Peacefully, after a very long battle with Alzheimer’s, Rube passed away in the loving arms of his family at age 93.
He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Rube’s first wife Ruth, to whom he was married 43 years, predeceased him by 26 years and he was lucky enough to find another wonderful woman, Phyllis, with whom he shared love and happiness for 19 years. He leaves his loving family, wife Phyllis, daughter Candice (Guy Stearns), grandchildren Lauren (Colin Rochon), D’Arcy (Rebecca Coish), Alex (Julian Bradford), Max, and great grandchildren Zev & Sophie Rochon.
Family was always number one for Rube; family meals, car rides, drum concerts, dance recitals, plays, fencing tournaments – he was at every one of them. He loved each of us unconditionally. His second love was golf and he was a scratch golfer; he treasured his hole-in-one trophy. Rube was so excited and proud when Phyllis learned to golf so she could share his favourite activity with him.
Rube loved to spend his summers at Falcon Lake – sitting at the end of the dock chatting with all his dear lake neighbours, repeatedly trying to offer them herring and rye bread. Once he retired, Palm Springs became the winter home he always looked forward to; days filled with golfing, going out for dinner, and card games with friends. He was not one to take life for granted.
We would like to thank the amazing, compassionate staff at Simkin Centre. We are so appreciative for all your care and kindness to Rube. We would like to extend a special thank you to his incredibly caring companion of the last eight years, Liezl Velo Pacete. You treated him as if he was your own father.
Donations may be made to the Manitoba Alzheimer Society or a charity of your choice.