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HANDS, Robert (Bob) Eldon

Nov. 29, 1935 Drumheller, AB – Dec. 30, 2015 Kelowna, BC

With loving memories, but heavy hearts we announce the passing of Bob Hands.  Bob’s 80 years were filled with friends and family.  Bob had a unique gift of always seeing the best in everyone and bringing out their best qualities.  Bob was a great student of Bill W’s and devoted many years of his life to giving back.  Bob enjoyed being a member of KGCC for many years.  Bob will be greatly missed by all.  He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Gloria and daughters Dana and Diane and son Dale.

Bob is survived by his daughters Dawn Gordon ( Richard Atkinson) , Delia (Gord) Einboden; son Robert (Lorie) Hands; grandchildren Bill, James Robert, Krista, Robbie, Kyle, Brayden, MacKenzie, Lynden; great grandson Theoron; sister Judy Ries (Anne Selby); brother Don (Corine) Hands as well as nieces and nephews and many friends.

Bob was raised on a farm in Delia, AB.  He had a hand in many careers throughout the years including Real Estate, Dairy Queen, truck driving and Grain Buyer.  He also helped many a friend with their business ventures.

A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for HANDS, Robert (Bob) Eldon is scheduled for Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • The Garnet Block - Calgary says:

    Your warm smile and big heart will be missed by your friends on Sunday morning

    • Stuart & Lawanda Henderson says:

      It is with heavy hearts that we learned of Bob’s passing. Bob and Gloria were are neighbors for many years on Nassau and you could not find better people than those 2. They were truly loved by both of us and our 2 children. Keep golfing Bob.


    My deepest condolences to the Hands family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Bob was a great guy always with a smile and sharing many jokes

    Darren McClelland

  • Don and Sharon Clark says:

    Sending our sincere condolences for this very fine man. Bob was a real gentle man with a wonderful smile! We will always remember him for being a good friend to us. We loved to see him driving around town in his old ford pickup truck.

  • George A Gordon says:

    i have many wonderful memories of the man who was a great friend and father in law . All my best wishes to the family at this sad time.He was the best friend i ever had-and a part of him will always be with me.

  • Claire says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Love Claire and Aidan Selby

  • Vanessa Johnston says:

    Thoughts & prayers to you all at this very sad time.
    Lots of love
    Vanessa & Matt Johnston and family

  • Gerald & Loreen Johnston says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you the Hands families on the passing of your dad His photo brought back many memories of his terrific smile and great personality Always enjoyed a visit from your mom and dad.

  • Glenda Krabben says:

    To the Hands Family so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories

  • Roderick Gschwind says:

    All my condolences are given to everyone who was affected by this. I didn’t know him very well but I heard plenty about him. I was lucky I had the chance to meet him before he passed.

  • Bernie & Ev says:

    Rob & Lorie & Families . . . So saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing Rob. What a wonderful man he was in so many ways. And a terrific neighbor on Nassau Cr for many years. Always smiling & upbeat about life. Great guy to play golf with over the years. Cherish your memories & those special moments you all shared. You’re in our prayers, Bernie & Ev


  • Tracey & Jesse Gazel says:

    We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Doug Newman says:

    I wish to offer my sincere condolences to the family. We were neighbors of the Hands family in the Delia district for many years. Two years ago in September I spent a wonderful few hours visiting with Bob at his home in Kelowna. We shared stories and had a lot of laughs together. There was a lot of “Do you remember…?” I am so grateful for that. He was a great man, and will be sorely missed.

  • Blaine & Lue MacPherson says:

    We are so saddened by your great loss. Thanks to Bob, I have an incredible life today, one day at a time. I will fondly remember many fun golf trips and his forever smiling face. We are honoured to have known both parents?

  • Darryl Weir says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bob was a wonderful friend and mentor. He did so much for so many, most often in a quiet, unassuming way. He will be missed.

  • Isa says:

    I am so saddened by your loss……Bob always had a smile on his face! He helped so many people.
    My thoughts are with the family at this time.


  • Mike Fredrickson says:

    My most sincere condolences to Bobs family – they meant the absolute world to him.
    Bob was a great golf partner, business associate, mentor and friend. Bob led by example. We had almost 37 years of the best kind of history, one day at a time.

  • Thomas Hands says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to our cousins. We are very sorry that we cannot make the journey and say our final good byes. Uncle Bob has provided some wonderful memories over the years that have not faded over the years.

    Tom, Nancy and children

  • Darlene & Murv Maki says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hands Family. Bob will be very missed and so will his great humor. We have many memories of Bob and Gloria from way back.

  • Roger & Gail Johnson Calgary says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the Hands family at this very sad time.
    Calgarys loss was Kelowna’s gain. We missed the family when you moved.
    We had many great times here many years ago. We will cherish the memories.

  • Carolyn Wilde says:

    Bob was a wonderful man with a contagious smile and laugh. Our family was blessed to have known him and we will always remember him fondly.
    Carolyn Wilde

  • Judy & John Sweet/Glanville says:

    A truly lovely tribute to Bob, Gloria and all of the Hands family today. We will treasure Bob’s legacy with great memories, his Blessings will be with us always. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Judy and John Sweet/Glanville

  • Ken McNair says:

    My condolences go out to the Hands family. I grew up on a farm in the Delia area, a mere 3 miles from the Hands farm. That would be “next door neighbors” in Alberta farm country. Close to 30 years ago, I too became a friend of Bill W’s and reconnected with Bob. Over the years we would meet over a cup of coffee, or a game of golf. Since I retired and moved to the Okanagan Valley, and in partular since our move to Kelowna this spring, I became much closer to Bob, we just had so much in common.
    I will forever miss his broad smile, his sense of humour, and his wisdom – both at ‘meetings’ and at morning coffee at the Mall.

  • Laurie Altilio says:

    Rob, Lori and family, Very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.

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