Memorial Service Held for Highly Decorated Retired Mountie - Recipient of the Cross of Valour
Wednesday December 8, 2004
Vancouver, BC: A memorial service will be held to honour the life of retired Cpl. Robert (Bob) Gordon Teather (Ret'd), C.V. Reg. #26112.
Cpl. Teather passed away at the age of 57, on Monday November 15, 2004 at Surrey Memorial Hospital of natural causes after a courageous battle with diabetes.
Cpl. Teather was born in Hamilton, Ontario where he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in September 1967. Upon graduation he began and ended his service in British Columbia RCMP "E" Division.
During Cpl. Teather's 30 year career with the RCMP he worked in Uniform Patrol and as a Hostage Taker-Barricaded Person Negotiator. He was also a RCMP Diver and Diving Instructor who lectured to police officers, firefighters, doctors and others throughout Canada and the U.S.A., on diving techniques, underwater crime scene photography, ice diving procedures and many other topics that are diving related. Cpl Teather was also the driving force behind getting a dive team up and operational within "E" Division. It was as a result of his persistence and dedication that the "E" Division Dive Team (known today as the Underwater Recovery Team) was formally recognized on April 1, 1977.
Cpl. Teather was also a published author, who's works included On Patrol with the Royal Canadian Mounted, Mountie Makers, the Scarlet Tunic and Encylopedia of Underwater Investigations, which is now part of the course training standards for police divers.
Cpl. Teather was a highly decorated member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and his honours including the Long Service Medal, Canada 125 Medal, Queen's Golden Jubilee, and the Commissioner's Commendation for Bravery. Unique to Cpl. Teather is that he was the only member of the RCMP to be awarded the Cross of Valour. The Cross of Valour is awarded for acts of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme peril. Only 19 people have received this decoration since it was created in 1972. Cpl. Teather was Canada's 13th receipient.
His decorated act of bravery occurred when he was an RCMP diver with the Surrey Detachment. Corporal Bob Teather was called out at four o'clock on September 26, 1981, to rescue two fishermen whose boat had been run down by a freighter and lay upside down two miles off the B.C. coast.
The two fishermen were trapped in the engine room of the capsized boat, where there was still a small pocket of air above water level. Cpl. Teather found the men in the darkness and in the oily water. One man could not swim. He panicked and struggled, and by the time Cpl. Teather got him to the surface, both men were half drowned. Nevertheless, Cpl. Teather went straight back to rescue the other man.
Cpl. (Ret'd) Robert (Bob)Teather was an outstanding, brave and accomplished member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and our heart felt sympathy goes out to his wife Susan and extended family over their loss.
There will be a Memorial Service for Bob on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the South Delta Baptist Church. The church is located at 1988 56th Street, Delta, B.C.
* Photos of Cpl.(Ret'd)Robert Teather are available below as Images 1-3. Image of the Cross of Valour is available as Image 4.
Sgt. Doug Gambicourt
NCO i/c RCMP “E” Division - Underwater Recovery Team
Phone: (604) 519-3923
Webmaster "E", Division
5255 Heather St.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K6