Sadly we announce the sudden passing of Bob Burgess on December 8, 2014 after a short brave battle with cancer. Survived by his wife, Noreen of 45 years, daughter Megan (Owen), grandchildren Kassidy and Jack, two sisters Pat and Irene and many nieces and nephews who he loved and enjoyed dearly and predeceased by his daughter Erin (2000), his three sisters and two brothers. Bob was born in Abbotsford and grew up on a farm in Aldergrove with seven siblings. He always enjoyed the farm lifestyle. His career of being a teacher was influenced by a teacher he had in high school and he went on to get his degree at SFU. His first job posting was at Abby Junior where he spent 17 years of his career under the guidance of Barry Stewart. Because of his love of sports, he gave all his time to coaching basketball and anything else that was needed. After Abby Junior he moved over to Yale Secondary where he had the opportunity to coach senior boys and work on his Masters to then become Vice Principal. His commitment to education and love of working with kids to better their lives was his passion. We know he has touched a lot of lives as we have met people (ex students) all over the world. Bob and Noreen have enjoyed retirement, spending their winters in Palm Springs but the move to a small farm in Chilliwack with his children has brought Bob back to his farming roots and he loved every moment of it, teaching his grandchildren the love of farm life. We want to thank every doctor and nurse that supported us on this difficult journey. Their care and compassion will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank family and friends for their love and support. In lieu of flowers the family has arranged for donations to be made in Bob’s memory to Erin’s scholarship fund. The scholarship is on this website https://connect.ufv.ca/giving
/donate where you can make a donation if you wish.