DYER – William R., 82 of Liverpool, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool on December 2, 2016 with his wife and family at his side. Bob, as he was called by those who knew him, was born on July 19, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, to the late William and Phoebe (Wright) Dyer. He is survived by his wife Gail (Lewis) of 58 years, his three sons, Mark (Bernice) of Edmonton, AB; Bruce (Shawn) of Maple Ridge, BC; William Jr. of Edmonton, AB; his daughter Cindy of Halifax, NS; his grandsons Nathan and Timothy; his grand daughters Lisa, Kimberly and Kaitlyn; and his great granddaughter, Hayden. He is also survived by his sister Carol Karagheusian of Maple Ridge, BC. He was predeceased by his brother Albert Dyer.
In 1953, Bob began a lifetime of adventure when he sailed around the world while serving as a radio operator with the Royal Canadian Navy aboard the HMCS Haida. After marrying in Montreal in 1958, Bob and Gail made their first home in Greenwood, NS where he was serving with the RCAF. A year later, they were off to Whitehorse, NWT before Bob began a 30 year career with Environment Canada in Goose Bay, Labrador. His work eventually took him to Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton, where he retired in 1986. Bob never managed to stay in one place very long. Shortly after retiring, he and Gail spent a number of years doing volunteer work in California, Ontario, Mexico, Poland, Germany and Israel. After surviving a serious illness in early 2007, Bob determined there was yet time for one more adventure. He said, “Gail, let’s move back to Nova Scotia!” Several months later, he and Gail moved into his final home across from Fort Point Park in Liverpool. Warmly embraced by their new community, they were eager to give back. In addition to being a proud member of Kiwanis, Bob volunteered his time with the Hospital gift shop, the Queens Manor, the Gideon Bible Society and his local church congregation. He will be missed!
A memorial service for Bob will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Brooklyn Baptist Church, 35 Shore Road in Brooklyn. Reception will follow.
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It was a pleasure getting to know Bob through the Kiwanis Club of Liverpool. He was a warm, witty and intelligent man. I enjoyed his company and feel privileged to have known him. My heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.
My dear Gail and family..I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.. My sincere condolences to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Jean
Barbara and Fred Carr
Dear Gail, Cindy, Bruce, Mark and Billy:
Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. We are going to miss Bob, an awesome man and wonderful friend. He was always sharing his music books with me, and my very favorite one is one that he gave me. Blessing to you all, I know that you will find strength in being together, and in the comfort of the Lord.
David and beatrice
We are so sorry to hear of Bob, s passing we send our love and prayers.god bless beattie and dave.
My condolences to Bob’s family. I had the pleasure of working with him for 5 or so years in Labrador.
Gail, Cindy and boys. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We had just become reacquainted and were looking forward to more of those good old Goose Bay Days. He has been in my thoughts so much the past few weeks, he will now rest in peace.
Peter & Joanie Davies
Dear Gail and family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family, Blessings !!!
Dear Gail & family….
We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing….he will be missed , & our thoughts & prayers are with you….
Pat & George….
Leon & Norma Robertson
We pass on our condolences to Bob’s family. I had the pleasure of knowing Bob in Liverpool Kiwanis Club. He was a true gentleman and a good worker RIP BOB..
Dear Gail and Family:
I always enjoyed Bob and his wonderful sense of humour at Kiwanis. Please accept my sincere condolence and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Try to remember the good times, it really does help.
Dearest Gail, Cindy, Bruce, Mark, Billy and families,
With a sad heart I send you much love and prayers. It was such a pleasure to know such a wonderful heart as Bob. You knew he was special in the very first meeting. I know I don’t need to tell you how much he will be missed. He now rests in the presemce of His Lord. Love to you all. Angela and Jeff Roy.
Randy & Crystal Wamboldt
We are going to miss you Uncle Buck, you have made it to that Church in the Sky. Love and Prayers to your Family.
Jim & Jacqueline Peach
Gail & family so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. May God give you the strength &comfort you need to get through this valley. 🙁
To the family of William Dyer, I am so sorry to be extending my condolences on the loss of your loved one. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days.
With sincerest sympathy
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Gene and Mae Bell
Gail and family. So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. We still have happy thoughts of our time in Goose. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dave and Gail Goulden
Dear Gail and family:
We were so sad to have to say farewell to Bob – we loved him! – he would warm our hearts with his robust laughter and he always had a story or two to share with us – he was one of the first new friends we made five years ago when we moved back to our home town and he was a joyful soul, dealing with his medical issues one day at a time, never complaining – we will miss him ! – we think even down here in Florida that we heard the angels singing joyously when Bob left Liverpool to join his heavenly family – way to go Bob !!! – God bless all of you and may you find comfort in the days ahead – you will be in our hearts and in our prayers.
Dave and Gail Goulden
Milton, NS and The Villages, FL
I very much enjoyed getting to know Bob over the last few years. His quick wit and good sense of humour were never compromised by his health. I will miss our lunches at Kiwanis.
Gail and family:
So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was my supervisor when I first moved to Goose Bay and I have never forgotten his kindness to me and my family. Sincerest sympathy.
Gail and Family, so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you as you navigate through this sad time.
Dear Gail and Family,
So sorry to hear about Bob, he was a very kind and sweet man who always brought a smile to my face. Praying for you and sending love!
Karen, Bob, Hannah and Luke
Dear Gail and Family,
We’re so very sorry for your great loss. Bob was a sweetheart and a joy. He will be missed. May God comfort and keep you in the coming days as you mourn his passing.