Bob Shantz

Robert David (Bob) Shantz, 73, of Maple Ridge, BC died peacefully with his family at his side August 8, 2015 at Vancouver General Hospital.

Bob was born June 14, 1942 in Wainright, Alberta to George and Mary Shantz. Bob attended Campion College Jesuit School and later the University of Saskatchewan where he earned his law degree. Bob practiced Law for over 44 years. Bob was a member of the BC Bar & Trial Lawyer Association of BC. He practiced law in Maple Ridge for the last 44 years where he made a lasting impact in the community while serving as a Founding Member of the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, Past President of the Meadow Ridge Hospice Society, Past Vice President of the Maple Ridge Community Foundation and Past President of the Meadow Ridge Rotary Club.
Bob was a tireless community volunteer giving countless hours of his time and knowledge for which he was recognized in his community. Citizen of the Year in 2014 and a five time recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow Award from his Meadow Ridge Rotary Club.

In his younger years Bob enjoyed playing hockey, motor biking and boating. More recently Bob loved reading, collecting stamps, gardening and traveling.

Bob is survived by his wife Irena (married in 1991) and their son Rob. Bob is also survived by his three sons, two daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren from his first marriage: Brad and Alys with children Lauren, Ethan and Kendall, Brent with Tyler and Ronan, Jon & Stephanie with Nolan and Galia.
In lieu of flowers please donate in Bob’s name to the charities he loves, Rotary International, Maple Ridge Community Foundation, Ridge Meadows Hospice Society, Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation.
Service will be held at Maple Ridge Baptist Church, Monday August 17th at 11:00 am with reception to follow.

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  1. Irena

    I’m truly sorry to hear about your loss! Bob’s presence will be truly missed in our community.

  2. To the Shantz family,

    My heart feels for your loss. No words can describe and express the huge loss to the community with your passing.

    Husband, father, grandfather, Rotarian, community leader, inspirational icon, motivator, hockey coach, friend.

    Bob, you were an amazing man who had done lots of amazing things in your lifetime.

    See you on the other side. Until we meet again.

  3. To the Shantz family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    He was a rare human being Honest and trustworthy and so proud of his family and will always be remembered not only for what he did but even more so for how he made you feel.

  4. Jacqueline Gunther

    Rest in peace, wise and compassionate man. It was a privilege to know you.

  5. Terry and Cynthia Martens

    To the Schantz family
    We were so sorry to hear about your loss ,our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  6. Not just a wonderful lawyer,leader and visionary,but also a wise,honest and true in peace.

  7. I was a partner with Bob in Norquist Shantz and Davies for many years and always had a very high regard for Bob both as a lawyer, a field in which he excelled, and as a partner and friend. I will not be able to attend the memorial-service but would like to express my sincerest and deepest sympathy to Bob’s family and close friends who will, I am sure, miss him terribly. It was a privilege to know him.

  8. From an old neighbour please accept my sincere condolences in your loss. He was a good neighbour and a good support to my late husband, Don Harris.

  9. Maxine Gail Belanger

    I am a distant cousin of Bob Shantz while he lived in the small village of Chauvin and he was raised in contact with my two brothers, Ronald and Roger Folkins. I remember him as a very mischievous young boy and my brothers were mixed up in the trouble too. After he left the village to go away to college my brothers and I were sent away to school as well and lost contact. However various bits of news drifted back home and now this sad passing is part of that news. Condolences from the distant family.

  10. Christine Thorson

    To the Shantz family,
    You have lost a very good man. My husband, John Macleod and I had a small law firm in Port Coquitlam and it wasn’t long before we met both Jim Norquist and Bob Shantz. Bob was a first class man who was prepared to do what others would not, like defend Olson, upholding one of the first principles taught law students, that everyone, no matter how evil or notorious, is entitled to not only a defence but good counsel. Bob also never hesitated when I sought his help to speak with my husband about retiring from law. It would have been a heartbreaking meeting for them both I know but to Bob’s credit he handled himself admirably and resolved an extremely difficult situation without ever losing John as a friend. I asked Bob to speak at John’s funeral because I admired him so much for doing the tough work when life can be so crushingly unfair.

    Peace be with you at this time,

    Christine Thorson

  11. Dorothy Pelletier

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I worked in the Courthouse in New Westminster when Bob was a Crown Counsel. He was always pleasant and easy to get along with. My condolences to his wife and family.

    Dorothy Pelletier

  12. To the Shantz family,

    I am so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was such a kind man. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Sharee Falcon (past employee at Shantz & Associates)

  13. I went to law school with Bob in Saskatoon and upon graduation went to Mexico with him and our good friend Grant Watson. That experience created a special bond among the 3 amigos that will live with me forever.
    He was a great guy and your loss is also great.
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  14. Kathy and Don Buchan

    Don and I were extremely saddened to be told of Bob’s passing. Don and Bob were first acquainted a number of years before Don and I started dating, which was in 1979. Don used Bob as his lawyer for a number of different instances thru out the years, mainly for the drawing up of the strata plan and conveyancing for Holly Lane in Pitt Meadows , and all that goes along with that. It was quite a time! We had many evenings of discussion over drinks that went well into the night. Don and I were also the first people he told that you were expecting a child. I will always remember him coming to our home in Langley and sitting on the back deck, telling us the news. What a gift for Bob and yourself!
    As time sometimes does, people drift apart and do not see or talk with each other for years. I believe the last time we saw you both was at the Fort Pub, in Fort Langley. You had stopped in to have dinner and we were there with friends. We had said that we would try and get together soon. Unfortunately that did not happen.
    Don and I have since moved to the Vernon area on the Okanogan Lake. We built our house here, five years ago, and I moved here last July 31.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy. Condolences to his children.
    We will always think of Bob as an admirable and honest friend, we could always depend on him in times of need.
    Best Regards,
    Don and Kathy Buchan

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