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Robert (Bob) Mckay

November 20, 1949 - October 22, 2014

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On Wednesday October 22, 2014, surrounded by his family, Robert Russel (Bob) McKay at the age of 64, peacefully went to be with his Lord after a courageous three year battle with cancer. He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family:  Christine, his wife of 44 years, his daughter Melanie Bailey, son-in-law Daniel and granddaughter Eliana; his daughter Karen Jansen, son-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Alyssa, Malachi and Eden, all of Winnipeg.  Also surviving Bob is his mother Peggy of Oakbank, MB, brothers Harry (Cathy) of Dugald, MB, Jock (Elaine) of Stony Plain, AB, and sister Lori Reimer(Gerald) of Giroux, MB.  He was predeceased by his father Russel in 2013.

Bob was raised on the family farm near Dugald, MB. He met and married Chris in 1971 and eventually returned to Dugald where they raised Melanie and Karen.  Bob was employed for 32 years with the 
C N Police from which he elected early retirement at the age of 48.   Shortly after his retirement Bob and Chris moved to Oliver, BC, where he has spent many years pursuing his love of nature. This included his enjoyment of birding, camping, travelling and spending time with his family. Bob also served his community, volunteering with the Kiwanis Club and the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory.  He has been active as an Elder in the Valley Congregational Church.

Bob enjoyed and excelled at a variety of sports throughout his life. Even into his senior years he stayed active in curling, hockey and hiking. He especially enjoyed participating in the Seniors Games, earning many medals in field events.  Bob's passion, however, has been his birding where he was actively adding to his life list.  He also became a skilled photographer and many of his photos of wildlife, birds, and nature have been published.

The family wished to express gratitude to Dr Solano, Dr Holmes and all the wonderful nursing staff in ICUW Kelowna General.  Thank you for the good care you gave Bob. Gratitude is also extended to the staff at the Penticton Oncology Department for your excellent care during his two years of treatments.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2:00 pm at Valley Congregational Church, 4312 Black Sage Road, Oliver BC.  A Manitoba service will take place in early November.  Donations can be made in Bob's memory to Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory through the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance.  

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Pat and Jerry Monahan
Relation: Oliver/Osoyoos Naturalists and the gym

Dear Chris and family,

We are so sorry for your loss

From: Mel & Pauline Thorn
Relation: Oliver Osoyoos Naturalist Club

It was with great great sadness that we heard of Bob’s passing. He will be badly missed both as a friend and as a birder who was always willing to share his knowledge.
Our thoughts are with you, Christine, and all your family at this difficult and sad time

From: Ernie Rotheisler
Relation: friend

It was a shock to hear the news of Bob’s passing. Chris, we offer our deepest condolences to you and the family.
Someday we will all be together on the greatest hockey team ever.
Ernie Rotheisler and the Monday Night Oldtimers.

From: John Kobylnik
Relation: A friend

Dear Chris and Family. My thoughts are with you. Keep strong as GOD is with you and will always be by your side. Sincerely, John Kobylnik.

From: Roxane and Dave Wieler
Relation: Cousin by marriage

Christine and family, so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Hugs

From: John & Margaret Klassen
Relation: Awana,church,baseball.

Cris and family.Sorry for your loss.It was a surprise to see his picture in the Winnipeg Free Press.
John &Marge.

From: Andy Bell
Relation: Family Friend

Very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you during this time….

From: Andy and Kathy Bell
Relation: High school friends

Dear Chris and Family, Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Our immediate and extended family ties go back many years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Andy and Kathy Bell

From: Bill Buchanan
Relation: curling

My condolences to the family. I curled with Bob in the Police and Firefighter league a number of years ago. I always enjoyed his company and sportsmanship. I was sorry to hear of his passing.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 27, 2014
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Valley Congregational Church
4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27, 2:00 pm at Valley Congregational Church, 4312 Black Sage Road, Oliver BC. A Manitoba service will take place in early November.

4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted 
in Bob's memory to the Vaseux Lake Bird Observatory through the Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance.  

Thank You Notice

The family wished to express gratitude to Dr Solano, Dr Holmes and all the wonderful nursing staff in ICUW Kelowna General.  Thank you for the good care you gave Bob. Gratitude is also extended to the staff at the Penticton Oncology Department for your excellent care during his two years of treatments.

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