Bob passed away Sept 29, 2012 at Trillium Lodge in Parksville. He is survived and will be missed by wife Donna (Robertson), son Christopher (Paulette), daughter Andrea, son David (Sandi), 6 grandchildren – Matthew, Alex, Hailey, Ben, Jacob, and Kassi, brothers Ralph (Judy) and Archie (Elaine), sisters Donna (Lafe Olkovick) and Sylvia (Ernie Zerkee), brother-in-law Bob (Gladys) Robertson, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased and welcomed home by his previous wife & mother of his children, Patricia (Glover) White, parents Fred & Dorothy White, infant sister Dorcas, sister Muriel (Creswell) and sister Violet (Gullett).
Bob, who lived all his life on Vancouver Island, was born July 2, 1934 in Comox Hospital at which time Dr. Briggs was paid a hind quarter of venison in lieu of his fees. Bob was a kind, gentle, loving man with a winning smile who always had time for a good “b.s.” session!! He was a voracious reader who particularly enjoyed “Canadiana” and local history books, as well as his collection of antiques and knickknacks. Always a hard worker, he worked in the logging industry (started work from age 15) and with highway maintenance – as well as a ‘short stint’ as a milkman! His homes and gardens were immaculately-kept. He retired in 1996 and was a firm believer in social justice. He worked diligently for his trade Unions … holding steward and executive positions with both the IWA and the BCGEU. During his lifetime, Bob lived in Courtenay, Lake Cowichan area, Rumble Beach, Campbell River, and Parksville, but was always so proud of his Dove Creek origins. He was a member of Knox United Church in Parksville. Bob enjoyed travel ~ ~ ~ especially cruising, RVing, and the odd jaunt to Reno or Laughlin! And oh, how he loved to dance! Bob was a delightful “people person” who would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. His “joie de vivre” is missed by all.
We would like to thank all of our supportive friends and the wonderful caring staff at Trillium Lodge.
A “Time to Remember Bob” will be held at the Bradley Centre, corner of Shearme Rd and Hwy 4A, Coombs, on October 14, 2012 at 1:30PM.
Please, no flowers, but if you wish to remember Bob in a tangible way, feel free to donate to your favourite charity. We encourage you to celebrate his life by doing something which makes you feel good ….. give a random act of kindness, read a favourite poem, take your sweetie out dancing, pick a bucket of blackberries, take your kids trout fishing, marvel at a glorious full moon, enjoy a glass of wine ….. and think, “Here’s to you, Bob!”
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.