We are sad to report that Bob Plank, one of jsb.org’s dedicated volunteers, has died. As you can read in an obituary in today’s Times Colonist, Bob passed away on February 7, 2011, at Victoria Hospice, after a battle with cancer.
A contractor by profession, and a lover of classic machinery – he proudly restored a ’65 Thunderbird – Bob always brought a passionate yet practical point of view to all debates about the fate of the Johnson Street Bridge. Bob gathered more than 200 signatures on the petition to force a referendum on the bridge’s replacement. Fiercely independent, and armed with a mischievous sense of humour, Bob also made his own “Vote NO” signs leading up to the referendum campaign – and posted them inside the Conference Centre during a pro-replacement event, arguing that the building was a public facility and should permit opposing views. We will always remember his great spirit in keeping up the fight to save Victoria’s landmark bridge.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Esquimalt Legion (622 Admirals Road) on Saturday, February 26, from 3 pm to 7 pm. If you have your own memories of Bob, please feel free to add them here.