Robert Cline

    Robert “Bob” Leslie Cline, age 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

  He was born in Bellingham on Oct. 17, 1928, to Robert and Lillian Cline and grew up in Whatcom County. In the early days, Bob logged and farmed with his dad and cousins. He was married Sept. 3, 1949, to Molly Ann Whiteley, and they had two sons, Bob and Randy.

  He is survived by his two sons and their spouses, Bob (Vickie) and Randy (Diane), along with six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

  He graduated from Ferndale High School where he played football and basketball and ran track. Bob attended Western Washington State College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education along with participating in football, basketball and track. For 35 years he worked as a math teacher in Ferndale and also coached sports. Bob was active in developing the Ferndale Little League basketball and baseball programs with his close friend Bernie Laverty. He officiated both men’s and women’s basketball for middle school, high school and college.

  Bob loved to travel and had an adventuresome spirit. In the early 1960s he packed up his family and moved to Germany for two years where he taught math and science at the Schweinfurt Army Base, while traveling around Europe in their free time. He was a reefnet fisherman for 40 years on Lummi Island working with his two sons, brother Dick Cline and his son Jon. Bob also worked for Archipelago Marine Research Ltd. checking in the catch on the commercial fishing boats both for U.S. and Canada.

  Bob was a longtime member of the Ferndale Lions Club. He also volunteered at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden for many years with his friend Clair Hibbs. He enjoyed hunting pheasants and sport fishing, especially fishing at Sekiu, with his son Bob and Rick Anderson. After he retired, Robert continued a close bond with fellow teachers and always looked forward to seeing them at a monthly breakfast. He shared a friendship with many close friends who met regularly for lunch at Bob’s Burgers & Brew in Lynden. Bob always enjoyed hosting the Fourth of July gatherings at his condo in Bellingham with his family and many friends.

  Services for Bob have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and will happen at a later date.

  In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial in Bob’s name at the United Church of Ferndale and the Boys & Girls Club of Ferndale.

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