We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel, Ltd.
Born April 23, 1936
Passed away on December 18, 2021
In Creston, B.C.
At 85 years of age
A Resident of Creston, B.C.
Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Creston Community Complex - Creston Room
In loving memory of~
Robert Alexander Meredith (Bob) was born to Mae and Ray Meredith in Vancouver on April 23rd, 1936. He passed away suddenly of a cardiac arrest, on Dec. 18th, 2021 in Creston B.C.
Bob, had many moves in his younger days throughout BC and Alberta. Eventually the Meredith’s settled in Cranbrook where Bob finished High School. In his school days he was fairly athletic. He was a curler, fastball player, golfer and badminton player.
After high school, Bob did a short stint in the Canadian Navy but discovered this was not the life for him. Rather, he set his sights on a career in teaching. Over the next 35 years, he taught school in Cranbrook, Riondel and Creston. For many of those years he was the principal in many different schools. He really loved teaching and his students.
After 35 years, Bob retired from teaching and got involved in the Insurance industry, working for Sunlife for many years.
Bob believed in volunteerism which culminated with his being named Creston’s Citizen of the Year in 2016. He held many executive positions in the Creston Valley Teachers’ Association and Creston Principals’ Association. Until recently, Bob was president of the Creston Retired Teachers. As well, he spent many years working with the Rotary and with the Creston and District Socity for Community Living. At one time he was even a bingo caller where he suffered a nearly career ending finger injury.
As a sports enthusiast, he played and umped fastball, curled and golfed. As well, he was an ardent fan of the Detroit Tigers, the Vancouver Canucks and of course the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.
Bob met the love of his life, Marion, in the late 50s and they married on Sep. 20th, 1958. Their union produced five children, ten grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and one on the way. Bob took great joy in his family and loved regaling anyone who would listen with tales of his kids and Grandkids.
Marion passed away in May of 2019. Subsequently Bob moved to Crestview Village in November, 2020. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones, including Barb Martin. The two shared a love of golf and became good friends up to his passing.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Mae and Ray Meredith, his only sibling, Garth, his beautiful daughter Carol and his beloved wife Marion.
Bob left behind four children and their families. Debbie and Gary Page, Bob and Sharon Meredith, Terri and Gordon Little, and Gordon and Farley Meredith. As well, he left Debbie’s children, Meredith, Jacqui and Meghan; Bob’s children Barry, Brittany and Jordan; Terri’s children, Brack, Joshua, and Jaime, and Gordie’s child Hannah and great grandchildren, August, Jonas, Vaughan, Rowan, Kade, Clara, Bobby, Sullivan and Brooks. Bob also left several nephews, nieces and cousins.
Bob had many friends and acquaintances, including a close group of friends from his school days in Cranbrook. He was loved by many and will be missed by all his many friends and family members.
Given the current situation Bob’s family is looking forward to having a Memorial Service when circumstances allow.
Bob’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Women's shelters in your respective areas.
For Creston: Kootenai Community Centre Society PO. Box 237 Creston, BC. V0B 1G0