Celebrating Joan Anderson

It is with extreme sadness that we learned the news of long-time Huntly Wynd resident and neighbour Joan Anderson’s passing on March 7th 2018. Joan was admitted to Richmond General Hospital earlier in the week and was expected to be back home in reasonably short order. The following obituary notice was published in the March 9th edition of the Vancouver Sun newspaper. Details regarding Joan’s service are still pending and will be shared with the community as soon as they come available.

“Joan Anderson, January 5, 1927 – March 7, 2018. Grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and beloved friend, Joan passed away at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her parents John and Agnes Stratton, husband Dr. Joseph Anderson and brother Jack. Born and raised in Vancouver, Joan is survived by son Bruce, his wife Amanda, two precious grandsons, Owen and Alex, sister Lois and her husband Bruce, brother Bruce and his wife Pat and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Nana lived an active life that revolved around her love of bridge, the opera, the symphony, the Garden Club and the Gateway Theatre – but most of all, Joan loved spending summers at her cottage at Crescent Beach surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held in early April. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.”

Joan with her good friend Helen in December 2017
Joan (on the left) with her good friend Helen in December 2017

Upon receiving the news of her passing, Lesley (Unit 73) shared: “Joan was a lovely lady and fought hard for a long time to stay in her own home.  She will be missed.”

Bob (Unit 77): “She was a generous and kind woman and we would chat and laugh about our golf experiences from the past. I loved seeing her do her regular walks with her care provider assisting when required. She will be missed.”

Harma (Unit 35): “We are very sad to hear of Joan’s passing and join her family and friends in mourning her loss. Joan was one of the early residents of Huntly Wynd with her late husband. She was very active in her motherly role of the Social Committee which contributed a great deal to our community.”

Joan, it is clear you will be sorely missed by your Huntly Wynd neighbours, and by those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know you on a personal level. May God grant peace everlasting for you in your final rest.

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75

Bob Robertson – In Memoriam

We are saddened to learn of the transition of former Huntly Wynd resident Bob Robertson who, along with his wife Linda Cullen brightened the spirit and atmosphere of Huntly Wynd during their short residence here. Always good for a laugh, he quickly became HW’s “funny man” and paired up with Linda, they were always the life of many gatherings and events in the Huntly Wynd clubhouse. I fondly remember Christmas caroling up and down the streets of our complex one very chilly December eve with none other than Bob in the lead. What a hoot that was…an evening I will long remember!

Bob was elected to Council beginning 2009 and became our Strata Council Presidentthe the following year. It was Bob with his deeply engrained sense of community spirit that initiated the HW Community Updater which remains one of his legacies to this day.

I am providing this link for those who wish to send condolences to Linda. Bob, you will be sorely missed by your many fans, your former Huntly Wynd neighbours, and by those of us who were fortunate enough to get to know you on a personal level. May God grant Linda comfort at this time of profound loss. And may He grant peace everlasting for Bob in his final rest.

Enclosed is an article which appeared in Victoria’s Time Colonist newspaper on March 22nd 2017:

Bob Robertson and wife Linda Cullen formed the comedy team behind the CBC radio hit series Double Exposure. In 1994, the show was named the best weekly network program on CBC Radio and Stereo.

Photo of Bob Robertson with wife Linda Cullen being recognized by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame for their program Double Exposure.

Bob Robertson, who with wife Linda Cullen formed the comedy team behind the CBC radio hit series Double Exposure, has died at age 71.

Cullen told CBC News that Robertson died Sunday in Nanaimo.

Robertson and Cullen had been called the funniest married couple in Canada after spending decades in the entertainment business together.

They met at a Vancouver radio station where they both worked, and together they created the popular CBC Radio series Double Exposure, which satirized contemporary Canadian politics. It ran from 1987 to 1997, when the pair moved the show to television on CTV and the Comedy Network.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Double Exposure was nominated for several awards, winning the ACTRA radio award for best comedy in 1990.

In 1994, the show was named the best weekly network program on CBC Radio and Stereo. Their later TV show earned six Gemini nominations and it was given a star on Vancouver’s Entertainment Row in 2004.

Double Exposure was known for the stars’ impressions of the politicians of the day, including memorable sketches about Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark, Preston Manning, Barbara McDougall, Bill Vander Zalm and others, as well as international figures such as Margaret Thatcher.

CBC Television comedian Rick Mercer and other Canadian entertainers tweeted their condolences on Monday.

“A funny man is gone. RIP Bob Robertson — nobody could nail an impersonation like Bob. Condolences to Linda,” Mercer wrote.

© Copyright Times Colonist

Contributed by: Rob – Unit 75