Robert Logan PUTNAM
1944 - 2021
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PUTNAM, Robert Logan December 2, 1944 - May 5, 2021 Bob, an adored husband, loved brother, fun uncle, basketball and tennis coach, teacher, magician, and friend to everyone! With his constant smile, a twinkle in his eye and a funny quip, he loved living. He excelled at what was important: making people feel comfortable, making them laugh, making them his lifetime friends. A gifted athlete, but humbled early. Bob was pulled from his English class in grade 9 to run a relay at Empire Stadium. He came last, he ran against Harry Jerome! He recovered to play on Magee's high school championship team in 1961 and 1962. He went to Western Washington to play basketball, lettered in soccer, and became a lifeguard. He hitchhiked through Europe, where he ran with the bulls in Pamplona. He also bought his future wife (me) a diamond in Amsterdam after reading all my letters from American Express. He came home to teach and coach at Hugh Boyd in Richmond, where his dream team, the 1977 Trojans, went on to win the B.C. championship and travel to Japan. Bob moved to Delta Secondary School where he taught the rest of his career before retiring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. However, during those years, he took up tennis and became ranked in senior tennis in both singles and doubles, playing tournaments all over B.C., Washington and Oregon, and then on to Europe. Bob was honoured to have a Junior tournament named after him, which was a huge success for 12 years. When Parkinson's slowed him down, he played golf, with an apparently effortless swing and he went to the Masters in Atlanta with his adored American cousins!!! As well, Bob fell in love with Pickleball before everyone else. He did his best to live every day to it's fullest and he never complained about his failing health. In fact, he used his wonderful sense of humour to make everyone else feel comfortable. After making the courageous choice of MAiD and leaving this life on his own terms, he spent his last 10 days of his life surrounded by his family and friends. It was truly a celebration of his life and he was able to enjoy all the visits, the emails, the FaceTimes always with laughter, joy and of course a few tears. How truly wonderful for him to hear how he had made people laugh and how much he was loved. My husband was a true gentleman, and the void he leaves is huge. We were blessed with a 51 year marriage and all those memories will help me and everyone else in the coming years. He was just the best guy and a wonderful friend to everyone...rest in peace my love. Bob is survived by his wife Bobbie (nee Stoker), his sister Joni (Colin) Greer, nephew Rob (Lucy), niece Kathryn Greer, and their families. A memorial gathering in Bob's honour will be held in the future when it is safe to be together. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Heron Hospice Society of Delta (heronhospice.org) Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006



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Published in Delta Optimist from May 13 to Jun. 12, 2021.
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May 27, 2021

Dear Bob, We met you all these years ago on an Alaskan cruise. We had come from Scotland and sat at the same table with yourself, Bobbie, Joni and your mother Margaret. What a wonderful week we had together,it was the start of a wonderful friendship that has lasted ever since. Even though my dear David has gone, I know how much he valued your friendship Bob as indeed I did and it is with a heavy heart that we say “ goodbye dear friend”, you made this world a better place. My love to you dear Bobbie, what a rock you have been over many years, Bob was so lucky to have had you by his side. Slainte Carolyn Barr
Carolyn Barr
Friend
May 18, 2021
My condolences to Bob's family. I bought a tennis racquet off Bob 20 years ago. I still have it.
Paul Dyson
Paul Dyson
Friend
May 18, 2021
Bob was one of the most friendly and well liked people I’ve ever known. He had a very positive outlook on life. Bob was an excellent athlete, excelling in basketball and tennis. I was fortunate to play with Bob on the 1961 BC High School basketball championship team for Magee. He was a major factor in the team’s success and was named to the tournament all star team. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to Bobbie and family. Sincerely, Brent Watson
Brent Watson
Friend
May 18, 2021
Superb teacher. Definitely thought over the years about how much he enjoyed his work in front of students .
DT
Student
May 17, 2021
Mr. Putnam taught me social studies in high school, from 1996 until Parkinson’s had him retire from delta secondary.
I’ve thought of him so often since graduating high school in 2001, he left an amazing impression on me, his caring nature & his sense of humor set him apart from other teachers, he connected with people very organically.
He used to call me A squared, he would prepare me before class when we were going to discuss some of the uglier times the world has faced as he knew I could get emotional when some of the films would show us the travesty’s that have happened around the world.
He was a very fair teacher, he was tender and kind, his classroom door was always open to his students and he really cared about all of us.
Mr.Putnam signed all of my year books with messages of encouragement and friendship, advice for the following year to come and well wishes for an adventurous summer ahead.
I can’t say enough how special he was to me and how thankful I am to have known him and had him as my teacher during such formative years.
I’ll never forget him.
I’m so sorry that his family has had to endure his loss.
Sincere condolences,

Amy Arnold
Amy arnold
Student
May 16, 2021
Condolences to the family. Mr. Putnam was a saving grace for many kids in high school. He was funny and warm and always had a twinkle in his eye..He had an authentic interest in world events and sparked curiosity in his students. He was also our beloved tennis coach at DSS. A life well lived.
Jackie Poon
Student
May 15, 2021
Bob was a great guy. Always fun to be around
Chris shepherd
Friend
May 15, 2021
Bob was my PE teacher and basketball coach at Hugh Boyd in 1968-69. He was a truly great guy and will be missed by everyone who knew him. My deepest condolences to the family.
Jim Keegan
Student
May 13, 2021
I was lucky to have Mr. Putnam as my Grade 10 Social Studies teacher. I remember how he made the course interesting and put his students at ease with his sense of humour. What an incredible life he led. RIP Mr. Putnam!
Dana Huff
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