Bob passed away peacefully in the Stuart Lake Hospital on April the 9th, 2009. He spent his last days surrounded by loving family and friends.
Bob was born and happily lived all of his life in Fort St. James. He married Diana, his loving wife of 60 years in 1949 and they had three children resulting in seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren in whom he greatly delighted. Bob loved his family and he instilled a wonderful sense of acceptance and well being in each one, as well s the ability to take pleasure in a hard days work and willingness to lend a helping hand. He was honest and straightforward and a strong and constant pillar on whom we all depended and trusted.
Bob was a true pioneer and entrepreneur and his working career was varied and fulfilling. Over the years he gladly recounted his many adventures and occasional mishaps from days gone by and those listening were always struck by the satisfaction he got from hard work and goals accomplished.
At an early age Bob took on the role of right hand man on his dad’s barge and it wasn’t long before he was promoted to captain.
Each summer they moved people, supplies, and equipment up the waterway from Stuart Lake to Takla Landing and many an entertaining story came from this era.
In later years we shared many happy times with family and friends on the Aurora traveling up and down the lakes, camping in dad’s favorite spots and building the most wonderful memories.
In is early twenties Bob made a career change and bought his first lumber truck, hauling lumber from the mills at Fort St. James to the railway in Vanderhoof. He later had his own horse logging operation and sawmill at 38 mile.
After a brief stint building houses for the ‘Indian Department’ he built and operated Caledonia Building Supplies and later designed and built the first stage of the existing shopping centre.
Bob had many talents and he used them well. One of his most rewarding accomplishments was building the house at Stones Bay over looking Stuart Lake, that he and his wife Diana designed and where he enjoyed the last 23 years of his life.
The greatest sadness of Bob’s life was the loss of his son David who died suddenly in a helicopter crash in 1998.
Bob was a good and loving man and the world is a much better place because of him. We are so proud to call him husband, dad, papa, brother, friend, and we will carry his legacy with us always.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Diana; children Susan (Craig), Michael (Norma); daughter-in-law Lori; grandchildren Jonathan, Mara, Ben (Melissa), Andrew (Christy), Lisa, Emma, Sean; great grandchildren, Kadance, Kennedy, David; brothers Stuart and Neil (Judy); sister Bev (Reuben) and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Predeceased by son David Hoy; sister Norma Martin and Marion Rasmussen; brother Doug Hoy