CORMACK, Robert Bremner
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May 31, 1923 - March 27, 2013
Bob's family is sad to report that he passed away on March 27, 2013. He was born in Vancouver, BC on May 31, 1923. He thought that growing up in Vancouver during the '20s and '30s was a wonderful experience. He attended Vancouver schools, culminating with his graduation from UBC with a BA and BEd degrees. His education was interrupted by service as an RCAF wireless mechanic, serving in Canada and England over three years. Bob enjoyed teaching in Chilliwack for eight years, then he and his family moved to Princeton, BC in 1958 where he served as Principal of elementary and secondary schools until his retirement in 1985. He married his wonderful partner, Margaret Bamford, in 1949. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in 2008, just two months before Margaret passed away. Bob was also predeceased by his parents, Robert and Jessie Cormack, his brother Charlie and sisters Ella McGregor (Arthur) and Charlotte Tufnail (Owen). Bob is survived by his son Alan Cormack, his daughter Mary Seniuk (Marshall) and grandchildren Robert (Ashley), Jason (Jana), Willie, Spencer, Jonathon (Ashley), Tom, Taylor, Jacinda and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his sister-in-law Mary Cormack of Penticton, BC. Bob was an active Rotarian, serving the Princeton Rotary Club for fifty years, receiving two Paul Harris awards. In 1967, he received the Canada Centennial medal for the work that he and the committee did, especially in building the major project, which was the town swimming pool. He was Chairman of the Princeton Hospital Board and active in many other service areas. He had a gift for drawing and drew on his talent to take up painting as a major hobby when he retired. He also liked doing signs for the Princeton Field Naturalists' Society. Today, many of his paintings hang in homes in Princeton and elsewhere. Although Bob is gone, he will not be forgotten and will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Apr. 5, 2013