Feb. 16, 1926-July 4, 2016

It is with great sadness that we share with you the peaceful passing of Bob July 4, 2016. He was born in Ladysmith where he lived his entire life. Predeceased by his father Tom, mother Annie, step-father George, sisters Pat, Anne and brother Tom.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Phyllis, son Barry McMahon (Diane), grandson Ryan (Cathleen), great grandchildren Bella, Jett, Zari and his sister Joan Davidson. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he adored and were so good to brighten his hospital days with a visit.

Bob worked as a longshoreman for 35 years before retiring in 1989. He made many friends on the waterfront and laughed heartily while sharing stories of those good days.

Dad was a lifetime Eagle’s member. In 1974 he was the B.C. Horseshoe Champion and Sportsman of the year. In 1998 he was inducted into the Horseshoe hall of Fame. His love of gardening would start each Spring with his seed catalogues, tending his roses and planting his vegetable garden. Many hours were spent in his greenhouse nurturing those seedlings so they were ready for planting or sharing with family and friends. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in his earlier years and especially looked forward to his Sundays at the Fish Hatchery with the Judson’s and gang.

Family was very important to Bob. We were so blessed to be able to share this with each other. His eyes sparkled when the great grandchildren arrived, saw grandson Ryan play at music events or went on those memorable drives with son Barry. His very favorite thing to do was settle in and watch Curling or the Toronto Blue Jays with Phyllis.

Dad will be lovingly remembered as a fun and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. He was forever supportive and ready to lend a hand. A cheerful attitude and smile was always waiting for you as was some good silliness. We will carry this gentle man in our hearts forever. There is laughter in all the stars and in the memories of those you love. We will watch the sky for you.

A heartfelt thank you to all the nurses and doctors on the 4th floor. He received the best of care from an excellent team. He loved to greet you all with a smile and banter and you did the same.

A celebration of Dad’s life will be held at the Eagle’s Hall in Ladysmith, Wed. July 20th, 1-4 p.m. Come share your memories with us.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Society or Kidney Foundation.

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