Robert (Bob) Lewis Cartwright of Little Fort, B.C., passed away on the evening of April 19, 2013, while attending Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital, in Clearwater, B.C. Bob suffered a stroke, and passed on peacefully after a short stay in the hospital.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Silver (nee Jim), his four children and six grandchildren: eldest daughter Kim Cartwright, (Little Fort, B.C.), granddaughters Merrilee and Tullea Bays (Vancouver, B.C.); daughter Gai Lawson and husband Rob of Bolton, ON.; son John and wife Jocelyn, grandson Liam and granddaughter Kate (Kamloops, B.C.); youngest daughter Anne Cartwright and husband Mike Burrows, grandson Caleb and granddaughter Niomi, (Barriere, B.C.). Bob is also survived by his twin brother Ernest Cartwright, wife Beverly (Little Fort, B.C.), eldest brother Laurie Cartwright of Vancouver. He was predeceased by his second eldest brother Joe Cartwright of Vancouver, eldest sister, Marie Savoy (Little Fort, B.C.) and Agnes Johnson (Vancouver).
Bob (and Ernest) were born on February 11, 1926 at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C., and spent their formative years around Celista, B.C., and Shuswap Lake area. They moved to the Little Fort area via Canadian National Rail, Way Freight, in 1943. Bob and Ernest at age 18 started working in the forests on the West Coast of B.C. as timber fallers, starting with hand tools and moving to chainsaws as technology progressed, of which Bob had very fond memories.
Eventually Bob located permanently to the Little Fort area and eloped with Silver Jim in 1954. In 1955, they purchased ranch property near Little Fort (current residence) and in that same year established a fishing camp, named after their first daughter Janice Kim (Janice Lake Fishing Camp), of which Silver and family operate to this day.
Bob was a caring, insightful, fiercely independent individual with an appetite for humour, a love of family and the outdoors. In his time he fell timber, ranched, guide outfitted, operated a fishing camp, raised a family and fostered many friendships, near and far. His loving support, enduring wit and inquisitive nature will be missed, by family and friends, “By the God”.
We would like to thank staff at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital for their unwavering support in attending to our father/husband in his time of need, of which we are eternally grateful.
The Cartwright family would also like to acknowledge those that came to Bob’s and Silver’s assistance during his final years, enabling Bob to live at home on the Ranch and Fishing Camp as he and Silver desired.
Bob’s wishes are to be cremated with remains interred at Little Fort Cemetery. A memorial will be held to celebrate the life of Robert Lewis Cartwright, Saturday September 14, 2013, at the Little Fort Community Hall. Bring your dancing shoes and humorous stories.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com. Arrangements care of North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999.