Robert (Bob) Veitch passed away peacefully at his Lake Cowichan home on April 23rd.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Gary (Kathy) Veitch and Karen (Harold) Neuffer; grandchildren Kristin (Rob), Ryan (Natasha) Dana (Tyler) and Rob (Ashleigh); great-grandchildren Logan, Kenley, Tysen and Mylan.
Born in Viscount, Saskatchewan on November 23, 1929, Bob moved to the West Coast in 1947 in search of employment. He tried long-shoring and logging before settling on sawmilling, working for the Hillcrest Lumber Company at its Mesachie Lake mill.
Bob and Barb married in 1954. They made Lake Cowichan their home, raising their family on Park Road, near the “Duck Pond”.
Bob’s early days revolved around playing hockey (yes, there was a “Youbou Bruins” hockey team that played in Nanaimo long before there was an arena in Lake Cowichan).
As time went on, Bob became more involved in the community, coaching baseball and hockey, grounds keeping for baseball and volunteering at the Lake Cowichan museum since its inception.
In his later years Bob preferred to stay at home and garden, follow sports and politics and enjoy family visits as well as a glass of fine ale.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude for the compassionate care given by all those who made it possible for Bob to spend his final days comfortably at home.
A memorial gathering was held at the Lake Cowichan Curling Club at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th.
In lieu of flowers it would be appreciated if donations were made to the Kaatza Historical Society,
Box 135, Lake Cowichan, BC V0R2G0