In Loving Memory of
beloved husband of Carole
brother to Bill, Anne, & Linda
March 27, 2020
Davidson Memorial Health Centre
Cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Bob’s life,
so well lived, will take place at
“The Patch” at a later date.
Donations in Bob’s memory can be made to Nature Manitoba, #401 63 Albert St.,
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G4.
Robert (Bob) Waldon
Nov. 21, 1932 – March 27, 2020
Writer, naturalist and adventurer Bob Waldon died peacefully in Cartwright, Manitoba after a short illness.
The beloved husband of Carole Chester, Bob was born in Killarney, MB to Hoppy and Neill Waldon. Here Bob acquired an early love for the nature and beauty of SW Manitoba. Water and Killarney Lake quickly inspired him to pursue a life of canoeing, rafting, sailing, boating and, in the winter, X-country skiing.
After university and time spent working and travelling in Europe, Bob began his writing career in newspapers – first the Killarney Guide then the St. James Leader in Winnipeg. In the early 60’s he established the St. James-Assiniboia News (later to become Metro One) and the P.R. firm of Howes Waldon Associates.
During the 60’s to 80’s Bob was an active member of the Manitoba Naturalists’ Society and the Canadian Nature Federation. He was president of both these organizations at times during this period.
As canoeists and skiers Bob and Carole spent many interesting times exploring the wilderness rivers east of Lake Winnipeg and skiing the Rae and Spruce Woods trails, often with fellow naturalists. Bob was instrumental in introducing many people to these activities.
In the mid 1980’s Bob sold his partnership in Howes Waldon and spent 5 years as an interpretive naturalist at Riding Mountain National Park – a job he truly loved. During this period Bob had more time for writing. He was the author of 5 best selling books on feeding winter birds for various parts of Canada and the US.
His writing took him and Carole to British Columbia and in time to Alert Bay off Vancouver Island. Here the sea life, the “big” water and the First Nations’ Culture opened new and very different doors for them both.
After 18 years in Alert Bay the lure of Bob’s “Patch” on the Pembina River brought the Waldons back to Manitoba permanently. Here, near Bob’s roots, they settled in Cartwright.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Hoppy and Neill and his sister-in-law, Charlotte Laviolette.
He is survived by Carole, his brother Bill, sisters Anne and Linda (Don Macdonald) and brothers-in-law Ashley Chester (Janet Austen) and Sid Laviolette. He also leaves beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews who learned a lot from Uncle Bob.
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