Young, Robert Daniel

Robert (Bob) Daniel Young  CHA

Suddenly on April 8, 2020, due to a ruptured aneurysm, Bob Young aged 78 of Souris, Manitoba, passed away at home with his wife Maureen by his side. Bob was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba January 1, 1942. He was predeceased by his father Robert, his mother Noreen and his only brother Tom. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Maureen of 52 years, daughters Elizabeth (Clayton) and Roberta (Jayson), his sister in law Diane and four beautiful grandchildren Gracian, Sydney, Angus and Logan. Bob had a very good and happy life. He worked his young and teenage years as a paper delivery boy and a soda jerk. He was also in the Air Force Cadets where he was a drummer in the band and where he also got his love of World War II aircraft. After school he spent a number of years working with the Royal Bank before meeting Maureen in 1967 and then marrying her in 1968. They moved to Norway House, Manitoba and managed the airbase which was float planes and barges. In 1970 they moved back to Winnipeg and Bob worked for Gordon Hotels, managing many properties including Selkirk, the Curtis and the Montcalm. He left the hotel business in 1973 and he and Maureen moved to The Pas to help his father manage his Allied Trucking Agency until it was sold in 1977. The bug of the hotel business was in his blood and the family moved to Saskatoon and managed the Patricia Hotel. He and Maureen purchased the Souris Motor Inn in 1982 and operated and managed it until retirement in 2009. Bob loved the hotel business and loved the town of Souris and the people in it. He made many friends and acquaintances along the way. He spent many hours talking and engaging with people and enjoyed every minute. He received his Hotel Administrator designation from American Hotel and Motel Association in 1991 and sat on the board of directors for the Manitoba Hotel Association for many years before becoming the chairman of the board in 2000. The cabin at Pelican Lake which was purchased in 1995 became his heaven on earth and all free time was spent at the lake snowmobiling or boating. The lake people, as he fondly called them all became new friends and he had a special place in his heart for all of them. His two daughters were the center of his life and he celebrated their achievements with much love and pride. When his two sons in law entered the family and then four grandchildren, he was over the top. Bob was known as a good story teller and they were all true and based on his life experiences. It was a good journey.

A special thank you to Dr. Cram, EMS staff and Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home. Their caring and empathy are second to none.

In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Souris Health Centre c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.

11 thoughts on “Young, Robert Daniel”

  1. We have many fond memories of great times with Bob. Our sincere sympathy to his family.

  2. Bob always had a smile on his face and very enjoyable to be around. My heart goes out to you all. Hugs and prayers for you all

  3. Sincere sympathies to the family. Carol and I both have fond memories of Bob and working at the hotel.
    Very sorry to hear of his passing, our thoughts are with you.
    Chris and Paul Swaenepoel & Carol Bodin.

  4. We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was a strong advocate for rural hotels, and we appreciate Bob’s dedication as a Director and Chair of the association. Our thoughts are with Maureen at this time.

  5. Maureen & Family, Keith & I were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We have lots of fond memories of Bob, his smile, laugh and vibrant personality. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. We are so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and will miss his presence and stories at the lake. Our condolences to Maureen and the family. The Goldstone-Joubert’s

  7. I remember Bob from childhood. He was my father Irving’s younger brother Bob’s oldest son. I can recall Christmas parties and other family events we shared and enjoyed way back then. Much later about ten years ago while traveling with work, I visited my cousin Bob and Maureen and we spent a wonderful sunny afternoon by their lake cottage reminisced over a couple of cold ones. Bob was a gracious and sophisticated gentleman that everyone will sorely miss. I am truly saddened to hear of his sudden and untimely death.

  8. Lynn and I shared many memorable times traveling with Bob and Maureen through our connection with the Hotel Association. Bob’s concern for the hotel industry as a whole was evident in his participation as a Director of the Manitoba Association for many years and as its Chair for several years. At the National level his role as a Director showed his commitment to Manitoba interests as well as his support to the tourism industry as a whole.

    Our hearts go out to Maureen and Family
    Lynn and Jim Baker

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