Robert Anthony James Gieselman

January 8, 2024

In Loving Memory

Robert A. J. Gieselman

Robert (Bob) was born to Hurbert and Ceceila Gieselman on March 13,1945 in Kamloops, BC. He was the third son of eight children. Robert grew up in Chilliwack BC, and at 17 he jumped on a train to Kamloops to become a mechanic’s helper. In 1967, he met the love of his life, Michele (Dunn) at the bank where she worked as a teller. He was shy, so it took several visits before he asked her on a date. They were married on September 13, 1969, and welcomed three blue-eyed girls to their family in the 1970s.

If something went wrong, the common saying in our family was “call Dad!”  Dad was someone his wife, three girls or any of his family and friends could rely on for help, guidance, or advice.  Dad was patient, kind, loving, and always wanted the best for his girls.

Dad had many passions over the years, specifically cars and skiing. Before having kids, he was heavily involved in car racing and that passion resulted eventually in becoming a member of the Kamloops Vintage Car Club. He began skiing in the late 60s at Tod Mountain, and when his three daughters were old enough, he taught them to ski and instilled in them his passion for the sport. He also volunteered as a ski patroller for several years at Sun Peaks Resort.  Other passions for Dad included fishing, camping, and cheering for the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and the BC Lions. Our most cherished holiday was our annual family camping trip with our dog, Jojo, at Four Mile Creek on Shuswap Lake.

Robert gained experience in a variety of professions. In his late teens, he learned about automotive mechanics and set chokers as a logger. He was a motor sales rep and owned/operated service stations in Revelstoke and Cache Creek. In 1976, he drove a fuel truck while he completed his real estate course. He sold real estate and was the managing broker of several real estate franchises in Cache Creek and Kamloops for over 40 years. Robert also helped to inspire new realtors by teaching real estate courses for several years and as president of the Kamloops Real Estate Board.

In the late 70s and early 80s, he was elected as school district trustee and alderman of the Village of Cache Creek as well as an auxiliary RCMP member. Some of Robert’s accomplishments included petitioning to increase the highway through Cache Creek as a 4-lane highway as well as removing the last stop sign on the Trans-Canada Highway. He was a founding Director on the Community Futures Board in Ashcroft.

Robert is survived by Michele, their three daughters, Thérèse (Randy) Zulinick, Andrea Gieselman, Tiffany (Kelly) Hawkins and his cherished grandchildren Kate and Aaron. He is also survived by his brothers Lloyd and Richard, numerous sisters-in-law from the Gieselman and Dunn families, brothers-in-law of the Dunn family and nieces and nephews. Robert was predeceased by his parents and his siblings Barry, Don, Carole, Gerry, and Brian.

The service will take place on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Roman Catholic Church in Kamloops, BC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Red Cross, Mustard Seed, or the Salvation Army. A large thank you to the amazing staff on 6 South at Royal Inland Hospital including Tim, Scott, Diane, Theresa, Niko, Adrianne and April.

Dad, thank you for being an amazing father. We will miss you dearly.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

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Comments: 54

  1. Danielle Dunn Morris says:

    Thank you for this
    wonderful tribute …so well deserved

  2. Shelly Amundrud says:

    Not only estellar Dad, but an absolute beautiful example of a great man and a cherished brother-in-law. You had a very full life Bob, never sacrificing your family time but building such fabulous traditions and memories. Your family is testament to the love you held in your heart and nurtured through everyone you knew and touched. I love you my brother and will miss you in this life. Wishing The family that’s left without his guidance and love much peace. 💕

  3. Therese Dorer says:

    Much love beautiful tribute ❤️💖🦅

  4. Jackie Berkey says:

    What a wonderful man! His smile, good humor & laughter will be remembered. Bob was so helpful in anything that needed to be done. What an amazing friend. Going to miss you Bob, thank you for being a part of my life.

  5. Patrick Baker says:

    That’s a beautiful write up. I’m going to miss him so much. 💕

  6. Vickie Taylor says:

    Bob was such an amazing guy. I Grew up with him being a positive role model throughout my later childhood years! Tiff, sisters, and mom, I am sad for you all to have lost such an amazing and smiley guy. May you find peace knowing how much he was loved by all and what an impression he made on so many people. My dad sends his regards too.

