November 22, 1937 – February 2, 2021
A Good Man is No Longer With Us…
It is with deep sadness that we announce Bob’s passing at SMH, after a period of declining health, with his wife Betty and cousin Wray at his bedside.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Arthur & Mary & beloved stepmother Ruby, first wife Arleen, sister Marlene (Paul), grandson Joshua and nephew Jason. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (Van Emmerik), brother Ken (Margaret), sons Kerry, Kelly, Rob (Lisa), D-I-L Kelley, honourary ‘son’ Rudy Engels (Charm), grandchildren Codi, Carly, Casey, Meghan, Miranda, Zachary, Matthew, Kristina, and Robert, as well as 16 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, family members and friends.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Port Kells, Bob became a Master Carpenter during the 14 years he and Arleen raised their three boys around San Jose, California. Bob spent 40+ years in Surrey working as a Builder/Contractor, a testament to his strong work ethic, leadership, honesty and sense of responsibility. When Bob met Betty, a new chapter in his life began, and the family grew as grandchildren arrived. Working with shared values, a common vision and Bob’s incredible carpentry skills, they renovated their homes as well as several rental suites.
Bob lived a full and rich life. He loved his family and was proud of their achievements, and especially cherished his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to ride his Harley every chance he got. He and Betty enjoyed boating and fishing in the Gulf Islands, RV’ing across Canada and Snowbirding in Arizona. Bob could often be found enjoying a drink while playing guitar and singing Country music. He also loved to cook, play Cribbage, do Sudoku and read books.
He touched the lives of many people along the way, as a mentor, friend, neighbour and landlord. Bob will be remembered by all for his hearty laugh, gift of gab, positive attitude, and generous nature, with a streak of stubbornness thrown in for good measure.
Bob’s determination and courage helped him overcome previous health challenges but sadly he did not prevail against his recent heart and COPD issues. His memory will be forever cherished. Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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