January 2, 2021
“There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone the light remains.”
With the love of his life by his side, Robert Flockhart passed away on January 2nd, 2021 at the age of 64.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalind, children Jeff, Joey, Natalie (Phil), and Jillian, grandchildren Sam & Charlie, sister LaVerne (John), brother Ron (Teri), brother-in-law Steve, nieces & nephews Ryan, Kristy (Craig), Carson (Trish), Jill (Brian), Dallas, and so many other family members and friends…and Stevie his cat.
Rob was an amazing husband, Dad, Gramps, and friend. He was the kind of man that friends turned to during hard times. He gave his advice without judgment; his friends and family knew he would be there when they needed him. He was always happy to make people smile by cracking jokes and using his lame one liners. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting him, he left a lasting impression. He had charisma, an unbeatable sense of humor, and was the best storyteller. Even if you had heard a story a million times, you were still on the edge of your seat waiting for the punch line!
Having grown up in Smithers, Rob started his passion for hockey after receiving his first pair of skates at the age of 3. You could find him skating with his brother, Ron, in his backyard rink that their dad made for them every winter. He played for the Kamloops Chiefs in the WHL from 1973-1976 and played for Canada in the World Junior Championships in 1975.
In 1976 Rob started his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. During the summers of the early 80’s, Rob and his brother Ron started Flocky Hockey Hockey School and coached young NHL prospects. The hockey school was so popular that they had waiting lists from around the interior of BC.
To his wife, he brought the spark back into her life, her one true love, and soul mate. They had the best chemistry and shared so many great memories together, whether it was on the dance floor, on the beach, or snuggled at home. They were each others’ happy place.
To his sons, Rob was an avid athlete who never hesitated to involve and coach his sons in hockey and baseball. The boys were so blessed to always be on the road participating in tournaments. He taught them the value of good sportsmanship and being team players.
He always had time for his daughters and grandsons whether it was to help them with house renos or even babysitting. His grandsons truly idolized him and wanted to be just like their Gramps.
To his brother and sister, he loved them unconditionally and there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t hear from them and vice versa. Their families golfed together and took many trips to sunny destinations. Traveling with Rob was always entertaining.
Rob’s bright presence will be forever missed by all those who loved him. God has you now and I’m sure he’s already waiting to challenge you in a game of hockey
Rest in peace Robbie, Love you more.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to ICCHA/WISH: Enhancing Cardiac Care at Royal Inland Hospital.
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