  7. Hugh Murdoch says:

    Hello to the Gieselman family. So sorry to hear of your loss. I thought I’d share a couple of thoughts with you, likely they will not be surprising to you, but maybe will give you a smile.
    My first interactions with Bob were the result of me working at what one can only assume was his favourite restaurant, Earls. Through that venue we shared a lot of laughs but Bob also offered a lot of advice and support at a time when it was most welcomed. While that seems like so many years ago it meant that every time we have crossed paths since, which happened frequently because of Bob’s interests in his kid’s, and grandkid’s day to day going ons, Bob’s sense of humour, genuine interest in the lives of others made being in his company a real treat; maybe pecan pie warmed up with the last of his wine.
    I’ll miss you Bob but so glad to have been in your company.
    Sincerely,

    Hugh

  8. Jayne Latta says:

    My sincere condolences to you all. Bob was such a wonderful man, so kind and caring. Every time I saw him, he was smiling. I know that he was greatly admired and respected in the real estate world. The world lost a wonderful man. Sending you all big hugs during this time.

  9. Kurt Gieselman says:

    My sincere condolences, I always had the greatest respect for him. I used to tell people, “Bob is in fact , my Uncle” and I’d laugh and think of his big laugh. One of my fondest memories was when we were all at green lake and Gerry played Alice’s Restaurant on guitar while I did the vocal. I remember Bob laughing so hard , I can still picture it in my mind. Rest in peace and thankyou for your always positive encouragement ❤️👍

  10. Valerie Wharton says:

    Bob…thank you for welcoming us into your beautiful family for all these years. Your smile, charisma and excitement, for whatever you were up to that day, was infectious, and this is how I will always remember you ❤️
    Mickey, Therese, Andrea and Tiffany, may all your joy filled family memories come flowing back, giving you laughter through your tears, washing away the sad days and filling your hearts with much love.
    I can see Bob now, grinning away with you all as the stories unfold, feeling so proud and at peace. 😌

  11. Bill Whitehead says:

    Deepest condolences to the entire family.
    I really enjoyed chatting about bikes and cars among other topics with Bob whenever I saw him.
    His smile was infectious and he will be missed
    Ride in paradise Bob

  12. Kathleen Gordon says:

    My sincere condolences to Mickie and family. From Kay.

  13. John Weiss says:

    As a longtime fellow realtor, I always found Bob to be completely honest and a true gentleman, a rare treasure indeed. He will be missed by many.

  14. Tatiana Sycheva says:

    Feeling a bit heavy-hearted sharing this, but I just learned about Robert Giezelman’s passing. It’s hitting me pretty deep. He wasn’t just a landlord; he was a friend who happened to look after the place.

    I always enjoyed our chats. He was such an honest and good person. I’m grateful I got the chance to introduce him to my family. Knowing he was taking care of things here gave them peace of mind.

    Always reliable, always ready to help out. I admired how strong he was, and it’s sad to see him go.

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family. I can’t help but think of how much he’ll be missed.

  15. Shawna Wark-Johnson says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you in this difficult time.

  16. Sherry Robinson says:

    Dear Michele,
    I am thinking of you and your family at this time. I am sorry to read of Bob’s passing. May you be embraced with love and light at this time.
    Sherry Robinson, a Turtle Hiker friend

  17. Harm & Deb Fransen says:

    Our Condolences to all the family.
    Bob , We will miss your smile, calmness ,knowledge and wonderful personality, at the VCCC meetings.
    You will be missed.

  18. Cogi Smith says:

    Dear Michelle and family,
    We were heartbroken when we heard about Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful guy, so friendly and happy. He was always happy whenever he bumped into me. He will be so missed and never forgotten. Take care and know we are thinking of you as you shed tears while sharing all the happy memories of your husband and beloved father. Our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to all of you and especially you, Michelle. I know your life was rich with love and belonging for each other and know that I am thinking of the huge loss you must be feeling.. Love from Cogi and Don Smith

  19. Mary Christensen says:

    Condolences to all the family. The obituary was every word of whom I knew Bob to be. He was loved by all.
    My prayers are with all the family. Sadly we lost Carole in September 2023. Miss her so much. RIP to both.
    Sadly we will not attend but our warm hugs and love are always with the family.
    Mary and Fleming

  20. Patricia Zerr says:

    Michelle and Family,

    I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Much love and prayers sent to you all ~ may all of the precious memories you made with Bob help you through your grief.

