Lt. Col. Robert Matthew
Passed away peacefully at home in Dublin, Ireland, on September 19, 2015. He was predeceased by his brother Jack, sister Patricia Henschel, and first wife Ruth Cleveland. He is survived by his wife Ruth Fitzgerald, children Sean, Neil, Moira, Tim and Malachy, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, sister Marie Gallagher of White Rock, loving nieces and nephews, extended family and friends throughout the world. Three of Bob’s nephews, Lawrence, David and Robert Kootnikoff grew up in White Rock. Born in 1930 in Patterson, New Jersey, Bob was the 3rd child of John and Helen Gallagher. The family returned to Vancouver in 1935. Bob graduated from King Edward High School and UBC with a B.A. He was a career military man, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Army and serving as Canada’s military attache at the UN and in UN peacekeeping missions in the Sinai and Lebanon. After retiring from the army he worked for the UN High Commission for Refugees, often finding himself back in the Mideast, often in danger helping those most in need. He also completed a Master’s degree in history, and enjoyed a comfortable life full of love, delicious food and wine, friends and dog walks in Dublin. Services will be held at 1:30 pm on November 6 at Robinson Memorial Park Services at 621 Robinson St. Coquitlam, BC.