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BLOW, Robert A

BLOW, Robert A

He was a man who lived life on his terms, ever grasping the bull by both horns and crossing boundaries for all he was worth. He was of the opinion that, if one is enough, then two or three or four can only be better, better and better. Excess all the way. His unique sense of humor and quick wit was tinged with an intellect, that sometimes bordered on the absurd. That, in a nutshell, was Robert Alfred Blow.

The greatest irony was, contrary to being so single minded and willful, he was a devoted husband, loving father, brother, son, uncle, loyal friend and, most recently, proud grandfather. In his wildest dreams he never imagined he would live long enough to have grandchildren. His family was his anchor. Those who knew him and loved him in his private life could be enamoured and infuriated all at once, yet it was his brutal honesty and unwavering love that kept the waters calm when a tempest was brewing.

Bob was born in Selkirk, Manitoba on October 21, 1943, the youngest child of Irene and Jack, little brother to Margaret Anne. He grew up on the family farm, took piano lessons from Miss Thompson in Winnipeg on Saturdays, then headed west to seek his musical fortune in 1967 with a band called the Wiggy Symphony. Plenty of water flowed under the bridge of his professional and personal life before he met Nancy in 1980 and married her in 1985. They raised two sons - Matthew and Michael. Their partnership continued for the rest of Bob's life, while Bob's career in music - always a defining aspect of who he was - continued to evolve.

As a musician and entertainer, Bob had a larger-than-life personality that made him instantly likeable. He played keyboard and guitar professionally from about age 14 through to his fifties. To witness Bob's charisma on stage was a memory to cherish. He shone, passion emanating from his very being. Bob's natural people skills and magnetism continued to serve him (and his customers) well in the hardware department of the Kelowna Rona store where he worked for more than 15 years, until 2014. People would come to that store in search of Bob, to get his take on their project, then exchange personal stories. Sadly, in the years prior to his retirement, Bob lost his joie de vivre. Once so high-spirited and full of life, by the time he quit working he ended up isolating himself at home rather than embracing new opportunities and experiences.

Bob's life ended all too soon at 74 years of age, his body ravaged by liver disease. Heartfelt thanks to Doctor Tara Sebulsky for her no-nonsense attitude, and the caring support she provided to Bob over the years he was her patient. Enough can't be said about the incredible team at Cottonwoods Cadder Court unit, and the tender, respectful care they administered until the moment of his passing on July 6, 2018. The family will be forever grateful to them for making Bob's final days as comfortable as possible for him, and by extension more bearable for them. Ultimately, Bob’s family knows how blessed they were to have had a compassionate, supportive network of friends standing by, ready to lend a hand, give a hug, provide a meal or companionship, whatever, without even being asked.

Bob is survived by his wife Nancy, sons Matthew (Kyla) and Michael (Kirsten), grandsons Thompson and Atticus, niece Jill and nephew Rob. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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Condolence Messages
  • Jul 28, 2018
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing,I knew him from the band Applejack
    and the post house many years ago. rest in peace Bob. Elaina Dube [Vogt]
  • Jul 24, 2018
    Thinking of you and saddened by your family's loss. I remember Bob coming to visit you at work now and then, always with a smile on his face!
    Teresa Huscroft-Brown
  • Jul 14, 2018
    I too first met Bob at Revy Home and Garden. Always the first person I would track down and after some long conversations and laughter he always said "better get back to work". Truly one of the nicest guys I have ever met and it was a blast to know you old friend. Thanks for the memories and laughter you were one of a kind.
    Warren Johnson
  • Jul 13, 2018
    We knew Bob from the music and through my sister Deb Stone - I also got to "visit" Bob when he worked at Rona and I was a Sales Rep for Market Link Sales. He would always have a huge smile as he walked up to you.
    Rest Easy Bob - Keep playing ..
    Sheri and Jim Keller
  • Jul 12, 2018
    To Nancy, Mathew and Michael, we are very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We worked with Bob in my parents bar together for many years while he was in my brothers band called Applejack. He was a very talented musician on the keyboards and guitar. His stage presence was magnetic! Through many late nights, many laughs, many conversations we all loved Bobby Blow. After his music career we would go visit him at his new life at Rona. He always smiled, helped and made us laugh, we always looked for him down the isles. He was a great guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time.
    Lea and Elaine Kunz
  • Jul 12, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Bobs passing, l had the pleasure of working with this amazing, funny and truly a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers and with Bob's family who he spoke often of with a big smile filled with love.
    Rest In Peace my friend you will truly be missed.
    Respectfully, Ann Bevaart
  • Jul 12, 2018
    What a fun and super guy to work with. Bob was a lot of fun, but he also was an incredible musician and brought a lot to the table. Bob always had great funny stories from the past and it was so much fun creating new stories with him.
    I wish the best to Nancy, Mathew, Michael and their families.
    Thanks for being a friend Bob, I know that I'll miss you.
    Dave Favell
  • Jul 11, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, I had the pleasure of working with Bob in the band Applejack. Bob was an amazing man and is truly gonna be missed. Keith Roshinsky
  • Jul 11, 2018
    We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked many years with Bob and we had some good times laughing of stories he shared. It was a pleasure to know him. Our thought and prayers are with you Nancy and your family.
    Gene and Kerry Weninger-Rona
  • Jul 11, 2018
    I too, knew Bob's friendly face from RONA where the staff tends to become your "working family". My deepest sympathy to his immediate family and friends.
    Barb Stewart 2003-2008
  • Jul 11, 2018
    I am so sad to hear about this amazing character! I had the privilege of cutting his hair while I lived in Kelowna. He was always in a great mood and a joy to be around. He was so proud of my decision to move to Switzerland and was supportive of me with leaving his great hair in the care of someone else. Condolences for the family.
  • Jul 11, 2018
    My deepest sympathies to Bob's family.
    I also worked with Bob at Rona and enjoyed many a spirited conversation and hi jinx with him. He always spoke so highly of his family and children - you could see how much they meant to him. I will miss him and his sense of humour. His light will live on in his children. Rest in peace, Bob.
    Shannon Campo
  • Jul 11, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob for many years. Had many chats with him about a lot of topics. He was very proud of his family and very protective. It was a pleasure to have known him. My deepest sympathies and prayers to you Nancy and your sons.
    Stuart Hill - Rona
  • Jul 10, 2018
    Sorry to hear of Robert's passing, my thoughts and well wishes go out to his family. I met Robert through Rona, over the years had many projects and always would chat with him and get his thoughts on how to best do it, he never let me down. He was one hell of a guy with some good jokes who left us to soon. Regards, Randy.
  • Jul 10, 2018
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was an amazing person (worked with him at RONA)
    The world has lost a very bright light.
    Natalie Dray
  • Jul 10, 2018
    You are a true gem. As colleagues at Rona through the years, there was no one more dedicated to his customers. I shall miss the hours of piano talk we shared. Thank you, bless you and Rest In Peace
    My very best to the family, friends and all that had the pleasure to get to know Bobby Blow
    Taylor Cross
    Rona Alumni 1997-2004