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Robert Publow

Robert Publow

Saturday, January 2nd, 1926 Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Robert Raymond Publow

He was predeceased by his wife Joan, his parents Flora and Ray Publow, his sisters Doreen Hogins and Verna Melanson. He is survived by his sister Muriel Loeppky, daughter Shelagh (Ned Basher), son Jon (Lisa), grandchildren Miranda (Matt), Rob, and Evan (Sanna) Publow, Brett Basher (Irina) and brother-in-law Michael Beck as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was born January 2, 1926. He graduated from Gordon Bell before he enlisted in the navy. After the war he returned to Winnipeg to study pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1950 at the start of the great flood.

He worked in the pharmacy of Grace Hospital before moving to the Manitoba Health Services Commission. After serving 15 years there and taking additional courses in hospital administration, he was recruited to be the business administrator at The Cancer Foundation under Director Lionel Israels with whom he had a good working relationship and close friendship.

After a four-year engagement so Joan could complete her nursing degree, they were married on May 31, 1952. They raised their two children in a loving home.

Bob had a deep love of music and a beautiful bass baritone voice. He was a soloist at Knox United Church. He sang the lead in "The Most Happy Fella" at Rainbow Stage with his young co-star, Len Cariou.

Bob also sang at The Hollow Mug with many of the city's best singers. His rendition of "Old Man River" rivalled Robeson's. This picture is from the show “South Pacific”.

He sang oratorio for the CBC, notably "Messiah" with the Edmonton Symphony. He performed with the WSO on other occasions such as A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughn Williams for baritone, soprano and choir.

He and Joan were blessed to spend the last years of their 70-year relationship together at Oakview Place where they were given exceptional care and love by the wonderful staff there. We thank the staff for their special care during Dad's last days when we were unable to visit him or say goodbye due to the 2020 Covid Pandemic. A private family internment will take place when we are again able to gather to pay our last respects.

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Thomas Kent

I knew Bob and Joan Joan most of my life. They were good friends of my parents through Knox Church choir where my dad George Kent was tenor soloist and choir director for some years. I got to visit with them in later years.
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Sandra Ferens

Bob sang at our wedding 42 years ago. His powerful voice during "The Lord's Prayer" shook that little church. My gr 1 and 2 students sat on the floor near Bob in amazement and covered their ears as he sang. We sang with Bob and Joan at Knox Church from 1973 until Barry's retirement. My husband sang in the baritone section with Bob. We will never forget Bob and Joan, their love of music, love of God, and love for each other. They always found the best in any situation or within any person. Our hearts go out to you. We're sure both of them are singing their praises to God in heaven.
Sandra, Rob, Randy, and Anthony Ferens
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Kristjan Beck

I'm so sorry you couldn't be there. My condolences to everyone who loved him. Hope to see you in the Okanagan some day.
Love Kristjan Beck
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Valerie Pearson

My sincere sympathy to you, the family of Robert Publow. He was a man of great integrity, friendliness, and kindness. I was one of the many who admired his amazing musical talent. My condolences in your loss.
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