BRODSKY, Robert William
June 7, 1947 — March 31, 2019
It is with extreme sadness that the family of Robert (Bob) William Brodsky announces the loss of an extraordinary husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and friend on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the age of 71 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Bob was lovingly surrounded by his family at home, as he peacefully left his earthly life.
Loved ones who cleared the path for Bob are his parents Nathan and Marie Brodsky and brother-in-law Albert Derkatch. Loved ones who will miss Bob until they meet again are his wife of 47 years, Rose, son Jarrod (Erin) and daughter Shannon and grandchildren, Tristan and Nixon. He is also survived by his brothers Rick (Deb) of Kelowna, Jack (Shirley) of Saskatoon and sister Debra of Toronto, as well as his sister-in-law Dianna Derkatch of Yorkton, brothers-in-law Larry (Margo) Achtemichuk of Saskatoon and David (Joyce) Achtymichuk of Calgary and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was born on June 7, 1947 in Winnipeg, MB. He loved playing baseball and hockey and when he wasn’t in school or working summers for Brodsky Construction, he was at the rink or the ball diamond. Brodsky Construction and the family moved to Saskatoon in 1965. It was when Bob became a partner in Brodsky Construction that he met the love of his life, Rose Achtymichuk. They were married on October 9, 1971.
Bob reveled in winter vacations in Fort Lauderdale, where he could spend time with his parents and his young family and play his new favourite sport, golf. At home, Bob had a large circle of friends who got together every weekend, dancing, curling and playing cards.
Bob’s love of sports never waned, and he coached his son in hockey and baseball and assisted his daughter in softball. He touched the hearts and souls of the kids he coached and many of them today hold the utmost respect and love for him. He made many lifelong friends during this time.
In 1976 the family bought the Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club and Bob and Jarrod attended every game and became the Blades greatest fans.
Bob was with Brodsky Construction until 1996, when the business was sold, and Bob decided to retire. He used this time to pursue his loves of golf and family. Bob and Rose enjoyed traveling with family and friends, and eventually bought property in Phoenix in 2009 where they spent every winter.
In the fall of 2017, they moved to Kelowna to be closer to their grandchildren. Nothing lit up his face more than when his grandsons came into the room and he gloried in giving them Loonies and Toonies for their piggy banks.
Bob was a wonderful and compassionate man who was loved, is missed and will forever be cherished.
The family would like to thank the Kelowna Cancer Centre, the Palliative Care Nurses (especially Jodi, Sheila and Kristine) and the doctors, especially Dr. Hugo who took such good care of Bob.
A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held August 4, 2019 from 2 – 4:30 pm at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club, 865 Cartwright St, Furdale, SK. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Bob’s memory to BC Cancer Research, 399 Royal Ave, Kelowna BC, V1Y 5L3 or to the KGH Palliative Care Fund to support and honor the nurses at the May Bennett Wellness Centre, 2268 Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2.
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August 4, 2019 from 2 – 4:30 pm
Saskatoon Golf and Country Club
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The service for BRODSKY, Robert William is scheduled for August 4, 2019 from 2 – 4:30 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.