Robert Donaldson

Bob Donaldson

Saturday, November 12th, 1938 - Sunday, April 25th, 2021
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Robert Wellington (Bob) Donaldson

Bob Donaldson passed peacefully on April 25, 2021 at Vancouver General Hospital, having lived his best, happy life.

Born November 12, 1938, Dad knew what he liked and liked what he knew. Which is why, when his mid-century “woody” station wagon packed it in and he needed a new car, he replaced it with one that was exactly the same make, model, year and colour as the old one (the guy at the registry, assessing, “I guess you’re not much of a risk-taker.”). And why replace the perfectly fine rotary dial phone that hung on the wall until 1993? Easily delighted, endlessly curious and forever in his beloved blue bathers, Dad was always happy with what still worked – and if it stopped working, he’d fix it himself.

After getting his degree in electrical engineering from UBC in 1961, Dad went to MIT on an academic scholarship to get his Masters in 1963 and a PhD two years later. Returning to Vancouver, he became a professor at UBC in 1965, working there his entire career including as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Dad was widely published, received numerous prestigious awards and was highly regarded – he was a leader in the field of electrical engineering, with multiple patents and inventions to his name. His successful consulting business made him an early pioneer of smart payment cards, police car computer communications and speech-to-text processing. Dad retired from UBC in 2004 but stayed active in the UBC community to the end. You know he never missed a UBC basketball home game.

Passionate about team sports, Dad was a natural athlete and played everything exceedingly well: rugby, baseball, hockey, football. It was basketball, though, that really had his heart. Literally. At 75 years old, mid-court, Dad had a heart attack and medics arrived, cutting his shirt in half to administer CPR. After quintuple bypass surgery, several months later he was back shooting 3-pointers, having sewn the shirt back together because, hey, it was still a really good shirt. Dad played basketball every week for the past 30 years with the Tuesday Knights, which included some of his buddies from high school – 65-year friendships. He played his last game at age 81 before COVID shut everything down.

Dad was also an accomplished sailor. He happily spent summers on Keats Island as a kid and formed lifelong friendships there too, including with his friend-to-the-end Barrie, who he “met” when he was 2 years old! Dad continued to sail around Keats well into his 70’s.

As kids, Dad was the neighbourhood Santa, back when there was such a thing. Always up for an adventure, he regularly took us skiing and camping. As the sun shone and the gas pedal and windows were down, the emergency twenty-dollar bills tucked behind the visor would fly out the window and he’d shrug, “what’cha gonna to do?” Every. Single. Time. For such a brilliant guy he could sure be a slow learner…

…but never when math was involved. We all sat at his knee as he patiently taught us the equation of a straight line and age-appropriate word problems starring the ever-popular Ski Bunny Betsy, a tradition he continued with his grandchildren. One of his great joys in life, though, was “giving tips.” Dad was an endless source of life-hacks for how to avoid a crisis or do just about anything better. No one was ever too young to learn – like when he emailed his 3-year old grandson Lynden tips on how to improve his T-ball game.

Dad was a joyful gardener. He kept his apple tree propped up with 6x6’s when windstorms threatened to topple it and he grew an annual crop of lettuces that looked more like shrubbery than a vegetable. It was just the way Dad liked it: organic and tax-free. He was also an animal lover: his tendency to leave the doors and windows open to air the house out (year-round) meant a neighbourhood cat, “Tom,” joined the family when Dad started feeding him. Other animals adopted Dad over the years, including Gilligan and Major (dogs) and Sambuca (“Sam-Cat”), plus the raccoons that lived in the garage.

Dad had two families and 5 kids, with 20 years between the eldest and youngest. Although we didn’t grow up together, it’s a credit to him that we’re so close and love each other so well. Dad was the happiest, most fulfilled and content person you knew. Upbeat and optimistic even when it didn’t make sense to be, he was an inspiration to all of us. Dad quietly set up a scholarship and endowment fund in his brother Paul’s name at UBC. Dad’s only sibling, Paul sadly died during his final year of medical school and was awarded his MD degree posthumously. Endlessly generous, Dad helped all of us and his older grandchildren with advanced education expenses and despite his always busy and important schedule, he always had – and made – time.

Dad will be sorely missed by us, his children: Glen, Brian, Michael, Roger and Susie, his grandchildren: Allie, Marissa, Thomas, Selena, Lynden and Elton, the rest of his family and his countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a cause near and dear to Dad’s heart would be gratefully accepted. Dad was a staunch supporter of the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) in the Downtown Eastside, helping the most vulnerable in our community. Dad also loved and supported Keats Camps. Keats and UGM have a joint program under which UGM and Keats share the cost of sending under-privileged kids to Keats Camps. Your donation can be directed to this outstanding program here:

Given COVID restrictions, Dad’s celebration of life will be a small and private affair for immediate family only. Please share your stories and memories of Dad on the memory wall and be sure to check out the photo gallery (see the links above).

