(WWII Veteran, 1939-1945)
November 9, 1916 ~ October 9, 2008
Slipped from this world peacefully, at home in Comox, B.C. in his 91st year. Leaves his loving wife Norma (Sinclair) with many wonderful memories of their 62 years of marriage. Much loved by his children and their partners – Sheila (Chris), Scott (Linda), Anne, and Mark (Brenda). Cherished grandpa of Erin Prachun, Nicole Jenkins, Michelle and Kerri Kenny, Laura Coates, Cody and Lindsey Ponting. Predeceased by brothers Edward, Arthur, Carman. Remembered by his sisters Irene and Marion and his brother George, and sisters-in-law Alice and Nina, and many nieces and nephews.
Robert was born November 9, 1916 on the family homestead in Red Willow, Alberta, the eldest of seven children. He helped to support the family by fishing on the Lesser Slave Lake. When war broke out he immediately signed up with the Calgary Highlanders because he believed that serving his country “was the right thing to do”. He was proud of his work in the Signal Core in Germany, France and Holland during WWII. He raised his family in Port Perry, Ontario where he served his community as the Reeve of Port Perry, and was a long-time member and President of the Port Perry Curling Club, Port Perry Lions Club, Scarborough Gem and Mineral Club, and Chair of the local school board, among other contributions.
He was an intrepid fisherman and loved to go out after the salmon with his sons or his brothers. As a rock collector, wood worker and avid gardener, he continued his lifelong learning after retirement at 65. We remember his sharp mind and quiet sense of humour, which never diminished. His moral fibre and sense of duty is a precious legacy for his children and grandchildren. We mourn his passing, but celebrate his life and his journey.
Time to rest…… We love you.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.