COLBURN, Robert Hamilton (88) passed away peacefully on January 18, 2011 at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox. He is survived by his sister; Ruth Clark (Comox), daughter; Carol (Winnipeg), son; Jay (Val), 5 grandchildren; Art, Andrea, Aaron, Kyle and Kelsey and eight great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy and his sisters, Helen and Doris.
Robert was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia on March 27, 1922 and grew up in Three Hills, Alberta. As a teenager, he loved playing tennis and hockey. He later served in World War II as a radio technician with the 39th Reconnaissance Wing in Europe. Robert married Dorothy Hammill in 1945 and they resided in Calgary where he was a carpenter/contractor until 1972. They then moved to Vancouver Island and built their dream home on Williams Beach, near Merville, BC. He enjoyed fishing and loved watching the sea birds, seals, whales, and cruise ships as they passed by. In 2006, he relocated to the Berwick Retirement Residence in Comox where he enjoyed dancing, singing and playing cribbage and Mah Jong with fellow residents and friends. Robert was always very sociable and enjoyed these activities immensely.
Many thanks go out to Dr. David Musgrave, Dr. Peter Gee, the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital and the staff of the Berwidk for all of the care and concern they gave to Robert. We would also like to send special thanks to John and Wendy Waterman for their friendship and assistance over the years.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on January 22, from 2 to 4 pm. at the Berwick Retirement Residence (1700 Comox Ave. BC).