Gold, Robert (Bob) James
August 6, 1953 – November 29, 2013
It is with great sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the untimely passing of beloved husband, father, and brother Bob Gold on Friday, November 29, 2013, with family members by his side. Predeceased by his father James (Jim) Gold in 1990 and his mother Shirley earlier this year, Bob is survived by his loving wife Linda, his stepson Erik Lane, and his daughter Jamie. He is also survived by his sister Anne (Donald), his sister Barbara (Paul), his brother David (Tracey), and a large extended family.
Bob was the eldest of four children and was born and raised in Nanaimo. He graduated from Nanaimo District Secondary School and then completed a Bachelor of Physical Education degree at the University of British Columbia. Bob worked briefly in Vancouver and Kelowna before returning to the hometown he loved. His career path took him into marketing and sales, working many years with Hub City Paving and then most recently with Inland Kenworth.
Bob was an outgoing, giving person who cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his community. For many years, he was a member of the Nanaimo North Rotary Club. He was an avid athlete and sportsman all his life, playing baseball, lacrosse, and hockey in his youth. In later years, he coached and officiated in several sports. Among other positions, he served as president of Nanaimo Minor Baseball, Nanaimo Baseball Umpires’ Association, Nanaimo Hockey Referees’ Association, and the Nanaimo Riptides Swim Club and was a current board member of Swim BC. Bob had a wonderful enthusiasm for life. He was devoted to his family and will be greatly missed by many.
A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013, at the Nanaimo Golf Club (A.V. Macan Room), 2800 Highland Boulevard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity or a local minor sport in Bob’s memory.