Nesbitt, Robert Allan

July 27, 1934 – March 10, 2015

With heavy hearts, the family wishes to announce Bob’s passing at the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH on Tuesday March 10, 2015 after a courageous battle with a long illness. His wife, Vera, and his sons, Daniel and Matthew, were by his side.

Bob was born in Renfrew, Ontario and graduated from Ryerson in Mechanical Technology in 1957. After Ryerson he set out to travel the world. His first stop was England where he met his wife, Vera. They were married in England, and they returned to Canada to live in Orillia, Ontario in 1961. Bob then worked for some years in mechanical engineering firms in Peterborough and Toronto. He began a teaching career with a 12-year engagement at St. Lawrence College in Kingston in 1968. He relocated with his family in 1980 to Nanaimo to teach at Malaspina College. He continued on in his career to work for the Dept. of Energy Mines and Resources and then into consulting roles, and a year teaching English in China, until his retirement.

He was a quiet, thoughtful man who belonged to numerous public service organizations during his years in Nanaimo. He loved to perform his music for senior citizens and was a long-time member of the Nanaimo Theatre Group. He enjoyed many happy hours with the Nanaimo Co-op Sailing Club.

Bob is survived by his wife, Vera, and beloved sons, Daniel and Matthew, daughter-in-law, Jessie, and the “apples of his eye”, his two little granddaughters Emily and Zoey. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley, and nephew, Robert, in Cambridge, Ontario.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful nurses at Nanaimo Community Dialysis, NRGH Renal and Palliative Care Units, especially Naomi. A special thank you to Dr. Tom Davies for his kind and compassionate care over the years.

The family would like to invite all who knew him to a celebration of life in Bob’s honour at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Ave, Nanaimo on April 10, 2015, at 2:00 – 4:00 PM. A private interment will be held at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Child Development Centre.

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