It is with profound sadness that we share of the passing of our dearly beloved father, grand-father, great grand-father, brother, uncle and friend Bruce Chobot. Dad passed peacefully on September 30, 2020 at St. Boniface Hospital.
He is survived by his daughters Paulette (Dennis), Charlaine (Chris), Jen (Tyler), grandchildren, Amanda (Shane), Joshua (Elayna), Rachel, Chantal, Elyse, Justine and Breanne, great grandsons, Ayden and Liam, siblings, Tony and Irene, sister-in-law Betty and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was born in Arbury Saskatchewan on March 31, 1939, second youngest of six children. Early years were spent on the farm, where he developed a strong work ethic. He left home at a young age in pursuit of adventure. He traveled Canada from coast to coast with his close friends, selling encyclopedias. He shared many stories of this time in his life. Most memorable was the time they were driving through the mountains, in terrible weather. They stopped to assess the situation, and when dad tried to step out of the car, there was no ground to step on, or guard rails to warn them how close they had come to the edge. Times could be tough, and often sales weren't enough to keep him fed. To supplement his income he honed his skills in the pool hall, becoming quite a pool shark.
His travels led him to a small town in Northern Manitoba where he met the love of his life, our mom, Olga. To hear dad tell it, it was love at first sight, so smitten he was seeing her across a crowded room. Dad continued to travel and their relationship developed through letters. They dated for a couple years and married in Toronto in 1957. They started their family in Toronto, and moved back to Manitoba in 1961 to be closer to extended family.
Dad worked as a baker for Canada Safeway until his retirement.
He had many interests and hobbies. In his younger years he played snooker, boxed, curled and played baseball. He also bowled, played cards and golfed. He enjoyed camping and fishing.
He was very dedicated to his family, and later in life developed a strong faith. He was thrilled to become a grandpa, and enjoyed many hours with the grand kids. The great grand kids were another blessing and he was very happy to spend time with the little ones.
He was a true-gentlemen; the last of a dying breed. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. He was exceedingly generous, and made donations to all sorts of charities, very rarely saying no to anyone in need. He was ever concerned about his family, and always wanted to be sure that they had what they needed. His passing leaves a huge void in our lives. We miss you so much Dad.
Due to the global pandemic, we are unable to celebrate his life as he deserves. A private family service will be held once Provincial guidelines allow.
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