It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and friend Robb Finnen on April 29, 2023 at the age of 77 after a battle with liver cancer.
Robb will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by wife Sharon, daughter Holly, son Jim (Kim), grandchildren Jordan and Kaelen, sister Lynn (Lorne), nephews Ben(Jan) and Tyler and countless other family members and friends lucky enough to have crossed paths with him.
Rob was born in Digby, Nova Scotia on June 27, 1945 to parents Lloyd and Joey Finnen who were stationed there as part of Canada's war effort. The family soon moved back home to Winnipeg where sister Lynn was born. The settled and had amazing years together in the Lord Roberts/Riverview area, first on Rosedale Ave. and then on Montgomery Ave. Robb graduated from Churchill High School after a legendary (so we were told) football career and moved on to the University of Manitoba.
While working on his degree he met the love of his life Sharon. They married in on August 17, 1968 and have spent over 50 years as best friends, parents and partners. Robb graduated in 1971 and became a partner at Finnen, Bettess & Finnen Chartered Accountants. He truly enjoyed his career of choice and loved working with his partners, coworkers, students and clients. Children came next, in 1976 Holly was born and then in 1979, Jim followed. The family settled in the Fort Richmond area of Winnipeg enjoying the community for over 20 years. Robb and Sharon eventually built their dream home at the site of the family cabin at Falcon Lake, MB. Robb was incredibly proud of the amazing house for friends and family to gather. Moves followed to the Falcon Lake town site where Robb spent as much time as possible with his grandchildren Jordan and Kaelen and then to Paradise Village in Ste. Anne, MB last fall.
Robb’s extensive volunteer resume speaks to the kind of person he was and the type of person we should all strive to be. Here are just a few of the highlights; St. Vital Curling Club in multiple board positions and eventually president, Manitoba Curling Association as board member and volunteering for both the World Curling Championships and the Brier. At Richmond Kings Community Center as both a coach, board member and vice-president finance for 8 years. Rotary Club of St. Boniface as a member, board member, president and he was most proud of his involvement with the Club’s International Youth Exchange being a host, youth counselor and mentor for many kids over the years. After moving to Falcon Lake, Robb volunteered on the board of the Whiteshell Fire Department and with the Whiteshell Community Club.
Thank you to all the nurses, doctors and support staff at Ste. Anne Hospital and Health Sciences Centre that cared for Robb in his final weeks.
Robb generously supported many charities over the years, so in lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Crossing Funeral Care. Followed by a time of refreshments . For those unable to attend in person, the family invites you to join them via livestream. Please click here to view the livestream.