Published in The North Shore News, July 24, 2016
With heavy hearts we announce the loss of Donald Paul Roberts on July 7, 2016, at the age of 54.
Don was born December 8th, 1961 in Toronto; the second of three siblings, and moved to Vancouver in 1965. In 1984 he completed a B.A.Sc. in Mining Engineering at UBC. After a year in Honduras, he spent four years in South Africa. There, he gained valuable experience in rock mechanics working underground in the gold mines.
Returning to Vancouver, he joined Golder Associates. Over the next 27 years he became a leader in his field, a respected mentor, and a valued Principal. Don loved living in North Vancouver, travelling the world, building Lego, the Rolling Stones, and the family cabin at Sakinaw Lake. Most of all, he loved being with family and friends.
Don was an amazingly strong fighter, and battled his illness bravely despite the many hurdles that came his way. His strength and courage was an inspiration for all of us. Don leaves his wife Jane, daughters Kirsten and Brenna; parents Joyce and Don; siblings Wendy (Jim) and Chris, and in-laws John, Doreen, and Gillian (Brian), with fond and happy memories.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lakha, Dr. Smiljanic, and the nursing staff in chemotherapy and palliative care, Lionsgate Hospital, for their compassionate support. A Celebration of Life will be held on August 4th, from 2pm to 4pm, at the Seymour Golf and Country Club, 3723 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the BC Cancer Foundation at http://donate.bccancerfoundation.com/goto/DonRoberts.