Robert Lorne Jackman

August 7, 1948 – August 17, 2008

Robert Lorne Jackman, born August 7, 1948 in Nelson, B.C. Passed away on August 17 at the age of 60.

He will be remembered and greatly missed by his parents, Ted and Lorna Jackman, his children David (Wendy) Jackman and Debbie (Jim) deHoog, his grandchildren Mitchell and Amber Jackman and Charlie and Tomi deHoog, his brothers and sisters Rick (Cheryl) Jackman, Dale (Kim) Jackman, Yvonne Jackman, Ted (Denise) Jackman, and Ruby (Dave) Blake and his uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Bob was a B.C. boy raised in Salmo. After graduating he lived in many small towns in the Kootenays where he primarily worked in sawmills working his way up the ladder in administration. In the early 80’s, he moved his family to Terrace, where he continued working in sawmills and served as an alderman for many years. His experience as an alderman led him to apply for a job was the Village Administrator of Kitwanga. He had a passion for improving the communities in which he lived. He later became the Administrator of Telkwa, Granisle, Lumby, Strathmore in Alberta, and finally Carmacks in the Yukon. He will be remembered for his contributions to all the communities in which he lived and served.

Bob had many passions. He was a voracious reader and an avid Scrabble player, playing regularly with his dear friend, Shirley. He inherited from his parents a love for all games, cards, board and casino, and he taught them well to his children, passing on his competitiveness to them as well. His children remember losing to their father over and over every Sunday after dinner, but they also remember that nothing was sweeter than the occasional win, undoubtedly followed by an immediate rematch ordered by their Dad. At the last family reunion the weekend came to a close and everyone had rolled out. Well, everyone except for Grandma and her son Bob, who were still sitting at a picnic table battling for the title of Jackman Reunion Crib Champion.

Bob spent many hours listening to music, playing his guitars and sending out jokes on the computer. He thought the CD with 20 versions of the hit song “Louie, Louie” was ingenious and his favourite joke of all time was “So a moose walks into a bar and the bartender asks “Why the long face?”

He was so proud of his grandchildren, Mitchell and Amber. He was following Amber’s dance career and on his last birthday he watched as Mitchell’s team won the Canadian Little League Baseball Championships in Coquitlam. He was delighted by the antics of his two newest granddaughters, Charlie and Tomi. His family will miss him dearly.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 22, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Church in Fruitvale, B.C. and burial followed in Salmo.

Memorial donations may be made to the BC Lung Association at 2675 Oak Steet, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 2K2 or by phone at 604-731-5864, toll-free at 1-800-665-5864 or jimanddebdehoog@hotmail.com


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