Thursday, October 20, 2016

Remembering Bob Bourgeault - with thanks to Oliver Daily News

The cabin that is now owned by the Rauhala family, was built by Bob Bourgeault for his family in the early days of Baldy. Bob was a well liked, respected teacher at SOSS, a volunteer ski patroller at Baldy, and he and is wife Arvie were very generous with their time for so many things in the Oliver Community. Soft spoken, gentle, and always greeted me with a smile.

Bob and Arvie left Oliver and moved to Maple Ridge recently to be closer to their family.

Our thoughts are with Arvie, Jeanne, Margaret, Steven, Michelle and families.



It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Robert Rene Bourgeault.
Born 06/07/35 – Passed away in the presence of his family 10/17/16. Survived by his wife of 59 years Arvie Bourgeault, his children Jeanne Jennings (Brad), Margaret Shisko (Andrew), Steven Bourgeault (Susie), Michelle Taylor (Marty). Proud “Papa” to 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents Hector and Margaret Bourgeault and sister Lillian.
Survived by brothers Ken and Gene Bourgeau.
Bob, recently of Maple Ridge, was a long-term resident of Oliver, B.C. He contributed to his community in multiple ways as teacher, coach, town councillor, ski patrol member and active participant in the Catholic Church. Recipient of the Oliver Citizenship award in 1998, along with his wife Arvie, the couple were recognized for their extensive contributions to the community. Bob was also an avid curler, golfer and world traveller. Of all his accomplishments Bob was most proud of the house he built, the home he created with Arvie and his role as a loving and supportive father.
Vigil 5:30 pm Friday, October 21, 2016 and Service at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Both at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 22561-121st Avenue, Maple Ridge, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Donate online at or call 1-800-667-3742.
Condolences can be sent to Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969-216th Street, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5H9 or online at

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