May 13, 1925 – June 17, 2017
Robert was born in Camberwell, London, England and his parents Edgar and Lillian (Churchman) moved the family to Victoria in 1927. Robert grew up in the Oak Bay neighbourhood and married his love Margaret (Meagher) in 1954. They moved to Tillicum area in 1958 and lived there until 2011 before moving to be closer to son Dennis Oakman, daughter-in-law Debra (McCallan) and grandsons Jeremy and Addison (Hope). Robert passed peacefully at Ocean View, St. Josephs in Comox. Predeceased by his parents (1936 and 1937), Robert and twin sister Eileen where raised by loving family members. Robert was predeceased by all his sisters and brothers, Gladys (Mason), Jim, Maud (Truran), Mollie (Lamport), Ted and twin sister Eileen (Atkinson).
Robert (Rob) (Bob) was a veteran and served in the 2nd World War air force. A journeyman carpenter by trade Rob was well respected for his leadership with the carpenters union, in particular when it came to worker safety and recently received his 50yr gold watch from the union. He had a passion for breeding, raising and training springer spaniels for bird hunting and was able to have a springer spaniel with him until 2015. Friendly and social, Rob always had a story to tell and with a twinkle in his eye could play a few practical jokes too. He loved to talk about his dogs and created many great memories with friends and family during annual bird hunting and trout fishing adventures.
A lifelong member of the Gorge Vale Golf Course, Rob played and walked the course several times a week, he would tell us he lived as long as he did ‘cause he always walked’ and ‘didn’t smoke’. When the golf course was having terrible trouble with the geese on the course, they asked if they could hire him to walk the course with his springer spaniels (Freckles and Lou) to move the geese. They did this very successfully.
Bob was a lifelong member of Lodge #1, Oddfellows in Victoria, BC and held various positions with the order. Bob was able to visit many lodges throughout BC and enjoyed this immensely. He lived the Oddfellow values of friendship, love and truth. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life and afternoon tea on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Oddfellows Hall, 1315 Douglas Street, Victoria, B.C.