It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Bob who passed away peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital after a 6 month illness, in his 87th year.
Bob is survived by his partner Ken Funston of North Vancouver, at his side as he passed and for the last 34 years. Also survived by his older brother James (Jim) Savoy in Calgary, dear friends Tina and Jo Ann, and his family members including Tami, Victoria, Samantha, Sean, Janet, Chase, Wyatt, Ken’s family members Mary (a second Mom to Bob), Dan, Betty, Bruce, Vanessa, Sue, Allen, Sarah, Mark, Sarah, Brianne, Kurtis, Paul and families. He is also mourned by his earlier family members Patricia, David, Brad & families.
Bob was born in Edmonton to a large family and lived in several places in Alberta and BC. He served 3 years with the RCAF, before opening his own successful dance studio. After this he moved to the Vancouver area where he spent most of his life. His was a life that always included music, whether he was teaching dance, guitar, piano, vocal (he had a great singing voice!), putting on Christmas shows, entertaining others, or just playing music for himself. During the seventies he was well known in Vancouver and Toronto as a professional pop singer, and in the eighties/nineties was well known at the West End and West Van Community centres for teaching ballroom and other dance classes. He also had many private music students over the years in Vancouver and when he lived in the Okanagan for 6 years. Bob always loved to see his students grow musically and enjoyed teaching.
During his last 22 years in North Vancouver, besides continuing to sing, learn and teach music, Bob grew in his Christian faith. Also, during this time, he and Ken enjoyed travelling to many far away places. He was a prolific walker and never tired of the beautiful forest trails in the Raven Woods/Parkgate neighbourhoods. He was amazingly still walking 6k a day prior to his illness.
Bob, your presence and music will be remembered by us all.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Robert's name to the charity of your choice. No service by request.