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It is with deep sadness that ASIS International shares news of the passing of Robert (Bob) Lechow on December 19, 2021. Bob was a regular at ASIS Manitoba Chapter meetings since becoming a member in 2012 and served on the Chapter Executive Committee as Programs Chair from January 2018 until December 2021. Bob will be greatly missed by all that knew and worked with him.

ASIS Associate Regional Vice President and former Manitoba Chapter chair Jacques J. Gagné, CPP, PSP, submitted the following:

Bob was a North-end boy (Born and raised in Winnipeg). He went to Faraday and Inkster elementary schools, Isaac Newton Junior High, and Tec Voc High School (Graduated in 1975). He kept busy at an early age.  He worked paper routes as a boy and started working for Safeway when he was 15.

He did his training with Brandon Police. Over the years, he was employed in various positions;

  • He was a Bylaw Officer for the Municipality of St. Andrews.
  • He joined Winkler Police / 1980-1982
  • Security @ the Convention Center / Winnipeg / 1982 - 1983
  • Altona Police/ 1983 - 1991
  • Gilbert Plains Police / 1991-1993
  • He assisted with policing duties for approximately two months at Cudworth Police / Saskatchewan / 1993
  • Back to Winnipeg in 1993 
  • Cambridge Security Services / Winnipeg /1993-1995
  • Casual Security @ McPhillips Street Station Casino / Winnipeg / 1993- 1996
  • RRCC (Red River Community College) Security / Winnipeg / 1995-2006
  • Selkirk Mental Health Security / 2006-2010
  • WRHA - Shared Health Services / Winnipeg / 2009-2021
  • Not long after taking supervisory duties with WRHA Community Patrol, Bob was invited to join ASIS Chapter 198, where he remained involved until his passing.
  • Bob was also involved in a variety of consulting work with small communities (such Winnipeg Beach, Sprague, etc.) 

Bob married Lori-Ann in 1982. Together they had two children; Robyn and Evan. Bob was proud of his family and enjoyed his time off in their company with many hours spent at the family cottage.

Bob was a people person. He loved to share a meal or a coffee and share stories. He was well liked with WRHA (later Shared Services) where he enjoyed many interactions with the staff and managers he supported with respect to physical security matters. Bob was a good listener and supported his work team with patience and empathy.  He was a loyal and diligent employee and will be missed by his entire team and Shared Services. Rest easy, Bob. We have your watch.

Our sincere Condolences and prayers go out to Lori-Ann, Robyn and Evan.