  21. Darren Michels says:

    Therese and family,
    My condolences to you all and sending my love. Your dad was always so friendly and welcoming and would stop and talk every time I saw him,. Being his personal Springridge Drive paperboy will always be a great memory. ❤️
    Darren Michels

  22. Sheila Connor says:

    Michelle
    I am sorry to read this
    My deepest Condolences to you and your family, no words to say other 😢
    Sheila

  23. Stacey and Roger Despot says:

    Our sincere condolences to Mickey, Theresa, Andrea&Tiffany…we were both very saddened when we heard of Bob’s passing…tears for both us, he was foundly remembered by Roger&myself as a happy, sincere, loving knowledgeable man, who always made the time to talk and ask about our family! Bob sold us our home over 20 years ago! I wasn’t an easy customer always asking Bob “can u find something cheaper!” With his patience he kept showing us more..until he found us the perfect home! He was a family man who was so proud of his gorgeous daughters! I did live with Mickey Bob&the girls they made feel at home, such a loving family! ❤ Rest in peace Bob….

  24. Don & Lillian Fehr says:

    Sincere condolences to you Michelle; Therese, Andrea, Tiffany and families. May all your great memories help to ease the pain over time.
    Thinking of you always, and especially in this time of such sorrow.

  25. Grant & Stella says:

    Michelle, our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family.

    Bob was a wonderful gentleman.. his courage , determination and positive attitude during his challenges was an inspiration to all who knew him.

    You and your family will remain in our hearts and prayers through this difficult time❤️🙏

  26. Karen / Ed says:

    Therese and family,

    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Such a beautiful obituary. Dad’s are the best. Hugs from The Repka family.

  27. Laura Kalina says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. My condolences go out to Michele, Therese and his children. Thinking of you during this difficult time

  28. Barbara and Garth Carr says:

    Michele..we are so sorry to read of Bob’s passing…it was always a pleasure to meet him, always ready with a smile and a positive comment…keep your memories close to your heart, they are beyond precious …
    Barbara and Garth Carr

  29. Bill Kershaw says:

    Sorry to hear about Bob, we first met stoic car racing . Then we were gas jockeys, him at first avenue me at Sagebrush. Then in passing for many years.
    Bill and Bernie Kershaw

  30. Peter Olsen says:

    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Bob. I got to know him while working in radio and involved in weekend remote broadcasts at Sun Rivers.
    Bob was always a friendly and helpful presence and knew his business well.

    I also ran into Bob at the various vintage car shows around Kamloops as I knew he had a love of automobiles.
    Bob made a positive influence on this community, but also on the people he met.
    He will be sorely missed.

  31. Shelagh Marks says:

    Geoff and I extend our heartfelt sorrow and condolences to Bob’s family. We are grateful we met him on a walk in Pioneer Park last summer and were able to have a bit of a “catch up”. He was one of the good ones. Happy trails, Bob.

  32. Jill Newbury says:

    Our condolences to all of Bob’s family. He was our realtor when we moved to Kamloops in 2007. Never met a nicer guy, so helpful and always had a background story for the different areas in Kamloops!

  33. Bud Smith says:

    Bob,
    You lived a good life and accomplished much. This place is better for having had you here. I’ll try my best to ensure liver at Scott’s endures. Many a trip down the “Canyon” was made better via your service at Cache Creek. And of course the odd political discussion helped make life more bearable!
    My sincere condolences to your wonderful family.
    Rest in Peace Bob.
    Bud

  34. Therese C says:

    Every sentiment in that heart-warming tribute was absolutely perfect. I will forever remember your gentle kindness, your warmth, and definitely your stories and jokes.
    You were my “Mr. G”, later to become “Papa G” to my son, we loved you very much and will never forget you!

    Therese & Damian

  35. Shannon McQuillan says:

    Therese and family,
    What a beautiful tribute. It sounds like your dad had an absolutely wonderful, rich and love filled life! Sending our love,
    Shannon and James

  36. Roy and Carol Bennett says:

    We are so sorry to here of Bob passing, I attended stoke recovery with him and always enjoyed our conversations. I would love to send a card if i could get your postal code that would be great.

    thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Roy and Carol Bennett

  37. Mary Jordan says:

    Dear Michelle and family.
    I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I know how difficult things have been since his stroke. He was always a fighter and a positive one. I will always remember meeting him outside of London Drugs not long ago. His struggles were evident but there he was with his big smile talking positively about how well he was doing.
    He brought me some joy and hope that day, grateful for.people like.Bob who keep the world passing on smiles.
    Blessings to you all in your joyful remembering. 🙏

  38. Ina & David Gory says:

    Dear Michele and family,

    Bob was always so supportive, especially when I came to town and joined Kinsmen. He was a perfect example of “work hard, play hard” and made sure everyone else always had fun doing it. I also ran into him fixing our car at his service station. Bob also hired our daughter Stacey at the beginning of her career in Kamloops. He helped her to become a confident and productive individual.

