Robert ‘Bob’ Stair

Robert 'Bob' Stair

Our Dad died on the 12th of May 2010 in Vernon. He was born on the 13th of January 1921 in the Patricia, Alberta area. Dad used to always tell us that he was born at home, on the family homestead, so he could be close to his mother! He grew up with seven siblings and like many young men of the era, he faced the hardships of the depression by riding the rails and working where and when he could all over the west. He always described it as a grand adventure, pretty much like the rest of his life. He developed an amazing sense of humor with which he could light up a room using his great smile and very quick wit. Bob ‘joined up’ to go overseas and during his pre-invasion training in England, he met a beautiful Scottish RAF lass named Jean Aitken while on leave in Scotland. This meeting started a beautiful lifelong relationship. Bob was 23 years old when he landed on Juno Beach early in the morning at the start of the D-Day invasion. He was part of the 14th Field Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Division which saw action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was part of the less than glamorous Canadian “water rats” that fought in the lowlands of Belgium and Holland. Having grown up in dry southern Alberta, he always remembered, not so fondly, of being wet for the entire winter of 1944!! At the end of the war, Mom and Dad were married in 1945 in Scotland and Mom had to make the long sea voyage alone to Halifax and then by train to Alberta. After peacetime military service and farming together in southern Alberta, they ultimately retired to Vernon. Bob loved being outside and staying active resulting in family pursuits including traveling, camping and fishing together. Bob, with Jean, discovered hiking a little later in life and traveled all over BC enjoying the alpine. Sadly, Jean passed away in 1996. Missing dad are his daughter, Janet Weed, and son, Bob Stair, along with grandchildren: Sara, Shane, and David. Thank you to everyone at Heritage Square for their wonderful care. There will be no formal service as per Dad’s wishes.

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