Robert Lockie Yellowlees

Robert Lockie Yellowlees, son of Mary Gene and Wing Commander Louis Alexander Yellowlees, was born in Toronto, Ontario. His family’s military life took them to France, Germany, then back to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1962 where he found his first summer job at 16 years old working on the railroad. The next moves were to Camp Borden, Ontario followed by Victoria in 1964. Robert received his teaching degree at UVIC but it took less than a week in the classroom to realize it was not the right career for him. At that point he decided to start a commercial painting and contracting business, specializing in the renovation and restoration of heritage properties in Victoria. During the course of his extensive career, Robert received awards from The Hallmark Society and his properties were highlighted in local publications. Definitely a character, he was often seen about town with his Macaw, Goldie, perched on his shoulder. The activities he loved included hosting dinner parties, outrageous Halloween events, old British sports cars, trips to Maui, sparkling wine, celebrating his Scottish heritage, and single malt scotch. Robert will always be remembered as a relentless tease and practical joker. He did not suffer fools gladly, preferred laughter over sentiment, and always valued character over pedigree.

Robert passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2022. He is survived by sisters Ginny and Heather (Robin), three sons Alex, Ryan, and Curtis, niece Leandra (Micah), and loving wife Ronnie who never left his side through a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s, as well as her son Daniel, an African grey parrot Arlo, and four cats which constantly kept him company. The family was blessed to have very loving and capable Philippine caregivers who made it possible for Robert to stay at home. While he was not a religious person, if there is a heaven, no doubt Robert is up there renovating it.

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