Oscar Bot

Oscar Bot passed away at the age of 44 on June 28th, 2016 near the city of Castlegar, British Columbia. Oscar was born to Marsha Maartje (nee Keijzer) and Marten Bot on October 2nd, 1971. He spent his childhood in Calgary and then Leslieville, Alberta before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia with his parents and younger brother, Philip. Oscar was a man of many talents and worked at a number of different professions before he settled on a career as a Chemical Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Oscar worked as a Process Engineer for Teck Resources in Trail, but his varied work experiences included professional chef and irrigation specialist. Oscar’s passions were reading, martial arts, hiking, and skiing. He spent much time practicing Tai Chi in the local park, hiking local trails with his beloved dog Kota, and skiing at the Nancy Green Recreation area and the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club. He also had a passion for music, and his taste in music was as diverse as his interests. Oscar took the path less travelled in all things. He was guided by his love of nature and the outdoors, and an indomitable sense of curiosity, adventure, and a desire to explore. Oscar was known for his love of cooking for family and friends, his determination to accomplish what he set out to do, and his unwavering loyalty to those he loved. Oscar is survived by his wife Rhonda Shears, his step-sons Tristan and Evan, parents Marsha (Ron) Bergen and Marten Bot, sister-in-law Tracy Bot, mother-in-law Linda Hawkeye, father-in-law Richard (Evelyn) Dean, brothers-in-law Devin (Tracey) and Ryan (Shannon) as well as his uncles, aunts, and cousins in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands, as well as his nephews and nieces. Oscar was predeceased by his brother, Philip Bot. A Celebration of Life service for Oscar will be held at Kinnaird Park Community Church; 1250 26th Street, Castlegar at 2:00 pm, on Saturday, July 23rd, with Pastor Rob Scott officiating. The family wishes to extended sincere thanks to the Castlegar RCMP as well as members of the Search and Rescue teams from Castlegar, Rossland & District, Grand Forks, and South Columbia (Fruitvale) for answering the call to search for Oscar, as well as the many friends and family who came to visit, and loved ones from afar who called to share their care and concern during this difficult period. Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Castlegar Nordic Ski Club, Box 3213, Castlegar, British Columbia, V1N 3H5. Castlegar Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.