Obituary – Vanderwell, Robert Bernard

Born: August 27, 1942
Passed: April 19, 2014
On May 4, 2014, Robert Bernard Vanderwell, beloved father and grandfather passed away peacefully from cancer in Slave Lake, Alberta at the age of 75 years, surrounded by family and friends. Robert was born in Edmonton on February 27, 1939. He attended Keephills School and worked on the family farm until the age of 14, when he joined his father and uncles in the family timber industry, operating a small portable sawmill, manufacturing lumber. Later on, setting out on their own, Bob and Barney started their own sawmill operation, Vanderwell Contractors Ltd., which has grown into a large successful operation to this day, one which Bob continued to enjoy visiting, encouraging and providing direction to in his retirement. Bob was well thought of, and will be deeply missed by his “employee family.” Bob met Karen on a holiday in Las Vegas in 1956 and they began dating shortly after in Stony Plain. They were married November 21, 1959 and they lived in Stony Plain until 1969, then moved to Peace River, and eventually settled in Slave Lake in 1972. Bob committed his life to his Lord and Saviour in 1978, and never looked back. Even with the demands of family business, he found the time to develop a passion for soul-winning with Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship, The Miracle Channel, and other charities where he served on various boards, praying for and exhorting us to “love one another.” Bob loved classic 1950’s vintage vehicles and enjoyed driving, purchasing and having them restored. He also loved Maui, and he and Karen spent many a winter there with old friends, making new friends, and hosting visiting family and friends. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he will be deeply missed and always loved. Bob leaves to lovingly cherish his memory, Karen, his devoted wife of 54 years; their children Laura (Jim), Ken (Arliss), Theresa (Richard), Lesli (Markus) and their families; his sister Dianne (John) and her family; Marion (Mike) and their family, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Barney and Margaret. Our gratitude goes to the staff at Slave Lake Hospital for their care and kindness. The service for Bob began with viewing from 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at The Gathering Place in Slave Lake. Funeral arrangements were by Slave Lake Chapel of Memories. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Ben Sawatzky Foundation.

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