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March-06-18
Sorry for your loss Val.Alice and I enjoyed our association with you and Bob when I served with him in Terra Nova.Our condolences to you and your family.Alice and Doug MacKay
December-03-17
I met Bob Yanow while working at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. The Games offered an opportunity to meet and interact with many accomplished, important and impressive people, and I will never forget Bob. l knew he had a remarkable career and was well respected, but that is not why he has stayed in my memory. To me, he was a most modest, kind, respectful and wonderful human being. He always greeted me, and others, with a warm greeting and smile that made you feel as if you were important and an equal. A rare quality.

After the Games, I ran into him from time to time at the Monterey Centre parking lot, and without hesitation threw my arms around him and told him how wonderful it was to see him. It never occurred to me that it is not the way to greet an admiral. And yet, it did not feel wrong or seem to make him uncomfortable.

Admiral Yanow was an exceptional human being, who showed us a way to be in the world, regardless of our status, gender or accomplishments. I can only hope, and work hard to be half the human being he was. Rest in peace, Bob.

My condolences to your family, Such a loss.

Anna-Maria (Wood) Lustig
November-29-17
So sorry for your loss. I new Mr Yanow for many years and he was always kind. Thinking of you Val and Deb.
November-28-17
I have a very remote connection to Bob but thought out of interest I would pen a comment. My father, Fred Chapman, taught Bob at Bedford Road and was also the commanding officer of HMCS Unicorn while he was a cadet and in the UNTD. I recall my father speak glowingly about Bob, both for his scholastics and his passion for the navy.....he served his country well and was one of Saskatoon's distinguished exports.
November-28-17
From 1977-80 I worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Navy Section at CDLS Washington. I enjoyed the job so much I even went to check about leaving External Affairs and working for the military but was too old at 25. We used to have "stump the Commodore" parties and Commodore Yanow would play his mandolin. We could never stump him. When he left Washington, he said to me that if I was ever looking for a job I should contact him. In 1987 when I was on the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Is I saw a naval fellow and asked him if he knew any of the officers I had worked with. When I asked about Yanow the fellow's shoulders went back and he almost saluted. His brother was his Flag Lieutenant. I got his phone number and called him. He was flustered at first, thinking I was looking for a job. I was enroute to a posting in Bangkok and visiting my grandparents and cousins. RADM Yanow organised a tour on a launch to see which ships were in and then my cousin and I had coffee with the Admiral. He kindly gave us tickets to all the sites in Victoria and my cousin and I had great fun playing tourist. Years later at a staff meeting at CHC Canberra, Bear Brown announced that Yanow would be coming on a visit. I piped up and said Bob Yanow and Bear laughed and said he had been retired for years and his son would be visiting Australia. I have fond memories working for the Navy. Fair winds and RIP RADM Yanow.
November-27-17
Admiral Yanow will be truly missed for his service and leadership to the God's Acre Memorial Committee. My sincere condolences to his family.
Ed Emerick ( Army Navy and Air force Veterans in Canada, BC Command )
November-27-17
Bob was one of the finest naval officers I served with .
November-26-17
Our Commanding Officer when we commissioned HMCS Athabaskan in 1972 , a great C.O. , always looked after his crew , he put on a pair of coveralls in Rosie Roads and joined in for a paint ship party , a fine gentleman , well respected and admired .
Rest in Peace Sir .
Condolences to family.
November-25-17
My first Commanding Officer onboard HMCS Saguenay. A fine CO and a true gentleman. My sincere condolences to his family. Byron Mullett-Cole Harbour, NS
November-25-17
I extend my sincere condolences to the family on the loss of a true gentleman and friend. Adm. Yanow will be remembered and appreciated for his dedication to the C&PO's Assoc. and the Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets of Vancouver Island. RIP Admiral. Don Bendall Victoria
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