Keeler, Robert William Wayne

Robert William Wayne Keeler  With family by his side, Robert William Wayne Keeler passed away peacefully at the Carberry Health Centre on March 25, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Rob was born January 26, 1980 in Brandon, MB to Wayne and Audrey Keeler.  He grew up in Hartney, MB and attended school there.  During his childhood, Rob enjoyed spending time with lots of friends and his younger brother, Bryan playing different sports such as hockey, wrestling, baseball and golf.  Rob loved sports and was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He enjoyed all types of music, reading biographies and had many favourite television shows.  He was a very kind and compassionate man who wore his heart on his sleeve and who loved and cared deeply for his family and friends.  He graduated high school in 1998 and from there, moved to Brandon, MB and attended University to pursue his Education degree.  While attending University, Rob made some very good friends and had so many great memories with all of them.  Once he received his Bachelor of Education degree in 2005, he spent a few years working term positions and substitute teaching at several schools around Brandon until he landed a teaching job at Riverbend Colony School (Southeast of Carberry, MB) in 2008 and was there for about 7 years.  In April 2009, Rob met the love of his life, Becky and they were married on July 30, 2011.  They bought a house in Carberry, MB in 2011 so Rob could be closer to his teaching job.  In March 2015, after a few months of suffering from stomach and back pain, Rob was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.  During the past year, Rob stayed positive despite everything and he fought hard but his illness proved to be too much of an obstacle to overcome.  Rob was predeceased by grandparents Ken (1975) and Marjorie (2015) Keeler and Ruggles and Rosa Brown (1984).  He is survived by his wife Becky (Smith), his parents Wayne and Audrey (Brown) Keeler, his brother Bryan (Yasemin), his niece Mya and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.  A celebration of Rob’s life was held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Centennial Centre in Hartney, MB with Reverend Doug Craig officiating.  Private interment was held in the Lauder Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.  If you so wish, in memory of Rob, donations may be made to:  Hartney Golf Course Box 271, Hartney, MB R0M 0X0; Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation INC 675 McDermot Avenue Room ON1160 Winnipeg, MB R3E 9Z9; or to the Lauder Cemetery Fund, Box 66, Lauder, Manitoba R0M 1C0.


20 thoughts on “Keeler, Robert William Wayne”

  1. We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
    Lloyd & Karen Paulson

  2. To the Keeler family,
    Our heartfelt condolences to your family for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May it give you comfort to know that Rob is no longer suffering.
    Gord and Lorna Morrison (Lisa’s parents)

  3. So sorry to here of Rob’s passing. Thinking of you during this very difficult time.

    Carol and Waltet

  4. Wayne and Audrey and family. I am so sad to hear about Robert’s passing. My family is thinking and praying for you of at this time.

  5. Wayne, Audrey and family
    Doug and I were so terrible sad to hear of Rob’s illness and death. Sadly we know what a loss you are feeling, one that doesn’t really go away but in time you learn to accept and move on but just down a different path. We remember Rob from one ball tournament and so believe he loved sports as much as his Dad did. We have always felt blessed that we were allowed the time to take part and enjoy our sons sports endeavors along with their other growing up accomplishments. Our children are such a blessing but having to say goodbye to them just does not seem right in the whole life plan. But that is life and we must move on and cherish those who are left and each day that is granted to us. Take care our friends and know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Life can be so unfair.

  7. My condolences to all of Rob’s family and friends. He was great guy who was always able to visit with anyone. I have a lot of memories of Rob that I will hold forever in my heart! He was like a brother to me and will never forget the good times we had! We used to tease each other often and I know he really enjoyed that as did I! Thank you to Rob’s family for always being kind and welcoming to my sister over the years! Let’s all remember this wonderful man through everything that he did!

  8. We’re sorry for your loss. I will miss Hammy, and remember fondly the time we spent together. He was always entertaining, on the golf course, playing shinny or amusing texts at any tiime of day. He had an amazing memory and every chance to reminisce was enjoyable. We are thinking of you.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. Rob was a special individual and will be missed by everyone

  10. Becky, Auntie Audrey, Uncle Wayne, Bryan & Yas
    Rob’s courage through all of this was truly inspiring and could not have been possible without your love and support. Rob valued friends and family and even as our lives took us in different directions we always managed to maintain a closeness. We shared many holidays and most milestone events over the years. I cannot recall a Christmas when we were not together. Life will be different. We will miss Rob terribly but he will forever remain in our hearts and in our memories.

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. There are no words adequate to express our sympathy .

  12. Hammy, it was truly an honor to call you a friend and my deepest sympathy to Becky and your family, until we meet again my friend

  13. To the Keeler Family,
    What does a persons write at a time like this? All we can say is you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time in your life. We are so sorry for your loss. Keep your memories of Robert close to your heart.

  14. There are no real words for a time like this, we just want you to know that you are very much in our thoughts these days. Our hearts go out to you Becky and the Keeler family.

  15. To Wayne, Audrey, Becky, and Brian and Family:
    I only just recently heard of Rob’s illness, and now he is gone. So very sad for all of you, bit it is comforting to know he is now free from pain. Thinking of you with sympathy and prayers at this time.
    Myrna (née Mosby) and Larry Adolf

  16. Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time. I have many fond memories of spending time with Rob when we were younger and always remember he had a smile on his face. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your amazing husband, son and brother. Praying for all of you as Rob will be so greatly missed.

  17. Dear Audrey, Wayne, Brian, Yasmine, and families.
    Our deepest sympathies in the loss of our dear Robbie, from Nursery School days to employment opportunities in Hartney as a teenager, we have so many great memories. He was such a kind gentle soul even as a young child, he left his mark on so many people in his short time, us included.
    May your treasury of good memories help to get you through this difficult time. Hugs to you all.

  18. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you Audrey and your family.
    Theresa O’Brien

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