Bob passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ after lengthy declining health.  He was a much-loved husband and father, survived by his devoted wife of nearly 62 years, Hilda, his children Greg and Kerri (Ross) Brain.

Born in St. Boniface MB, he grew up in many towns and settled in Victoria as a teenager.  He was proficient at playing and teaching the piano accordion. He was well known in the automotive field and later had a household painting business.  Bob loved younger people and often reminisced of many happy times.

Many thanks to Dr. Yip, VIHA nurses and caregivers and RJH staff for their compassionate care to Bob over the last years.

A Private Graveside Service to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to  Camp Qwanoes, Crofton, BC –  or Central Baptist Church, Victoria, BC –

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Gilda Beech

    Hilda I am so very sorry to hear about Bob…. Believe it or not I still remember being your flower girl!!! What I always remembered about Bob was his sense of humor and him being happy… You picked a good guy there!!! I always remember him playing the accordion….. Kerri and Greg… you were so lucky to have such a terrific father…. Travel in his footsteps both of you!!! WE all have the satisfaction of knowing where he is residing now!!! May the Lord bless each and everyone of you!!!

  • Kerri Brain

    Hi dad, we miss you so much!

  • Al Wiebe

    Was missing the Sunday before service group in Fellowship Hall where Bob, Harry Dosso, Neal Dixon, George Hammond, Norrie Spencer, Byron Heal and I met and had a nice visit before Covid hit. Then the church closed for the pandemic. I saw Bob and Hilda at Esquimalt Lagoon briefly during the pandemic and Bob mentioned that they had seen Dan and Barb Willock at the beach. Little did any of us know that Bob and Dan would leave for better quarters with the Lord in a few weeks time.

  • Debbie Wesley

    Dear Kerri, Ross and family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences in your Dad’s passing. I pray that our Lord comfort each of you as you grieve and that he give you the strength to endure each day. God is our refuge and strength. Psalm 46:1

  • Bruce & Dorothy Reimer

    I’m so thankful that we could share in the memories of Bob through this special service on line. Although we have only known each other over the past 5 years, we cherish the memory of getting to know you through Kerr and of her inviting us to Central Baptist. It will be a glorious time in Heaven as Bob is likely praising God now with his accordion. Special blessings to you, his family.

  • Kerri Brain..... daughter!

    Daddy, I miss you…today is our 28 th anniversary and you are not here!
    We love you and you would have loved the service! Lots of great southern gospel songs by your group….great talks by us and super forty guests of your friends and guidelines allowed us this at least! Thanks for being my dad! Love you and see you soon.

  • Jean Noone

    It was a beautiful celebration service. Great memories shared. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    God bless and comfort you, and your family.

    Jean Noone

  • Kerri Brain

    Dad, wow…three weeks ago….we said our goodbye In a few days. We will see you later in heaven.
    What tough weeks and missing you. Thanks for being my dad!
    We will have friends to celebrate your life Hear on earth and with the Few people we are allowed to have in this very different times. The gospel songs you loved…..Booth Brothers and Triumphant Quartet and a piece. You and mom played on your accordions…..
    Playing the piano for you and just talking about you.
    As you are sitting at the feet of Jesus we are missing you.
    Take care dad!

  • Gareth & Bette Crandall

    Dear Hilda, Greg, Kerri and Ross:
    May God’s loving arms surround you and give you comfort and peace as you mourn the loss of your dear husband and father.
    What a privilege to have known this wonderful man who walked through life trusting in his Lord and Saviour, and to witness his love for Hilda, Greg, Kerri and Ross. We were so blessed to share God’s word together in his Bible Study group, and enjoyed our visits together listening to his life’s stories always told with a smile and a “twinkle in his eye”.
    We were so honoured to call him our friend. We will miss him.

  • David & Elaine Holm

    Dear Hilda, Greg, Kerri, and Ross,
    We are sorry to be so late hearing and responding to news of Bob’s passing to be with his Lord. Bob was always so proud of and loyal to his family, and willing to serve God any way he could. We will miss him. May God comfort you in your loss and bless you.

  • Gordon and Carrol Duke

    John 16:22 – So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.

    We are praying that you feel God’s presence in these days of grieving.What comfort to remember those words as quoted above. Hilda,Greg and Ross you were all amazing in your support of Bob.

