Bob Ross was an avid cyclist and loved to ride the pathways from his home on Bow Crescent.
An active member of the EVCC during the 90s and early 2000s, Bob participated in numerous supported mutli-day cycle tours in Alberta, BC and California. When the EVCC produced a printed newsletter, Bob volunteered to address 850 envelopes and help collate, fold and stuff the newsletters while hosting the Cadence parties at his condo with his late wife, Diana. These generous contributions spanned about 15 years, ending when his home was flooded in 2013. By then EVCC had decided to go with an online Cadence only.
When Bob moved from a condo into his new home on Bow Crescent, he had the space and offered EVCC a free repository for the club’s Golden Triangle gear, saving the club about $2000 per year in storage fees.
Bob’s door was always open and his house was a popular stop on some of the club’s NW urban tours. His freshly roasted coffee was legendary.
Pre-covid, when the pathways were clear of snow and ice, Bob, Henning Johansen and Don Whiting would meet at Eau Clair on their bikes, cycle back to Bob’s house in Bowness, hop in Bob’s SUV still attired in spandex and dine at the Market Mall food court at the same table every Wednesday. Old friends would drop by and it became a weekly reunion where we celebrated Bob’s birthdays.
I’ll miss Bob and will remember his hospitality, warmth and generosity to myself and the members of the EVCC.