Robert Allen Wright

Robert (Bob) was working for Sherritt Gordon Mines in Sherridon, Manitoba when Canada entered the second world war. Leaving behind his young wife and 3 week old infant, he travelled to Winnipeg where he enlisted in the Fort Garry Horse Regiment on July 30, 1942.

Bob served as a tank driver for Fort Garry Horse and was deployed with them to England, Germany, France, Belgium and Holland. Bob was awarded the France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp and War Medal 1939–1945.

Bob’s unit was stationed at Doetinchem, Holland when Germany surrendered. They were tasked with helping to rebuild the town while waiting to return home. Among the projects were a park which was named Canada Park and a community club which residents named Clubhuis Fort Garry Horse.

Bob returned to Canada aboard the RMS Mauretania on January 5, 1946. He was discharged February 15, 1946, at which time he returned to Sherridon with his wife and family.

Bob continued to work in the mine until 1949 when his health began to fail. He was diagnosed with silicosis (miner’s lung). Unable to return to the mine with lungs severely damaged, he and the family moved to Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan. Bob was employed at the local hardware store until his health failed. He and his wife decided to move to Chilliwack, British Columbia with the hope the milder temperatures would be beneficial. Unfortunately, he passed away 5 months later on November 20, 1964 at 50 years of age. He is buried in the Veterans section of Chilliwack Cemetery.

Bob was a quiet man who enjoyed cards, music, played the fiddle at barn dances and loved to fish. He did not get to meet his grandkids but I know he would be proud of them. He is missed.

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