By Marianne Curtis
The agriculture community in St. Pierre was in morning this month when Roger Robert passed away suddenly after a lengthy battle with cancer on July 9.
Thirty-nine year old Robert was born in St. Pierre and raised in St. Malo. He went to the University of Manitoba where he obtained a diploma and degree in Agriculture. More recently he was the agriculture rep for St. Pierre and area as a farm production and crops advisor.
Former Ag rep John McGregor says that Manitoba Agriculture and farmers in the region are going to feel the loss.
“When Roger started out as ag rep out of St. Pierre he was very excited about the job – he knew the people, he was well respected and he was willing to be with them when they were working,” McGregor stated.
Robert started his career as a farm production advisor specializing in biodiesel and then took on the role of Farm Production Advisor working with growers in the crop production area.
“He had a farming background and wanted to go out there and work with farmers in the area,” McGregor recalled.
McGregor says that the one thing he remembers the most was how Robert told him when he first started the job that he didn’t care what the government expected, he wanted to walk with the farmers and help them as much as he could.
“He was very involved with the ag society and pivotal in the St. Pierre area – it will be hard to fill his shows,” McGregor concluded.
Robert loved farming and collected antique farm equipment as a hobby. He was also the captain of the St. Pierre Volunteer fire department, president of the St. Pierre Ag Society and vice president of Windfarm Energy.
Robert leaves behind his fiancé Marlene Manness, whom he was supposed to marry on July 16.