February 4, 1934 – September 7, 2018
Robert Fred Sutcliffe of Cranbrook, BC with family at his side, passed away peacefully at the age of 84 following a brief illness on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Born in Kaslo, BC on February 4, 1934, he spoke fondly of his early years in Riondel, revelling in the joys of being the youngest in a family of 7. During his time there he would make deliveries with his brother in a small boat on Kootenay lake, work in the sawmill on the family ranch, and work in the Bluebell Mine.
Bob was an adventurer with an inquisitive mind, he loved to tinker, work with his hands, and spend time in the outdoors. Family and Kootenay Lake had a special place in his heart that will carry on with the family.
He graduated from Gonzaga University with a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1958. During this time, he married his hometown sweetheart, Alleyne. He continued his pursuit of higher learning at Queens University, as well as University of Alberta, finishing with the MBA Program at the School of Advanced Management. He enjoyed a lifetime career in the telephone industry with AGT and TELUS. His career provided him the opportunity to travel to many places around the world. Ultimately, Bob retired as a Vice President for TELUS in 1993. During retirement, volunteering became his new career. He spent time with CESO (Canadian Executives Serving Overseas) enabling him to travel to South America and Europe. He was also an avid volunteer with the Canadian Association of Disabled Skiers, and CASARA (Civil Aviation Search and Rescue Association).
Bob is survived by his children Rob (Marianne), Patricia (Dwayne); grandchildren Brendan (Caitlin), Stephan, Katie; great-grandson Rory; his partner Myrtle and her family Michelle (Bruno) and Emily; his siblings Betty and Jim and an extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Alleyne.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the kind and caring staff of the Pines who always cared for Bob with respect and dignity. Bob spent his final days at the F.W. Green Home; we would like to thank the staff there as well.
The Family will host a Celebration of Life memorial at Willowbrook Recreation Center (1401 Willowbrook Dr.) in Cranbrook, BC on Sunday, Sept 23 at 1:00 pm.
An additional celebration will be held at his true home town, Riondel, BC, in July 2019.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask you consider donating to the “Pines Memorial Society”, in memory of
Bob Sutcliffe. (Kimberley Special Care Home, 386 2nd Avenue, Kimberley, BC, V1A 2P6). Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com.
McPherson Funeral Service