Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

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Robert "Bob" Mackenzie Raeburn

February 28, 1943September 8, 2019

It is with great sadness that on September 8, 2019, following a lengthy illness with Hepatic Duct cancer, that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Mackenzie Raeburn at the age of 76.

Bob was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Grace (nee Mackenzie).

He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his wife Sandra of 54 years; his children, Todd and Drew (Janis); and grandchildren Jessica, Vanessa and Kaase; and special cousin Wilma MacArthur.

Bob was born in Brandon, Manitoba and first met his dad when he was two years old when he returned from overseas. He had a happy childhood, including annual train vacations over North America. Upon graduation from the University of Manitoba (Brandon College) in 1964, Bob joined General Motors of Canada in customer service. In 1967, he accepted a position at the University of Manitoba as Assistant to the Head of the Department of Chemistry. In 1972, Bob moved to the “Big House” (Administration Building) as Secretary of the Board of Governors and Director of Public Affairs.

Upon early retirement in 1998, he had served the Board of Governors for over 25 years and was also the Executive Director of the University Relations Division, responsible for public affairs, alumni relations and development. After a break, during which he volunteered as the Co-mayor of Athletes Village at the University for the 1999 Pan American games, Bob returned to the University in 2001 as the Executive Assistant to the President until 2008.

Throughout his many years at the University, he felt blessed to have associated with so many dedicated colleagues, Board Chairs, Chancellors and in particular the five Presidents he reported to. In addition to serving on many professional boards and committees, his volunteer activities included: President of Children's Hospital Research Foundation, a member of the Boards of Directors of the Health Sciences Centre and the Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Inc.

Bobs long term association with the University was made possible by the loving support and dedication of Sandra, particularly when the boys were young. Family always came first and Bob enjoyed a wonderful life with a close family unit. When the boys were young, there was always a memorable family vacation including the road trip from Winnipeg to Newfoundland. This caused the comment, “Dad, what is wrong with you? ...the airplane has been invented!” Family summers at Clear Lake was a favorite place where amazing memories were created.

Bob was a proud grandfather (Papa) and loved his grandchildren. On weekends, you could always find Papa enjoying his grandchildren’s sports at the hockey rink, basketball court, a soccer field, and ringette games or just spending quality time together watching football games and enjoying family suppers.

Travel and times with good friends were a highlight of his life including European trips with the Smiths and trips with the “Crazy 8’s.”

Bob was blessed with excellent care and compassion from his health care professionals, in particular our family doctor, Dr. Brian Sharkey.

In Bob’s memory, contributions may be made to the University of Manitoba’s Naimark or Szathmary Funds or a charity of choice.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes a private family service will be held.


  • A Private Family Service will be held.


Robert "Bob" Mackenzie Raeburn

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Carole Sirant Olson

September 14, 2019

Dear Sandra and family

My deepest sympathy to everyone
I would like to send a special condolence to Todd and my granddaughter, Vanessa!!

My thoughts are w you
Carole (Baba)

Edward Unrau

September 12, 2019

Bob is someone I will never forget having served as his chief associate in public relations/public affairs/university relations.

Although Bob was my boss he was also a colleague and a friend over three decades.

Betty and I extend our condolences to Sandra and family.

Ed and Betty Unrau

Irene Falconer

September 11, 2019

Dear Sandy and family

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was such a prominent person at the University and so well known and liked.

On a personal note, I want to tell you it doesn't get easier to be without your loved one, you just learn to adjust your way of life without him.

My thoughts are with you at this time and if I can be of any help, please let me know.

Andrew Suthern

September 11, 2019

I have many fond memories of spending time with Bob. One of my most memorable is a party in the basement of Janis and Drew's home where all of the parents (in their 60s) were dancing up a storm while the children (in their 30s) were standing in pure amazement. Somehow us children were surprised that our parents could party-it-up. I specifically remember Bob tearing up the dance floor with Sandra. I saw Bob for who he truly was, a positive, fun, and very entertaining person.

I always looked forward to seeing both Bob and Sandra at the weekly hockey games. He was always first-class, cheerful and joy to speak with. Even while he battled cancer he was always keen on asking my son and I how we were doing. He was very selfless.

Bob will be dearly missed. He courageously battled cancer and at times it looked like he had beaten it. I am thinking about you all as you grieve Bob's passing, although I am especially thinking of Sandra. Sandra and Bob were always together. In fact, I cannot think of a time where I saw them apart. Sandra, I cannot imagine how you feel right now, but please know our family is thinking about you as you go through this difficult time. We are thinking about all of you.

With love, Andrew, Nolan and Family

Glen Jones

September 10, 2019

I had the great honour of learning from Bob Raeburn when I was a student member of the Board of Governors. He was an extremely kind and thoughtful man - and he took the time to help me learn the ropes and teach me about university governance - a subject that would later provide the foundation for my career. I will always remember and admire his kind spirit, the way that he supported those around him, and his tremendous patience. My deepest sympathies to his family on their great loss.

Elizabeth Mcphail

September 10, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful son, husband,father,grandfather and for us the best cousin anyone could have. We will miss him.
Love Elizabeth and Donnie

Colleen Urban

September 10, 2019

What a wonderful and kind gentleman. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be sadly missed, condolences to the family 🙏 he is safe in the arms of Jesus! From Colleen,John, Jonah and Granny

Sarah Rosnes

September 10, 2019

We are so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We will forever remember him cheering on the sidelines at Vanessa's many soccer games.

Much love,

The Rosnes Family