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Robert Bob Mills

June 4, 1933 - January 23, 2013


Robert (Bob) Kenneth Mills passed away suddenly on January 23, 2013 in Oliver, BC at the age of 79. The world was a better place because of this incredibly warm, funny, intelligent, kind and loving man.

He is survived by his loving wife Marcia. They were married in Kenora, Ontario in 2000.
Bob is lovingly remembered by his children, Ken, Bob Jr., Jeremy and grandchildren Paige and Vincent, his sister Lynne McNicholl (Earl), step-children, extended family and many friends.

He was pre-deceased by his wife and mother of his children, Helen Yvonne (Bunny) Mills (Cariou) and his mother and father Marion (Olgilvie) and Ken.

Bob was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 4, 1933. He graduated from St. Paul's High School and earned his Machinist Papers from Canadian Pacific Railway. During this time he also joined the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve and spent time in Japan and other parts of the South Pacific and South America.

He spent 10 yrs in Vancouver working as a machinist for Molsons Brewery after which he and Bunny moved back to Winnipeg. Over the years Bob worked as a sales manager for various companies including Cherry-Burrell, Genco Machinery and Specialloy Systems which he retired from in 1999. He traveled for work to the Soviet Union twice in the late 1980's with Specialloy to manage a portion of a large hotel construction job.

Bob's life desire was to build his dream cabin at Ingolf, ON as he was inspired by his uncles who had originally purchased the lake property. His craftsmanship shows in every beautiful detail. He loved watching his children and grand-children grow up there. As a proud camper, he also was one of the main builders of the Ingolf Campers Hall. Bob and Bunny were avid curlers before and after having a family and enjoyed many bonspiels both in MB as well as BC through the years. They also enjoyed many personal trips to New York to see Bunny's brother Len on stage.

Marcia and Bob loved to travel during the long winter season and spent most of their time in BC. Bob and Marcia recently traveled to Portugal and visited Paris where he drank champagne and enjoyed raw oysters to his heart's delight. (He also got lost for 2 hours while searching for a baguette but made it back with his incredible 1-word grasp of the French language: Bonjour)

Bob was a Renaissance man in every way. He was creative and made beautiful creations from wood and metal. He loved making wine, bread, Oysters Rockefeller, and was famous for the incredible breakfasts he cooked for the gang. He could whip any pancake into submission. Bob loved golf and considered himself the King of Pool and held the blackbelt to the end – challenging anyone (especially his sons) to 3 games of pool. He had a terrific sense of humor and loved telling stories and jokes. And occasionally he would sing a little ditty or two. Bob had the gentleman's gift of making you always feel welcome and cared for.

His gentle smile, laugh and hugs will be missed by all who loved him.

A private memorial celebrating Bob's life will be held later in the spring.



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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: John and Doreen Gilbey
Relation: friends

Good- by Bob,,,,and thanks for the memories of your beloved retreat.

From: Beth Proctor
Relation: long time friend

So sorry to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. My deepest sympathy to all of you.
I’m sure Bob, Ed Hird, George, Holly and a few others have already enjoyed one or two cool ones wherever they are.

From: Kuzaks
Relation: Ingolfer

Sincere condolences to the Bob Mills family

From: Audrey Cariou
Relation: Sister-in-law

So many treasured memories over 56 years!
Who will make me laugh now?
Bon Voyage ‘Uncle’ Bob.


We are going to miss Bob


From: Marg & Al Earis
Relation: Ingolf Freinds

Deepest sympathy to Lynne & the family. Fond memories of Bob at Ingolf over the years & back to his younger days working for Art & Jennie at the Ingolf Inn!

From: Magdalene foley
Relation: Through his son Jeremy mills

Deepest sympathy to all off you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Lisa Cariou
Relation: He was my uncle

I have very good memories of Uncle Bob – he was gentle, kind and always sincere in his interest in my life and that of my family.
Love Lisa, Darren, Cole and Maia

From: Douglas Cariou
Relation: uncle

Marcia, gentlemen: My sincere condolences to your family. I have fond memories of visits to Ingolf and the company of Uncle Bob, and am grateful to have had the chance to chat with him so very recently in Winnipeg.

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