In Remembrance: Bob Nelson
Dr. Bob Nelson, a founding member of two FMCBC’s clubs, died on November 1st following a 20-month struggle with cancer.
Bob was an avid hiker, explorer and mountaineer who helped to found the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club in 1974, and soon afterwards compiled a list of trails that would form the basis of a trail guide put out in the club's name.
Bob also helped to establish the notoriously steep, yet beautiful Erg Mountain Trail which he and a group of his students named after a unit of energy. Bob taught physics at the College of New Caledonia for 30 years, and he also started the Prince George Astronomical Society, built two observatories and studied the skies with his backyard telescope as well as a remote telescope in Arizona.
After retirement, his love of travel took Bob and his wife Lois to many countries throughout five continents. He particularly loved Maui, and enjoyed hundreds of scuba dives over the years. He leaves his wife, Lois of 55 years; his children David (Jodi), Dennis (Sonja), Jennifer and four grandsons: Justin, Jared, Oscar and Sullivan.
Mike Nash (Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Club) remembers Bob Nelson.