Udahl, Sgt. Robert Edwin (retired)
It is with profound sadness to announce the passing of Robert E. Udahl on June 16, 2015.
Robert is survived by his loving wife Christina (married for sixty-one and a half years), son Robert (Merna), daughter Sandra (Greg); two sisters, Sharon Doak and Margie Sims (Mel): daughter in law Kathy Udahl; and, the lights of his life, his grandchildren Master Corporal Samuel Udahl, Ashley and Kennedy Heyes. He was also proud of the numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews in his family, ten of which are actively serving in the police and Armed Forces of Canada today. Predeceased by his parents Edwin and Elda Udahl; brothers, Jerry and Elmer Udahl, and beloved son, Norman Udahl.
Born on February 1st, 1930 in Nipiwan, Saskatchewan, growing up and working on the family farm, he as a young teenager developed aspirations of becoming an R.C.M.P. officer, joining in 1950. He met Christina shortly after being posted in the Cranbrook, Kimberly area, only to be transferred to Prince George. He realized he wanted to “marry the girl,” electing to buy his way out to do so (as per the rules about marriage in the R.C.M.P.) He worked in a mill for a year and as a prison guard for seven more years.
With the internal yearning to be back to his passion, he joined the R.C.M.P. again. Moves with his family were quite numerous, but at long last was stationed in Ladysmith for a ten year span. Upon his retirement from from the R.C.M.P., he worked a few years in Kamloops in the Crown Prosecutors before returning for good. He again found himself wanting to return to the Island and community he loved.
Robert touched many lives either by knowing them personally or professionally, all would agree that he was a remarkable man.
Please join us in a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Eagle’s Hall in Ladysmith from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The family, in lieu of flowers, wishes there to be a donation to your favourite charity.