It is with great sadness that his family announces the loss of our husband, father, grandfather on November 23rd, 2020 at the age of 91 years.
Robert Bryce lived an extraordinary life. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on Feb. 2, 1929 to Robert William & Grace Bryce, the second of 5 children. He remembered seeing a sortie of Spitfires rush across the skies, before being evacuated to Canada with 3 of his siblings as “guest children” during WWII. He returned to Edinburgh in 1945, worked briefly for North British Steel Foundry, but decided to live in Canada, creating a life as a farmer in Manitoba with Jim & Hazel Adams at Burnside, then moved together to Austin in 1948. In 1969, he met & married Connie Law and together they raised a family of 3. He was part of his community; as a volunteer, a neighbor & friend, and a member of various associations over the years.
Bob was proud of his heritage, proud of his wife & family, and of his mixed farm. He was meticulous over every detail; the tree rows & fences had to be perfectly straight.
Bob set the bar high for expectations of himself and instilled that, and a sense of pride, into his kids. He naturally commanded respect, carried himself with dignity and integrity – his word was his word! He lived life by his rules, and even at 91, was able to live at home, still enjoying life and his pets. Bob couldn’t go a day without chocolate! He was generous, caring, honest, protective, very musical, funny, and never shy to share his opinion regardless of any consequences. He never really “retired” – being a steward of the land.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, older sister Myra, and sister-in-law May. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Connie, children Robert, Andrew (Ivy), and Cathy and her children Aiden, Caber, and Siri, his brothers Douglas (Nan), Ron, Derek (Kathy), brother-in-law George and their families, and numerous cousins.
“Epitaph on my own Friend” (by Robert Burns)
An honest man here lies at rest,
As e’er God with His image blest:
The friend of man, the friend of truth;
The friend of age, and guide of youth:
Few hearts like his, with virtue warm’d,
Few heads with knowledge so inform’d:
If there’s another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
Robert’s family will celebrate his life privately.
Should friends so desire donations can be made to Central Plains Cancer Services, 318 Sask. Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8
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Central Plains Cancer Services
318 Saskatchewan Ave. E.,, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 0K8