Blaylock, Robert Vernon

November 17, 1944 – May 10, 2021
at the age of 76 years:

It is with heavy hearts we bid farewell to a man that had battled ALS since 2015. Bob passed away peacefully on May 10, 2021 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital trying to recover from hip surgery while battling ALS. Born in Swan River, MB on November 17, 1944 to Harry and Gladys Blaylock who have both predeceased him. Bob grew up in Bowsman MB. Bob is survived by his wife Esther, daughter Kyla Fulton (Scott Fulton) grandson Rob Fulton(Brie-anne Lee Hammond ).

Bob grew up in the Lavender District near Bowsman MB with his brother Lorne (Pat), Larry (Audrey) Calvin( Debbie) on a farm in the area.

After high school Bob began his career as an auto body repair technician in Swan River MB. He continued his trade and then they moved to Quesnel, BC in 1970.

In 2005 they moved to Coldstream BC and then in 2018 moved into Vernon BC as the ALS progressed and was unable to care for the home and yard.

Bob always enjoyed curling and golfing which he was able to do for many years. The fun part was the good company, rum and coke which he always enjoyed. Bob will be remembered for humor, gentle kindness and calm personal personality.

Bob and Esther loved to travel. Many fun times in Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, across Canada and cruises. When asked if there was a trip he would like to make if Covid wasn’t around, he replied, yes, Hawaii.

The ALS Society was a godsend, we always knew that equipment, support and group meeting were there to help him and the family. Many thanks to Home Care workers and IHA for their support and always being available.

We appreciate the care of doctors and nurses at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital as Bob completed his final journey in life.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the ALS Society of BC.


  1. Passing of Bob Blaylock Your kind messages of condolences were greatly appreciated, and we received comfort and strength from all your uplifting words. It is hard to imagine how different life is going to be for us, but are thankful we have the support of many treasured friends like you.
    Although our loved one has left this world, we will feel his presence every day.
    Esther and Kyla ❤❤

  2. Sorry to hear his passing been many years since I’ve seen Bob he was four years older than me I left about 3 miles apart

  3. My favorite memory of Bob was Expo 86 and we were twirling around street signs!! I looked at him and said its called making memories Bob!! He was a great man and my heart goes out to the family!! He will be missed immensely!!

  4. Our sincerest thoughts to you Esther. Bob was always such a kind person. Hugs to all the family.
    Greg & Lori Freeman

  5. So very sorry to read about Bobs passing, I still remember the night my Mother wanted fresh deep fried chicken after the card game, Bob was the driver and Lorne was the catcher, my Mother laughed about that till she couldn’t remember anymore, what a great memory

  6. So sorry Esther, I feel your pain. Condolences to you and your family.

  7. So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I worked with him for many years at Johnston Bros Motors. He was always smiling and good humored. Hugs to Ester and family

  8. Hello Esther & family
    It is with extreme sadness that Hank & I learn of Bob’s passing. We enjoyed our coffee get-together with you & Bob 2 years ago, when we were visiting friends & family in Vernon. Prayers for you & family, and may ❤ you hold onto all your precious memories.

  9. My condolences to you Esther, in the recent passing of your husband Bob . You will be in my thoughts as you navigate this new path. Hugs Darlene

  10. Hi Esther
    So sorry to hear about Bob. Crossing paths with you over the years whether catering, coffee shop, has enriched my life. Admire how strong you are in all the challenges that faced you with ALS.

  11. Hi Esther
    So sorry to hear about Bob. You & Bob struggled valiantly with ALS. Admire how you seem to always face a challenge, know when to be by Bob’s side. Crossing paths with me over the years whether catering or working the coffee shop at Schubert Centre has enriched my life. Thanks Esther, in my prayers and thoughts.

  12. We are sorry for your loss Esther, our thoughts are with you and your family

    Don and Deb Bordeleau

  13. Our deepest sympathy for Esther & family on the sudden passing of Bob. We were very fortunate to have known Bob for a very short time. We always enjoyed our Happy Hours on our driveway with Bob & Esther. RIP Bob, you will be missed

  14. Esther we are so very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your daughter and family. We always remember the fun times we had in your company when we all lived in Quesnel.
    Regards, Barbara and Eddie

  15. My thoughts are with you Esther at this difficult time. May many happy memories help to ease the pain. Take care.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about Bob. My condolences to the family. He will be missed.

  17. I am so saddened by Bob’s passing. I have known him since I was born as they were friends with my parents(Swan River, Manitoba).
    Bob was quiet, but always had a twinkle in his eyes and a joke to tell. He was a wonderful man.
    Sending my deepest sympathies to all of his family members.

  18. So sorry to hear of Bobs passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Cliff and Erva

  19. We are very sorry to hear about Bob – so many memories come to mind over our years with the festival, Bob was always a part of our many projects. Take care Esther our prayers and thoughts are with you – Marlene and Ron Connell

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