andor, Dominic Schmitz, Luca Mayerle.