July 28, 1924 – October 17, 2007
Born the second child of Lawrence and Georgina Diether in Vancouver, Bob died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Sechelt, BC where he spent his last few months with renal failure. Bob graduated from Prince of Wales Secondary and attended the University of British Columbia. He married Doo Housser August 30, 1947 after service in the Canadian Navy during World War II. Through his 15 years in the forest industry and 20 years with Canada Employment and Immigration; Bob, Doo and their five children lived in Vancouver, New Westminster, Williams Lake and North Vancouver. Bob and family moved to Williams Lake in 1969 where he managed the Canada Manpower office until 1972. Doo and Bob had lots of good times and made many friends during their time in “the Puddle’. Bob enjoyed getting out on the local lakes and was especially fond of places like Farwell Canyon in the Chilcotin country. Leaving Williams Lake, Bob and Doo moved to North Vancouver, then retired to a seaside home at Grantham’s Landing. Bob became a founding director and active volunteer with the Sunshine Coast Salmonid Enhancement Society. A mural at the Chapman Creek Hatchery was dedicated to Bob for his instrumental role there. In younger years, Bob was an avid canoeist enjoying adventures down the Peace, Columbia and Thompson Rivers and through the Bowron Lakes with his sons and good friends. Bob enjoyed his travels with Doo to the US, Europe and Canada, was a keen bridge player and was passionate about fishing. He loved a good sandwich and anything sweet. Bob was kind, undemanding, and always a gentleman. He will be missed by all who knew him, most especially his family: Doo, his cherished wife of 60 years; his elder sister Barbara Meredith (Ken); five children: David (Margrett), Nan (Ron),
Rob (Lorraine), Georgina (Peter), Polly (Will); 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild. A service
in Bob’s memory was held at
the Gibson’s Legion on October 28, 2007.