April 19, 1947 – November 5, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Robert John “Bob” Dilworth, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend in his 76th year. He passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital on Saturday, November 5th, 2022 surrounded by family. Bob will be dearly missed by all.
Bob was born April 19, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario, son of the late Olive and Paul Dilworth. He grew up in the Kingsway area in Toronto and attended Humber Valley School, Richview Collegiate and graduated from Ryerson University in 1972.
Bob first traveled west to Lake Louise in the late 1969 solo on his Norton Commando motorcycle with nothing but a few dollars to his name. This tenacious, independent spirit was a trademark for Bob throughout his life.
The western provinces and ski hills captured his heart and soul and, after a short time back in Ontario, Bob returned to the mountains in 1973 where he settled in Kamloops and took a job as Comptroller for Tod Mountain (a.k.a. Sun Peaks). In the years following, with the help of a great community of friends and family, Bob built his first home—by hand—above Hefley Lake, BC. The community at Tod Mountain and Hefley Lake continued to be some of the nearest and dearest friends for the remainder of his life.
In 1978 Bob married his first wife, and lifelong friend, Wendy Robinson with whom he shares two daughters, Alissa and Ashley. He moved on from the ski hill to invest in, and manage a restaurant and gas station in the Kamloops area and subsequently completed his Canadian Securities Course to pursue a new career as an Investment Advisor. He was hired by Dominion Securities in Vernon, BC where he enjoyed a successful career until his retirement in 1998.
Bob and Sylvia were married in 1997 and spent the next 25 years making the most of their retirement years traveling across North America from Alaska to Mexico, eventually choosing their favourite town, Rincon de Guayabitos, where they created many wonderful memories with their loving community and close friends each winter for the past 10+ years. When they weren’t travelling, Bob and Sylvia spent much of their time hosting friends and family at their beloved off-the-grid cabin on Okanagan lake where they also spent many wonderful Thanksgiving weekends with dear friends. Bob never lost his love of motorcycles and enjoyed owning many makes and models over the years, but his collector 1972 Commando Norton became his enduring favourite. Between travels, he spent many hours perfecting the Commando in his garage.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sylvia Dilworth and was the most wonderful, caring, generous dad and grandfather to his children Alissa Dilworth (Dan Skrlac), Ashley Dilworth and Jesse King (Lauren) and grandchildren to Declan Coghlan, Mackenzie King and Stella King. He is further survived by his cherished brother Geo Dilworth, sister- in-law Jane Dilworth, niece Jennifer Dilworth (Rob McGarry), nephew Robert ‘Rob’ Dilworth (Agnes), his grand-nephew, Evan and his grand-niece, Sadie as well as his dear cousins, Lynn Ross (Nick), Nancy Garrow and Robert Williams who spent many treasured summers at the family cottage, “Come Hither”.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity where Bob volunteered his time and skills building homes for this amazing cause.
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