1933 – 2011
Bob passed away at his home in Lavington on Tuesday, September 27th, 2011, doing what he loved, preparing his truck for the fall and winter season of hunting and fishing.
Bob began his working life horse logging with his father at Mabel Lake – the onset of his work as a logging contractor. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his work, often speaking of the spectacular scenery, the scent of the freshly sawn wood, and the people he worked with.
He never complained of the long hours, always taking the time to photograph many sunrises and sunsets, the wildflowers, and wildlife he encountered to and from work.
Bob was very pleased and proud to have all 3 of his sons working with him at one time. Over the years many novice loggers honed their skills under his watchful eye.
Bob’s skills were also demonstrated at a forestry technical school in Samarinda, Indonesia, where he was a popular instructor. Besides his passion for work, hunting and fishing, over the years he also enjoyed flying his plane, playing the guitar, photography, and backpacking with his mules and horse.
He also enjoyed traveling and over the years travelled to South America, Africa, Australia, the Mediterranean Countries, India, and Nepal, with many side trips to his old stomping grounds, Samarinda.
Of all the things Bob loved, he cherished most the times spent with his grand-daughters: Ashlee, Bobbi Lee, Maria, and Sandy Lou. He was doubly blessed to have time to spend with his great-grandchildren: Jaxson Janes and Kailee McKinnon.
Bob was born at Mabel Lake at home to Benjamin and Alberta Procter, with his grandmother Hanna Procter as the midwife. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joan Biggar, and very sadly, his third son, Andrew, in 1995.
Bob is survived by his wife, Gladys; his sons, Benjamin, David (Cindy) and his daughter, Shelley; granddaughters: Ashlee (Albert Janes), Bobbi Lee ( Curtis McKinnon), Maria, and Sandy Lou; his great-grandchildren: Jaxson Janes and Kailee McKinnon; many cousins; good friends and hunting and fishing buddies. Bob is also survived by his two sisters, Audrey (Ken Russell) and Doreen Marks.
Bob was loved and cherished by his family and will be deeply missed.
The funeral service and reception will be held on Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Best Western Vernon Lodge, 3914-32nd Streeet, Vernon, BC
If friends so desire, memorial contributions in memory of Bob may be directed to a charity of personal choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to:
PLEASANT VALLEY FUNERAL HOME
Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com