E. Robbie Roberts passed away with dignity and patience after a lengthy illness in 100 Mile House Hospital on July 23, 2009 in his 88th year.
Born Aug. 19, 1921 in Bangor, Sask. and at a young age moved to Saskatoon, Sask. He was the son of Hugh and Myvannwy Roberts (both deceased) and was pre-deceased by two sisters and a brother.
Robbie will be deeply missed by his wife of 66 years, Rita Marie. He is survived by two sons: Dave (Norma) Roberts, Kelowna; two stepdaughters: Liz (Brad) Kemp and great grandchildren Holly and Wyatt; Kathleen Sketchley and great grandchildren Trevor and Lexie; Greg (Carol) Roberts, Green Lake, and their children: Tanya (Rory) Richards and great-grandchildren Logan and Shane; Trevor Roberts and fiancé Adrianne Chester.
Robbie served on active duty with the RCNVR during the Second World War from 1940-1945 as a torpedo operator on convoy patrol on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Robbie enjoyed 29 years of retirement from BC Telephone, after working in New Westminster, Prince George and Osoyoos and retiring at Green Lake.
No service, a family gathering will be held.
Robbie will always be alive in the happy memories of his family. We love you, Rob.
To Those I Love and Those Who Loved Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go…
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn’t tie yourself to me in tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave to you my love, you can only guess,
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I travelled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for awhile that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away for life goes on;
So if you need me call and I will come.
Though you can’t hear or touch me, I’ll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear
All of my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone…
I’ll greet you with a smile and say ‘welcome home.’