Robert “Bob” Harvey Linklater, aged 76, passed away after a short illness due to a stroke, on October 2, 2013 in Kamloops, BC.
Bob was one of 3 children born to the late James & Florida (née Chauvin) Linklater on April 18, 1937, in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario.
Bob is survived by his wife of 55 years, Phyllis (nee Nichol), his daughter Jean (Allistair McRae) McNamee of Balmertown, ON & his son, Jim (Linda) Linklater of Kamloops, BC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ian (Jamie Hamilton) McNamee, Britney (Jayson Botel) McNamee, Derek (Jasmine Beaudin), Caitlin, Brendan & Jaiden Linklater, and great-grandchildren, Braidy, Jerzey, Kesler & Nicholas. Also surviving is his sister, Florida “Pat” Green of Thunder Bay, ON, along with many brother-in-laws & sister-in-laws, nieces & nephews. Bob was predeceased by his brother, James “Bud” Linklater & his son-in-law, John McNamee, as well as 2 brother-in-laws & one nephew.
Bob had a great love for all the children in his life. Bob would do almost anything to please these children. Bob also had a lifelong soft spot for animals, always surrounded by family pets
Bob was an active member of AA since 2002, always eager to assist others & the organization. Bob was supported by and able to support many people through AA, many becoming close, dear friends.
Although Bob began his career as a delivery truck driver for New Method Laundry in Thunder Bay, most of Bob’s working life was in mining: Leich Gold Mine in Beardmore, ON; Dickenson Mine in Balmertown, ON; Dekalb Gold Mine near Ashcroft, BC; and Echo Bay Mine in Lupin, NWT before retiring in 1996.
While working at Echo Bay, Bob began to frame pictures for his wife & friends. His meticulous work was appreciated by the Ashcroft Art Club for which he framed many pictures that were entered into their annual art shows. His talents began to expand into making original art bookmarks, utilizing several designs created by his wife, children & other local artists. Bob spent many hours working with his wife in their business, Sagebrush Gallery, located at the Ashcroft Manor. After their shop closed, Bob continued framing & making bookmarks until he was 70 years old.
An open house memorial in honour of Bob was held at the Thompson Valley Funeral Home on October 9, 2013. Interment of his ashes will take place in the presence of family members at a later date. For those who wish to do so, donations in memory of Bob can be made to a charity of choice.