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Robert John Parker

September 30, 1948 - August 22, 2023


Bob was the middle son of Marion and Gerald Parker. He was born in Vancouver and died in Penticton. His brothers Bill and Morley passed away before him. Bob was an inventive person. Always looking for a better way to do things. For instance in grade 3 he walked home backwards looking in a mirror to see if he would get home any faster. Needless to say his Mom was worried because he was very very late. His first enterprise was his bicycle biz in elementary school. He fixed flats and tuned up his buddies bikes.Bob started his printing career while still in high school. At 20 to keep him entertained and out of trouble he worked on cars and raced a Henry J at Mission drag strip. About the age of 25 he decided to “drop out”. He bought a VW Bus and cruised around. In 1973 he settled down in Kelowna, BC. He shared his life with a little siamese kitten, Hi Guy and his horse Mariah.Bobby went back to Vancouver to continue his career in printing. He then manage a few print shops. After his younger brother ended his life Bob again took time off to tinker! 1984 was the start of our wonderful relationship with bumps. At the same time Westside Graphics was born! He built himself a great career. He was one hell of a great designer!Bob loved trains! He had suspended a train track from the ceiling all around the studio. When he went to played pool at 3:00 every afternoon I would play with his trains and got real good at parking them in the exact place he had left them. At the turn of the century he needed to find himself again! He bought his own studio across the alley. Bought a Silverwing and survived his midlife crises. We moved to White Rock where he took up kayaking.Then off to Oliver 2009. Where he did graphic projects as well as learned about the wine industry. He worked in tasting rooms, bottled and was a cellar rat. In 2018 he started having heath problem. Bob was still making books, tinkering with wine barrels and riding his Vulcan 1600. In November of 2022 he moved into a condo a block from the beach in Penticton and bought an ebike. The last thing he said to me was “If there is anything I can do to help with Little Diane just ask”. But he died before he could help.He died of a stroke Sept 1 2023. He is enjoying his 75th Birthday playing Monopoly with our friend Little Diane. Bob’s was a private man there will be no service. His ashes will grow into a tree. Rest in Peace Bobby. I have always loved you! And will always love you!


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From: Shirley Parker
Relation: Sister-in-law to Bob

I’m very sorry to see that Bob passed away. He was my brother-in-law through my marriage to his brother Bill. Bob was always very nice and kind to me and we had lots of fun camping in Penticton; going to the Mission Raceway; New Year’s Eve dancing at Oil Can Harry’s; dining at Sneaky Pete’s; parties with Bill and Bob’s friends. We all worked in the Printing industry in the “old days”!!! So sorry to hear he has passed. Love, Shirley.

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