It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Bob announce his passing on Monday, July 28th due to complications of leukemia.
Bob is survived by his partner, Susan Dowell, his 3 children: Cheryl (Norris) Winter, Bruce & Dean West, his 3 grandchildren; Cory, Lee and Rachel Winter, his brother Mel (Phyllis) West and step-daughter Jessie Dowell-Gullison. He was predeceased by his oldest brother Jim.
Bob was born in Banff AB, to Harry & Rosina (Weisenberger) West. He was raised in Nakusp, BC where he is still referred to by his childhood nickname, “Orbit”. He spent a lot of his youth in the mountains and was a very active and proud Queen Scout. Throughout the rest of his life Bob lived in Nelson, Prince Rupert, Salmon Arm and Haney, BC as well as Calgary, Black Diamond and Water Valley, AB.
Music and art have been lifelong passions for Bob. He began playing trumpet as a child and although he has also played vibraphones, his main instrument and pleasure have been singing and playing guitar: acoustic, electric base & stand up base. His paintings; wildlife, outdoor scenery, portraits and murals have been shown in various galleries and grace many homes and offices. Bob painted under the name of “Westie”.
As a younger man Bob worked in both the food and music industries. Upon moving to Calgary in the 1970’s Bob took up the trade of Sheet Metal Mechanic. He excelled at this and was very creative in the trouble shooting that he specialized in until his retirement in 2003. He was often referred to, especially by those in the trades, as “Santa”.
In 2006, Bob and Susan moved to the mountains of the Columbia Valley near Parson, BC where Bob has spent many peaceful hours gardening, hiking and just being happy back in the mountains.
Bob will always be remembered for his hearty laughter and happy disposition.
A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 pm on Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at The Southern Alberta Pioneer Hall, 3625 – 4th Street S.W., Calgary, AB. Please join us: your families & children are welcome.