Robert “Bob” Totten, age 82 of Cranbrook B.C passed away on October 26, 2016 at Cranbrook Hospital after a short battle with cancer. He was the loving husband of Heather Patricia Totten of Cranbrook for 41 years. Bob was born at Flagstone BC on March 25, 1934, to Harry and Elizabeth Totten. He lived and worked on the farm trapping beaver and hunting cougars with his dogs Caesar and Beau. Bob had received his pilots license and loved flying over the farm and even “dropping off” beer from the air to a ranger station in need, at a lookout tower. Bob had rescued two cougar kittens named Leo and Snarly and kept them strong and healthy until they were sent to the Calgary zoo. Bob knew the minute he saw Heather Pat that he wanted to meet her. “Who’s that girl over there?” he said during a cattle branding day. They met, and married June 12, 1975. They started the farm in Mayook and with 180 head of cattle, as well as sod farming, it kept them busy. Logging was always his passion. They purchased a sawmill where they worked with a great crew of guys. The ranch in Bull river was a great place to raise kids and for them to grow up with family values: 4-H Club and the Gun Club.
Since Bob was never a man who kept still for very long, they moved to Creston and back to sod farming. They had great
neighbors and life long friends. With Christmas trees every year to cut, Bob taught the kids to drag and pick trees from the time they could walk.
Bob loved “taking a stroll” or a drive around the area of Rock Creek, up the Bull. Delivering sod, to dropping off trees, he always had something on the go. He always knew where to “park it”, where the fish were, which Christmas tree to cut and was always able to lend a helping hand with neighbors and friends. From hiking in the bush to scope whitetails, to picking flowers on his way home for Heather Pat, Bob taught his kids to treat others the way you would like to be treated, to always look out for people, a hard days work was good for the soul and to respect the bush.
Bob was a man of few words, but stories he could tell, lessons he could teach and he always had time to listen. He was a hard worker to the core and loved his family. He will be missed by many.
No service will be held. For all who knew him, remember him in your own way. Driving down the road with his arm out the window , waving at you.
The Totten Family