Bob was one of three sons of the McLean family of Vancouver, where he went to school and studied music. He joined the Army in 1940 and went overseas with the Canadian Scottish regiment of Victoria B.C., serving in France and Holland until being wounded on April 6, 1945.

In 1970 he moved to Vernon with his mother to be closer to an older brother who was living in Okanagan Landing. In the late 1980’s, his mother and brother passed away, leaving Bob as the sole survivor of the family estate.

Bob was a bachelor and wanted to make sure he left his estate for a worthwhile purpose. He learned of the community foundation, (then called the Vernon and District Foundation) and was impressed with their ability to manage donations in perpetuity and with their flexibility in having him name the organizations who should receive the income on an annual basis.
As a result of Bob’s foresight and generosity, his favourite charities have received over $280,000 since he died in 1992 and the original contribution of over $500,000 is still there and growing.

- Robert McLean