Robert Kerr “Bibby”
March 6, 1935 ~
January 9, 2007
Robert Marshall passed away suddenly on January 9, 2007 in Campbell River General Hospital while surrounded by his loving family.
Predeceased by his father Robert Marshall Sr., and his sister Delores Levirs. Bob is survived and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Karen of 30 years, his mother Ueanna Marshall, sister Irene Pearce, brothers in-law Norm Pearce and Arthur “Gabby” Levirs, sons Blake (Kathy) of Gold River, David (Nancy) of Courtenay, Billy of Gold River, daughter Teri Allen (Jim) of Nanaimo, grandchildren Tristan, Nathan, Chelsea, Roger, Dustin, Cameron, Ryon, Dalton, Emily, Madeline, David, Wesley, and his adopted grandchild Josh Smith, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was born in Cumberland and grew up there until he moved his family to Kelsey Bay where he worked for MacMillan Blodel running heavy equipment for over 30 years. Bob’s passion was with the Sayward Fire Department and ambulance service where he devoted his life protecting and serving the community for more than 40 years, most of it as Fire Chief. Although they never saved 1 house he did save 100’s of lives. Other interests were hiking and camping, from the earliest years snow shoeing the Comox Glacier and canvas tents at Deep Bay to his newest RV with slideouts that need a double lot. Bob especially enjoyed traveling and camping with friends and family such as the annual Quadra Island trip. No matter what adventure Bob was on, he would rarely be seen without a camera hanging from his shoulder recording history. Another passion of Bob’s was his woodworking. He spent a large part of his time using his talent building various projects with some being sold to tourists but most he just gave away, from children’s toys to furniture, kitchen cabinets for a cabin and one of his most recent accomplishments a bar for a local pub. Bob was always there to help people and made many good lifelong friendships because of his kind unselfish nature. Bob was always eager to sit and tell stories of the past, present and what might happen in the future. So when you are in the company of a mutual friend be sure to share a story of a wonderful man, who never took his time on this planet for granted and who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Sayward Rescue Society. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2007 at 12:00 P.M. at the Kelsey Center on Kelsey Way, in Sayward.