ROBERT EDWARD HINDMARSH
August 3, 1947 – November 10, 2020
The family of Robert Hindmarsh is sad to announce that he passed away on November 10, 2020, after experiencing many health issues, at the age of 73.
He is survived by his wife Helen of 40 years, daughter Rhonda Hayden (Randy), son Mark Hindmarsh, granddaughters Angel (Terrance), Samantha, Renee and Madison, sister Bev (Pierre) and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his step-sons David Benjamin (Cecilia and family), Blaine Benjamin (Sue and family), step-daughters Kim Thain (Harvey and family), Debra Nicholas (and family), Holly Scott (Roland and family) and Cindy Benjamin (Terry and family) and many other family and friends too numerous to list.
He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Albert Hindmarsh, sister Dorothy and brother George.
Robert’s life began on August 3, 1947 and was born and raised in Winnipeg, in St. Vital with his brother George and sisters Dorothy and Bev. After high school in the mid 1960’s he ventured out east to the Toronto area as well as out west to the Vancouver area for fun and adventure, but returned to Winnipeg just a few years later and at the age of 24 he started his family and daughter Rhonda was born and following just 22 months later was his son Mark.
For many years he worked as a mechanic and in 1978 he earned his Red Seal Journeyman ticket as a Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanic and spent 10 years at CN Rail working as a machinist. After his career at CN he decided to switch careers and go in another direction and became a homecare worker for over 20 years and he met many people throughout that career he thought of as friends. He eventually retired in 2011, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Robert was also very dedicated to his church and his faith for many years and throughout the years of travelling to their Feast of Tabernacles every year in the fall they met many fellow church members that they became friends with. His church was very important to him and he looked forward to his weekly church services. The last request he had while in the hospital was that he asked Helen to bring him his bible.
Robert developed an interest in woodworking many years ago when Helen wanted a stand for their very large aquarium. So, he decided he was going to build one for her and when she came home from work one day there was Robert building it on the living room carpet. And from then on, he has made many beautiful items. One in particular is one that is very special to Cindy, that she loves and still has to this day. Quite a number of years ago he made her a pen holder for her on a round piece of live edge wood with a plaque with her name on it.
Robert also had a few more interests that included playing the violin and had taken lessons and became very good at it. He loved his fishing trips in Ear Falls, ON with many family members and always looked forward to them and always had a story to tell about them. He also loved his animals. There was never a time when their house did not have at least one dog or cat and most of the time had some of each. He really missed his chihuahua Romeo and his dog Cooper and cat Patch are now missing him so much.
Robert had a special relationship with a lot of people and a conversation with him was always interesting, whether it was talking about the war times in Europe with Angel, plotting with Randy for ways to torment Rhonda, talking to Criss about woodworking, many chats with Holly, or talking about fishing with Harvey. He had a very close relationship with his daughter Rhonda and they both enjoyed that relationship very much. They were so much alike and the many, many phone conversations he had with her will be missed greatly. Randy and Helen can sure tell a story or two of when Rhonda and Robert got together, they had a way of making them crazy. Mark and Robert shared a father son bond in the early years, and he had good memories of their many fishing trips.
But out of all Robert’s relationships with people the most important one to him was the one with his wife Helen. He loved her with everything he had and often said what a wonderful person she is and how she took such good care of him over the years and how much he appreciated that. He always said he couldn’t live without her.
Robert will be missed so much by so many people.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. Robert’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.
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