Died peacefully at Bastion Place, Salmon Arm BC, on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at the age of 86.
He was born on Aug 26, 1928 in Brudenell, ON, where he grew up farming and sawmilling with his father. In 1954 he travelled west to Vancouver, Prince George and Fort St James where he drove truck and worked in sawmills. In the 60’s he moved back to Ontario, bought a farm and drove truck in Southern Ontario. He visited Prince George in 1968 where he met Bernice Roberts and married in 1969. There he joined the School Board and performed custodial work until relocating to Salmon Arm in 1981. He had part time jobs wherever he went which continued on after retirement from the School Board in 1991.
Robert ‘Bob’ Smallpiece is survived by Bernice, beloved wife of 45 years, stepdaughter Eloise Quigley, stepsons Byron (Janice) Roberts and Ross (Holly) Roberts, sisters Mildred Stevenson, Merinda Reid, Lena (Victor) Hazelwood, Beth Brownlee, Donna (Don) Reid and Sharon (Melvin) Cole, brothers Steven, Tommy (Carolyn), Jimmy (Holly) and Esbert, 16 nieces and nephews, 8 step grandchildren and 14 step great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his father Thomas William in 1983 and mother Lola Fern in 2003.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 20th at the 5th Avenue Seniors’ Activity Centre, 170 – 5th Ave. S.E. Salmon Arm; Viewing at 10:00 AM; Interment at Mount Ida Cemetery; Reception following Service.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted at the Salmon Arm SPCA or the Cancer Society of Canada.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Bob’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.