September 1, 1945 – October 3, 2010
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the loss of our dear husband, father and grandfather. Bob passed away at home in Vernon.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Dianna, who shared together a life of love and heart’s companionship which began in high school in 1962. By his much loved son and daughter, Todd (Katrina) and Brooke (Don); also by his treasured grandchildren Tyler and Jesica Ferguson, of whom he was a very proud Grampa.
Bob’s passing is also a deep loss to sisters Charlotte (Cliff) Sawatsky and Marjorie (John) Paonessa, mother-in-law Margaret Lackey, sisters-in-law Connie (Jim) McAvoy, Debi (Jack) Giroux, Jo-Ann (Graham) Barber and brother-in-law Kevin (Mary) Lackey, as well as many much loved and loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his mother and father, David and Ann, two brothers David and Douglas, and his father-in-law Herman Lackey.
Bob was awarded a full hockey scholarship in 1963 to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. This was a time of great fellowship and achievement; the four years of playing right wing on the Cornell hockey team culminated with winning the NCAA hockey championship in 1967. Bob was a brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bob graduated from Cornell in May 1967 and continued graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Hockey continued as a life-long passion of Bob’s, lacing the skates every season until 2009. Many a team member and opposition team member can attest to his prowess on the ice. Bob was a forty year, ever loyal fan of the Vancouver Canucks.
1972 brought Bob and Dianna and their family to Vernon where he served in the position of Administrator at Vernon Jubilee Hospital until 1992. Bob was a Vernon Rotary Club member for many years and later the Silver Star Rotary Club. Bob and Dianna were involved as committee members with Young Life Ministries of Vernon and Grace Bible Church.
Bob and Dianna carried on their love and appreciation of landscapes as owners and operators of Interior Landscape until 2008 when it was passed on to son Todd. During these years, Bob’s commitment to hard work and his creative side shone as many landscapes and water gardens in the community reflect his talents.
Throughout the sudden onset of illness, Bob’s quiet Christian faith gave him a sense of peace and confidence. We are thankful for the man Bob was and for the memories and love we hold in our hearts.
Service of remembrance is to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 11, 2010 at Grace Bible Church, 5661 Silver Star Road, with a reception to follow. Pastor Larry Woelke will be officiating.
Bob’s chosen recipients for donations of remembrance are the North Okanagan Gleaners, 9728 Springfield Road, Coldstream, BC V1B 3E5 or Vernon Special Hockey, 8120 Whetzell Drive, Coldstream, BC V1B 1P6