SIBBERT, Robert Ivan (Major, Retired)
On December 11, 2012 at Queensway Carleton Hospital. Beloved husband of Jean and loving father of Steven, Keith and Valerie. Predeceased by his son, Kenneth, and sister Dorothy. Born in Midland, Ontario in 1929, Bob was raised in Toronto and went on to join the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1948 as a communications technician airman. He was trained at Clinton and later posted to 400 Squadron in Toronto. After promotion to Corporal, he was posted to Uplands to join 434 Squadron and later served overseas for three years at Zweibrucken, Germany with his wife and family. Later, he was to become an instructor at Clinton where he was promoted to Flight Sergeant. He subsequently served with 426 Squadron in Trenton and St. Hubert. Commissioned in 1963 as a Flying Officer, he became a staff officer at Air Defence Command Headquarters. Transferred to Comox, British Columbia where he became the Ground Telecom Office and later, Base Telecom Officer. Promoted to Major in 1969, Bob was instrumental in forming the Cadet Summer Training School at CFB Borden and was it's first Commanding Officer. He later was transferred to CFB Toronto where he filled several positions, the last as Commanding Officer of the Toronto Recruiting Centre. Retiring from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1975, he attended Loyalist College in Belleville and graduated as a Certified Engineering Technician. He went to work with Union Gas in Chatham, Ontario, later becoming a training supervisor at the Dawn Compressor Station. Bob retired a second time in 1962 and with his wife toured the United States in a trailer before settling in Kanata. He was active in the Boys Scouts of Canada for a number of years and was a member of the Provincial Training Team. A private memorial service will be held for family members only.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012