Robert CARL

With great sadness in our hearts we say farewell to my captain, husband, soulmate and best buddy of 33 years, Robert (Bob) Ray Carl. Bob left us peacefully at Chilliwack Cascade Hospice on Friday afternoon, April 5, 2013 at the age of 77 years, after a brief, courageous and bravely quiet battle against cancer. In his passing days, Bob was surrounded by love and support of partner and wife of 33 years Amelie Koloska, his mother Alice Bunch, son Markus Koloska and some of his closest friends. Bob also leaves behind son Kevin, daughters Cindy and Kerri and his cousins Ron, Joan, Sandi and Dyan and their families. Bob was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up as a single-parent child with his mother. He graduated from King George High School and joined the Canadian Air Force for three years as an aircraft electrician of fighter air planes. Bob moved back to Vancouver with his young family and began his career with BC Tel (Telus) and Canadian Telephone Company and Supplies, which spanned thirty-five years. During his career, he participated in rigid training for new and challenging positions within the company. As one of the company’s primary team leaders in the 60’s and 70’s, he was offered many large jobs for installation of new telephone technologies across the country. Later in his career, he settled in Chilliwack and held several management positions with BC Tel, until he retired in 1991. Bob truly enjoyed his job with BC Tel and all the people he worked with. In his childhood years Bob was invited/ sponsored to join the YMCA and grew up to become a youth leader for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. From that time and throughout his life Bob was closely connected to the YMCA, and he gave back to his community by serving as a Board member; a founder, donor and Board member of the Chilliwack YMCA Endowment Foundation; as well as a program volunteer for many years. In addition, Bob coached various sports for his children and introduced them to travel and various outdoor activities, such as skiing, camping and water sports. Aside from being very conscientious and detailed in everything he did, Bob was a fun-loving man, a relentless and humorous tease, at times the center of the party, and he was always open to playing jokes and tricks on people. He was respected and liked by family and friends for who he was, especially his happy attitude and his love and zest for life. Even in his school years he was elected “Mr. King George” for his at times serious, yet fun and sociable personality. Bob was an advisor and mentor for many, always unassuming and not realizing the profound impact he had on the many individuals whose lives he touched. Bob was an avid reader, loved music, live performances and sports. Since the early 80’s, he and his loving new partner and wife Amelie enjoyed many happy years of companionship and compassion together, highlighted by family, friendships, skiing, boating and world travels. His great sense of humor and laughter carried their love and their lives to Bob’s dying days. In addition, Bob was able to fulfill his great passion for sailing on sailing vessels “TUAQ” and “FOREIGN AFFAIR” as a very knowledgeable and proficient Captain. There will be no funeral service as per Bob’s request. However, a CELEBRATION of his life will be held later this spring or summer for family and friends to share their love and respect for Bob in a happier way than currently possible. During the difficult time of his illness, Bob received a huge outpouring of kindness and support from family, friends and caregivers. The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Hirst of Chilliwack, the medical and nursing staff of the various hospitals and the staff at Cascade Hospice for their care, dedication and support of Bob. In memory of Bob Carl – and in lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations can be made to: The Chilliwack Family YMCA Endowment Foundation, 45844 Hocking Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1B4. To All: Your support, kindness and condolences have meant so much to us during this very difficult time, and we hope that you will be able to join us as we celebrate his life. Please access the following link for the online guest book: www.hendersonsfunerals. com “I am sailing, I am sailing, home again ‘cross the sea. I am sailing, stormy waters, to be near you, to be free…!”