In Memory of

Robert

Alan

Stafford

Obituary for Robert Alan Stafford

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It is with deep sadness that the family of Robert (Bob) Alan Stafford announces his sudden death on May 9, 2024, at the age of 89.

Left to mourn, and miss him forever, are Marlene, his wife of 65 years; his children Leslie (Michael), Bob Jr. (Christine) and Paul; his grandchildren, Jessie (Dylan), Mack, Dylan (Monica), Phoenix, (Chaysen), Maddie (Jamie), Anna (Lucas); and his great-grandchildren, Fisher, Acre, Coast, Briar and Olive. Bob is predeceased by his brother Michael Barrie, who died only three weeks earlier. Michael’s wife, Marilyn, and his children, Jennifer, Todd and Jason, share in the family’s grief.

Bob was born January 6, 1935, in Redruth, Cornwall, UK, the first child of Eve (Perrow) and Stanley Stafford.

He arrived in Canada in 1947 along with his mum, and younger brother, Michael. His father, who had joined the Canadian Merchant Navy during the Second World War, joined the family after completing his final at-sea posting. They made their first home in Canada in Hamilton, Ontario, eventually settling in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Bob graduated high school from Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate in 1953, where he met the beautiful, and kind, Marlene Hachborn. They dated for 6 six years and were married June 6, 1959.

He began a long and successful career in the investment business in Kitchener in 1956, followed by positions in Toronto and Burlington, before transferring to Winnipeg in 1962 to open the new office of Bell Gouinlock Securities Limited. He ran that office for over 25 years, until the company was bought by Dominion Securities. He ended his career in 2009 with BMO Nesbitt Burns. Colleagues and clients knew Bob to be a man of the highest integrity.

Together Bob and Marlene made a lovely home for their kids on Borebank Street in River Heights where they lived from 1963 to 2008. Winter evenings and weekends were spent at the Winnipeg Winter Club, with summers in the backyard pool, but every Saturday and Sunday morning (and many an evening too!) saw Bob on the golf course at Niakwa Country Club, where he was made a Lifetime Member in 2012 after 50 years of membership.

Bob was a very avid art collector who began to buy the work of local artists in the 1970s. Favourites were Leo Mol, Jordan Van Sewell, Tony Tascona, Walter J. Phillips, Clarence Tillenius, and Robert Kost. He branched out to collecting Inuit art in the 1980’s. In May 2012, Bob and Marlene donated over 120 pieces of their Inuit art collection to the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The Stafford Collection of Inuit Sculpture can now be seen in the WAG-Qaumajuq.

Bob loved his wife, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, family dogs, lake, golf, art, and fast cars (we hope, in that order, although some might say golf was #1).

Marlene, Leslie, Bob and Paul wish to thank both the Paramedic team, and Emergency Room staff at HSC, for their kindness and care.

Cremation has occurred. Friends old and new are welcome to join the family at a Celebration of Bob’s life at Niakwa Country Club, on June 11th at 1:00pm. No flowers, please. Instead, the family asks you consider a donation in his name to the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter or Health Sciences Centre Foundation.

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