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Robert "Bob" Ironside Dunn

June 25, 1927 - May 24, 2020

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Robert (Bob) Ironside Dunn passed away quietly on May 24, 2020, at Mountain Lake Seniors’ Community, Nelson, BC, at the age of 92.

 

Bob was born June 27, 1927, in Victoria, BC, to Robert George Dunn and Jeannie Sim (Tyre).  As a child, he attended Quadra Elementary School and Victoria High School.  Pursuing a university education, he attended Victoria College for two years, followed by two years at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, completing a BA degree in 1949.

 

Before and after graduation, he was employed by the T. Eaton Co. in Victoria, beginning as a swamper on a delivery truck and rising to a supervisory position in the drapery department.  It was here that he met his wife, Shirley Dye, who worked in the grocery department at Eaton’s.  They married in 1950 and lived on Glanford Avenue in the Royal Oak area of Victoria.  At the time, it was a rural property with a long, often muddy driveway leading to the house.

 

In a couple of years, Bob and Shirley moved to a bungalow on Tattersall Drive in Saanich, where the driveway was much shorter but made of concrete.   Bob returned to university in 1964, to a fledgling University of Victoria, to attain his teaching certificate.  He put this to good use in accepting his first teaching assignment at Rosemont Elementary School in Nelson BC in September 1965.  Thus, their next home was on Innes Street in Nelson, where they remained for ten years until moving to a larger home in Fairview, to accommodate his widowed mother.

 

During his twenty-five years as a teacher and principal, Bob worked at Rosemont Elementary, A.I. Collinson Elementary, Balfour Elementary, and Salmo Elementary schools.  He retired as principal in 1990 from Hume Elementary School.

 

Bob is survived by his son Bob (Donna) of Coquitlam, BC, daughter Sherry Scherk (Norm – deceased) of 108 Mile Ranch, BC, granddaughter Laurel Dunn of Abbotsford, BC, favourite cousin Jean Vantreight, of Saanich, BC, and family friend Valerie Paynter of Nelson.

 

Bob was predeceased by his wife Shirley (2003) and son-in-law Norm Scherk (2013).

 

At Bob’s request, there will be no service.  His remains have been cremated and will be interred in a family plot in Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria.  Donations in his name may be made to the Nelson SPCA (phone 250-352-7178) or to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation (phone 250-354-2334).

 

We would especially like to thank the staff and nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital (3rd floor) and Mountain Lake Seniors’ Community for the professional and conscientious care Bob received over the past six months or so.

 

If Bob had one lifelong hobby, it would have to be photography.  He learned how to develop his own film while still in high school and eventually made the transition to digital photography.  This meant that he had to learn how to use email to send his photography to friends and family.

 

He avidly watched tennis, baseball, football, and curling on television – and usually at about 88 decibels.  He also enjoyed the company of animals and adopted two very lucky stray cats (Phil and Fatso) over the past fifteen years or so.  Even today, neighbourhood cats know that there is usually a treat of some kind waiting for them at his back door.

 

Bob and Shirley also fed many birds in their yard, most notably the Steller’s Jays.  Some of these peanut-swilling bandits were such regular visitors that they were honoured with their own unique and descriptive names; “Choosy” and the one-legged “Jake” come to mind.

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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jeff and Cathy Robinson
Relation: Friends

One of the last true gentlemen. The world has lost a very good man. Heartfelt condolences to Bob and Donna and the rest of the family. Hold on to your memories and time well spent together. Jeff and Cathy xx

From: Lorna and Clay Dye
Relation: Nephew

Our condolences to Bob (Donna) and Sherry. Your father was one of the finest persons I ever known. We shared a lot of photo back and forth. And, our visits with him were super good times with lots of laughs.

From: Colvin McAllister
Relation: Uncle

So sorry for your loss. Condolences to all the family. The photo was how I remember him.

From: Robert and Sharon McAllister
Relation: Uncle Bob.

Dear Robert and Donna, please know that we are thinking of you in your time of loss.
Uncle Bob was a wonderful man! Bob and Sharon McAllister.

From: Cheryl MacDonald Trevison
Relation: He was my grade 7 teacher at Rosemont Elementary. My favourite teacher <3

So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always one of my favourite people.

From: Jack and Sharry Heighton
Relation: friend of his son

So sorry to hear about your dad Bob . may he rest in peace

From: Gail Owens
Relation: cousin - I'm one of Jean Vantreight's daughters :)

You’re both in my prayers, Bob and Sherry, at this time. We loved your Dad so much! Always such a great sense of humour! Thanks for the excellent obit. 🙂

From: Lynn (Vaesen) Zeleschuk
Relation: Uncle

I best remember Uncle Bob from a visit to your home in Nelson with Mom (Aunt Greta) A kind and gentle man who was quick to smile and laugh. Sending best thoughts to your family as you grieve your Dad.

From: Thomas Skinner
Relation: Student from Rosemont elementary school.

So sorry to hear that Mr. Dunn has passed. I remember the “Ironside” of him but mostly that he was a caring and understanding Principle. I would have to say that he was the best principle I can remember and I’d like to send my condolences to his family.

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Service Schedule

  No Service by Request

At Bob’s request, there will be no service.  His remains have been cremated and will be interred in a family plot in Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria.

Memorial Gifts

Donations in his name may be made to the Nelson SPCA (phone 250-352-7178) or to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation (phone 250-354-2334).

Thank You Notice

We would especially like to thank the staff and nurses at Kootenay Lake Hospital (3rd floor) and Mountain Lake Seniors’ Community for the professional and conscientious care Bob received over the past six months or so.

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