Robert passed away after a long and courageous battle with Cancer on January 27, 2019 in Victoria, BC.  He was born on June 14, 1946 in Dawson City, Yukon.

Robert is survived and deeply missed by Heather, his wife of 45 years; his son, Ryan; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer and his grandson, Ryder Allan. Robert made an enormous and immediate impact on all of those he met and will be missed by many other relatives, co-workers and friends.

For over twenty years, Robert was personally involved with administering the democratic process in British Columbia, having held senior management positions with Elections British Columbia since 1978.  He took early retirement from the position of Chief Electoral Officer of the Province of British Columbia in June 2002 and continued his work in the electoral world as an independent consultant.  Robert worked all around the world for various organizations such as the United Nations, Foreign Affairs Canada, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Carter Centre and many others.  Robert dedicated his professional life to improving and upholding the idea of democracy and believed that every person and every vote counted.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Victoria, BC at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  For those unable to attend the service, it will be streamed live online at

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Melvin Brotzel
    February 8, 2019

    Heather,this is very sad news. Our hearts hurt for you,Ryan and family.
    Sounds like Bob was a special man,had an amazing career and will be sorely missed.
    We loved our years in Victoria,fond memories of your family. I can still picture Ryan and our kids having so much fun together and our chats over tea.
    We will be in Montreal when the service is scheduled or we would be there. (Krista and family live there)
    Thinking of you,sending big hugs.

    Truann and Mel

  • McCall Gardens
    February 8, 2019

    Sending condolences to the Patterson Family from Vancouver Yukoners. Your loss is deeply felt. We all have fond memories of the many Yukon relatives who have kept up friendships and close feelings Yukoners have to this day. Blanche Barrett

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