Al Stobbe passed away peacefully at Campbell River Hospital in the evening of April 13, 2009. He had been battling Lymphoma for the past two years.
Al was born in Chilliwack on December 5, 1941 and spent his childhood there.
He leaves behind, his wife, Doreen; sons, Paul and Shad; daughters: Mishel and Kira; grandchildren: Kristyn and Jacob, Emelia and Jackson, Nicolas and Hannah.
He is survived by four brothers: Jake Stobbe, Henry (Helga) Stobbe, Peter (Gerry) Stobbe, Len (Penny) Stobbe; and four sisters: Agatha Vogt, Kay Cleave, Margaret (John) Letkeman, Edna (Dave) Letkeman and many other relatives.
Al enjoyed a spontaneous colourful life, often believing that the best fruit was at the end of the limb. His enthusiasm for new opportunities and strong work ethic served him well for many years. He became a road building contractor in the 60’s and settled in Campbell River in the 80’s with his family.
He took a four-year break from road building in the 70’s and started a spindle factory business in Chilliwack. Missing the coast, he returned to road building, running his own barge camp in the inlets up and down the coast and piloting his own Cessna’s. In the glory days of logging and road building, his exuberant presence played a memorable role that will live on. He taught us all to take risks and think big.
A celebration of his life was held on April 18, 2009 at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Campbell River.