Bob’s family is sad to announce his passing on February 8th, 2015 in Vernon, B.C. He is survived by his loving wife Penny; four sons, Mark (Carol), Gregory, Dan, and Robert (Jessica); seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters, Ruth Chopyk, Edna (John) Andres and Patricia Storozuk; one sister-in-law, Wilma Sault; one brother-in-law, William (Margaret) Peters and many nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Haldies (Moen) Sault; his first wife, and his brother, Leonard.
Bob was born on May 11th, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Zhoda, Manitoba where Bob grew up on the family farm. He attended Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in Winnipeg, a highly academic school, while working part-time at Weston Bakery. Upon graduation, he applied to the R.C.M.P. and was accepted in January 1951. After training at ‘N’ and Depot Division, he had various postings on Vancouver Island and throughout B.C. Bob was very dedicated to his job. While at Nanaimo, he received a Commissioner Commendation for his part in the successful investigation into a double murder. He also instructed training courses. Bob enjoyed a long and successful 25-year career with the R.C.M.P., retiring with the rank of Staff Sargent in 1975.
Following retirement he took a position with I.C.B.C. in their Special Investigation Unit for a few years. Wanting to relocate, he accepted a General Adjuster position in Vernon where he and Penny had met, married and where their son, Robert was born. Throughout his working life he was a member of The Canadian Association of Fire Investigators and International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. He is a Life Member of the R.C.M.P. Veterans Association.
Quiet and reserved, sometimes stubborn, Bob was kind and rarely spoke a harsh word about anyone. Although a very hard worker, he still enjoyed an occasional game of golf, including mini golf, and travels to California, Hawaii and Australia. He was active with Scouts Canada, liked the outdoors, cross country skiing and picnics, but was happiest basking in the hot sun for hours. Bob liked country music and playing his accordion. He found visits to Mark and Carol’s farm relaxing, and especially looked forward to visits to family back on the home farm in Zhoda when he could.
Bob was a Freemason for fifty years, including being a Past Master of Zarthan Lodge in Ashcroft, B.C. Bob was particularly proud that his youngest son, Robert, became a member of the Masons. He was happy that they attended Miriam Lodge in Vernon together. Bob was a committed member, continuing to be active in the Fraternity until failing health prevented him from doing so.
Cremation preceded a Celebration of Bob’s Life which will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 13th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Jane Bourcet officiating. A Reception will follow in the Bethel Tea Room.
Flowers are gratefully declined by the family but as an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Bob to The Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, the B.C. Heart & Stroke Foundation or the charity of their choice.
Funeral arrangements were made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5