Husband, Father, Brother and Friend
Feb. 17, 1941 ~ Nov. 1, 2013
It is with deep sadness that the family of Clifford Robert “Bob” Johnston announce his sudden passing on November 1, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones.
Bob was a true son of the Cariboo, born in Quesnel on February 17, 1941. He loved Quesnel and he never left. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bob worked at the family business Johnston Bros. Motors, was a long time Legion member and loved fly-fishing and the outdoors.
Bob was an outstanding athlete. Basketball was an early passion but hockey and golf turned into his lifelong pursuits. A smooth skating, high scoring left-winger, he joined the Quesnel Kangaroos at the young age of 16 and, in keeping with his character, was repeatedly recognized as the league’s ‘Most Gentlemanly’ player. In later years, his favourite pastimes became curling and playing pool with his buddies at the Legion.
His true calling was as a Coach. Consistent with his compassionate nature, he saw the hidden potential in people and found great reward in watching them improve and grow. He coached minor and junior hockey for many years. Against the odds, he took small-town teams to victory against rivals from much larger centers with no less than four provincial championships to his credit. One of the most meaningful of these for Bob was winning the 1973 Bantam Provincial Championship.
Bob will be remembered for his compassion, quick wit and winning smile. He gave his time to family, friends and strangers alike and always made them feel special.
He was predeceased by his parents Christine and George ‘Dinty’ Johnston. He is survived by his loving wife Violet, daughter Shannon and sons Lance (Sandra) and Brent (Carrie), siblings Gloria, Rick (Beth), Ken (Linda) and Gwen Stickley (Doug) and grandchildren Erin, Logan, Sophie and Sam.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses in Quesnel and Prince George for their tremendous hard work and dedication in Bob’s time of need. The level of care and compassion was extraordinary.
A funeral service will be held
Saturday November 9, 2013
at the Senior Centre at 2pm.
A reception will follow.
Donations to the Royal Canadian
Legion Branch 94 are welcomed.
Bob will be deeply missed…the Cariboo has lost one of its finest gentlemen.