Robert Andrist passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, SK on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the age of 74 years.
Bob was raised on a farm in the valley south of Estevan where now sits the Boundary Lake Reservoir. His childhood home was the former North West Mounted Police (NWMP) Post building. When his family was uprooted from the valley and moved into a new home located west of the lake, the NWMP building was rescued, restored as a historical museum, and permanently sits by the Estevan Art Gallery.
When Bob was a young boy he became severely ill, and from this, missed many school days. As a young man he worked for McAllister Oilfield Company. In 1965 he married Cheryl nee Mitchell and raised two girls, Carren and Britta. After ten years of marriage he went to work with his dad on the farm. After his father’s death in 1985, Bob and his family purchased and moved to the farm.
Bob was an avid reader. He was a huge fan of the Blue Jays baseball team. Updates on current news and weather events were a part of his regular routine. Everyone wanted Bob as a partner when playing Trivial Pursuit because he knew most of the answers. When he was sixteen years of age he successfully acquired his pilot’s license. He loved music of all kinds, especially that of jazz artists. When younger he played the trumpet.
Many memorable times were had fishing, swimming, water skiing, boating and camping - all with his family and friends. When younger he liked to hunt upland birds: ducks, pheasants and chickens. Later in life, he set aside his guns and shot photographs of birds and other wildlife.
Bob served his community as a councilor of the Rural Municipality of Estevan for six years. Bob had many friends and still kept in touch with some of his school buddies. He was kind, generous, very humorous and cheerful. Anyone who knew Bob had great respect for his honesty and integrity. He will be missed by many.
Bob’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of his loving family. Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cheryl (nee Mitchell) and their daughters, Carren (Gerry) Kerr and Britta (Siegfried) Andrist.
Also left to cherish fond memories of Grandpa are his beloved grandchildren, Winston (Mica) Hunt, Graham Hunt, Brad (Jordan) Kerr, Todd Kerr, Brandon (Kristen) Kerr, Cameron and Aaron Turner and Nathan (Melissa) Hunt. Bob’s great grandchildren, Kyra, Marshell, Logan, Damon, Nevin, Hailey, Jude and Parker will greatly miss him. Bob is also survived by his brother Dennis Andrist; sisters, Virginia (Alton) Finstad and Shalene Hargreaves; brothers-in-law, George and Willie Mitchell; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Blake and Sophia Andrist (nee Shelstad); brother Larry Andrist; brothers-in-law Robert Hargreaves and Sidney Mitchell; mother-in-law and father in-law Wilhelm and Jean Mitchell; nephew David Mitchell and grandson Ryan Hunt.
A private family graveside service was held at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.