Robert BROOKE
1934 - 2014
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BROOKE, Robert Charles
B.S.F., M.F., Phd.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by his sisters Patricia Hodge, Betty Petricia, Lynda Siggers, Rosanne Pazarena and Darlene Keeley, nieces Brooke Hodge and Clare Hodge, nephews Adam Hodge, Dustin Keeley, Ben Siggers, Danny Siggers and Jay Siggers. Robert was born in Salmon Arm, B.C. His early education was in a one room school and he completed high school by correspondence. Robert graduated in Forestry at the University of British Columbia where he graduated at the top of his class. He was awarded a fellowship to Yale University where he completed his Master's degree. Robert received his Doctorate from U.B.C. He was one of the Charter Professors at Simon University where he taught until his retirement. While retired, Robert compiled a very comprehensive family history, travelled in Europe, enjoyed bird watching and walks around Deer Lake. An informal celebration of Robert's life for colleagues, friends and family will be held at Eagle Creek (Burnaby Mountain Golf Course) on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to B.C. Children's Hospital Foundation or Simon Fraser University – Library Endowment Fund. For more information, contact robert.brooke.memorial@gmail.com.


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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2014.
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April 14, 2014
Patricia, Mary, Lynda Mae and families...our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Your cousin...Lillian (Brooke) and family
Lillian Randall
March 30, 2014
I was a colleague of Bob Brooke in the Department of Biological Sciences and I agree that he impacted countless lives. My walks with him in the Burnaby Mountain woods allowed us to design a forest walk for first year students. When students were surveyed, they named the forest walk as the lab they valued the most. For many years, I acted as a judge for the regional science fair. Whenever I met biologists or teachers who were former SFU students, I would ask them which professors they remembered. Bob Brooke's name came up most often. One high school science teacher told me that whenever she walked in the woods, she would hear the Latin names of the plants in Bob Brooke's voice. He will be sadly missed.
Joan Sharp
March 26, 2014

In loving memory.....

Robert, in spite of his fiercely private life, touched, influenced and impacted countless lives, particularly during his profession career; I count myself privileged to be among them.

There is so much about Bob one can love, honor and celebrate...however, his most profound gift was his ability to give others an intimate glimpse into the exquisite world of plants. His passion for the natural world was utterly captivating and inspiring. His understanding and research of our delicate ecology placed him far ahead of his time. I am immeasurably proud that Robert's legacy of work is an invaluable resource.

Robert Charles, you are and will continue to be sorely missed.

May the Angels, on our behalf, graciously, respectfully, delightfully and lovely escort you to the other side. xoxox
March 26, 2014
I am still numb from Robert's sudden passing, which I am sure you are as well.

Patricia, Mary Elizabeth and Lynda Mae, my deepest condolences for the loss of your brother. I know the four of you were a very tight knit family, especially after the death of our parents.

Robert Charles Brooke, was a man of unwavering integrity and a vehemently loyal son, brother and friend. He possessed a sharp wit, a sensitive spirit and an infectious laugh. He was complex and guarded but intriguingly fascinating.

He will be sorely missed.
Your Adopted Sister
March 25, 2014
Some bonds can never be broken.
Bob taught me many things but the most valuable life lesson he shared was " you can not force someone to forgive,love or respect you, however, it is impossible for someone to stop you from forgiving, loving and respecting them"; this wisdom changed my whole world......from "Victim" to "Victor" of my own life.
I bless, love and miss you brother, from my very marrow, for being my greatest advocate, you have bequeathed to me one of the greatest gifts of my life. Freedom.

Your life has had profound meaning...what an incredible contribution you have made to our world.
Your loving Sister
March 25, 2014
Patricia, Mary Elizabeth and Lynda Mae, my deepest condolences for the lost of your brother. I know the four of you were a very tight knit family, especially after the death of our parents.

I am still numb from his sudden passing which I am sure you are as well.

Robert Charles Brooke, was a man of unwavering integrity and a vehemently loyal son, brother and friend. He possessed a sharp wit, a sensitive spirit and an infectious laugh. He was complex and guarded but intriguingly fascinating.

Robert, in spite of his fiercely private life, touched, influenced and impacted countless lives, particularly during his profession career; I count myself privileged to be among them.

There is so much about Bob one can love, honor and celebrate...however, his most profound gift was his ability to give others an intimate glimpse into the exquisite world of plants. His passion for the natural world was utterly captivating and inspiring. His understanding and research of our delicate ecology placed him far ahead of his time. I am immeasurably proud that Robert's legacy of work has become an invaluable resource.

Robert Charles, you are and will continue to be sorely missed.

May the Angels, on our behalf, graciously, respectfully, delightfully and lovely escort you to the other side. xoxox
Your Loving Addopted Sister
March 15, 2014
I am sad to hear of Robert's passing. I met Robert many years ago while walking around Deer Lake. We shared many hours discussing the history of Deer Lake. I was also lucky to have shared a couple of walks around the lake with Robert. It was like taking a botany lesson from an esteemed professor. I will certainly miss him!
May God Bless and keep him always.
Richard
Richard Staudt
March 14, 2014
Bob will be sorely missed for his warm friendship and sense of humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your bereavement.
Cyril Thong
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