Robert HIGH

Robert Isaac High

December 14, 1937 – January 22, 2017


It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Bob High, at age 79, of Hope, BC. Bob passed away after a short battle with cancer. Bob is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 52 years, his daughter Laura Metcalfe (Grant), son Darren High (Heather) and his precious grandchildren; Madison, Mitchell, Carson and Garrett many loving nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law Kay, Alana, Margaret-Jean & brother-in-law Jim. Bob was predeceased by his parents Isaac and Mary High, sister Doreen Smith and brothers-in-law Bernie Prichard and Ken Smith. Bob was born in Duncan, BC and later lived in several different towns due to his father’s occupation as a Road Master for the CN Railroad. Some of these included Victoria, Alexander Lodge up the Fraser Canyon, and Savona where Bob had to row him and his sister across the lake or skate if it was frozen just to get to school. Bob later moved to Hope, BC and graduated from Hope Secondary in 1956. He went on to do various jobs including logging, railroading, and construction. Bob continued his education and ended up becoming a surveyor and concrete inspector for the Department of Highways for many years. His two big projects were the Stewart, BC to Alaska roadway and the building of the tunnels through the Fraser Canyon. In 1965, Bob married Margaret and went on to raise two children in the town of Hope. During this time, he worked with Roy Morrow Ltd Chevron Agency in Hope BC as a driver/operator until his retirement. Bob took pride in being a volunteer fireman and his 38 years of service with the Hope Fire Department. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 40 years where he served time as vice-president, director and stepped in where help was needed. He also loved helping coach his children in sports when they were growing up and their love of sports has been passed down to their children. He was a devoted father who never missed a game or practice. He loved to curl, play softball and enjoyed his time with his friends solving the world’s problems over a ‘cold one’ down at the Legion. Bob’s greatest joy was the time he spent with his dear grandchildren, family and friends at Shuswap Lake. He always looked forward to his camping and fishing trips. Anywhere there was a crib board, you could find Bob. He took pride in teaching his grandchildren the game. For 26 years, he looked forward to planning and hosting a three-day golfing weekend for several of his Hope and Interior buddies at his cabin in the Shuswap. Bob had such a gentle heart and in the end when things got tough, he never complained. He left us with a wonderful legacy. Our family would like to thank Dr.’s Greggain and Grover, the staff at Fraser Canyon Hospital and the Palliative Care team for their tireless care and support for Bob and our family. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Hall at 344 Fort Street, Hope, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Robert High to: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 228.