ROBERT DuMONT

DuMONT

ROBERT (BOB) FRANCIS DuMONT passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2003, at the Kelowna General Hospital with his loving family at his side. He is survived by his wife Henrietta; step-daughter Joan (Bruce); children Mary-lee, Janice, Robert (Viki), John (Ruth), Michael (Donna) and their mother, Freda; brothers Carl (Lee), Alfred (Marguerite) and Paul (Anne); sisters Rose, Isabel (Guido), Lillian (Ron) and Helen; grandchildren Lara, Karin, Robert, Clayton, Xenia, Joshua, Charlotte, Brandon, Mark and Scott. Predeceased by brother Mark. Bob was born and raised in the West Kootenays where his family owned and operated sawmills. In those formative years, he learned all facets of the milling and logging industries, which would serve him in good stead in later life. Although he would later spend much of his working life in or near urban centers, he was always more comfortable with nature and/or life in a small community. His feeling about urban life was summed up with his expression: “The only way I like to see the city is in my rear view mirror.” In his latter years he always spoke of nature with awe and respect. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, Bob returned to the University of Alberta to finish his law degree and set up a law practice in Penticton. This was followed by ten years in Terrace where he initially practiced law, but later built and operated a sawmill with his brothers Paul and Alfred. He opened a law practice in Vancouver in the early 1960’s but always the visionary, began work on building a large stud mill near Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. The mill was a successful enterprise that was bought by Simpson Timber Company of Seattle. Bob remained in Saskatchewan for a number of years engaged in projects as diverse as trout farming and mining. He returned west in the early 1970’s and again demonstrated his versatility and aptitude by establishing a paint and specialty coating manufacturing plant. In the 1980’s when most men his age were eager to retire he returned to law and established a successful law practice in Armstrong. He loved his work, his garden and the camaraderie he found in small town life. His last years were spent in Kelowna where he enjoyed his favorite pastimes – trips to Las Vegas and Reno, gardening, gourmet cooking, trips to the Armstrong Coffee Shop, poetry writing and countless games of crib with Henrietta. Bob was a big man with big ideas and a big heart to match. His intelligence and sardonic wit will be missed by all. Funeral Service was held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 11, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Armstrong. Father Leo Boyd, O.M.I. celebrant. Cremation. Arrangements in the care of Mountain View Funeral Home, 546-8294.