ROBERT MERVIN HOBBS
Passed on: February 9th, 2013
Robert Mervin Hobbs (Bob) passed away peacefully on February 9, 2013 at Pine Grove Care Center here in Kamloops. He was 81 years of age and was born in Cardston, Alberta in 1931.
Bob met his wife Helen at the shooting range in Calgary as a cadet at the age of 19. They soon were married and had two children - Bobby and Sherida.
He worked for CN Rail as a Ticket Agent for five years until he joined Air Canada. He worked his way up with the airline into management and stayed with the airline for twenty years. After that he went into the gun business and opened up Guncraft (Kamloops) Ltd. on April 10th of 1976 on Victoria Street with his son. Closed the business down in December 1989 and opened up a computer business with his good friend and part of the family Arthur Bourne. Retired three years later.
Bob's love for the outdoors was most important besides his family. He was President of the Calgary Fish & Game for six years in a row. Traded extra time off at work so he could go hunting in the fall. His family never starved as the freezer was always full of game meat. He was also a big game guide for about six years. Went to Africa on a big game Safari.
When not hunting he was competing in Target Shooting and also an Outdoor writer. He represented Canada five years in a row by going to Bisley, England to compete with the top shooters of the world. He was a life member of the Kamloops Target & Sports Association.
His writing was his other passion. He wrote articles on experiences of his hunting trips in magazines such as Northwest Sportsman and Outdoor Life.
Robert was predeceased by his lovely wife Helen and daughter Sherida.
He is survived by his son Bob Jr., daughter-in-law Helga, son-in-law John, granddaughter-in-law Katrina, three grandchildren Jim, Taylor and Candice and one great-grandson Gavin.
Special thanks to all the staff at the Pine Grove Care Center including good shooting friends Paul Reibin, Mark Anderson and Tom Fripp who cared for him in the last year of his life.
As requested by his wishes there will be no service, and to be laid to rest up in Kananiskis Country in Alberta, beside his wife and daughter.