Friday, March 24, 2023
March 24, 2023


Shipley, Robert Leslie

June 20, 1933 – September 4, 2011

Our beloved Bob leaves to mourn his wife Lois and five step children and their families, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren, his sister Kathleen and nieces Lea Anne and Lori and their families. From his birthplace in Simcoe, Ontario, his engineering career took him throughout North America, from Yellowknife to Nashville to Los Angeles. He retired for the last 11 years on Salt Spring. Of the many aircraft Bob helped to produce, the B1B Bomber and the C17 Cargomaster stand out.

My dearest Bob –

One, or the other must leave

One, or the other must stay

One, or the other must grieve

That is forever the way.

That is the vow that was sworn

Faithful “till death do us part”

Braving what had to be borne

Hiding the ache in the heart.

One howsoever adored

First must be summoned away

That is the will of our Lord

One, or the other must stay.

Bob wished cremation, no service and his ashes scattered on his favourite trail and rock and in his family plot in Ontario. If you wish, donation can be made to the Bessy Dane Society, whom we thank for their compassion, or to B.C.S.P.C.A. Caregivers at Lady Minto, we can’t praise enough and Dr. David Woodlee, you are the most thoughtful and kind docter ever.


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