Robert C. (Bob) Whyte
May 17, 1943 - May 11, 2021
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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.

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Published in The Times Colonist from May 15 to May 17, 2021.
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May 21, 2021
Suzanne, Robin, Ben and families and extended family. I am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing my thoughts are with you.
Margaret Ottewell
Margaret Ottewell
Acquaintance
May 21, 2021
Steve and I were so, so saddened to read about Bob's passing. We both always looked forward to spending time with Bob at the rink and anywhere else for that matter. A true gentleman and someone who made each person in his orbit feel special. Thinking of you all but also know that you have so many happy memories. Carolyn and Steve.
The Irwin family.
Carolyn/Steve Irwin
Friend
May 20, 2021
We are so heartbroken to hear of Bob's passing. He was the loveliest kindest man ... warm, empathetic, and a wonderful storyteller! We loved our coffee house visits and chats with Bob ... and always looked forward to hearing more about his astonishing life and travel adventures! He enjoyed life and people so much! Bob is an irreplaceable loss to the world, but we feel so fortunate for having known him. Our deepest sympathies go out to Suzanne and the family at this difficult and painful time. Our hearts go out to you and our thoughts are with you.
John and Aline
John Boxall and Aline Boxall Brétécher
Friend
May 19, 2021
Bob was an old family friend of my parents. My wife and I got to know him personally as well. I always enjoyed seeing him when I was able to get back to Victoria. My love to Suzanne.
Tom Kent
Friend
May 19, 2021
Suzanne, I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Bobby's passing. But thoughts of he and my dear brother in heaven together bring a smile to my heart. Hopefully they are off on adventures in 'Mungy' once again. My deepest sympathy to you and your precious family.
Pamela Smallwood
Friend
May 18, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the family and loved ones.
Bob will be greatly missed
Bowlin Photo (Nicholas,Shirley and Annette)
Bowlin Photo
Acquaintance
May 17, 2021
So sad to hear of his passing. I met Bob shortly after moving our family to the island in 2008. Serving with him on many boards, Bob had such a positive attitude and kind heart. He always had an encouraging thing to say and was quick to offer support or advice if you asked. Was a true mentor. You will be missed.
Craig Norris
Acquaintance
May 17, 2021
So sad to hear of his passing. I met Bob shortly after moving our family to the island in 2008. Serving with him on many boards, Bob had such a positive attitude and kind heart. He always had an encouraging thing to say and was quick to offer support or advice if you asked. Was a true mentor. You will be missed.
Craig Norris
Acquaintance
May 16, 2021
Bob was full of fun, I will always remember him performing as Mama Cass Elliott and singing "California Dreaming" on a winter's day in Fort St. James. His life was such a blessing to us all.
Barbara Robin
Family
May 16, 2021
Dear Suzanne and family please accept our condolences on Bobs passing
We have the fondest memories of Bob and Suzanne while buying our first
Boat and not completing on a second.
He showed such humour and patience on our first boat purchase and incredible integrity on our cancellation on another.
He fully refunded our deposit and gave us his blessing to buy another boat privately.
A dear man who I will always remember with respect
Andrea & Garry Bellagente
Friend
May 16, 2021
My sincere condolences to the Whyte Family. A great pleasure to have had the opportunity to exchange hellos and share kind words from time to time with a gentleman.
Wendy Everson
Acquaintance
May 16, 2021
To Suzanne, Robin ,Ben and families we are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. You will all have so many wonderful memories .We will miss seeing him.
Ron and Lynn Gardner
Friend
May 15, 2021
We are so sad to hear the passing of such a wonderful person
who accomplished so much for his family and community.He will be sorely missed and our most sincere thoughts are directed to Suzanne and family.
Ragnar and Gloria Eeg
Friend
May 15, 2021
I knew Bob as a good friend when we lived in Sidney ..My daughter Dawn and Robin were the best of friends in school and horse back riding ..My deepest sympathies to Suzanne and the family. .Dave Hogarth ..
Dave Hogarth
Friend
May 15, 2021
So sorry to hear this guys. Fabulous man and a great family. Thinking of you guys.
Kent Roden
Friend
May 15, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Abby Lodge
Family
May 15, 2021
With very fond memories of a dedicated Rotarian (from Patricia, President elect Rotary Club if Victoria). Bob will be sorely missed.
Patricia M Crossley
Friend
May 15, 2021
So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. I have very fond memories of him growing up on Roberts Bay. My condolences to the Whyte family.
Ian Myerscough
Friend
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