Robin BRIDGMAN

BRIDGMAN, ROBIN

Robin passed away at home on November 15th, 2007. He was born in Eldoret, Kenya in 1943 and had an idyllic childhood growing up on a coffee farm. In 1961 he went to England to finish his education and to join the British Parachute Regiment. After completing his short service commission he moved to Richmond BC where he became a commercial pilot.

He was hired by Pacific Western Airlines in the fall of 1967 and continued to fly , through various takeovers, until retirement in April 2003. The best years were the “Herc” years when he flew freight all over the world.

Robin was enthusiastic in all things, hiking, mountaineering, paddling rivers, sailing “Nandi”, playing in Atlin and taking advantage of airline passes to take his family and friends on adventures all over the world.

His greatest gift was that he loved people and he let them know it.

In 1994 he came to the Comox Valley to fulfill a dream of farming – and so began “life with tractor!”

He loved working on the land, keeping paths open in the forest, drainage ditches flowing freely and keeping the grass cut. He rented out the fields to a real farmer!

He is survived by his best friends; wife Carolyn, son Toby and daughter Jennie. Also his brother Martyn of Richmond and his family and cousins in Cape Town.

Robin’s wish was that instead of flowers donations may be made to either the Salvation Army or The Red Cross.

Please join us for a Celebration of his Life which will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday November 24th, 2007 at The Native Sons Hall on Cliffe Avenue in Courtenay. Bridgman@telus.net