A heartfelt thank you to Nurse Maria, Dr. March and the entire staff at Vancouver General for their kindness and care.

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Max Bruce

Posted at 03:36pm
In the early days of our business, John McLean introduced Bob and I, as Bob was interested in investing in real estate in Vancouver. We were building a 9 unit townhome project at 15th and Laurel, and eventually negotiated a second mortgage. The negotiations were spirited but fair. Bob and I conversed regularly through out the project, and I grew fond of Bob right away.

Over the decade or so that followed, Bob participated in many MOSAIC projects as an investor. The projects grew considerably in size and were mostly townhome projects through out the Lower Mainland. Bob did not have a background in real estate, but he was one of the most astute and intuitive individuals I have ever dealt with. He was fair, honest, and a pleasure to work with. When we ran into challenges or hiccups with our projects (added construction costs, delayed approvals, etc.) he would ask the appropriate questions, assess the risks, and then typically respond, “well how can I help”?

Bob helped MOSAIC grow during the formative years of our business, and for that we will be forever grateful. He also became a bit of a mentor to me as I spent many afternoons chatting with him about real estate, business, and life in general.

Bob was a good friend and mentor and I feel lucky that our paths have crossed. Bob was a very special person, and my heart goes out to his family and friends for their loss.

Max Bruce.

Lesley Shepard

Posted at 06:00pm
I am fortunate to have lived beside Bob since December, 2002. From the minute I met him with two tiny kids in tow, he welcomed me to the neighborhood with open arms and kindness. Bob always looked out for us and our home. When we renovated in 2006 and left for 8 months, we knew our house was in good hands as Bob was keeping an eye on everything. At one point our contractor told us that Bob was very invested in our renovation and all of the tradesmen knew him by name. This brought us such comfort. Even in April of this year, I overheard Bob chatting with our handyman about a measurement he was trying to calculate while building our pergola. Our handyman stated afterwards, "thank goodness for Bob!"
Bob was very kind to our boys; never complaining about the noise, music, or giving them a hard time after one of them knocked on his door asking for the spare key to our home time and time again. Bob was the type of neighbour and friend who always had a kind word to say when you saw him - either complementing my kids, inquiring about my health, or telling me how much he likes my parents. I will miss our conversations about gardening, sports, kids, spending time on the ocean, and UBC Basketball. After speaking with Bob, I always left with a smile on my face. I feel privileged to have known Bob for the past 19 years and will miss having him as a friend and neighbour. My deepest sympathies to all of Bobs family and friends.

Mike Melnychuk

Posted at 05:58pm
I don't have any photos of Bob Donaldson to share, but I do have this one of Roger taken on a day when Bob generously took some of Roger's friends out for a day of sailing around English Bay. I also recall a masterful display of calmness years later when Bob (with no reason to still recognize me) caught me rummaging around his garage unexpectedly. I'd come to pick up some of Roger's beer brewing equipment while he was away in California. Perhaps Roger forgot to mention that to Bob, or more likely I forgot to tell Roger when I planned to pass by, but either way it was a complete surprise for Bob to find a long-haired, scruffy-looking stranger making a racket and dragging things outside into the alley. He took it all in stride with a demeanour that very much aligns with all the nice stories and memories that are written about him here.

Judith Ann Donaldson

Posted at 06:32pm
My story with Bob begins with a train journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, where Bob was invited to present research to the National Research Council. Bob did not do planes. He knew all the things that could go wrong with planes.
Bob was my best teacher in so many ways, but not the least as a mother. And he always declared that he had chosen the best mothers for his children.
Since our contract ended, Bob and I have continued our friendship. We have a joint interest in our Costco membership and in his wine making. Another way of doing it himself as well as saving in taxes.
I am filled with gratitude in having known Bob and in mothering two of his children, in hearing regular reports of the older three offspring and all the grandchildren.
Judith Ann Donaldson.

Roger Donaldson Posted at 01:07am

Thanks so much for these memories, Mum. We know we were very lucky for the upbringing that you and Dad provided. And thank you to all of you who have posted such thoughtful stories of our father. Each time I think I've talked to somebody from each of my father's circles, I discover another connection that remembers him with kindness.

