We Remember

ROULEAU, Robert A. “Bob”

April 28, 1936 — May 21, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bob Rouleau of Kelowna, BC. Bob was surrounded by his loving wife Annette of 63 years, and their two children as he passed away peacefully on May 21, 2024, he was 88 years old.

Born into parents, Gladys and Samuel Rouleau, he graduated as a metallurgical engineer from the University of Alberta before embarking on his 35-year career in the mining industry. Bob and Annette met at work and wed in 1961. They purchased their first home in Kirkland Lake, Ontario and were busy parents to Michele, David, and Nicole. Bob worked hard progressing in his career, starting off as a Research Metallurgist in 1959 with Steep Rock Iron Mines in Atikokan, Ontario and finishing off his career in 1993 as the President of Crows Nest Resources Limited in Calgary, Alberta. Bob and Annette retired in southern BC, first in Blind Bay, then Kamloops and recently Kelowna.

He was a supportive parent and grandparent, attending many of the kid’s schooling and sporting events. Bob enjoyed sports himself, including basketball, squash, and golf. Bob was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Redwings and Edmonton Eskimos (Elks). Bob was also an avid outdoorsman and hobbyist. He enjoyed many moments camping and fishing with family and friends, and spending his quiet time by building model ships and fly tying. Bob enjoyed travel with multiple trips to northern Alberta, Florida, Palm Springs, and Hawaii. He loved visiting with family and friends and was the go-to guy for advice and direction. Bob enjoyed keeping up with current events through his daily papers and was always the most knowledgeable person in the room. Bob was a kind and patient man who put his family first in all his endeavours and cared deeply for Annette. He was supportive and always willing to lend an ear with genuine interest to his kids, grandkids, great-grandson, and nephews and nieces. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys and Samuel Rouleau; brother Ron Rouleau; and daughter Michele McGinnis.

He is survived by his wife Annette Rouleau; son David (Louise) Rouleau; daughter Nicole (David) Burke; grandchildren, George McGinnis, Kimberly (Bobby) Pilehvarian, Justin Rouleau, and Caitrin Burke; great-grandson Jericho McGinnis; as well as Bob’s siblings, Don Rouleau, Ken Rouleau, Sylvia Riep, Diane Kalis and Rick Rouleau.

Special thanks to the medical team at the Kelowna General Hospital.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life per Bob’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s name to Parkinson’s Canada at www.parkinson.ca/getinvolved/waystogive.

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  • Tracy Riep says:

    I am so sorry! Many fond memories of uncle Bob. Growing up. One that comes to mind was Christmas one year at grandma and grandpas. When I was little. He was Santa Claus. I remember calling him out on it. I remember such laughs about it. He was a pretty great uncle. So much support from him along with other members of the family. He was always there even at a distance. Sending all my love to the Rouleau family. Love always Tracy.

  • Juergen Weihmann says:

    Dear Annette and Family; My heart goes out to you, I feel and share your pain and sense of loss. I can’t find words to aptly describe what Bob was and meant to me. He was one of two true friends I ever had, and I now have lost both. I surely will miss him and never forget him.

  • barb mcgregor says:

    to my sister and her family, so very sorry about Bob. Another good man gone. I sure wish i could be with you at this time. Just think of all good times you and Bob. Love Barb

  • John Morash says:

    Wishing the Rouleau family condolences from the Morash Family
    John and Gail Morash

  • Dave Burke says:

    Bob (Dad) you are one of my greatest teachers .
    I already miss your little whistle you used to do when on a mission or a task with a get up and go attitude . Hanker down you taught me be safe and look out for others. You showed me my first kokanee run in fairmont. You Showed me the game of golf and compared it to life , even in the bunker theres a way out and to carry on, never give up.
    You showed me kindness and the value of family no matter what obstacles lay ahead . I love you and will always do my best for the family and try to be a better man just like you . I wont say good bye so i will see ya when i see ya.
    Love Dave Burke

  • Ross & Karen Green says:

    Bob was a wonderful man who clearly enjoyed people. We always enjoyed the few visits we had with him. Our deepest condolences to the entire Rouleau family on your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Dianne Merrell says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s death. He and John worked together for many years, and he was a great asset to our community. Good memories!

  • Al and Sue Kangas says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Rouleau family. I remember going on a fishing trip with Dave, a number of other friends and Bob. Bob had a great knowledge of fly fishing and worked hard at helping all be better fly fishermen. We nicknamed him Doctor Bob after that. He will be missed, but remembered.

  • Cathy Halladay says:

    To The Rouleau Family,
    So sorry to hear about Bob’s death condolences and heart felt sadness for you all. Jan and Cathy Halladay, Birch Cove

  • Sylvia Riep says:

    My brother Bob was the oldest of seven children. And he definitely set high standards for the rest of us following him. We are a very close family and we were all so proud of Bob and his accomplishments. The best decision he made was marrying Annette. They were made for each other and he was so proud of their children and grandchildren. And all of Bob’s siblings are super proud of him. Rest in peace Bob. You have lots of family up there to keep you busy. Hugs to you and all of them. See you soon! ❤️.

  • Doris Morin says:

    I was so sad to hear about Bob’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent with the ‘Miners 59ers’ group and with Bob and Annette. It comforts me to think that he and Moose are sharing stories over some libation! Thinking of the Rouleau family and sending my condolences.

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