CATLIN Robert Harold
October 6, 1943 – September 18, 2012
With deep sorrow we announce that Bob Catlin passed away peacefully, with his wife at his side, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, following surgery for cancer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon Doherty, children Jill (Derek) Catlin, Julie (Brad) Wyse, and David (Cassandra) Catlin, step-children Gina Denis, Alex Denis and Jessica Dafoe, grandchildren Olivia, Ivy, Rosemary, Maggie, Libby, Luke, Jesse, Gabriel, Xyrah, Angel and Dylan, his brother Ted (Sheila) Catlin, and Lois Catlin, mother of his three children. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Irene. Born in Winnipeg, Bob graduated from St. George’s School in Vancouver in 1963. He and his family eventually settled in Vernon where he worked as a Chartered Accountant before taking on the role of Vice President of Finance at Rogers Foods. He was especially excited by the opportunity to oversee the construction of the new Rogers mill in Chilliwack. Bob loved to teach himself new things and over the years tried his hand at interests as varied as boat and plane building, making musical instruments, baking bread, getting his pilots license, making wine, drawing, painting, and computer programming. He never stopped learning and was particularly interested in politics and history, especially World War II. Bob loved the ocean and was happy to be able to spend the last few years of his life in Victoria enjoying the beautiful beaches of Vancouver Island. Bob had a deeply felt and personal faith in Jesus as his saviour. He was a principled man who looked to the heart of a matter and followed the truth as he saw it. Bob’s children will remember him as a fair, compassionate, generous and spontaneous father who always thought for himself and taught them to do the same.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Paddlewheel Hall, 7801 Okanagan Landing Road.