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Errol Rocke

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ERROL BARTHOLOMEW ROCKE

October 23, 1937 – June 19, 2024

Errol Bartholomew Rocke, 86, passed on June 19, 2024, at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg Manitoba.  He was surrounded by his devoted family and leaves behind a legacy of kindness and generosity.


Errol is survived by the love of his life and wife of 51 years Edith Rocke; children John (Taylor), Judi-Marie, Peter (Angie), Susan (Rob), Tammie (Cam), Sonia (Daniel), Nicole, David (Asma); grandchildren Cheyenne (Tyler), Jean-Paul, Haley, Mackenzie, Danielle, Saje & Noa; great grandchildren Keaton & Kohen; siblings Cynthia, Linda (Neil), Lennard (Freda), Lloyd, Atlanta (Victor), Annette (George), Deane, Michael (Cathy), sister-in-law Charlene; and a multitude of treasured nieces, nephews, extended family and special friends.  He is pre-deceased by his parents Camsee and Lenny Rocke, older brother Carl Rock (Agnes), younger brother Alva Rocke, brother-in-law Tony Leemack and sister-in-law Joan Cherrie-Rocke.


“Rocker” as he was fondly known was born October 23rd, 1937 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.  Errol’s parents instilled in him and his 10 siblings the importance of family, lending a hand and the pursuit of education and self-improvement.  One of his earliest memories of ‘school’ was sitting on the front porch as a toddler ‘riding’ a rocking chair to school with briefcase in hand ready to learn.  Errol could be counted on to help his parents with odd jobs and taking care of the family; a promise he kept to his mother throughout his life.  Growing up, he enjoyed getting to Sans Souci, Trinidad for cherished summer escapes to visit grandparents, having adventures around town, on Piccadilly Street and on and off the soccer field with his siblings and partners-in-lime.


From lean beginnings Errol and his siblings branched out into the world to make an impact and supported each other along the way.  Errol first moved to New York in the 60’s where he worked for the consulate for a few years before relocating to Winnipeg.  He was among the first of a community of T&T ex-pats to come to Manitoba, gain higher education and make roots for himself and for others to follow.  He had a hand in helping many people create a home in Winnipeg and would go out of his way to include and check in with anyone in need.  He always took the opportunity to mark a notable achievement by hosting a dinner or fete and a weekly open door Sunday morning brunch was a foregone conclusion where the family’s favourite Trini dishes (bake and salt-fish) were topped with Edith’s Hungarian dishes.  His meals were more than just food; they were an expression of his love and his way of bringing people together.  He was a fabulous cook.


Errol had a tenacious spirit and demonstrated his resolve in achieving the goals he set for himself throughout his life.  He was our example.  He was a naturally skilled jack of all trades and a master of carpentry and at human connection.  He was a funny man and enjoyed busting a gut with those he loved- the biggest laughs and thick Trini-speak came out when his sibling’s recounted stories to each other of their escapades.  The younger generation enjoyed sitting and soaking in those precious moments.  He poured his attention and heart into whatever he did; be it building or renovating homes as a career and to help his family, farming, training horses, cooking and gardening with Edith, giving his kids tasks to complete, coaching, being a devoted sports fan or his daily journaling.  One day, upon receiving a photo radar speeding ticket through the mail slot, Errol quickly consulted his trusty logs and pinpointed the culprit with the heavy foot, his notes were thorough.


He loved to dance and sing- especially Calypso & Soca.  His smile was our home.  Errol will be dearly missed.  


The family would like to thank all the hospital staff and home care workers that have cared for Errol over the last few months.  Many of you became friends.  


In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations can be made as tribute in Errol’s memory to the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.


Errol’s family kindly requests that all of 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, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Robbie Cowie

July 13, 2024 at 6:47 PM

I first met Errol in 1996 while paying soccer for Under 13 Northwest Premier Soccer Club.Errol was the caoch for under 14 Maples Community Center which went on to Become Maples Quick Kicks.He became really good friends with my father for they were both coaches of their own teams.We played against each other and also together on the same side. and our families got together for dinner and became good friends.Errols son David and I were teammates on the undr 15 Provincial in 1997 we travelled to Calgary and Montreal for tournaments and trained all winter long to prepare.Those were the stepping stones and learning curves of my life and Im happy Errol was apart of that.One of the biggest memories in soccer with Errol is when they had a mini world cup Under 16 Tournament in 1998 and my father coaching team Canada ending up facing Errols team Hem boys for the finals at soccer spectrum.One of the best most exciting games of my soccer carreer end to end action where any team could of won that day.Even though one team had to come up short both teams were seen as winners that day.Errol would always phone my Dad and I can still remember Errols voice to this Day saying"ROBBIE IS YOUR DAD HOME!!!!ASK HIM WHAT TIME IS THE BINGO BOWL".His Trini accent was nostalgic and his voice will never leave me.Errol loved his kids so much and would do anything for them.David was his pride and joy on the soccer field.Errol also spoke highly about his nephews Damian,Ethan,and Hayden who all played together on The National Champion winners in 2000 Lucania Soccer Club.I had the privelage to play with Damian and Ethan in 2001 where I learned so much in my soccer career and came up short of the Gold that year.Not only will Errol always be in my heart but all The Rocke family as well.I was not able to attend the funeral service but I watched online and it was one of the most Beautiful Services.Rest in Peace Errol until we meet again.Love from The Cowie family.

Stacey and Jade

July 7, 2024 at 4:18 AM

Uncle Errol, you have left a strong legacy, and will be fondly remembered for your deeply rooted family values and the unforgettable family gatherings you hosted, a truly generous and kind person, Loved by many, you will be greatly missed. May God grant Aunty Edith and all your children the grace they need during this time of loss and May your soul rest in eternal peace.

Nedra

July 5, 2024 at 8:57 PM

When I met Errol 45 years ago, when his youngest brother Mike married our daughter Cathy I recognized him as a big man, a big heart, generous, a leader, supporter of his clan of brothers and sisters. I was happy Cathy joined such a vibrant family. He and wife Edith was always welcoming, he mholding out his big embracing arms to greet us. We had many lively conversations and sing songs around the pianos. Was always lifted and lightened by the Rocke gatherings. "Well done thou good and faithful servant".

Wenda and Meagan

July 5, 2024 at 8:07 PM

Uncle Errol, you will be missed by so many of us. Your warmth and generosity will always be remembered. You made a significant impact on many lives. We will take comfort in the memories shared and your positive influence. Eternal rest be granted to you, and may perpetual light shine upon you. Your niece Wenda and your great niece Meagan.

Don.Greenaway

July 5, 2024 at 3:54 PM

90 and on my back in hosp I love the chance to shed some tears I f love for. a fondly loved .mnoble friend. Thank you.Don Greenaway.

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