We Remember


October 16, 1939 — October 27, 2021

Bob passed away unexpectedly at the age of 82. He was born in Selkirk, Manitoba. In the late 1950s he moved to Kelowna, BC, where he met and married Margaret Koenig in 1960. They settled at the family home on Cadder Avenue where they stayed until his untimely passing.

Throughout the years, Bob worked for Peerless Pipe, South East Kelowna Irrigation district, a small stint at Western Star, and eventually settled in at Lakeview Irrigation and retired from there in 2005.

Bob was an avid golfer and hockey player. He even played his last round of golf October 26, 2021, with his Pinnacle golfing group. Bob was a regular at the Kelowna Rockets hockey games, where he found a fantastic group of friends in section 112. He had a passion for gardening, but he reminded people for the past 20 years that this was the  “LAST YEAR” for his garden. He loved sharing the bounty of vegetables and fruit with numerous neighbors, family and friends.

Bob will be remembered as a helpful and hardworking man, as well as the proudest Grandpa of Sam and Will.

Bob is survived by his son Craig (Lynn); grandchildren Samuel and William; his siblings Greg and Michael (Margie); in-laws Alice & Karl; as well as his numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Margaret; sister Elizabeth Dubas; his parents Peter and Mary Jablonski; and his niece Susan Stearns.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021, at 11:00 AM (PDT). Please join the family online by Livestream (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the number of attendees will be limited to invitation only, as per the families request.

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  • BRENDA SLY says:


  • David Thalheimer says:

    Craig and Family,
    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Please accept my condolences and my prayers to help comfort you and hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven to rejoin with Margaret.
    All the Best,

  • Garry & Kathy Wahoski says:

    Bob was a great man and will be missed by all who knew him. Our memories will be filled with fond memories of the old hockey days. Our thoughts are with Craig and his family at this time.

  • Ron &a Leslie Herman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Craig, and your family today. Your Dad was a very special man and friend to us. We have such good memories to cherish. Meeting at Swiss Chalet, one of his favourite places, the hockey games with the Ogopogo guys, and the Christmas party, and the visits to our home and to his.
    His kindness to others was never ending and had no limits. We were also recipients of the fruits of his labour in his garden.
    We will miss him. God speed, Bob.
    We love you.
    Ron & Leslie

  • The Tobin Family says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!❤️🙏

  • Scott, Tiffany and Blake Koenig says:

    We miss you so much already uncle bob 💙 We have beautiful memories and photos to keep your spirit with us always of us all on the boat, at Rockets games and in the garden. Our condolences to you all and sending our love.

  • Steve Berry says:

    For the past 15 years I have come to love this man. We played hockey, golf and shared so many life experiences. Our garden often grew Jabo peppers, tomatoes and zucchini. Sometimes I even got the invite to join the Jablonski foursome at Pinnacle when Samuel and Will would play with Grandpa. One couldn’t help but feel good around Bob because that was his aura. Even when he scored the odd goal on me it was all fun, OK, perhaps it wasn’t all that odd as he was a helluva hockey player. We can’t ever replace Bob but we can keep his memory alive, the constant kindness, hearty laughter and love of good food. One question remains. Who is going to bring the cooler full of cold beer to the golf course and arena for our post game analysis?

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