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Robert F. Skinner, 56, of Winnipeg, Man., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009.

Robert was born in Fort Frances, Ont. and took his schooling there. He then went on to studies at the University of Manitoba and at Queen’s.

During these university years, he worked as a casual Canada Customs summer student and, over time, rose to higher positions in Emerson, Fort Frances, Sarnia, Ottawa headquarters, and finally as a director for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Robert was predeceased by his father, Dr. J.H. Skinner.

He leaves to mourn his mother, Mrs. G.M. Skinner of Fort Frances, Ont.; two brothers, David of Winnipeg, Man. and Steven (Allison) of Brantford, Ont.; along with his niece, F.M. Mackenzie Skinner.

Over the years, Robert built up an impressive array of friends whom he often wined and dined, especially at the cottage on Hostess Island.

These events, some of which included the “visit of the Emersonians” and the “Skinner cousins winter adventure,” and every July 1st have left a great many happy memories.

Robert was kind, affable, hospitable, and generous to a fault. He was progressive, tolerant, and witty, and he almost never stopped working, except for a bike ride, sauna, or swim.

He has a special place in so many hearts, including cousins, colleagues, and many lifelong friends. He lived his life to the full, cruising on the Nile, then on the Queen Mary II, and later to Alaska.

He enjoyed life on Rainy Lake in all seasons.

He worked hard at the CRA. He took care of the many people who needed him. We cannot believe he is no longer with us.

The only words which do justice to his memory are those of the poet, “Frater ave atque vale”—we will surely meet again.

Cremation has taken place, with funeral services to be held Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., with reception to follow.

A memorial service and interment will take place in Fort Frances in the summer of 2010.

Friends so wishing may remember Robert by donating to Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 256 Smith St., Winnipeg, Man., R3C 1K1 or Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, 1200 Denison St., Markham, Ont., L3R 8G6.

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