Memorable Manitobans: Robert Samuel “Bob” Lundale (1924-2003)
Businessman, municipal official.
Born at Winnipeg on 11 August 1924, he spent his childhood years at Mulvihill. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 and served on the HMCS Meon during the Second World War. He returned in 1945 and became manager of the Eriksdale Trading Company. After the store was destroyed by fire, he moved his family to Swift Current, Saskatchewan and Camrose, Alberta before settling at Edmonton where he worked for Simpson Sears as a manager for 11 years. In 1970 he returned to Eriksdale and purchased “Bill’s Confectionery” which he renamed “Bob’s Variety Store.” He expanded the business in 1973 with the acquisition of the “Eriksdale Red & White.” He soon began operating under the name of “Eriksdale Lucky Dollar” and later “Eriksdale Tom Boy.” He retired in 1989.
He was a member of the Masons, Eastern Star, and the Eriksdale Legion where he served as President and Zone Commander. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Eriksdale from 1989 to 1993, served as Trustee for the Lakeshore School Division from 1988 to 1991, and served as Chairperson and Director of the E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital Board for nine years.
He died on 30 May 2003 and was buried in the Eriksdale Cemetery.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 4 June 2003.
“They will never be forgotten,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2003, pages A6-7.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 October 2016
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