Robert O’BYRNE

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Robert George (Bob) O’Byrne, early on the morning of September 4, 2013 as a result of a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Bob was born to Melville & Winona (nee Collins) O’Byrne in Chilliwack, BC. Bob met his wife Jean while he was working at Zebellos Mining Company on Vancouver Island & then he took a job as foreman at York Farms. Bob moved with his family to Chemainus, BC where he became co-owner of Castle Roofing Company. In 1978, they moved back to Chilliwack where he worked at Dairyland until his retirement. Bob loved the outdoors; hunting, gardening & spending time at the cabin in Hope. He collected guns, swords, records & war memorabilia; he was well known for his interest in antique cars, including Ford Mustangs. An energetic & hard working man, Bob rarely went anywhere where he didn’t run into someone he considered an old friend, with always a kind word & smile for everyone he met. He leaves his wife Jean (Knelson); his children Michelle, Clinton, Cris, Brooke(Glenn); grandchildren Leanne, Brett, Lisa, Kaitlynn, Mitchell, Jordann, Brandon, Jenna & Julie; his sister Sally Andersen & nephews Dennis, Mark, Bryan & Brad. He was predeceased by his parents. There is no funeral by his request. He is not lost our dearest love; nor has he travelled far. Just stepped inside home’s loveliest room, and left the door ajar.