Robert William Blackaby was born on June 18, 1936, in Williams Lake, B.C. and passed from this life into the presence of his Lord at Vancouver General Hospital on Friday, January 7, 2022, at 10:39 PM. He is predeceased by his parents Gerald Richard Saunders and Jennie Blackaby and brother Alf. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years Margaret; children Shirley (Dean), Robert (Jo Susan), Peter (Rosemarie), and Ruth (Moose); grandchildren Jennifer, Stephanie, Rachel, John, David, Timothy, and Matthew; and brother Henry (Marilynn). Will spent his life honoring God and serving through the local church (Oakridge Baptist, Ruth Morton Memorial Baptist, and Towers Baptist) and through a career as teacher (Hugh Boyd) and counsellor with the Richmond School Board. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 15th at 11:00 AM at Towers Baptist Church (10311 Albion Road, Richmond). Please note that proof of full vaccination and face masks will be mandatory. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation and the Canadian Baptist Theological Seminary and College
I was saddened to read of the passing of Will Blackaby. My husband Lorne Murphy worked alongside Will for many years and held him in great regard. I remember him as a kind, considerate person, a true gentleman. My sympathies to his family for their loss.