April 20, 1925 – April 28, 2019
Robert was born in Hilda, Alberta, third and youngest child in a family that owned and worked a dry land farm raising cattle and some grain.
Robert attended a small elementary school in Hilda and moved with the family to Medicine Hat for high school, finishing his Grade 13.
Bob’s first training was as an electrical engineer, which helped him start a chain saw shop when he moved with his parents to Chilliwack. Soon after the move he met Meta, the love of his life. Their marriage was just two and half months shy of 70 years when Bob died at the age of 94. The chain saw shop was moved to Agassiz during the logging boom on Harrison Lake and Harrison Mills where Bob was able to service many of the logging companies.
When the logging started to die, the decision was made to return to university to an intensive two year program allowing Bob to qualify as a shop teacher. His first position was in 1969 at Cariboo Junior. He then became one of the team that designed and taught in the newly built Correlieu Senior Secondary Shops Program in 1972. Later, in 1977, Bob received his Bachelor of Education from UBC. Bob continued at Correlieu until his retirement in 1985.
In retirement, Bob and Meta travelled to Arizona and Mexico during the winters, then returned to Quesnel to fish and garden in the summers. They stopped traveling south when they were in their mid-seventies.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Meta, daughters Marilyn (Roland) Caron and Carol (Ken) Oakley and granddaughter Karen Bruvold.
They wish to thank all those who have supported them during this difficult time, your many acts of kindness continue to be a great support.
Bob’s final years were spent in Quesnel and finally at Dunrovin Park Lodge where he died as a result of age and dementia.
Those wishing to honour Bob’s memory by way of donation may do so to Dunrovin Park Lodge, or the Alliance Church Missionary Fund.
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