Robert: Bob of Maple Creek, SK Formerly of Kelowna
Robert Theodore Goett “Bob” (RCMP Ret.)
Robert T. Goett passed away on April 9th, 2016 at Maple Creek, Sask. He was born in Trochu, Alberta on March 10, 1932 to Charles and Frieda Goett. He was the fifth of eight kids – six boys and two girls. He played goal in hockey and broke his nose twice – once when he got hit in the face with a puck, and once when a teammate fell on him during the pre-game skate. He was invited to try out for the Medicine Hat Tigers when he was 15, but was nervous about leaving home at such a young age so he didn’t go, perhaps depriving the world of another Terry Sawchuck.
Dad grew up in Olds, Alberta. During the war he watched airplanes from the Commonwealth Air Training Plan taking off and landing, and occasionally crashing at the local flying field. He grew up dreaming of being a pilot. He joined the Air Cadets and learned how to fly. In 1951, he was 18 and it was time to start a career. He was torn between joining the military and becoming a police officer – he chose the RCMP. During his first 5 years of service, he was posted around Saskatchewan and Teslin in the Yukon. One night, while making his rounds in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, he walked into the drugstore and saw the love of his life, Sylvia Shwaykowsky.
When he had five years of service, Bob and Sylvia were married and started a family.
Dad loved the RCMP and during his long career he worked all over Saskatchewan and had a couple of postings in Ottawa where he was a founding member of an r/c flying club called the “Stetson Flyers.” One of the things that dad liked most about living in Ottawa was visiting the many museums and historic attractions found there.
When he retired from the Force in 1979, dad had no idea where he would go next. Everyone told him that Kelowna was the place to be so Bob and Sylvia packed up the pets and two kids who were still at home and headed West.
Dad enjoyed retirement for about 8 months but then went to work doing security for Western Star Trucks. That turned into a business and for the next 16 years, dad ran his own security company, employing several ex RCMP and military men. Sadly, just a couple of months after he retired for good, Sylvia was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months later.
With the love of his life gone, dad bounced back and forth between Saskatchewan and Kelowna, spending time with his kids and grandkids. He bought a cabin at Madge Lake, Saskatchewan and spent a few happy years there. Dad loved fishing and tearing around the lake on one of his scooters.
Dad had a great sense of humour that he inherited from his father. He was very intelligent and a great leader – he earned the respect of everyone he met. He genuinely cared about the people in the communities he served. He was a hands on father and even though he had a demanding career, he always had time for us kids. He taught us how to ride bikes, he built kites for us, he took us fishing, he introduced us to cross country skiing, and he went tobogganing with us when we were in high school. When mom worked evenings, dad cooked for us – he became very good at making hamburgers and potato chips, chili, and Kraft pizza.
Bob was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, and by his beloved wife Sylvia. Bob is survived by his four children Dawn (Duane), Richard (Susan), Bruce (Jennifer), and Terrie, several grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
As per his wishes, he will be cremated and his remains buried next to Sylvia at the RCMP cemetery in Regina at a later date.
We love you dad and we’ll always remember the good times that we had with you. Rest in peace with mom.