ROBERT J. (BOB) Thompson

Long time resident of Christina Lake, B.C., Bob passed away on April 21, 2010, at Boundary Hospital in Grand Forks, B.C. He was born in Yahk, B.C., on April 17, 1925.Bob was predeceased by his wife, Ila (1993) and granddaughter, Tanya (2004). He is survived by his five children: Ron (Annie), Ken (Marjorie), Doug (Carolyn), Linda (Ted) and Eileen (Ron); grandchildren: Ryan, Bradley, Chris, Sarah, Tim, Katie, Steve and Megan; great-grandchildren: Caitlin and Tyler; brothers, Herb (Faye) and Fred; his sister, Edna; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.Bob enlisted in the army at a young age and after the war his family was in Red Deer, Alberta. Around 1947 they moved to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, where Bob and his brothers, George and Jim ran a sawmill, horse logging and supplying ties for the railroad. In the early 1950s, Bob returned to B.C. where he met the love of his life, Ila and they married in 1954. In the early 1960s Bob became a superintendent for P.F. Law Construction. He was well respected in the road construction industry working on jobs in Hope, Terrace and Thompson, Manitoba. He later worked for the Grand Forks Highways District and contracted for the Forestry.Bob and Ila enjoyed their hobby farms with their children and grandchildren where Bob raised cattle, rode his horses and lived a good life. He was a strong, good humored and independent man. We love you and will miss you Bob.Family and friends are invited to share in a celebration of Bob’s life on Saturday, May 1, 2010, at 1 p.m., at the Christina Lake Community Hall.