Robert Henry (Bob) Larson, born March 25, 1925 in Humboldt, Sask. passed away on June 5, 2003 in Royal Columbian Hospital at 78 years of age. Predeceased by his parents Henry and Mariel and his baby daughter Ronda.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Leone “Nonie”, his children Wayne (Marion), Linda MacGregor (Bruce), Gerry (Mary), Dale (Cathy) and Daryl (Mariam); sisters Mariel Fitzsimmons (Irvin), Audrey Fatkin (Ritchie), Lois Williams (Ralph) and Ila Nelson (Irving); brother Chester (Ev) and Alvin (Charmaine); 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Bob moved with his family at a very young age to the Aldergrove area where his love of the woods and outdoor activites (logging, hunting and fishing) were first kindled. He served in the RCAF during WW11 as a tail gunner in the 408 Squadron on 1947. Bob married Nonie Cairns of Clayburn, and in 1953 they settled on a small farm near there, where he lived out his life.

Bob loved playing soccer and softball until past the age of 50 and he was a perennial coach of youth sports in the area. He was a long time member of the Abbotsford Legion Branch 15 (over 58 years). His ability to fix most things mechanical was appreciated by neighbours and friends.

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the Royal Columbian Renal Unit and the Abbotsford Community Dialysis for the outstanding care.

Visitation for family and friends will be held on Wed. June 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the chapel of First Memorial Services, 27555 – 31st Ave., Aldergrove, B.C.

Funeral Service for Bob Larsen will be held Thursday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Memorial United Church in downtown Abbotsford. Interment will take place immediately after the ceremony at Hazelwood Cemetery followed by tea hosted by Legion Branch 15 members.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Kidney Foundation of BC or a charity of choice.

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