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Bell & Burnaby Funeral Chapel

4276 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC

OBITUARY

Robert Darrell Bishop

1 November, 19644 December, 2019

Bob, amazing father to Hudson, dedicated son to Brenda, brother to Suzanne and Brad left us on December 4th. Born in Ontario, his family then moved to Revelstoke, BC and there he grew up excelling in academics and playing hockey (goalie). Upon high school graduation, He headed to UBC Vancouver and the Faculty of Engineering. He graduated and became a dedicated engineering professional for many years with Creo, and other BC firms. In 2000, he became a father to Hudson, whom he considered his pride and joy. Bob loved so many things... golf, hockey, good friends and time spent with them but his love for his family was unprecedented. His mom held a very special place in his heart. We welcome those who loved and cared for Bob to join us at any/all of the following events:

A Celebration of Life will be held at the UBC Golf Course on December 17th at 6pm.

Burial will take place at Kelowna Memorial Cemetery on December 16th at 10am.

Viewing at Bell Funeral Chapel, for all who wish to visit with Bob, will be held, Thursday, December 12th from 2pm-4pm.

Please share your memories here as we would love to have those to pass on to Bob’s Mom and family.

Services

  • visitation Thursday, 12 December , 2019

Memories

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Dave Pires

December 16, 2019

A sad day. I have so many memories of Bob and the great times we had.

I first met Bob right out of school and worked with him at Andronic(s), later Automed, and then Creo. Bob took me under his wing and had a huge impact on me. He was the first, and one of a very small number of people that I can say was a mentor. He always had time to teach, to listen, and to share a laugh. He instilled in me to “always do your best”, to “do it right… the first time...”, and to have fun doing it. All of the coworkers who have had put up with me since can thank Bob for this. I still keep a copy of the Drawings Requirements Manual (Bob could quote from this book… seriously…) at my desk and always think of him when I look at it.

I remember the late Friday nights after work that often turned into Saturdays. There was tennis - he always won, prompting me to bring up his work for Sears... He tried to teach me to golf (no comment other than to say it is not a sport) and was my go-to-guy in the early days of mountain biking. We spent countless hours honing our trials skills around False Creek and “the stairs” at l’ecole, though our pro riding careers never quite took off... I remember his treasured Johnny Bower pads, his toe saves, and of course, the ’94 playoffs. We came so close...

My heartfelt condolences go out to all of Bob’s family and friends. Robert, my friend, you will be missed.

Dave

Mark Dance

December 15, 2019

I first met Bob in Totem residence at UBC. We played volleyball on the same intramural teams. We played a pretty similar style (intense no matter the level :) ) .

I worked with Bob for many years at two different companies. At Andronic we sat literally side-by-side. At creo he helped us implement our engineering processes as we grew at a break neck pace. He then took his talented mind into our IT team.

He was always passionate about doing things properly and to an exceptional standard. Those who worked with him could always count on him for that. Always.

The last time I saw Bob was several years ago in Pacific Spirit Park in the middle of the week on a beautiful, warm and sunny day. He was bombing down a hill on his mountain bike and he saw me at the bottom just in time before there was a collision :). He was puffing but happy and we had a great talk about his son who clearly meant the world to him.

Rest In Peace Bob. Thank you so much for all you taught me. It has stayed with me.

Mark

Helene Whitfield

December 13, 2019

To the best partner in parenting I could ask for... too soon, too sudden. A piece of my heart will be forever broken. Thank-you for all the great times, the golf lessons, the 80’s music lessons and so much more. xoxo H

Valerie Hamilton

December 12, 2019

Valerie Hamilton

December 12, 2019

Valerie Hamilton

December 12, 2019

My deepest sympathy to bob family. Wishing Hudson comfort to know his dad loved him with all his heart. Including a picture of bob in Paris. 2014. You will be missed bob and you left an amazing legacy- your son❤️

John Morris

December 11, 2019

I am sad to learn of Bob's passing.

Bob was always professional with me at work and always fun when we were out and about. I joined Creo in 2000 and was on many, many projects with Bob. We worked in complementary roles. Bob doing backend while I worked on frontend. I learned a lot from Bob, having talked about him on many occasions, while I was working at the startup in Bellevue with Radu Bisca. I learned a lot of Database techniques from Bob and Darryl Tourond, which helped me in my SportsInteractive database project.

Not only was he a mentor, he was a teacher and good friend. He and Corey Rutley were the main reason I have my nickname (I can still hear him calling me "Johnny" in my head). I know that anyone that calls me Johnny is a friend from Creo. Bob will always be remembered when I hear that name.

I became a decent poker player thanks to Bob. He "trained" many of us at our lunchtime events and the occasional Creo "After Hours" evening meetup or tournament. I appreciate the tips and tricks that he taught us in Texas Hold'em. He also knew the math really well.

I remember a few times we went downtown to go to the bars and we all had a great time. Bob always knew how to have fun. I took some photos that reminded me of all the fun we had.

For the past few years I had been in contact with Bob and Radu, trying to have a get together or reunion, to catch up on life and how things were going. It was hard to make things happen because we all have our separate lives and things happen... Then Bob made a Facebook post in October about vaping and lung disease, and I instantly reached out to check up on Bob, as I didn't know he was affected by this. I wanted to meet downtown that week, but Bob told me it wasn't a good time... and that we should meet around Christmas...

Bob had been in my mind since then and then I saw the post from Russell Adams last week and my heart dropped. It was too late. Another life lesson for me.

Bob, you will truly be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY