April 12, 1938 – May 20, 2021
Dad/Grandpa/Opa went to join the love of his life Diana. A tiny UBC carpool note brought the two of them together for a wonderful 63 years. The last 3 months without her were heartbreaking for dad, and after a short and courageous health battle, he was able to say “I’m ready to go” on his terms and he took her hand again.
He leaves behind, with countless happy memories, his children Kevin (Tanya), Shannon (Paul), and Stefanie (Trevor); his grandchildren Lexa, Kira, Rafe, Gabriel, Bennett, Maren, and Linden. Also, dearly loved family members Eric and Katrina, Spencer and Emma-Lou, Sharon and Bruce, and Donna Fletcher, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Robert has so many dear friends, too many to mention, but our heartfelt thanks to those so close to him in the last 6 months during so many changes in his life. He talked endlessly of your meals together and of wine nights, movies, and drinking scotch.
Robert was the ever-positive and charming gentleman. He loved a good conversation. Born in Den Haag, Holland just before the start of WWII he and his family endured many difficult and frightening times. Moving to Canada he was ever grateful for all the freedoms and peace that Canada affords and so many others take for granted.
Robert and Diana were active members of St. Paul’s United Church and spent countless seasons enjoying the Okanagan Symphony. Dad loved to work, not for the money, but for the pure love of what he did. Dad worked as an accountant with Thalheimer & Co. for over 25 years, right up to the end.
Things will not be the same without you Dad. We will miss your energy, persistence, positive attitude, goofy ways you read to the kids, always saying “I’m great, how are you”, your love of swimming and travel, and so much more. We find comfort in knowing you are once again with Mom and are watching over us.
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