Robert John Russell 1942 — 2021

Robert John Russell

It is with great sadness and regret to announce the passing of our beloved, Robert Russell, on Monday, January 18, 2021, at the age of 79.

Robert is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Vivian, his daughter Bonnie Drysdale and husband Rob, his daughter Roberta, his brother Gordon and his special friend Lillie.  Also left to cherish his memory are cousin and best friend, John Bowman and wife Rhonda, dear friend and neighbour Betty Heron, sister-in-law’s Donna, Catherine and Mary Smith, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and long-time friends.  Robert is predeceased by his parents, Charles (Bob) and Albina (Pat) Russell and his siblings David, Edward and Viola.

Born January 10, 1942 in Mission, BC, Robert moved to Kamloops as a child and made Kamloops his home, making many friends along the way. He worked for 10 years with Van Kam Freightways and received a 25 year Service Award working for BC Corrections; the majority of that time spent outside as a Gang Officer and later a Transport Officer.

Whatever Robert chose to apply himself to, he mastered. He was a talented artist, a fabulous dancer, and loved to sing, even throwing in the occasional yodel for fun.  He was a spirited and competitive individual, with a witty sense of humour who reveled in teasing and playing games.  A long-time member of the Kamloops Dart League, Robert was the man to beat at the dart board or on the pool table.  Since there wasn’t a secret fishing hole or a hot hunting spot he didn’t know about, Robert thoroughly enjoyed to outfish and outhunt his friends with a trusty Labrador by his side.

Always providing for the table, he took great pride in his robust vegetable garden, his fruit trees and his coveted smoked fish recipe.  Whatever the season, he loved to be in the bush with his family and life-long friends, including many years sledding with the Kamloops Snowmobile Club.  Robert lived life to the fullest, even traveling to England, Scotland and Mexico.  Anyone lucky enough to have met Robert would certainly remember him and his cheeky smile.  He will be dearly missed, never forgotten and forever in our hearts.

Many heartfelt thank yous to all of Robert’s care givers over the last years and much gratitude and special thanks to the Reverend Ray Parker, Dr. Chip Bantock and Carrie Smeaton.

A celebration to honour Robert’s life will be held once we all can gather again and embrace, hopefully this fall. Should friends desire, a donation in his memory can be made to the Kamloops Wildlife Park.

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5 Tributes

  1. Mike McKellar
    Posted January 26, 2021 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Condolences, Vivian and family. Worked with Robert in Corrections, appreciated his ‘finely tuned’ sense of humour.

  2. Steve Marcyniuk
    Posted January 27, 2021 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    My condolences, I had the pleasure to work with Robert @ BCCC and always looked forward to chatting with him on Transport days.

  3. Evelyn Pochay
    Posted January 29, 2021 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Condolences, Vivian and family. Danny had lots of fun playing darts with Robert.

  4. Michelle Field
    Posted February 6, 2021 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Loved his joking smile and wish him peace

  5. John and Stacey
    Posted February 8, 2021 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Our sincere condolences.

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