December 9, 1934 – December 23, 2013
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ken Robert on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 in Nanaimo, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Mary; daughter, Wendy and son, Doug; brother, Obbie; sister, Margie; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alex and Anne Wood. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 34 years, Heather; son, Chet; sister, Joan Goodbun (Archie); sisters-in-law, Betty Harris and Paula King (Ken); and many nephews, nieces and grandchildren. He also leaves his two little mini Schnauzers, Karrie & Kristy.
Ken was born in Nanaimo and grew up in Lantzville and Cedar. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1952-1957 and was a proud 57-year member in good standing of The Royal Canadian Legion (Victoria, Nanaimo and most recently, Branch 257 Lantzville).
Ken’s 23-year career with Vancouver Island Coach Lines included driving scheduled service, taking tour groups to Butchart Gardens, the PNE, and across the border to Reno and throughout the Southern States. He said many times how much he loved his job, and what a bonus it was to get paid for enjoying what he did.
Ken retired early and with wife Heather enjoyed 25 years spending the Winters in Mesa, Arizona riding motorcycle (‘BC Coyote”), golfing and playing out in the desert in “Casper” his VW dune buggy. Summers were spent on “Tide ‘n Knots” cruising the waters of B.C. and WA. and camping with friends around the Island. Wherever he was, Ken loved a good poker game.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may donate to the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Unit, who took such wonderful care of Ken and supported our family during this difficult time.
A Celebration of Ken’s Life is being planned for late Spring (May 2014).