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Robert "Bob" Allan Hysop

July 18, 1936 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 85)

Obituary

In Loving Memory of
Bob 
Hysop

age 85
Lovingly remembered by his wife Peggy of 66 years, daughters Debbie, (Glen) Dianne, and Marlene (Brian), 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. 
 Bob was predeceased by his daughter Shauleen.

Died
May 4, 2022
Bayside P.C.H
Killarney, Manitoba

 

Home is the hunter, home from the hill.

 

Robert (Bob) Allan Hysop 1936-2022

Bob Hysop was born to Vivien and Frank Hysop on their farm southeast of Killarney in 1936, the second of three sons. He attended Fairdale School and finished his high school years in Killarney.

After apprenticing with a local carpenter, he attended two winters of trade school in Winnipeg, before he married Margaret Ann (Peggy) Coder in 1956. They went on to have four girls over the next 9 years.

Following trade school, Peggy and Bob lived in Winnipeg, where he worked for Manitoba Hydro for six years as foreman of construction crews that built substations all over Manitoba and supervised crews that worked on the Kelsey dam project in northern Manitoba. He once  wrote Peggy that he was pleased he was being promoted to Utility Man #4 from Utility Man #3, because it came with a 5 cent per hour raise!

Not wanting to raise their children in the big city, they returned to Killarney, where Bob went into the construction and contracting business with his brother Morley,  building many homes and commercial buildings in Killarney and area. Bob excelled at golf and curling in his younger years, and would play and coach baseball for most of his life, experience that was useful when, in the 1980s, he opened a sporting goods store, Eagle Sports, where he loved working with his employee, Rodney Jersak, who shared his love of hunting and the outdoors. His later years saw him doing contract work for Ducks Unlimited and Turtle Mountain Conservation District  on waterfowl habitat enhancement projects and building water control structures. He also ran a predator control business.

Bob’s love of hunting, trapping and the outdoors began early, around age 8, when he would set rabbit snares at the family farm, and continued until he was not able to drive anymore. His hunting trips with brothers and brothers-in-law took him to Montana, B.C., Alberta, Wyoming, Labrador, and South Africa, and he had many tales to tell, none more exciting than the time when he and his brother-in law were hunting in the Profit River area in BC and skinning an animal. A grizzly bear charged  into their camp.  As kids, we sure loved laying on that grizzly bear rug with the claws as big as our hands! He was an active member of Ducks Unlimited, and the Turtle Mountain Conservation Club,  and every month would look forward to his Fur, Fish and Game magazines, of which he had a massive collection. Evenings would often find him in “the office”, reloading shells.

In 1972, Bob moved his family to the home he had built on Killarney Lake. When he was “in training”, getting ready for his hunting trips, there were many swims across the lake and back, though Peggy did not often know there were no accompanying kids in a boat or on an inner tube to ward off the motor boats. In his later years, he enjoyed sitting on the beach watching the grandkids play, singing them silly  songs and teasing them. He instigated many acorn fights. 

Along with his two brothers,Morley and Gary, he worked tirelessly to return their home farm quarter to wildlife habitat beginning in the 90’s, planting and tending to more than 40,000 trees, and shooting more than a few pesky porcupines who dared damage those trees. Giving tours of their work to select visitors in the back of his truck was something Bob secretly enjoyed, though he would never admit it; he loved sharing the beauty of that place, and the details of their labours, with any who were interested. The farm was a refuge not just for wildlife, but for him as well, a place where he could go for some quiet solitude.  He seldom attended church, saying each Sunday he was going to the "Church of Mother Nature" for the day.

Bob had a sharp wit and a wicked sense of humor, with a healthy dose of sarcasm. He mellowed in his later years, particularly after the loss of his youngest daughter. He arrived in the personal care home in Killarney just in time for the daunting isolation of COVID, and his last two years found him constantly pacing the halls like a caged coyote, or sitting holding Peggy’s hand. Visits were special to him, particularly if they involved homemade baking and snacks.

 Bob was predeceased by his daughter Shauleen in 2017. He leaves to feel his absence his much loved wife of 66 years, Peggy, three daughters, Deb (Glen), Dianne, Marlene (Brian), fifteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

 

 

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