July 24, 1944 – December 25, 2019
Dr. Frederick Robert (Bob) Wintonyk passed away on Christmas Day in ICU at Whitehorse General Hospital at the young age of 75.
Bob was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 9 children to Anna (nee Swerhun) and D’mytro Wintonyk.
Bob started his formal education in a one room schoolhouse and went on to study medicine at University of Alberta in Edmonton, and completed his internship at the Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.
Bob worked briefly overseas in Grenada, and then north to Yukon and Northern BC for most of his career. His approach to medicine was exemplary. He was hard-working, straightforward and kind. His patients benefited from having his total support and devotion. Bob had a broad and varied group of friends. He touched many people’s lives with his friendship. His loyalty, kind-heartedness, compassion,sense of humour and love of practical jokes was legendary.
Bob embraced life to the fullest. He loved to travel and developed a passion for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
His motto was to “Live Life”.
Bob cared deeply for all and had a soft spot for those less fortunate and would take time to listen to their story and help out in simple ways.
Bob leaves behind his long-time spouse, Su Omura, of 35 years, his remaining sister, Ruth McKee (nee Wintonyk) of Calgary, Alberta and Arnold our loving cat of 15 years.
Cremation has taken place. Bob was proud of his Ukranian heritage and Bob’s last homemade batch of borscht and kutia was enjoyed by a small group of neighbours and friends on the weekend.
A gathering to remember and celebrate Bob will take place at a later date (to be announced).
Many thanks to Dr. Adrienne Mayes, Dr. Robyn Jamieson, Dr. Robert and Leone Bousquet, Peter and Tracey Snell, Lynn Daffe, Dr. Marjorie Crawford, and the WGH Emerg and ICU teams and all our friends and colleagues for your kind support and thoughts.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to help establish a fund in Bob’s memory for a worthy and deserving Yukon Medical student, (to be established and in trust to the Yukon Foundation), or to the Mae Bachur Society or a charity of your choice.
Thank you, Su, Ruth and Arnold the cat.
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