Our father, known to so many as Dr. Bob, went home to Glory on January 8, in Lubango, Angola, Africa at the age of 87. He had increasing loss of control of his muscles over several years, but was aware to the end. In his last days, the family members in Angola (including 4 children and 5 grandchildren) took turns sitting by his bed.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Belva Foster, who is in poor health, their 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, his sister, Rhoda Lane, 4 hospitals in rural Africa, countless churches, many missionaries called into service by God through his counsel, and many, many others who knew him as a preacher or as a doctor.
The funeral will be in Lubango this week.
Dad was born in what is now Zambia, grew up in Canada and, after medical school, served as a missionary in Zambia and Angola and as a mission leader based in the US and in England.
God gave him amazing energyat 83 he spent six weeks camping in the Angolan bush to help build a clinic!
God gave him amazing courage and initiativehe and Mom went in their mid-40's to an Angola at war to learn a new language and start a new outreach, when they could have stayed where they were fruitful and secure.
God made him an amazing Dadan example, a challenge, a comfort, a great teller of stories and giver of gifts and hugs.
Many will want to share words of memory and appreciation and will not be able to get to the funeral.
Memorial gifts can be sent to:
- Angola Medical Outreach (AMO)
- 18 Wynford Drive, Suite 710 , Toronto, ON, M3C 3S2, Canada
We are deeply grateful to God for Dad's life. Pray for us and with us as we praise his Lord.