The family of Bob Patrick sadly announces his passing on October 20th at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital. Bob was born November 11, 1928 in Creston, the oldest of three children of John and Margaret Patrick.
During his schooling, he was active in a variety of sports; basketball, softball, track and field, duck hunting and fishing on Kootenay Lake with his dad. Following the completion of his Secondary Education, he graduated from Normal School in 1948, taught for two years and then completed his undergraduate years at UBC – B.A. in 1953 and B. Ed. in 1958. He returned to teaching in 1953 and taught in Nelson Junior High, where he met Joy McPhail at a Teachers’ meeting which led to their marriage on April 15, 1955.
Following the birth of their son Mark, Bob & his family moved to Kamloops as Vice – Principal of Lloyd George Elementary, 1961 – 1963. Once again he returned to the Kootenays to become the Vice – Principal of Stanley Humphries Secondary School in Castlegar, assuming the principalship in 1970.
In 1974, Bob was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Quesnel, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. In his span of 35 years as an educator, Bob taught all grade levels from grade 5 to grade 13, major subjects – English, History, Geography and Latin.
He enjoyed his relationship with his former principals, teachers and District staff, happily conversing with them whenever they met.
Bob, joined Rotary in 1975, was an active participant in the affairs of the club and it’s community projects for over 30 years. He was named a Paul Harris fellow, and a life member of Rotary. His favorite pastime was reading, golfing and senior curling.
Bob is survived by his wife Joy, son Mark – Vancouver, his sister Irene – New Jersey USA, his brother Ralph – Ontario and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stals and the 3rd floor nursing staff at G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care they provided as well as Rotary members, friends and neighbors for your thoughtfulness and kindness.
A grave side service will be held interment in the family plot, Forest Lawn, Burnaby. October 27th at 11am.