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CUNNINGTON, Robert Leslie

Robert Leslie Cunnington passed away peacefully at his home of 38 years on March 9, 2016. He was surrounded by his loving family; His wife Catharine, son Russell, daughters Abby and Nicole, as well as many additional family members and friends. His battle with cancer was brief, and he was brave and optimistic right until his final days. He was accepting and strong and went peacefully in his sleep in his home, as was his wish.

Robert, was born in Vancouver, BC and later moved to Okanagan Falls and attended SOHS where he met his sweetheart Catharine Thompson. Robert also attended St. George’s School in Vancouver and was an avid athlete. While home in Okanagan Falls he enjoyed ranch life and riding his horses “Stormy, and Pilot”, and exploring the terrain with his faithful mastiff dogs. He also had a love for capturing the beautiful scenery through his artwork, which we are fortunate to display in our homes to this day. He married Catharine in 1957 in Oliver, BC and they resided at the Cunnington ranch in Okanagan Falls. The couple started their family in Oliver, and welcomed their first child, Russell. They later moved to Vancouver where Robert worked for Electrolux with his father. Their daughter Abby was born, and the family moved to West Vancouver. Robert began a career with the Government of Canada in the Consumer and Corporate Affairs Weights and Measures Division. He had the opportunity to travel the province and see some of the many beautiful remote areas unknown to most. His travels brought him back through his childhood home in the Okanagan Valley where he and his wife decided to settle as a family in Kelowna. The welcomed their youngest daughter Nicole shortly after moving there.

Robert and his family loved their life in Kelowna. The family home was just that, in every sense of the word. Countless gatherings with family and friends were had over the years where Robert loved to entertain. He took great pleasure in watching his family enjoying his beautiful yard and pool while he BBQ’d the best roast in “our” world! Many family traditions were developed by Robert and the family intends to carry them on in his honour. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and mentor.  He was kind, gentle and generous and he was loved by all who met him. Robert was known as Mr. “C” to many, which he held dear.

Robert leaves us with a part of him in the extension of his family, which include: Grandchildren- Brandy Lee Green and her 3 children, Jasmine Rae Cunnington- Saby, Shannon Mary Cunnington, Dustin King Robert Cunnington, Shelby Lee Anderson Cunnington, Taelor Rae Wilson, Brooklyn Dawn Wilson, and Pyper Elizabeth Rae Thomson.

The family will be having a private celebration of Robert’s life later this summer as he requested.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to a foundation you hold dear, or that you ‘pay it forward” in a random act of kindness, as Robert often did.

The family wishes to express our thanks for the great care and kindness Robert received from Hospice and all his health care professionals. As well as our extended family and friends, who helped us through this difficult time. We are forever grateful. 

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In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to a foundation you hold dear, or that you 'pay it forward’ in a random act of kindness, as Robert often did.




  • Darlene Green says:

    Cathy & family
    My heart goes out to you at this time. Bob will truly be missed and remembered by all he touched on his journey on earth.
    Much life and water has passed beneath the bridge since the old days at Weights & Measures in good old Frog Hollow but the memories are many and cherished forever. We were such a tight knit team and you taught me so much back then!
    Bob, your smile, quiet manner and great sense of humor will live on in my heart!

  • Brian Perry says:

    My deepest condolences to the Family, a big Kiss to Abby and one to Russ my old friend.

    • Russ Cunnington says:

      Thanks Brian
      I think you may be the first to call him Mr.C a name that stayed with him and one he loved to hear. Thanks for remembering him and being a part of our families lives.
      We had a lot of fun and have many fond memories .

  • Tina Geddes says:

    Thank you Bob for all the special moments you have given to our family! We love your smile! Will miss you! We will take good care of your family!
    In our hearts forever!

  • Joey Warren says:

    Cathy, Nicolr, Chris, Taelor, Brook, Pyper and Family,
    I am
    So very sorry for your loss. Mr C was a wonderful man who I know was adored by Krista. You have our thoughts and prayers with you. And know you’ll cherish and take comfort in all the wonderful memories forever. God Bless You All.
    -Joey Warren

  • Louise Dawson says:

    Thoughts and prayers go to Auntie Cathy, Russ, Abby Nikki and our family with loss of Uncle Bob. Such an amazing human being that was very caring and giving. Lots of family get togethers that was topped off with his amazing roast beef! His kind voice and gentle smile made everyone feel very welcome!!! He will be greatly missed!❤️❣❤️

  • Ken McWilliam says:

    Sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My thoughts are with you and family. Always looked forward attending and cutting the lawn. Enjoyed the peaches every fall. Ken McWilliam

  • Bradley Claridge says:

    Hi Cathy,
    So sorry to hear of your loss…..I believe the last time Bob and I connected was after my Dad (Percy) passed back in 2004, so yes, it has been a while. Every once in a while my brother Bruce is queried as to where he got his middle name from, (Cunnington), and our memories of Grandma (Nellie) come flooding back….especially the smell of her freshly baked pies cooling on the kitchen counter! It sounds like Bob enjoyed life to the fullest and was surrounded by a close and loving family throughout…..probably more so than many of us could ever hope for, and for that he was truly blessed. Please accept our heart felt condolances on his passing, and know that we will ‘pay it forward’ in his name……..
    Bruce & Bradley

  • Karen & George Jacob says:

    While we never met Abby’s Father, we knew he was a fine gentleman by having such a lovely and caring daughter as Abby. Abby, both George and I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Even though you know it will happen one day, you are never prepared for the sense of loss. We would like to extend our sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time in your lives. Sincerely, Karen and George Jacob

  • Kelly Ross says:

    Sending our condolences, wishing you all good wishes and healthy movement forward at your own pace.

  • Doug and Joyce Learoyd says:

    Dear Cathy, our forever Friend. Joyce and I often think about the happy memories we have of you and Bob when we lived next door to you on Greenleaf Road. Those days were very memorable for us. Russell and Dougie playing in the woods and smoking Bob’s cigarettes, only to have a lesson on smoking administered by Bob. Over the years we have always kept in touch with visits to your lovely house and pool. We enjoyed those great barbecue dinners of illegal sockeye salmon cooked by your master chef Bob on his favourite barbecue grill. We also enjoyed some of your notable family celebrations including Nicole’s wedding. Remember the tent camp and the fight Bob and I had to protect our families. A day in your lovely pool (and a night) will always be remembered. We send our love and condolences, Cathy, darling girl, from both of us and our family. In accordance with your family’s wishes, we cancelled our idea of roses. Not because you don’t deserve them. We donated to the Cancer Foundation to improve the chances of finding a cure for this terrible disease. Fondest love, Joyce and Doug

  • Roy Eraut says:

    Feb. 7, 2021…. I grew up in Oliver and graduated from SOHS in 1955.. Your “Thompson” farm was a short distance from my home (just South of the Nursery). Bob had me to their OK home many times for weekends…sometimes playing tag on horseback…often in their orchard. I currently live in Victoria, and retired in June `1995 from Administration/teaching.
    I admired Bob, as he always did things to help others! I wish you, and your family, all the best, Roy Eraut

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