The Town of Rosetown lost a good man over the weekend.
Bob White was a very important person in the community when it came to volunteering, with one of his most notable accomplishments being running a very successful program in the "Youth Drop-In Centre" in town.
In a previous story about his work with the younger generation, West Central Online asked White just why he volunteered. He shared how there have been young people who have come back and shared the kind of difference made in their lives thanks to people like White, and that feeling alone is something that allows him to live life knowing he did something good.
The 2021 recipients of the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal were announced back in March, as the medal, established in 1995, recognizes extraordinary work by volunteers across the province. White was named as part of that list, but in a sad turn of events, Bob will not be receiving the award himself after he passed away over the weekend at his home.
Instead now, White's family has been invited to still accept the award on his behalf. They should be excited to honour him in this way, as Rosetown's Mayor Trevor Hay complimented his volunteer work to the highest degree.
"You would call him a legendary volunteer. He was so proactive in the community, he has been such a big part of the museum. The youth group that was built, he was a founding member that started all of that downtown," said Hay, who commended his work for giving kids something to do, "He was definitely essential for the success of helping kids out and giving them something to do on Friday evenings. Just a guy who was well liked all around town and will be missed for sure."
Hay had not heard of White's pending award, but he has seen firsthand through the years exactly why he would earn such an honour. Always active around town White had just joined a local committee once again, proving his loyalty to the people as a member of the public.
The awards are set to awarded at the end of the month. Since the Volunteer Medal’s creation, it has been awarded to 240 people.