It is with sincere regret that we announce the passing of Robert Davies, on June 2nd at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Bob was born in Vancouver on December 20, 1929.
Predeceased by his infant son Bradley and his brother Ronald, Bob is survived by his wife and best friend of 56 years, Joan, their daughters Patti (Tony), Robyn, Shelley (John), and sons Howard (Joan) and Jayson; nine grandchildren, Terry (Sandra), Kristin (Rodney), Stewart, Christie, Meagan, Tyler, Stephen, Chelsea and Christopher and four great-grandchildren Aidan, Brandon, Zachary and Kaleigh.
Bob graduated from Kitsilano High School in 1948 and while pursuing engineering at UBC his Sedan Delivery made a right hand turn towards Grouse Mountain where he happily chose time on the slopes over time in the classroom. Bob became an industrial gasfitter and was a member of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Local Union 170 for over 56 years. He worked at Gordon Latham’s Limited in Vancouver for 10 years, until he moved his family to Prince George in 1964, where he continued to ski and work at his trade throughout northern B.C., and to spend time on his boat, the U ‘n Me, on Stuart Lake. In 1994, Bob and Joan retired to Sicamous, and continued to enjoy skiing at Silver Star and boating on Shuswap and Mara Lakes.
A Kodokan Judo nidan (second degree black belt rank) and NCCP certified Judo instructor, Bob was involved with the sport of Judo until his passing.
Bob celebrated his 80th birthday skiing with Joan and the kids at Silver Star, and continued to ski until surgery last winter.
In the end, to ski is to travel fast and free – free over untouched snow country . . . . to follow the lure of peaks which tempt on the horizon and to be alone for a few days or even hours in clear, mysterious surroundings. (Hans Gmoser).
Thank you to Dr. McCallum for his support and compassion, the nursing staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital who provided many kindnesses and incredible care, the staff at the Maple Tree Clinic for their sense of humour and warmth, and the Community Care nurses for their service and understanding.
No funeral by request, if desired, donations can be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, B.C. V1E 4N3.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129.