Robert (Bob) Johnson, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, fisherman, sports enthusiast (his favourite teams the Blue Jays and Winnipeg Jets) passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
Bob was the third child of ten, born to Victor and Nora Johnson on April 26,1937, in La France Creek, BC.
Bob survived cancer twice and had other health issues the past few years. He had a few stays in the hospital, which like most of us, was not his favorite place. Even in pain, he always had a smile and a cheery word for the nurses, and some might say he was even a little bit of a flirt.
One of Bob’s greatest loves was fishing, the excitement of landing the “big one” and the pleasure of pan frying and eating the spoils. He was always willing to help you tie and bait your hook, or untangle your line. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed a dip in Kootenay Lake to cool off on a hot summer day.
Bob was a man of few words, but when he spoke it was worth listening to. He had little expressions that were at times insightful for the instant or could bring a chuckle to a moment for seriousness. One of his favourite sayings was “you are about as coordinated as a bear cub playing with his pee pee” uttered when he saw you trip over your own feet or other embarrassing moments!
He was predeceased by his wife, Barb, of 33 years. They had 5 children together, Danny, Bonnie, Lori (deceased), Barb (Todd) and Vicky (Weylin). The children amassed 9 grandchildren and their children amassed 12 great grandchildren (and counting).
As a young Grampa, Bob enjoyed watching his grandchildren reach adulthood spending time with and going to their extracurricular activities, sports, Christenings, Graduations etc. In turn he was able to watch his great-grandchildren grow and attended as many activities and milestones as possible. They all loved spending time with “Chicken Legs” as he was lovingly called. He will live on in each and everyone of them.
Bob left high school in grade 11 to join the RCAF in 1954. He was stationed in North Bay ON, where he met his lovely bride Barb. They were married in February of 1956. During their first 9 years they created their family of 5 children. They traveled with the RCAF, finally retiring in Edmonton in 1976. They developed many lifelong friendships along the way. Summer vacations were spent camping, often going to Bob’s birthplace on Kootenay Lake where the family learned to share Bob’s love of the lake, fishing, swimming and exploring.
Once retired from the Military, he became a foreman at Grimshaw Trucking and then head City Dispatcher. “Sid” as he was fondly known, was greatly admired and respected at Grimshaw. His co-worker said “He was the best dispatcher we ever had. He looked after his drivers and was a great man to work for. Men like him are few and far between these days.” He retired from Grimshaw in April 2002.
Bob was lucky enough to find love again and married Gale Blinston on May 2, 1992. This increased the clan by another 5 children, Tracy (Mick), David (Monique), Daniel, Dennis (Angel)and Bill (Cindy). They in turn have amassed 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Bob and Gale enjoyed 28 happy years together spending summers out on Kootenay Lake with a summer home at Fish Hawk Bay. Bob taught Gale to fish and in turn Gale taught Bob to golf. There was no better place for them to enjoy the things they loved to do most than on the lake. Every summer they would enjoy visits from their family.
I Believe that what we become
depends on what our father’s
teach us at odd moments,
when they aren’t trying to teach us.
We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
Until we meet again at the “big fishing hole” …save a spot for us at the rock cut!