Robert (Bob) D. McLean

Bob passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 31, 2017 at the age of 69. He is survived by his sister Donna, children Allan and Anne (Derrek), grandchildren Silver and Scarlett and beloved grandpuppy Steeler. Employed by D.R.E.P. and then D.R.E.A. he used his research and development skills in all aspects of his life, to his love of music and HiFi to cars, coaching his daughter’s softball team and food. His great love for his family was apparent in all that he did. You will be missed forever by all who knew and loved you. Celebration of Life will be held on February 11, 2017 from 1-4 pm. in the Olympic Room at the Holiday Inn located at 318 Wale Rd. in Colwood, B.C. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Palliative Care Response Team at Victoria Hospice

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  1. Lindsy "Rocket" Hall

    I considered you one of my BEST friends on this planet. My heart is shattered, I’m thankful to have known such an amazing person. Thank you. How lucky am I to have known a legend. Rest now. Miss you now and always. ?

  2. Darla Driemel Roberts

    With loving thoughts.

    Jason & Darla (Driemel) Roberts

  3. We love you Bob and are so grateful for your legacy. Anne, Derrek, Silver and Scarlett we are blessed to have you in our lives and again thank you Bob for them. We have many cherished memories of our times together and will never forget your whit, knowledge and tales of the east coast. We are privileged to have known a great man and we feel the huge loss. Love and prayers to those that mourn Bob.
    Jen, Dan and Lilyrose Slade.

  4. Kim and Deb Harper

    Gone to soon, wonderful friend, Thanks for the memories. In our hearts forever.
    Love Kim and Deb ox

  5. Bob was the kind of person you could depend on and was always ready and willing to help if asked. His attention to detail, his perseverance, and his easy going demeanor made him a valuable asset to the D.R.E.P. lab and to his friends. We shared an interest in audio and building high fidelity systems for many years. Our daily coffee breaks would have several employees from the lab joining us for discussions about the next great audio system we were going to build or modifications to existing ones to improve performance. Whether Bob was playing on our lab softball team, chasing a soccer ball or coaching girls softball, Bob always put forward his best efforts.
    He will be forever missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew him.

  6. Bob was a friend for over forty years, and we shared a very close time in Halifax from ’98 to ’05

  7. Bob was my late husband’s best friend and a brother to me. He and Doc spent many hours playing tennis, listening to great music, building things and having deep conversations over a case of beer.
    They met at DREP and made an instant connection. Their friendship endured through good times and bad. It was so hard to say goodbye when Bob left for Halifax but we kept in touch and once he moved back to Victoria I got to spend time with him again. He was truly a great friend whom I could count on for anything. I will miss him dearly but he will always be in my heart.
    Be in peace my friend. OB

  8. Bob I will miss you. But I know you are with us in a way. I’m glad I chose you for a god parent. You were my daughter first word. And that was special. Thank you Bob. Have a good Rest . ??????????????

    • Shaun Dauphinee

      July 2019
      Just now read this obituary.
      Please accept my belated condolences.
      Bob was my neighbour for most of his time in Dartmouth.
      He was a good friend and loyal neighbour. I spent a lot of time chatting and visit with Bob in his garage workshop. He loved his children and always looked forward to returning to BC.
      Best Regards

  9. Terrance Watling

    Bob you were such a dear friend so long ago; I was looking forward to seeing you again but it will have to wait now. Bless your heart you are a one of a kind guy!

  10. I am saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.
    I knew Bob from back in the DREP lab in Esquimalt and a few years hear at the DREA lab in Dartmouth. Bob was kind, helpful, good humored and an excellent worker that took pride in his work producing many one of a kind pieces of electronics equipment that we still use at the lab in Dartmouth today.
    Bob, I pray to see you one day in a better place.
    Richard Religa : )

  11. Bob was a dear friend to me; one of those guys you always could count on. With his Robert Plant hairstyle in the sixties, he had the sound systems to match. He built speaker enclosures with only a skilsaw and a hammer that most people wouldn’t be able to replicate with a full cabinet shop! He was SO MUCH FUN. I was really looking forward to getting together again with “Grieze” when I heard he was back in Victoria (I’ve lived away for 34 years). But that will have to wait now. Rest peacefully old chum.

  12. Sorry for your Anne and Al and Family. I know how much he meant to you. I never said thanks to Bob for letting me spend so much time at your home growing up. Your Parents created a very welcoming home to be in. Your Father was an incredible person and is responsible for creating 2 amazing people. Carol too. Thank you Bob.

