We Remember

STEVENS, Robert Charles “Bob”

June 24, 1931 — October 9, 2020

Bob was born June 24, 1931 in Timmins Ontario. He passed away peacefully with family by his side in Kelowna, BC on October 9, 2020. Bob is survived by his loving wife of the past 12 years Judith van Oyen; his daughters Kim Bryan and Jan Berdahl; his son Rob (Nicole) Stevens; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; his sister Faye Pacione; his brother Lowell (Beryl) Stevens; his stepdaughter Erika (Corey) van Oyen; and his extended step-family who enjoyed spending time with their “G-Bob”.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Connie, in 2004; his brother Ken; and his sister Lorna.

Bob was born and raised in Timmins, Ontario. He loved reminiscing about his idyllic childhood when he roamed the town with his brothers and friends and played hockey with the likes of Tim Horton on frigid outdoor rinks. Bob was hardworking from a young age, he delivered groceries for a nickel at age 10 and left school at 14 to become a GM mechanic. He married his childhood sweetheart Connie at 19, and they had 3 children who gave them 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The competitive toughness he developed on those hockey rinks led to careers as an OPP officer and as an astute businessman who owned several businesses, the fish camp near Red Lake being his favourite. Work took him all around northern Ontario before retiring at 55 to Victoria, BC and finally Kelowna. Retirement was active for Bob, he travelled in his fifth-wheel trailer, socialized with friends and visited family back in Ontario. He found love again with Judith and took great pleasure in their expanded family and full life. Small children gravitated to him, and he always made them laugh. Bob made friends everywhere life took him, drawing people in with his zest for life, his sense of fun and mischief, and his love of parties.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, alzheimer.ca, or the charity of your choice.

The family will gather to share stories and fond memories. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

 

Share with Others:

Alzheimer’s Society Link: alzheimer.ca

 


 


Condolences

  • Lowell and Beryl Stevens says:

    Dear Judith, Robert, Nicole and family. Thinking of you at this time of grieving and know we are feeling it also. Trying to think of the wonderful times we all had together and hoping there will be good times together in the future. Love Lowell and Beryl

  • Faye Pacione says:

    I would like to extend my condolence to the family Bob is now at peace RIP dear brother.

  • Rick and Barb Stevens says:

    Our sincere sympathies on the passing of Uncle Bob. He was one in a million. We will have fond memories of visits to the farm and the horseshoe he gave Scott on his first visit here after we bought the farm. Please know we are thinking of you.

Leave a Condolence Message for the Family


» To share your condolence on this page please fill out the requested fields.
» If you have any photos to share, please do so as families appreciate it. To share a photo, click the 'Choose File' button and select a photo from your computer.
» Once you are done, click the 'Share' button.
» Your email is never published or shared. Your name and email are both required.

NOTE: all messages will go through an administrative process before being posted.