Robert David Travers
March 26, 1944 – January 3, 2008
Bob was born in High Prairie, Alberta and while still a toddler his family moved to the BC Okanagan. His growing years were spent between the Okanagan and Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. Bob worked at many jobs, orchard worker, longshoreman, stationary steam engineer, sawmill worker, log salvage, deckhand, on the Uchuck III, construction, bartender and long hole driller in the Zeballos Iron Mine. In 1966 he moved to Tofino on the West Coast, where he piloted the tugboat Gypo V supplying diesel fuel to coastal lighthouses at Kyuquot, Pachena, Carmanah and delivering diesel, stove oil and supplies to remote villages and logging camps.
In 1970 he took a deckhand job on a salmon troller and found his one true love, fishing. He worked in the industry for the next 37 years operating his own troller from 1977 to 1998 and working on draggers: Pacific Trident, Parr Four and the Tantrum.
Bob passed away after a courageous and hard fought battle with illness. He is predeceased by his father, his beloved mother, Martha, brothers Ralph, Elmer, Lloyd and sister, Muriel.
He is survived by his wife Dixie, his children Candy, Kim (Hugh), Michelle (Derek), Nik (Laura) and grandchildren Jordan, Ryan, Alexander and Hannah. He is also survived by his siblings Vivian (Allan), Shirley, Dennis (Eileen), Terry (Connie), Debby (Ken) and 17 nieces and nephews.
Bob was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a true and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed and we wish him fair winds and a following sea.
No service by request. No flowers please.
Donations to “Wheels for Wellness”