August 16, 1936 – October 24, 2014
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our loved one, Bobby (Robert) Walter Labinsky, who died peacefully at the age of 78. He was predeceased by his parents Leo (1991) and Phyllis Labinsky (1977), his loving partner of over 50 years, Lee (2012), his sister Cleo (2001) and brother-in-law Bob Shrum (2011). He will be sadly missed by brothers Gordon (Verna), Wayne (Winnie) and Reg (Sharon) and their respective families, children Mona-Lee Dennetiere-Labinsky (in France) with grandchildren Orane & Eva; Anneke Labinsky (Eddie De Beule) (in the Netherlands) with grandchildren Leanne & Robin; Albert Labinsky (Catrien Stevens) (in the Netherlands) with grandchildren Bo & Flow, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, one aunt, and countless friends and neighbours in Canada and the United States. Bobby spent his 40-50 career years as a Longshoreman in New Westminster, BC and at Robert’s Bank Shipping Terminal where his dedication and hard work earned him the respect of many colleagues. He was an avid golfer who travelled extensively and visited many countries – some as far away as New Zealand — enjoying his ‘game’; he was also a long-time member of the Peace Arch Golf Club. Bobby resided in Surrey, New Westminster, Burnaby, and White Rock, BC, and also basked in the sun during winders in San Diego, CA and in Sun City West, Arizona for years as a ‘snowbird’. Bobby grew up on a small 14 acre farm in Surrey, BC after WWII where he helped his parents with a vegetable and berry garden as the eldest boy in a family of 5 children. He attended 2 high schools in New Westminster and graduated in 1956. After a brief time working at Woodward’s Department Store, he entered the long-shoring sector. Bobby enjoyed a good time, was very social, and loved to entertain. He will be remembered fondly by those close to him. As per Bobby’s wishes his remains will be cremated a there will be no memorial service.