It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Robert (Bob) Michael Wilcox, a great husband, father, grandfather and companion on November 21, 2012 at Bastion Place in Salmon Arm, BC, surrounded by family and friends.
Bob was predeceased by 8 of his 9 siblings and by his loving wife of 59 years, Eva Elizabeth, in July 2008. He is survived by sons Richard (Barbara) of Toronto, Thomas (Catherine) of Kamloops, Donald (Jocelyn) of Salmon Arm and granddaughters, Christine, Jacqueline, Meghan and Caitlin. Bob is also survived by his very close companion Ethel Graham of Salmon Arm.
Bob was born in Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, to Thomas Joseph and Margaret Hamilton Wilcox on April 30, 1922. In 1928, Bob began his education at St. Ann’s Academy in Kamloops. The family moved to the Cahilty Ranch in December 1930. Bob continued his education at Upper Louis Creek School and left home seeking work in 1938.
In the summer of 1940, Bob along with his brother Joe, joined the Canadian Scottish (Princess Mary’s) Regiment and was shipped overseas in late 1941. He participated in the Sicily landing and on D-Day his unit was among the first ashore on Juno/Sword beach. Bob served in numerous engineering capacities throughout the European campaign.
Upon his discharge, Bob was heading home when he met Eva Bartlett in Barriere. They were married on April 18, 1949 and resided in Kamloops for 42 years.
Bob began working for the Canadian National Railway as a brakeman and retired 34 years later as a conductor. In that time, he raised three boys and spent his time devoted to his family and their various pursuits, from sports to Boy Scouts. Bob and Eva were Lifetime members of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving in many positions.
After his retirement in 1982, Bob and Eva continued to pursue their love of travel, with trips to Europe and Mexico. They moved to Abbotsford in 1993 and finally settled in Salmon Arm in 2003.
A Memorial will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Bowers Funeral Chapel in Salmon Arm at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow in Mt. Ida Cemetary’s Field of Honour, Salmon Arm, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice may be made in the name of Bob Wilcox.
Online condolences can be sent through Robert’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral service, Salmon Arm, BC