Robert William Whitehead

Robert William Whitehead

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Whitehead at Hillside Village on Sunday, October 11, 2015 after a brave, extended battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Bob is survived by his wife Lillian (Trenholm) of 54 years; sons David, Leonard (Cheryl), and Derek (Carolyn); grandchildren Grace, Declan, Ty, Sarah, Brandy and Sean; brother Phillip and sisters June and Jeanne.

Bob was born in Vancouver to William and Lucy (Doebert) (both from pioneer families in Blind Bay and Eagle Bay) and moved to Salmon Arm around 1948.

Bob loved sports. He played on the local high school basketball team and was an amazing water skier. Through his life, he swam, bowled, cycled, played slow pitch, golf and hockey, playing with the oldtimers into his 60’s. Bob was an incredible and involved father. He was a hockey coach, referee and even made rinks for his sons and the neighbourhood kids.

Bob had many occupations throughout his work life. He was an experienced logger in partnership with his dad in R & W Contracting. Later, he became a builder, realtor and land developer. In 1971, he and a business partner built and operated what is now RONA in Salmon Arm. Later, he co-owned Tri-Vista Munro Realty and co-developed four subdivisions: Whitehead subdivision, Harper Hill, the Appleyard and Richmond Hill. Bob always believed in the goodness of people. He lived his life with unparalleled honesty, kindness and integrity. We will miss him dearly.

A big thank you to Harmony Haven Day Centre, Dr. Malinowski and also the care workers at Hillside that cared for him with love and compassion.

An informal gathering will be held at Mt. Ida Hall, 5421 70th St. SW on Sat., Oct. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Bob’s obituary at

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