Rob was tragically killed on May 16, 2019. He was struck by a car while offering assistance at an accident scene on the Coquihala Highway. He was 48 years old.
Rob was born in England and came to Canada with his family at a young age, settling in Salmon Arm in 1982. After High School he completed the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at BCIT and then returned to Salmon Arm. He and his wife, Heather (Bettles) always felt fortunate to be raising their two children, Andrew and Leah, in such a beautiful community.
Rob was passionate about the Shuswap region and so proud to call it home. He spent countless hours as a dedicated volunteer, working to support and improve the community for all who live here, and for all who would visit. He loved the outdoors and exploring with family and friends, often organizing group hikes. He made sure others knew how to find the trails by making handcrafted traditional wooden trailhead signs and information pages with maps, distances and GPS coordinates that he posted both online and at the trailhead. Joss Mountain and Eagle Pass were two of his favorite areas.
Not only did Rob have a special attachment to the alpine peaks of the region, he was a dedicated steward of the trails close to his home in South Canoe. Rob and his family had quick access to the South Canoe trail system which they used almost daily, and he rarely missed a volunteer trail day. He could often be found out on the trails with his dogs and his small metal rake clearing the trails of debris or using his chainsaw to clear blowdown. Importing a Troll from Norway, Rob built another one of his custom wooden signs for our famous South Canoe Troll Bridge. He had a real passion for these sorts of details that we all enjoy.
Rob was a reliable volunteer with the Larch Hills Nordic Society and Junior Race Team, filling a variety of roles throughout the years: Race Secretary, Equipment Manager, wax technician, fundraising, and as a valued member of the Larch Hills Chalet Committee. He also held volunteer roles with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet, The Salty Dog Enduro Race, the Reino Run, Shuswap Youth Soccer and so many school volunteer hours.
Rob’s life was enriched through his volunteer work. He lived his life well and he loved through his actions and we are all better because of this.
In building a legacy fund in Rob’s name, his family hopes to ensure that Rob’s passion and commitment to his community will continue to make a rich and meaningful impact for generations to come.
Do what you love – Love what you do!
NOTE: When donating to this fund, please specify if you would like to direct your donation to the construction of a Shelter in South Canoe in honour of Rob or to the endowment fund.