We regret to announce the passing of Robert Louis Gravelle at the age of 73 years, on March 1, 2010, at Hospice House in Vernon, BC. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife and soul-mate of 15 years, Sue; his children, Rika Gravelle, Jeanette (John) Burgher, and Martin (Jennifer) Gravelle; and his grandchildren, Joel, Daniel, and Claire Burgher, Marc Gravelle, and Dillon Chicoski. Bob will also be dearly missed by his two brothers, Phil (Betty) Favreau, and Jean (Claire) Gravel; two sisters, Claire (Richard) Malcolm, and Claudette Gravelle; and their families. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Jeanette and Lionel, and his first wife, Emma.
Bob was born on November 12, 1936, and grew up in Ottawa, ON. He joined the Canadian Army at age 16, where he learned English as a second language, gained self-discipline, and became a skilled Armourer. After his Honorable Release in 1957, he engaged in various enterprises until his mid-30s when he returned to academe. He graduated as a Biomedical Electronics Technologist in 1974, and went to work as a “Biomed” in the Radiology Dept. of Ottawa General Hospital. In 1979 he relocated to North Vancouver and taught Biomedical Electronics at BCIT in Burnaby for three years. Several consulting projects also took him to Saudi Arabia and Cameroon, experiences which left an indelible impression upon him – he never forgot how fortunate he was to be a Canadian. Bob moved to Vernon in 1984, where he supervised the Biomedical Engineering Dept. at Vernon Jubilee Hospital until 1997.
After his retirement, Bob became Chief Cook while Sue continued working full-time, and he put his heart and soul into renovating their home. He was blessed with frequent drop-in visits from his many friends, who came for coffee and conversation, but who were always available to lend a hand with the renovation project of the day. Bob repaid their generosity in kind, by keeping their computers operating at peak performance.
He will be forever missed and remembered for his witty sense of humour, his culinary skills, his ability to fix anything, and his love for his family and friends.
At his request, Bob was cremated and no funeral was held. A private remembrance will be held at a future date. Special thanks go to Dr. Gilhooly and Gloria; to the wonderful nurses, care aides, occupational and physiotherapists with Community Care Health Services who provided home support for over six months (we couldn’t have done it without them!); and to the compassionate staff of Hospice House who made Bob’s last days comfortable. Those wishing to do so may make donations in Bob’s memory to North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4, or to the Canadian Cancer Society, #104, 3402 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S1.