John Bell

Posted at 02:07am
Remembering Bob
Bobby Donaldson has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and it is difficult to come to grips that he is no longer with us. We met on the playground of Maple Grove Elementary school in grade 2 in 1946, a mere 75 years ago, and we remained close friends ever since.
When I was 10 and 11, I went to Camp Artaban on Gambier Island, via Union Steamship which stopped at Keats Island, where the Donaldson’s had a summer cottage. Bob, with a golden suntan, enthralled everybody on board with a series of perfect swims and jackknife dives off the Keats Island Wharf. In Grade 10 Bob invited me and Jinx to spend a few days with his family at their cottage. The three of us snuck into the girl’s dormitory of the Baptist camp, only to be discovered in short order. EE & WW (Bob’s parents) were not amused.
Bob was a devout Baptist and didn’t (or wasn’t allowed) to go to movies or drink alcohol. At a birthday celebration at the lawn bowling centre on Larch and 41st we played drinking games; if you said the wrong number, you had to take a swig of beer. In Bob’s case he gulped 7up. Unbeknownst to him we had gotten hold of ethanol alcohol from the UBC chemistry lab and spiked his 7up. Soon Bob was jitterbugging with a chair, and proclaimed it was the best party of his life. Decades later, by which time Bob was a social drinker enjoying an occasional beer, especially after a round of golf, I told him the truth. He laughed and said, “I knew you guys were up to something.”.
Bob was gifted both academically and athletically. Before high school exams we all took our textbooks home to study – except Bob who, despite this, always got the highest marks. One day I was at Bob’s after school and discovered a deep dark secret. He had a second set of books at home. He was smart, but he also studied. One of his “Apeisms” was about studying. He said, “if you have 15 minutes waiting for the bus, you should study as over time all the 15 minutes will add up to hours and weeks.”
He was superb in all the sports he played-- baseball, rugby and basketball. His high, very long shot, a 3-pointer before there was a three-point line, was his signature that carried on with the Tuesday Knights gang until Covid intervened.
Bob and I were business partners during our Christmas breaks in Grade 11 and 12. We rented a red Dodge half ton pickup from my father, cut jack pine trees from a peat bog on Lulu Island, and sold them to the many Xmas tree lots around the city. We made a lot of money. In an evening light drizzle, I’d hold and turn the trees to disguise any gaps while Bob negotiated the price. One operator, seeking a better price, shouted out, just a couple of days before the 25th, “Boys, there is nothing more useless than a Christmas tree on the 26th of December.” Every day we would sit in the pickup and divide up our proceeds, all cash, when inevitably Bob would note that he had bought two more chocolate bars than me and give me a nickel or dime to balance things out. He always insisted on paying his share.
There was an incident, a bit of a scuffle, on the baseball diamond at Point Grey Junior High (grades 7, 8 & 9 in those days). Initially Bob resisted being called Ape%&#*. One day at a softball game with Ape at bat, someone cried out Ape! Face the pitcher! So, his name was softened to “Ape Face”, and finally just “Ape”, the nickname for which he will forever be associated. His leadership in “Ape’s Gang” is a legend in Magee folklore.
Bob was frugal. Jinx and I had dinner with him on his 80th birthday, November 12, 2019. We had had a lot of consultation and consternation about what to get him for his birthday. Jinx got him a pair of Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars, to replace his Costco purchased Court Classics, and I got him a gift certificate from Mr. Lube, so he wouldn’t need to change the oil in his vintage 2001 Ford Explorer himself as he would want to do. He thanked Jinx but gave the shoes back since, as he explained, he had two pairs of Court Classics so if one was ripped, he would duct tape it and use the other pair until the tape dried.
Bob was the smartest investor I ever knew. In grade 10 he borrowed a nickel from me to use the payphone to call his broker. It goes without saying, he paid me back the next day. He rarely sold his stocks, in fact he never sold his shares, and bought shares when the market crashed. He bought shares in Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway in 1978. My son Eric asked how come Bob, who was such a skilled investor, lived such a frugal life. I explained to him how most people’s lifestyles are a function of their wealth. With Bob there was no connection whatsoever.
Bob came over to my place to watch the NCAA March Madness men’s final on April 5. As usual, he stopped at Domino’s to pick up his favorite pizzas and brought some cans of beer. We watched the game and talked about basketball and our kids, the everyday stuff. But that evening, unusual for us, we talked about life and death. He talked about how old his parents (EE & WW) were when they passed away. We talked about religion; Bob’s faith remained strong. He smiled and said, “When I die I know where I am going.”
We remembered Jinx, John McLean, who had died April 11, a year earlier, and we told stories about some of the crazy antics carried on by the three of us, often with Zeke, Strings, and Stroker. Bob suggested we purchase a Registered Education Fund for Jinx’s 3-year-old grandson Zach, and we phoned Jinx’s daughter Emily to tell her. Bob treated himself frugally but was generous to others, including his kids, and grandkids, and the neediest. I have just made a donation in Bob’s memory to the Union Gospel Mission, his preferred charity.
That was a fun evening and the last time we met.

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