Robert Barry Shillam

February 19, 1922 ~ April 11, 2012

Sadly, Robert Barry “Trader Bob” Shillam passed away on Wednesday April 11, 2012 with his family at his side in Vernon, BC at 90 years of age. Bob is survived by his loving wife Kory of 64 years, daughters, son-in-laws, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Bill and his family. Bob was born in Vernon, BC to Bessie and Percy Shillam. He had two sisters, Lottie and Betty Jane, both deceased, and one brother, Bill Shillam. Bob grew up in Vernon riding the range on his horse “Dolly” and swimming across Okanagan Lake. In 1944, while working in his service station in Vancouver, BC, Bob was asked to fix a tire by a beautiful brunette named Kory. They were married on February 12, 1948 and had a family of daughters. During the war, Bob was in the Reserve Army and worked at Tofino building the airport. He was called upon to run the family business, Shillam Garage, when his father passed away. Years later, Bob saw a need for affordable housing in the Vernon area and started up Mayfair Trailer Sales and Vernon Mobile Homes, followed by his dearly loved car business, Foremost Sales Ltd. He called himself a “Carchaeologist – someone who digs up old cars”. Besides his family, cars were his life. Bob’s first sale was at only fourteen years of age. He hung up his trademark cowboy hat reluctantly and retired in 2005, at eighty-three years of age. Bob was an active member of the Vintage Car Club of Canada, the Big M (Mercury) Club, past president of the Kinsmen Club, and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club. Bob was a fantastic father and a tremendous listener. He loved people, and always had time for everyone. It didn’t matter how busy he was, Bob was always available and more than willing to help in any way he could. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that those who wish to do so, may make a memorial donation to the Parkinson Society BC (#600 – 890 W. Pender St., Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9, Memorial Tea to be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the All Saints Anglican Church (3205 27 Street, Vernon, BC).


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