Robert William ANDREWS

Robert William

1920 – 2006

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The Last Post has sounded and Bob has gone home.  

Robert Andrews, known to his family and friends as Bob, passed away peacefully, Oct. 28, 2006, at MSA Hospital.  

Bob is predeceased by his ­

mother, Maggie Andrews (Ayre), his father, John Andrews, his brothers, John and Edward, his sisters Beatrice and Grace, his brothers – in – law Harold, Donald, Alex, Bill and nephew Lynn.

He is loving remembered by his wife of 52 years, Sheila Andrews (Humphries), his son Robert Andrews (Maisie) their children Deirdre and Lyndon, his daughter Brenda Head (Dale), their children Kim and Alex, his sister Doris Silcox, his sisters-in-law Pat Healy (Jim) and family, Carol Humphries (Alex) and family, his niece Shannon (Larry) and family, nephews Earl and Lloyd Silcox and families.

Bob was born in Eureka, Montana.  At age one his family moved to Langbank, Saskatchewan and then on to Kennedy, Saskatchewan, which he always considered his home town.  As many young men of his era he joined the war effort in 1940.  He held the rank of Bombardier with the 17th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, Fifth Canadian Armoured Division.  He spent five years with the regiment, serving in Great Britain, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany.  His regiment was directly involved in the liberation of Holland.  As a result of his devotion to duty Bob received a certificate of appreciation from his Commander-in-Chief, Field Marshall Bernard L. Montgomery plus six military medals.  

In 1954, Bob married Sheila Humphries a local school teacher.  They moved to Carlyle Saskatchewan where they raised their two children Robert and Brenda.  Bob was involved in many organizations: treasurer of the Lyons club and the Carlyle Museum, and sax player with the Community band.  

Bob was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 62 years, serving in many capacities as well as president.  For several years he was involved in their Auxiliary plays.  Acting in, Never Say Dye, The Crimson Cat, Her Step-Husband, and the Groom and the Broom.  

The friendships he made during the war lasted his lifetime.  Not a reunion went by without seeing Bob and Sheila in attendance.  This included a return to Holland, with Sheila, to visit his brother John’s grave.   

After seeing his children through school and university and off on their own careers he was delighted when grandchildren came on the scene in 1983, ’85 and ’86.  His grandchildren looked forward to his visits and his magical pockets that held an unending supply of mints.  

In 1993, Bob and Sheila moved to Abbotsford to be closer to family.  It was then that he was afflicted with Parkinsons disease.  He became unable to do most of his usual activities but still took special joy when the family members and friends would get together for special events and holiday meals.  

His family will miss him greatly but we take with us his legacy of honour, truth, and compassion for all.  To quote his favourite bard we now say Farewell:

This above all:

to thine own self be true,

And it must follow,

as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false

to any man.

Farewell; my blessing season

this in thee!

— William Shakespeare

Memorial Services will be held at Henderson’s Funeral home 34537 Marshall Road, November 10, 2006 at 2 pm.

A gathering of family and friends will follow at Stephanie Place Condos 33731 Marshall road in the Recreation Room Buzz:  16_  

In the summer, Bob’s family will inter his ashes in the Kennedy cemetery  to complete his journey home.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion or the Salvation Army.

Henderson’s Funeral Home


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