Robert (Bob) James Syrota

December 1, 1951 – February 4, 2023

It is with deep sorrow and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Robert, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. With family, as well as his beloved dogs by his side, he passed away suddenly at home.

He was predeceased by his father Thomas Syrota, mother Petronella (Pat) Shumilak, son Mickey Syrota, brother Tom Syrota, and his furry dog children Shaddy and Shadow. He leaves behind to mourn and with loving memories his wife Rose Syrota; son Robert Jr. Syrota (Cheryl); grandson Brennan Syrota (Rachel); sister Rose Sagness; step-children Sheldon Pescitelli (Yvette), Jodee Pescitelli (Ryan), Shaun Pescitelli; step-grandchildren Teesha, Alec, Daniel, Cody, Kane; 12 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; as well as many long-time friends and his fur babies Luna and Soleil. 

Robert was one of a kind, with his loud booming voice which created an excitable energy that was hard to overlook.  He took particular pleasure in sharing his thoughts boisterously about the show “Fail Army,” as well as contributing his coaching advice energetically to the Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s team from the comfort of his living room chair.

When his children were young, Robert coached his sons’ hockey as well as enthusiastically cheered his children and step-children on from the stands at their sporting events.  Later in life, he continued to cheer on his grandson, Brennan, with football.      

Robert grew up in Winnipeg’s Brooklands area as a child and remained in the city until he retired with his wife Rose to the Winnipeg Beach area.  Although he worked in sales for many years, he obtained a Red Seal Journeyman Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certification, and was employed with Canadian Mechanical Specialty for the remainder of his professional career. He was also president of the professional RSES association for a short period of time.       

The family wishes to thank the home care staff at Gimli Hospital for their care and kindness while assisting Robert at home with medical needs. 

As per Robert’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday Feb 18th, 2023 in the Lutheran Hall, 330 Manitoba Ave., Selkirk, MB.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Family and friends are invited to share memories and condolences on Bob’s memorial page by using the comment field below.

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14 thoughts on “Robert (Bob) James Syrota

  1. Valeri and Paul Zilkie

    Bob was one in a million and we will deeply miss his presence at our family gatherings.
    Our condolences Rose and family.
    Sending our love.
    Paul and Valeri Zilkie

  2. Bob and Paulette Huff (Friends)

    Bob will be missed

    We had many great grey cup parties and new year celebrations with him and Rose

    Enjoyed our trip to Vegas and always had fun anytime we got together

    Our condolences to Rose and family

    • Rosemarie Syrota

      We had some great times together especially our first trip to Las Vegas Bob loved that trip

  3. Brian and Linda(Leochko) Sinclair

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We knew Robert for many,many years and he will be missed.

  4. Pat Bednarski

    Our sincere condolences to the family. We have many cherished memories of (‘Rob’, ‘Bob’, ‘Uncle Rob’) Robert throughout the many years of frienfship!
    Loving thoughts from Felix, Pat, Barb and Sherry Bednarski

  5. Shirley Pengelly

    We have been neighbours since they moved to Winnipeg Beach. Bob was a wonderful man and great neighbour. We had some dinners together and He often came over on his scooter to chat with us. We will miss seeing and talking with Bob.

  6. denise baker

    our sincere condolences to Rose & Robert Jr for the loss of Bob. We had known Bob through his time when he worked for us in his younger years, he was very kind and loved to laugh when he was with us. He will be greatly missed.
    Sincerely, Denise Baker (Custom Vac)

  7. Lisa Dellipizzi

    I’m so sorry for your loss Rose. Condolences to you and your family

    • Rosemarie Syrota

      Thank you Lisa
      Are you still in day surgery/endo at Seven Oaks ?
      Bob was scheduled for colonoscopy in the very near future I will call and cancel

  8. Perry Woloski

    My deepest condolences Rose, I never knew Bob however his choice to marry you says a lot about his character, you are a very humble and kind person so take heart the promises in scriptures such as Daniel 12: 2 And many of those asleep in the dust of the earth will wake up,
    Continue to rely on Jehovah your God in prayer for support
    Sincerely Perry and Dan

  9. Wendy Yurechuk

    I’m so sorry for your loss Robbie , my prayers are with you and your family. 🙏🙏
    Love Wendy

  10. Maxine Bryan

    Dear Rose,
    My deepest sympathies on your loss.

  11. Robert LaFrenière

    My Deepest condolences
    Bob was mentor to me in the start of my career. Always available and willing to share information he showed us all how to keep learning and educating our selfs in the trades. His impact on the trade will not be forgotten between helping and mentoring techniciens from the company he worked for to his work with RSES he continue to pass on knowledge to all in the trade.
    His consult to a 20 something kid helped me become the man I am today. Once again Bob will be missed and my thoughts go out to his family.

  12. Bochurka Family

    We are so sorry for your loss Rose. Condolences from all of us (Clint, Amy, Sinjin, Angelica, Viggo and Rebecca) to you and your family.

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