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Robert Bob Harry Horton

October 2, 1943 - April 29, 2022


We are saddened to announce the passing of our brother, Robert, at Kootenay Lake Hospital on Friday, April 29, 2022, at the age of 78. He had been experiencing some health issues for some time, and a heavy cold combined with COPD was just too much to overcome. He died peacefully with family nearby.

Bob was born in Nelson to Harry & Mary Winlaw Horton & spent his childhood & most of his life here. He left a few times for work, but like so many was always drawn back to this beautiful place where his family was. Nelson was an ideal place for a kid like Bob to grow up – lakes, streams, forests, – places to hunt, fish, explore, and of course winding mountain roads to speed along when he got a bit older. Bob graduated from LV Rogers Secondary, then became a heavy-duty mechanic. Most of his working life was in forestry & at Kootenay Forest Products, then he worked various jobs, usually for friends.

In his younger years, Bob was a very good trap shooter, had a keen interest in tropical fish, cars, a great love of animals – especially cats, and always was an avid reader. He was also known for liking to share a brew or two with friends.

Surviving him are his three sisters: Menette Brooks, Mary-Louise Horton (Mike Mooney), Nancy Horton (Pat Gelinas), their children, grandchildren, & several cousins. Bob was pre-deceased by his parents and his aunt, Carmen Horton, who was always very special to him. At Bob’s request there will be no service.  His cremated remains will be interned with our parents in the Nelson Cemetery.

We would like to thank many people: The doctors and nurses at KLH who treated Bob & his sister with such care & compassion.  His friends, at the Kiwanis Villa and elsewhere who kept in touch with Bob over the years, Dr Kirsten and his staff, and lastly the people at Thompson’s Funeral Service for being so excellent at what they do.  Bless you all.

If you would like to do something to remember Bob, just go a bit out of your way to be kinder to a person or an animal – our brother would like that.

See you later Bob 😺


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From: Fred/Loretta Strukoff
Relation: Friend

Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Bob was always ready and willing to lend a hand where it was needed. He looked into our mother and step dad next door. Bob will be missed. Our condolences

From: Dave Langridge
Relation: Friend

Menette, Mary-Louis, and Nancy: I just recently learned of Bob’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of Bob during the late 60’s and early & 70′ s be it road trips, boat trip. commuting together to the East Kootenays when we both were stationed there or just the mischief that boy’s being boys get into.
Although I lost personal touch with him once I transferred to the island, Doug would pass along how Bob was getting along during our regular phone calls especially when we tiptoed down memory lane and chuckle about one of our (mis)adventures and often as not Bob was involved.
My sincere condolences, Bob was a Gem,

From: Deborah Grant
Relation: Friend

My sincere condolences to the Horton family at the this time. Bob was such an interesting character with the best of dry wit. Bob took us out water skiing with Nancy about 15 years old. Very exciting as my first boat ride and we had numerous conversations about hunting and fishing. A real sportsman. Touched me to remember Bob with “just go a bit out of your way to be kinder to a person or an animal” well said.
Rest In Peace Bob

From: John B Christie
Relation: Friend

Dear Menette, Mary Louise, Nancy, and your extended family,
I have just learned of Bob’s passing on 29 April.
Words are never adequate enough to fully express sympathy and condolences during a time of grief but I am so sorry for your loss. I too remember good times from those days of yesteryear. Bob would be pleased to know that Judy and I have established a wildlife preservation habitat on our ranch here in Texas.
Our consolation lies in the knowledge that Bob is no longer in pain or ill. As he journeys through eternity he will always have fair winds and following seas.
With deepest sympathy

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