  13. Sorry for your Anne and Al and Family. I know how much he meant to you. I never said thanks to Bob for letting me spend so much time at your home growing up. Your Parents created a very welcoming home to be in. Your Father was an incredible person and is responsible for creating 2 amazing people. Carol too. Thank you Bob.

  14. Condolences to the family….So blessed to have worked with Big Bobby Clobber at the Lab and a ‘field trip’ or two….. A true gentleman who will be missed…..Have a good snooze Bob, we’ll see you soon enough……….

  15. Anne and Al: I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I so enjoyed spending time with your dad while he was working at DREA. We often shared coffee breaks and he taught me a great deal about the arctic, electronics and work ethics. He was very proud of the two of you and spoke of you often! Our prayers go out to you at this time.

  16. I was lucky enough to get to know Bob at DREA. He was a wonderful man and friend. Sincere sympathies to his family.

  17. I had the pleasure of working with Bob for 20 years at the Defence Research Establishment Pacific. We spent many a spring and summer season together on High Arctic expeditions to remote Inuit villages, isolated research camps, and Canadian Forces Station Alert, the most northerly permanently inhabited place in the world. We sailed on Coast Guard Icebreakers, naval supply ships, flew many hours jammed in the cargo bay of a Hercules aircraft, travelled by helicopter, Twin Otter, snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle, power boat, zodiac inflatable, or 4-wheel drive truck. You couldn’t ask for a better work and travel companion, as Bob was truly a master of many trades, and you always knew that Bob had your back when Polar Bears were on the prowl. One minute he would be helping you rework some electronic design problem, and the next he would be driving a Skidoo, fueling the camp stove, repairing the diesel generator, drilling a hole in the ice, or just telling jokes and stories to keep our spirits high when we’d spend days, and sometimes weeks, waiting for a ship or homeward bound flight to arrive. Those were special times when Bob really shined as a craftsman and adventurer, and I am very glad to have had the opportunity to spend so many rewarding hours in his company. Thank you, Bob, for being a friend, colleague, and terrific human being. Peace to you and all your family.

  18. Bob was great to work with at DREP and DREA, and had a great sense of humour. My condolences to the family.

  19. Sorry I was not able to make it to the celebration of life today due to work commitments.
    Bob and I both arrived at DREP from Edmonton at about the same time so shared a common bond. Bob was always friendly and did his best to accommodate the green engineer that was always messing in the electronics shop. Bob and I shared many trips to the Arctic which have been eloquently detailed by Steve Taylor. Bob made a significant contribution to the many DR programs he was involved in over the years. Please accept my condolence in your loss.

  20. Diane van Humbeck

    Bob was a wonderful father, grandfather and brother in law. His dedication, intelligence, many talents and family values will be missed by myself and all of his family and friends. I have so many great memories of Bob, and was fortunate enough to hear so many other great stories shared about him at his Celebration of Life today. My heart is heavy at the loss of such a wonderful man, especially for his son Allan, daughter Anne, son in law Derrek, and granddaughters Silver and Scarlet and grandpuppy Steeler. I know how much Bob and his grandchildren adored eachother and how sad it is that he won’t be there to watch them grow and bring him more joy every day. I know Steeler also misses him terribly. Big big hugs and lots of love to all of you. He will be forever in my heart xoxoxoxoxoxo

  21. Alain J. Tremblay

    My condolences to the family. I knew Bob during the short period of time from 2000 to his retirement. He was such a wealth of rel-world information and always willing to assist me when asked. Always the gentleman and super proud of his family. He was very missed at DREA when he retired and I know all who knew him will continue to miss him on his passing. I will never forget him as I am continually reminded of him in my everyday work. Rest in peace Bob knowing that you have made a difference in this life.

  22. Giselle and Jeff

    Time has passed and such is life. Bob was our neighbor here in Dartmouth and we missed him when he left for BC. He used to sit with us at the bottom of our hill at Halloween giving treats to the little ones so that they not hurt themselves as they scampered up and down our hilly driveways. Unfortunately, through our efforts in trying to get in touch with him, we learned of Bob’s passing today. He had a great presence and when he became your friend he was loyal and true to his word, a really wonderful human being! He will be missed and remembered fondly. Our sincere, but very belated, condolences to his family and friends.

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