Robert “Bob” Parsons
1947 – 2015
It is with great sadness that we announce Robert Parsons passed away on April 29, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Being a great lover of music, “Bob” left this world just the way he would have liked it….listening to his favorite songs with his family by his side.
Bob was born in Vancouver BC on May 6, 1947 to Helen and William Parsons. He had seven brothers and sisters. He had many fond memories of spending summers out at Green Lake when he was young and enjoyed telling stories about the fun he had with his cousins and the mischief they would get into. Bob was a smart and honest man with a great sense of humor, whose witty remarks and sparkle in his eye always made people smile. Bob was kind and could not say no to anyone (except his kids of course!), however had a stubborn streak that will not soon be forgotten.
Bob met his wife Lynda during one of those memorable summers when he spent time with family in Clinton. They were friends as children, and reconnected years later and married. He had three daughters and a son, all of whom he loved very much. “Clean your room” and “It’s just as easy to be five minutes early as it is to be five minutes late” will be etched into their minds forever. He will be deeply missed by his immediate and extended family.
Bob had two passions – ocean fishing and his job. He loved ocean fishing, and spent many family vacations on Vancouver Island. He loved the thrill of the “big catch” and spent countless hours out in the boat. He was happiest when he was at the ocean, and spoke often about “going back to the ocean one last time”. Sadly this did not happen. His second passion was his job at Highland Valley Copper Mine where he worked as a shovel operator for 35 years. Bob had a work ethic like no other, and considered the men he worked with his second family. Up until the day he passed away, he spoke of being on Shovel #19.
Bob is survived by loving wife, Lynda; daughters, Tammy (Don) and Stacey (Tom); son, Bobby; son-in-law, Robin; father-in-law, Bruce; grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Jonathon, Jasmine, Rosslynd, Claire, Hailey, Trinitie, and Noah; sisters, Jean and Darlene and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his parents Helen and William Parsons, his three brothers and two sisters, and daughter, Tricia.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 1pm-3pm at the Hal Rogers Kinsmen Centre in Kamloops BC. Cremation services entrusted to North Thompson Funeral & Drake Cremation Services, Kamloops, BC, telephone 250-377-8225.