  • Kerri Brain (Arnott)

    God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble.   Psalm 46:1

    I am thankful that my mom was married for almost 62 years to my dad!
    Wow….that is incredible and thankful to God!
    The last ten years have been really hard to watch as he struggled.
    She was a devoted wife and supporter of Dad. Thanks mom!
    I loved my dad and miss him. I am glad that he is in Heaven with Jesus and no more pain!
    We will see him again.
    Have a good time with Jesus and rest well dad…and see you later.

    So here’s what I’ve learned through it all:

    Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you. Psalm 55:22

    Missy And Ross

  • Kyle Denny

    Hilda, Greg, Kerri, and Ross,

    We are sorry to hear of Robert’s passing and are thinking of you at this time. We know you have many memories to reflect on and hope that brings you comfort in the days and weeks to come. Take care,

    Kyle, Heather, Nathan & Aidan

  • Catherine Campbell

    Hilda, I’ve just heard about Bob’s death from Marie Hunter. I am sorry to have missed the newspaper notice. He and I had a small association from my home nursing care days, all those years ago. My condolences,Im thinking about you, Catherine

  • Catherine Campbell

    Hilda, ive just hard about Bob’s death from Marie Hunter. I am sorry to have missed the newspaper notice. He and I had a small association from my home nursing care days, all those years ago. My condolences, IM still at the email address you have from our reunion last summer if you want to touch in with me.
    Im thinking about you, Catherine

  • Ken Pleasance

    Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He taught me accordion lessons many years ago (would you believe in the mid 1950’s) and I was friends with him and his family for many years. It was always fun to get together with Bob. He had a great sense of humour. I often wondered if he kept his vintage Volkswagen and the old Desoto Sportsman. I was thinking of that on Saturday while I was delivering papers. Then when I got home and started to read the paper, I saw his obituary. It felt very strange as I had not seen Bob for over 50 years. Sleep peacefully, Bob. I appreciated your friendship very much.

  • Don Karvelis

    Hilda and Family,

    Thanks to Bob Cherneff for sending me a copy of the announcement from the newspaper. This would be a difficult time of adjustment for all of you, but I am glad that Bob’s suffering is over at last. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Barbara Cook

    Dear Hilda, Greg, Kerri and Ross,
    We were so sorry to learn of the death of Bob this morning. We remember with fondness the times our two families enjoyed fellowship at your house playing games and enjoying each other’s company. Bob will certainly be missed. We pray that our Lord will comfort you in your grief and give you the strength to carry on during these trying times.
    With our love and sympathy for your loss,
    John and Barb Cook

  • Doug Wilkinson

    Condolences to Hilda, Greg, Kerri and Ross. I pray that Gods presence will be a comfort and strength to you all at this time.
    While Bob will be missed greatly here for the time being, seeing him and laughing together again gives me something more to look forward to. So glad for the time and chance to know him.

  • Rendle Family

    Dear Hilda, Greg, Kerri, & Ross:

    We are praying for you all during this time. We do not grieve as those who have no hope and we pray that God will comfort you with many good memories. Thank you for sharing your family’s lives with others, especially during the years of our youth. We remember well Bob’s accordion playing and positive attitude with a smile.

    Hugs, Marilyn & Geordon Rendle

  • Byron and Viola Heal

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of Bob’s passing. May your many happy memories
    bring you comfort and may you experience Gods peace in the coming days.
    With our love and prayers for your family.
    Byron and Viola Heal

  • Arnetta Leach

    Dear Hilda, Greg, Kerri and Ross

    My sincere condolences to each of you. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Bob.

  • Peter Holland

    Sorry to hear the news, it seems like it was only yesterday when we all bumped into each other at the beach (August 5, 2019, a lifetime ago).

    Peter H

  • Sandra Molnar

    So sorry for your loss Hilda. I cannot imagine you without your beautiful smile. Praying that you will be surrounded with the love of God and your family as you grieve. May you rejoice with hope and laugh over fond memories.

  • Star

    Oh Hilda, I am so sorry for your loss… I pray the Lord’s loving arms wrap tightly around you and give you comfort.

  • phyllis sadler

    To Hilda, Greg, Ross and Kerri,

    I send you so much love at this difficult time. Bob was such a lovely man, and I have good memories of his easy smile.

  • Dennis Philps

    So Sorry, Hilda and family, to learn of Bob’s passing. How I cherish your friendship and love that began as a young man. May God fill your hearts with the hope and peace of believing. May He prove Himself to be ‘the stability of your times’ and your ‘refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.’ A bright future awaits us all in Jesus!

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