Robert Leslie “Buster” Smithers
January 12, 1921
January 2, 2016
Grand Forks, British Columbia
Passed away peacefully at Boundary Hospital. Predeceased by his parents Les and Myrtle Smithers and his wife of 46 years Katherine and 2 son-in-laws.
Survived by daughter Marquerite Rotvold, Pat (Joey) Tatangelo, Carol Lowrie, Roberta (George) Fielding, 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and numerous cousins.
Buster cherished his family and friends and the time he spent with them. He was very proud of his garden and was well known for the garlic he grew even at Boundary Lodge. He made many friends through his hunting from the Okanagan to the East Kootenays and other hobbies including bowling, curling and playing crib. He was a life member of the Oliver Elks Lodge and a life member of B.C. Senior Citizens Association.
He was very proud of his work for West Kootenay Power (Fortis) as a lineman, meter repairman and finally as a supervisor in Grand Forks and Greenwood for over 40 years. Buster retired in Midway in 1981 and spent the last four years at Boundary Lodge “the best place to call home” he always told his family.
Special thanks to his family doctor, the staff at Boundary Lodge and nurses at Boundary Hospital and Home Care. You will be missed by family and neighbours at Boundary Lodge and many friends, but forever will be cherished and we will have many fond memories of you.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements taken care of by Graham Funeral Home, Oliver. The burial will take place in Oliver at a later date. Donations in Buster’s memory can be made to the Boundary Lodge, firstname.lastname@example.org or 7130 9th Street, Grand Forks, B.C., V0H 1H4