August 8th, 1944 – January 21, 2014
Terrence (Terry) William Roberts, 69, of Sidney, B.C. passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 after a long battle with lymphoma. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.
Terry was born August 8th, 1944 in Vancouver, B.C., to Alfred and Eleanor Roberts, and after spending part of his childhood in Whitehorse, settled in Dawson Creek in 1952. There, he met and married Bonnie Marsha Aspden, who remained the love of his life for over 50 years. In 1967, his considerable mechanical talents led him to launch Northern Diesel Services, where he would spend the rest of his career, always ready with a welcoming smile, hot cup of coffee, and fishing stories told over a game of cribbage. An active member of the community, Terry served many years as a volunteer firefighter and avid supporter of minor and junior hockey.
After raising a family, Terry and Bonnie retired to Sidney, B.C., where he followed his passion for boating and fishing. Over the years, he enjoyed countless hours with family and friends aboard the Tawny Port, passing his love of the ocean on to his children and grandchildren. When not at sea, Terry loved to travel, developing a particular affinity for the history, culture and people of Thailand. Through vivid and entertaining writings, he brought his readers along on the adventure, sharing the wonder of the world as he saw it.
A great husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor, Terry embraced life, relished his family, and created a lasting impression wherever he went. His quick wit, infectious smile, and boundless optimism will be remembered by many and dearly missed.
Terry is lovingly remembered by his wife Bonnie, brother Thomas (Judy), sons Todd, Troy (Laurie) and Chad
(Angela), and grandchildren Brooklyn, Rachael, Jacqueline, Nicholas, Kayla, Samuel, Matthew, and Joseph.
A celebration of Terry’s life will be held at a future time and location to be determined. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be sent to the Terry W. Roberts Memorial Fund, c/o Northern Diesel Services, Ltd, 9801 17th Street, Dawson Creek, B.C., V1G 4B4 . Proceeds support educational grants for graduates of Dawson Creek Secondary School pursuing mechanical or agricultural studies.