(Oct. 30, 1934 – Mar. 30, 2007)
Our family regrets to announce the passing of a wonderful man, Robert Lyle Kipp.
Robert was born to Jean and Bruce Kipp, direct descendants of Chilliwack’s early pioneers.
As a boy, he was raised on the family farm at Promontory Hill where he developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and Country Bluegrass Music. He liked to spend much of his spare time skeet and target shooting and fishing. In more recent years he enjoyed hanging out with his friends and playing the Lotto at Vedder Esso.
When Bob was 18, he and his good friend Bud Wright enlisted in the Navy where he served for five years as a cook at sea on the mine-sweepers. In 1953, he was one of few men selected as an honourary guard in the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he became employed at Haney Correctional Institute as a cooking instructor. He also cooked on the whaling boats until which time he joined the Construction and Specialized Workers Union, Local 1611, where he specialized in building, powerline, and pipeline construction.
Prior to closure of C.F.B. Chilliwack, Bob was employed as a custodian, until he joined the Wal-Mart family in 1999, where his meticulous eye for detail kept the store sparkling clean.
Robert was a man of solid character, well known for his great life stories, willingness to help others, and infectious sense of humor, for which he will always be remembered.
Bob is survived by his wife Sharon, his children Darlene, Angela, and Robert, his brother, Jim Kipp, his brother-in-law Tim Evans, his numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
We would truly like to express our deepest thanks to all of the medical staff at Chilliwack General Hospital for making our guy as comfortable as possible in his final journey. Furthermore, we would like to extend our gratefulness to the generous support of the Wal-Mart family and to those many friends for their cards, letters, phone-calls and assistance. God bless.
Within the near future, we shall gather in a celebration of Bob’s life, to be announced in this paper.