The family of Robert Krampitz is deeply saddened and regret to announce his passing. After fighting a courageous battle with cancer, he passed away on December 23, 2002 at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
Robert (Bob) Krampitz was born May 25, 1944 in Barrhead, Alta to Ottilie and Samuel Krampitz. The first two years of his life were spent on a farm in Bloomsbury, Alta. In November of 1946 the family moved to Chilliwack where his parents purchased a dairy farm. Robert grew up on the farm developing a good work ethic. He learned to love animals and particularly dogs. He also had a natural knack for mechanics and loved to work on old cars and hot rods as a teenager. This meant he needed to try them out on the country roads, which sometimes got him into trouble with this policemen friends.
Bob received his education in Chilliwack. In 1960 he started work with Klassen Equipment, Massey Ferguson dealer. In September 1963 he commenced working for Canadian National Telegraph in Prince Rupert. He worked there for six months and then transferred to the Signals Department.
Bob travelled up the ranks and made his way to supervisor with CN Rail. His territory being at various times from Roberts Bank, B.C. to Edmonton, Alta. In 1989 Bob purchased property at Tod Mountain where he began building his dream ski lodge, Bears Lair. In 1994 he retired from CN Rail and lived full-time at Sun Peaks Resort, Tod Mountain, where he operated his lodge and was actively involved with civic affairs.
Bob enjoyed many hobbies including photography, fishing, water and snow skiing, travelling, hunting, back-road motorbike riding, and many other sport activities, as well as entertaining friends and family.
Bob leaves to mourn, his wife Jackie; his mother Ottilie Krampitz; two brothers, Nathan and Arthur Krampitz; three sisters, Rita Martin, Frieda Diewert and Agnes Olson; and his brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws. He also leaves behind four nephews and seven nieces to whom he was not only a beloved uncle, but also a wonderful friend. He is also an uncle to five great-nieces and six great-nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Samuel Krampitz; a sister-in-law Fern Krampitz; and a brother-in-law David Martin.
Bob will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 30, 2002 at 1 p.m. at the Kamloops Alliance Church.