    We send you our condolences. He was always a very effective supporter of his community and area, and his loss will be felt far beyond his family. Safe journey in your “pick’em-up truck”.

    Love, Ina ,Dave and family

  39. Steve and Annette says:

    My deepest condolences and wishful thoughts. We have fond memories of Bob in our trips to visit family, especially Don and now Paul, Brenda, and Kim, nieces and nephew.

    God Bless you Bob!

  40. Sari Vandegraaf says:

    My condolences and healing hugs. ❤️🙏 💕

  41. Michael and Brenda Rushby says:

    I was blessed to have met and become friends with Bob . The obit aptly describes his kind and gentle nature.

    I will always remember Bob as a person who deeply loved his wife and girls.

    We are all better people by having gotten to know this wise and “gentle-man”.

    Loving regards, Mike Rushby

  42. Dianne Desbiaux says:

    Dear Michele & family Mes sincères Condoléances 💐. Je t’envoie des pensées positives . Vous avez un ange qui v’a vous guider dans les moments difficiles.

  43. Sandy Jacobsen says:

    Rest easy Bob. Sincerest condolences to all the families.

  44. Susan Kaufmann says:

    Michele, Therese, Andrea, Tiffany, and the lovely grandkids. I am thinking of all of you Bob was a lovely man, and I know he will be deeply missed by all of you.
    The obituary was quite a tribute, and he will certainly be missed by the community.
    My thoughts will be with all of you on Friday. All my love Susan.

  45. Michelle & Lorne Morris says:

    Our deepest condolences go out to you Michele, your daughters and family. May he rest in peace and may perpetual light shine on him. Take care.

  46. Charles and Eileen Lawrence says:

    A true gentleman was Bob. It would be difficult to find a kinder, gentler, caring man than Bob. He will be missed. Condolences to all.

  47. Jackie Berkey says:

    What a wonderful man! Meeting Bob and maintaining a friendship over these many years has always made me smile. He was such a happy, friendly guy. I will remember his smile forever. Share all those happy memories!

  48. Sherry Bezanson says:

    Bob was such a good man, one of the best: kind, caring, engaging. I know we all have to go but this was too soon for Bob. I will miss seeing him and exchanging updates about life. Bob and Michelle were my neighbours for a few years when I lived on Lorne Street and I got to see them regularly. I’m sad that you don’t have Bob there Michelle during this time in your life….. hugs and kindness to the Gieselman family.

  49. Kelvin Gieselman says:

    Though we never met face to face we did chat on the net from time to time Rest in peace Bob

  50. Richard & Shelley Carlin says:

    Bob was a loving husband, father and friend to so many people.

    He was one of a kind. Generous of himself to all he met and became friends with all he met. He was always the first one the scene to help friends and neighbours in need.

    His laughter, smile and giving will always be remembered.

    Our hearts reach out to Michelle, the love of his life and his beautiful daughters and their families.

    Rest in peace old friend

  51. Lisa Mattey-Forbes says:

    I am sincerely so sorry for your loss, a lovely man. XO

  52. Eileen says:

    Lovely tribute girls.

    It won’t be the same attending hot nights. It was always a treat bumping into Bob and Michele at the event. Kim and I were always greeted with the most friendly smiles and loving hearts. We shared precious memories and family updates.

    He will be missed.

  53. Joan (& Ken) Westfall says:

    We have been travelling internationally and didn’t see this sad news until now. We weren’t fortunate to know Bob for a large part of his life (what a lovely remembrance you wrote, he lived a full, meaningful life). However, my husband Ken shared a room in the stroke ward with him during COVID times, and we both fell in love with his gentle, humorous and upbeat manner. When he was allowed to have some plain yogurt for lunch for the first time after not being able to eat for months I asked him what it was like, and he responded “like the best steak ever”! He was a fighter and bounced back from that serious event, joining in the antics of the weekly stroke group. We will remember him fondly.

  54. Joan Rollier (Janyk) says:

    So very sorry to have read about Bob’s passing. He mentored me when I was learning to be a realtor in 1988. Always a true gentleman. My condolences to Michelle and the family.

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