WATERS, Robert Martin
Robert was the 10th child of 11 children born to Thomas and Florence Waters
on June 15, 1919 in Tompkins, Sask. on his family homestead and resided there until 1935 when their family headed West for better opportunities. Twenty-six flat tires later Robert and some of his siblings moved into their first house on Lakeview Street at the top of Bernard Avenue. Soon after his Dad purchased land in the June Springs area.
Robert and his best friend, Frankie Barton could been seen on a regular basis shooting hoops at KSS. These two school chums would eventually enter basic training at the Vernon Cadet Army Camp in Vernon, before being among the troops, who landed in Normandy to help fight for our freedom.
Robert met and married his sweet Dutch girl, married her and together they raised the three children in Rutland. Robert was a hard-working Blacksmith at the Rutland Sawmill until they closed their doors in the late 60's, then
working until his retirement at Sunrype as one of their maintenance team.
Being such a strong Community individual, Bob would volunteer countless hours with friends to help build, what we know today as the Rutland Centennial Park.
He enjoyed coaching Minor Softball, and Hockey, eventually working endlessly with the then Magistrate and Jack Strong to introduce the new born "The Kelowna Junior Buckaroos" to our Community.
After retirement, Robert and Willy would winter in the USA and travel Europe in the Spring and Summer. Dad enjoyed bowling at Valley Lanes, curling and his favourite, the Rutland May Days. He could throw a mean horseshoe with almost any of his fellow volunteer firemen and dear friends.
He was a man of hard-work, integrity and the biggest and most generous heart for his surviving family:
Dtr. Marjorie (Kelowna) Brian (Helen) Sask.; grandchildren Tracy (Darryl), Trevor (Cori), Tamara (Jay), Scott, Natasha(Troy). Great-grand children; Julie, Danny, Cassandra, Jazmyn, Miyah, T.J. Izzy and Mercedes and one great-great grandson, Nathan 3 1\2. This family was blessed to have a complete five generations.
Robert is also survived by his youngest sister Ollie Seddon and numerous nieces and nephews. He was sadly predeceased by eldest son Patrick in 1965,
and the love of his life, in 2010.
At Bob's request, there will be no service. Dad admired the works of the Salvation Army so donations could be made to them on his behalf.
- Marjorie and family,
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Your parents were always so sweet and kind to me and I will not forget that.
Deb Montain (Gable) Jun 22, 2012
Marjorie and Family,
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I will always remember his smile and positive attitude. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Morio Jun 26, 2012