Robert John Tilbert passed away peacefully on July 31st, 2011 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 86 years.

Robert was born and raised in Saskatchewan. Most of his working life was spent in sawmills and in the bush. On May 4th, 1944, he joined the army where he participated in a variety of specialized training opportunities. During February of 1945, he boarded ship at Halifax, Nova Scotia and arrived in Aldershot, England two weeks later where he continued to take specialized tank operations training. Robert was then off to Belgium and Holland. In Germany he served eleven months as occupation force (police patrol). Robert’s return to Canada during May of 1946 once again found him working in a sawmill and the bush and then later as a mechanic. Due to ill health, Robert and Bernetta relocated to Lumby during 1980. The retirement years afforded travel opportunities to Holland, Belgium, England, parts of BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the USA.

Robert is lovingly remembered by his beloved family: wife, Bernetta (nee: Boen); sons, Vernon (Juli) and Lee; daughter, Lorna (Len); grandsons: Lance, Cole (Jen), Leet and Cavan; granddaughters: Nancy (Cory), Kim, Vanessa, and Ruby; great granddaughter, Kess; great grandsons, Jaden, Colby, Austin and Slayde; sisters: Eileen McMillan (Bill), Freda Hilliad, Edith Boen, Laura Scheller, and Bernice Langdon (Lenard); brother, Emerson (Johanna); extended family and friends.

There will be a Graveside Service held at the Lumby Cemetery on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Lumby Legion Hall.

In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Robert may do so to the Royal Canadian Legion, 2016 Miller Street, Lumby, BC V0E 2G0.

Arrangements have been entrusted to:


(250) 542-4333

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