It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, warm friend, and mentor to so many.<br><br>Bob was born in Victoria (a fact that he was always proud of), to Charlie and Audrey Whyte. He was predeceased by both parents, and his two brothers, Jim and Dennis (Barb).<br><br>Bob was raised in Campbell River and in 1957 moved with his family to Orange County, Californian where he spent his teens living and loving the Southern California beach culture. His father was a successful business man and as a result of being immersed in an arena of free enterprise and having an overwhelming desire to succeed in business himself, Bob became an entrepreneur. During the sixties he was a Securities Trader in Vancouver for two years and a Stock Broker in Victoria for one year; both positions with Dominion Securities. He was an Investment Officer with Canada Trust in Victoria as well. His early skills in business lead him to acquire work with Hertz International as a manager in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This position was the first of many occasions when Bob would lead a company to success. Having turned the operation around in less than a year, he was offered a promotion and considerable incentives to remain with Hertz. However, he declined the offer and returned to Victoria, eventually met the girl of his dreams, married, and started a family. Bob worked a few years at the family marina in Sidney B.C. before going on to start his own business, Bob Whyte Marine Ltd. Due to his tireless work ethic, steadfast attention to each customer, and determination to always do things right, he was the recipient of many awards and recognitions. In a short seven years, his venture grew into a resounding success and at the age of thirty eight, Bob sold the company and retired.<br><br>Over the next two decades, not content to rest, Bob turned his attention to the development business and built a waterfront condominium complex, fast food restaurant, and numerous industrial/commercial buildings. During this time, he worked actively in the community helping young entrepreneurs get their start. Bob was a dedicated volunteer who believed strongly in giving back to his community. Some of his volunteer positions included being a founding member of the Greater Victoria Hospital Board, Manager of the Business Development Centre of Victoria, President of the Rotary Club of Victoria, Chairman of Rotary International's District 5020 Finance Committee, and President of the Victoria Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He was also Chairman of the Advisory Planning Commission of Sidney during the development of "Port Sidney" and was a past President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Bob was invited to serve on the board of the "Queen Alexandra Foundation for Children". As a board member, he led the land acquisition team in acquiring properties in the Western Communities and Sooke for new Children's Health Centres. <br><br>Bob went everywhere with a warm smile. He made friends throughout the community and all over the world. He was known by all as a warm, gentle, and incredibly kind man. <br><br>Bob won the "Sexiest Beard" contest twice and took the blue ribbon on several occasions for dancing the "Best Twist". He threw legendary, freeway stopping parties in Newport Beach (where the Righteous Brothers played on more than one occasion). Bob "Lettered" in Pole Vaulting at Orange High and also attended two years of pre-med at Fullerton College. <br><br>Bob always loved being outdoors and any time spent on the ocean. He never lost his love of boating or travel adventures but all of these loves paled in comparison to the joy he got out of watching his beloved grandsons play hockey and his precious granddaughter dance ballet. He was so proud of the individuals they each had become; always a shameless grandchild promoter.<br><br>Dad was the consummate family man. His wife, children, grandchildren, and extended family meant everything to him.<br><br>Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Suzanne, daughter Robin, grandsons Sam and Boo, son Ben, daughter-in-law Simone, granddaughter Gracie, and much loved former son-in-law Jason, as well as a very large extended family. <br><br>The family wishes to acknowledge the amazing loving care that Bob received during his time at the Victoria General Hospital and the Saanich Peninsula Palliative Care Unit.<br><br>As soon as it is possible (please watch for an announcement), the family plans to host a gathering for Bob's family and many friends to celebrate an amazing life well lived.
Published in The Times Colonist from May 15 to May 17, 2021.