March 13, 1919 – Nov. 17, 2012
The family of Robert (Bob) Benton announce, with profound sadness, the sudden passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather (Poppi) and great-grandfather. Bob passed away peacefully on November 17, 2012 at the age of 93.
Bob was born in Innisfail, Alberta, on March 13, 1919 to Charles and Eliza Benton. He was the youngest of four children. Bob will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Betty, his wife of 69 years, daughters Barbara (Rick), Shelley (Wayne) and Susan (Chris). Poppi was blessed with 7 grandchildren: Erin (Ryan), Sarah (Byron), Ian, David (Megan), Jamie, Rebecca, and Ben, and also 8 great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brother Jim (Doris) of Toronto, and his sister-in-law Ann Lywood (Don) of Calgary, and his many nieces and nephews.
Bob met his wife Betty in Prince Rupert while stationed there with the RCAF. They were married there on August 12, 1943. After Prince Rupert, Bob and Betty lived in Montreal, Vancouver, Parksville and, for the past 4 years, they have resided at The Gardens in Qualicum Beach. During their 36 years of living in the Parksville-Qualicum area, Bob & Betty made many good friends and were very active in the communities. Bob was an avid lawn bowler and curler, and was highly respected as a coach of both sports. He also instructed and coached sight impaired lawn bowlers and curlers. Bob believed in giving back to the communities he lived in and was an extremely hard worker. He was instrumental in establishing and building the Parksville Lawn Bowling Club.
Bob loved to travel and especially enjoyed their trips to Hawaii and various World Curling events around Europe. Another love of his, after his family, was the beach. Walking on the sand, squishing gooey-ducks, collecting shells or searching for that perfect piece of driftwood brought him much pleasure. During the past 4 years, Bob had taken an active role in The Gardens community, organizing and instructing weekly carpet bowling and calling Bingo.
Bob’s family would like to thank all of his dear friends who have provided love and support during this very difficult time. A special thank you to Dr. John Hancock, The Gardens’ staff and residents, Keith and Kate Mannister and Val Jeffrey.
A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:30 pm at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Rd., Parksville, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation or CNIB.
Forever loved……..Always remembered
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YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.