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Robert Taylor HOWEY

June 8, 2000October 20, 2020

Robert Taylor Howey passed away unexpectedly near Revelstoke, BC, at the age of 20 years. He leaves behind his mother, Kyla Howey (Abbotsford, BC); father, Harold Howey (Wallaceburg, ON); sister, Tanisha Verbeek (fiancé Ken Russell); nephew, Hunter Russell; brother, Brandon Hayes (girlfriend Nadine Roy); niece, Renesmae Hayes; nephews, Blake and Tyler Perrault; brother, Michael Howey; grandfather, Stan Verbeek; grandmother Yvonne Pii; step-grandfather, Ole Pii; great-grandmother, Irene Verbeek; uncle Jimmy Verbeek; cousins, Felicity Verbeek and Peyton Verbeek; grandparents, Robert and Marilyn Howey (Belmont, ON); aunt, Lisa Audette (Richard); aunt Lesley Fairbarn (Adam) (St. Thomas, ON); uncle Christopher Howey (Jaclyn) (St. Thomas, ON); cousins Colin Howey, Kinsley and Sadie Fairbarn, and Teagan and Rachel Audette. Robert also leaves behind his girlfriend of 2.5 years, Melissa Barnes. Robert was predeceased by his sister, Kelsey Hayes, in 1994.

Robert lived life to the fullest and had a zest for life that few people have. His smile made you smile, his laughter was contagious and he was an amazing friend to the people he cared about. His mother, Kyla, was his rock! Robert recently was telling his Grandma Pii how his mum was his world and that he would do anything for her because no matter what foolish thing he did, his mum was there for him. Robert also had his Grandma Yvonne’s heart & he always knew that if he needed help, she was there for him. He loved all of his siblings – Tanisha, Brandon, and Michael. His cousin, Felicity, was his partner-in-crime and his Uncle Jimmy and cousin Peyton were his motorcycle riding buddies. Robert enjoyed repairing forklifts with his Grandpa Verbeek. Robert was always up for a challenge. His presence will forever be missed by all of those who knew him. “Full Send or No Send!”

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Elizabeth Wall

November 17, 2020

Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow:
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain:
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the
Morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there: I did not die.

This poem is a daily comfort in the loss of my dear sister 6 years ago. Every day, I see her everywhere. When I attend church, I feel her beside me singing hymns (she sang in church choirs). The morning sun shines through the upper stained glass windows casting an aura of rainbow colours on the pillars. I believe it is a sign that she is with me. I find cloud formations that comfort me – a cross, heart, angel, animal. When tree branches move with the wind, I feel her waving to me. Shrubs laden with raindrops are the millions of tears that fell. The warmth of the sun and caress of a breeze are a gift from OUR God. Buds and blooms, birds, bees and squirrels, the starry sky and the one universe and firmament that we all share, and most of all, the STRONG FAITH that joined us – all these things keep her near to me. Besides the tangible possessions he left, you will find things and messages from Robert. Maybe sight of a calf or boy and a calf, kids with bikes and skateboards, lots of things – look for stray coins and white feathers.

Robert's grand-aunt Liz and Uncle Bob picture below.

Ole Pii

November 16, 2020

Robert, I am so very sorry that I was not able to spend more time with you. You definitely were an energetic young man. I recall you telling your Grandma and I about a great weekend you had with jet skis and how proud you were of the super deal you got. Well Done. I know I’m going to miss any opportunities I might had to get to know you better. I’m not going to say “rest in peace” because I strongly believe you are going to be very busy making our phones ring and no one will be there, hiding our keys etc. Until we meet again on the other side. Miss you still.
Love Ole❤️

Braydin Doan

November 14, 2020

Im still lost for words brother I love you so much its un bearable to think your gone we had so many plans and memories together as we grew up and became the men we became you never deserved any of this you loved everyone around you so much and would do anything to help someone you are one of a kind and a friend like no other... ill never have as great as a friend as you where and I hope you know that looking down from up above ❤ ill never stop full sending it for you either ill carry every dream we had for you to see love you robert and I will forver and ever I have so many memories I could bring up i probably couldn't fit a quarter of them on here... one great one would be when I first had the moped and we drove around for hours around the city with our skateboards straped to the back going to every skatepark we could make it too I remember letting you drive us home and that smile and laugh that you had when I did is in my thoughts like it was yesterday or the hours of facetime we would spend together talking about everything in our lives all the time showing eachother even a new sweater if we got one ill miss never seeing that laugh or smile but I know your up there watching down bro and I will be forver looking up knowing that until im up there with you rest in paradise my bestfriend ❤ love you forver my thoughts are also with Kyla Tanisha Mikey & Yvonne im so sorry for everything nobody deserved any of this especially robert he loved every single one of you more than anything especially his mom Kyla he was always talking about her.

Melissa Barnes

November 13, 2020

you are my bestfriend, the love of my life, my family. we have had so many good memories together i can’t even think of the best one, they all were the best. but the one that comes to mind is the day we went camping, just you and me.. we drove so far up the mountain i debated turning around, we set up, started the fire, had our drinks sat there until the wood burned out and we had no more, didn’t want the night to end so we packed up in the middle of the night, pitch black and drove down the mountain. i was so scared and you always told me “ i got this babe, we’re fine. “ i believed you no matter what. and i will always cherish every memory i have with you. you were always my rock, and you still are. i hear you telling me to smile, and kicking me in the butt to push myself. i love you forever , and my heart aches terribly but i know your always here with me. i’ll never forget you i promise. 👼🙏🏻❤️😭

Elizabeth Wall

November 13, 2020

RIP grand-nephew Robert. Gone too soon. You will be greatly missed on earth and dearly loved in heaven safe in the arms of our Saviour. Remembrance from grand Aunt Elizabeth and husband Robert Saunders in Toronto, Ontario.

Yvonne Pii

November 13, 2020

Robert there is not a day that goes by when I do not think of you. I can hear your voice in my head saying ahh grandma - you worry too much! I’ll be fine! I love you! What I would do to feel your arms wrap around me one more time & with that jovial laugh of yours say “ I love you! Grandma - Till we meet again Robert you will live on in our hearts & our memories. You will be forever missed!!

Elaine Carrie

November 13, 2020

I will miss Robert’s beautiful smile and big hugs. Sending you thoughts of peace during your time of sorrow.
Love Auntie Elaine, Uncle Bruce & clan

Felicity Verbeek

November 12, 2020

Partners in crime forever!!

Peyton Verbeek

November 12, 2020

tanisha verbeek

November 7, 2020

I can't believe this is the end, I miss you so much I just wish I could hug you, I love you so much bro, you are so very missed, fly high

FROM THE FAMILY

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