Whitehead, Robert William “Bob”

WHITEHEAD, BOB w1937 – 2015

An informal gathering will be held at Mt. Ida Hall, 5421 70th St. SW on Sat., Oct. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Whitehead at Hillside Village on Sunday, October 11, 2015 after a brave, extended battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Bob is survived by his wife Lillian (Trenholm) of 54 years; sons David, Leonard (Cheryl), and  Derek (Carolyn); grandchildren Grace, Declan, Ty, Sarah, Brandy and Sean; brother Phillip and sisters June and Jeanne.

Bob was born in Vancouver to William and Lucy (Doebert) (both from pioneer families in Blind Bay and Eagle Bay) and moved to Salmon Arm around 1948.

Bob loved sports. He played on the local high school basketball team and was an amazing water skier. Through his life, he swam, bowled, cycled, played slow pitch, golf and hockey, playing with the oldtimers into his 60’s. Bob was an incredible and involved father. He was a hockey coach, referee and even made rinks for his sons and the neighbourhood kids.

Bob had many occupations throughout his work life. He was an experienced logger in partnership with his dad in R & W Contracting. Later, he became a builder, realtor and land developer. In 1971, he and a business partner built and operated what is now RONA in Salmon Arm. Later, he coowned Tri-Vista Munro Realty and co-developed four subdivisions: Whitehead subdivision, Harper Hill, the Appleyard and Richmond Hill. Bob always believed in the goodness of people. He lived his life with unparalleled honesty, kindness and integrity.

We will miss him dearly.  A big thank you to Harmony Haven Day Centre, Dr. Malinowski and also the care workers at Hillside that cared for him with love and compassion.

An informal gathering will be held at Mt. Ida Hall, 5421 70th St. SW on Sat., Oct. 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m



  1. Lil & family, We are very sorry to hear that your Bob has passed away. We have fond memories of the slow pitch days. Our thoughts are will you @ this time

  2. Hello Lil and family,
    Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
    I still enjoy the dining room window that Bob built for me many years ago. ( yes, I am still in that old house on old Auto Road). I think of Bob and you and your boys
    (all of whom are much taller than this old gal !!!)…. and recalling those years at the Observer (back when we had black and white photos only!!)

  3. Lil and family, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob will always be remembered as one of our ambitious but quiet relatives. Our thoughts are with you.

  4. Lillian, Dave, Len, Derek,

    I just heard from Don Dearing who attended Bob’s Memorial Service and I want to offer all of you and your families my sincere condolences.

  5. Lil and family,
    We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob was quiet but always had a smile on his face. I am out of town this weekend and Barry would love to come to the gathering but won’t be able to make it. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Lil and Family – Our heart’s warmth reaches out to all of you at this time. Your loving care
    for Bob afforded us all the opportunity to see and to remember the arresting human qualities
    you lived out, and for that we’re grateful.
    Brother Jack and wife Marion walked together with you both and often spoke of how your
    affirming human kindness touched others. Thank You

  7. Our sympathy to you Lil ,and all the family , love from all of us in Prince George and the memories will carry on, of all the fun times we shared.

  8. My condolences to the family at this difficult time.

  9. Our thought and prayers to Lil and family at this trying time.

  10. Sincere condolences to you, Lil, and your family. With sympathy, the Macfies.

  11. Our love and prayers go out to Lillian and family at this very difficult time. We will surly miss Bob but will always remember his wonderful smile and gentle way.

  12. Lil and family – we just heard that Bob has gone on before us, believe me when I say that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We realize it is probably for the best BUT that does not make it any easier. At least now he is out of the uncertainties
    that prey on their minds when they are unwell.
    When things sort of settle down remember that we are here, lunch, coffee, chat or possibly even shopping, what ever is fine. Love, Karsten and Vera.

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