Bogdan (Bobby) Barutowicz
April 10, 1959-April 24, 2013
It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Bogdan (Bobby) Barutowicz, who passed of a heart attack on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, after battling cancer for the past few months.
Bogdan was born in Poland on April 10, 1959, and spent his childhood and early 20’s in his homeland before embarking on an adventure of a lifetime with his wife and two young daughters in search of opportunity, freedom and beauty.
The whole family moved to Canada in June 1990 and made the move to Campbell River in 1994 when he accepted a job at Quinsam Coal mine, where he worked for the past 19 years.
He was a beautiful and gentle soul that touched everyone in his life, and made friends everywhere he went. He was full of life, love, passion and would climb mountains for his loved ones. His love for biking brought him to Tour de France twice, and he travelled and saw much of the world. Being on his bicycle was his paradise, riding like the wind on the Island Highway. For the past 7 years Bobby rode and raised money for the BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath in White Rock.
He will be greatly missed by all, most of all by his wife and soulmate Jolanta, by his children, Aldona and Kate and son-in-law Warren. His family would like to thank all of the amazing friends from all over the country and Europe that have come forth with support, assistance and love.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 2 at 1 p.m. at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch.