VAN ALSTINE, Robert Stacey 1921 - 2013 Bob died peacefully on August 27, 2013 with loved ones present. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, 2 daughters, Lindy and Peg (Gord), and 2 sons Tom (Daphne) and Burt (Sandra). He was "Gransir" to 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was born and raised in Saskatoon, and enlisted in the navy in 1939, where he served on convoy duty in the South Pacific, North Atlantic, and the Mediterranean. He was commissioned in 1942, and discharged in 1945. His life with Mary began in 1949, and in 1950 he graduated from the U. of A. with a D.D.S. degree. He received a fellowship which allowed them to move to Ann Arbour, where he graduated from the U. of Michigan with a masters degree in oral surgery. He practiced oral surgery in Edmonton for 17 years and taught part time at the U. of A. He was also the commanding officer of the University naval training division. In 1970 he took advantage of the opportunity to move to Victoria - the city and sea he grew to love while here for naval training. To him it was "Gods country". He then continued his oral surgery practice until retirement in 1993. His exceptional musical gifts gave pleasure throughout his long life to family and many friends, old and new. He was much loved for his wit and sense of humor. Bob's special interests included skiing, golf, sailing on the west coast, trailering, and traveling near and far. At his request, his life will be remembered and celebrated at a private family gathering. Those who wish to do so may make a memorial tribute to a charity of their choice. Many thanks to the staff of Palm South at Broadmead Lodge for their special care.
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Published in The Times Colonist from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1, 2013