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Nov 28, 2011 at 04:38 PM

Bob was a treasured member of the CanPalNet working group. We remember him lovingly and miss him deeply.

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November 25, 2011 

ROSEN, Robert (Bob) Louis

June 26th, 1947-November 22nd 2011

Celebration of Life:
We will celebrate Bob's life on Saturday, January 21st 2012 at 7:30pm at the Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash St., Vancouver.

Bob Rosen 

It is with deep sorrow that we share the loss of our husband, father, brother, and friend. Bob passed away peacefully at home, leaving his loving wife Eva Sharell, beloved son Michael Gabriel Rosen (Tracey), brother Stanley (Rita), nephew Daniel (Jess and Evan), Janine and Brianna.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Bob came to Canada as a war resister in 1968. For over 30 years, he was a community school coordinator and teacher in Surrey. He served as president of the Surrey Teachers' Association and was active provincially in the BC Teachers Federation.

Throughout his life Bob brought his passion, eloquence and keen mind to the struggle for social justice -ocally and globally. He was a dedicated organizer and lent his time and wisdom to many community organizations. Most recently, Bob sat on the board of Co-Development Canada and the steering committee of Independent Jewish Voices.

Along with his activism, Bob will be remembered as a musician and accomplished singer. After retirement Bob brought together a band, the Gram Partisans, with whom he recently recorded a full-length album. He was an active member of the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir and sang at numerous picket lines, benefits and rallies. His time with the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop community was incredibly joyful and meaningful.

Many will recall with fondness BCTF AGMs and countless other gatherings where Bob pulled out his guitar and led us all in songs of struggle, songs of love, and songs of peace.

Bob lived life passionately and well, appreciating travel, good food and wine. He deeply valued his community of friends both young and old. His warmth, open heart, generosity and big personality will be greatly missed. He will be remembered with love by David, Ruthie, Anna, Benjamin, and other family and close friends.

Donations in honour of Bob's memory can be made to Co-Development Canada (www.codev.org) or Independent Jewish Voices (www.independentjewishvoices.ca).

Bob Rosen 

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