DAY, ROBERT GEORGE
Sept. 4, 1916 – Apr. 19, 2010
Robert George Day passed away peacefully in Summerland, BC at the age of 93, with his beloved wife by his side. Bob expanded his interests and skills throughout his life. He was an artist, photographer, actor and singer who taught himself to carve, to make pottery, and to play piano and guitar. His perfectionism and attention to detail was evident in everything he did; from his award-winning photography to his artwork, woodwork and metalwork.
Born in London, Bob and his family immigrated to Alberta in 1924, where he spent his youth hanging around the Edmonton airfield. He joined the Navy to serve his country during WWII and was stationed in Halifax. After the war, Bob returned to Edmonton and worked with Northwest Industries, where he met the love of his life, Patricia McPhie (Patsy). In 1962 they relocated to Sidney, BC where they raised four children. Bob was responsible for the conversion of the Mars Water Bombers on Sproat Lake. He later joined Viking Air where he was especially valued as a “sheet metal magician”, making aircraft parts by hand when they weren’t available anywhere else.
Bob was a founder of the Exemplar Masonic Lodge in Edmonton. He also belonged to Sidney Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Ruth Chapter. In ‘97 Bob and Pat moved to Penticton, BC. He was a member of Summerland Masonic Lodge, Royal Arch Masons Penticton Chapter, Eastern Star Edina Chapter and The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada (Templar Knights), Okanagan Preceptory. Left with wonderful memories are his wife of 56 years Patsy, son John (Miki Gagnon) in Sidney, daughters Heather (Jivko) Jeliazkov of Victoria, Janet (Neil) Stenseth of Summerland and Cathryn of Langley, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter, his brothers Tom (Irene) in Edmonton and Frank (Dolly) in Ottawa, sisters Gwen Curtis and Corrine Silk in Edmonton, and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. He was predeceased by brothers Reg and Ed and sister Georgina Hodgson.
Bob had a full and long life. His determination, unfailing sense of humour, generosity and wise counsel will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will take place July 10 in Penticton. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Messages of condolence and contributions to our Memory Book can be sent c/o 1557 Oak Crest Drive, Victoria, BC V8P 1K7.