Bob’s first introduction to community involvement was through Air Cadets at the age of fourteen. This experience taught him about leadership and commitment. After earning his wings through the Royal Canadian Air Force flying school, Bob supported two air cadet squadrons in Manitoba. This was an opportunity to give back to an organization that had such a positive influence on his life. Upon discharge from Royal Canadian Air Force, he moved back to Newfoundland and immediately became involved with the Air Cadet movement. Bob Joined the 508 Air Cadet squadron as a Civilian Instructor and was quickly promoted through the ranks culminating with his appointment as Commanding Officer in 1967 and 1968. Bob later went on to volunteer with the Air Cadet League where he gave twenty-three years of service.
Bob was also actively involved with many other community organizations. He served on the Board of Directors of the Vera Perlin Society, he was a member of St. John’s Rotary club, and spent many years helping with the Red Cross Door to Door Campaign. The executive of Kiwanis, the K40 Club of Lewisporte, the Lewisporte Library Board, the Lewisporte Chamber of Commerce, Lewisporte Town Council, St. Paul’s Church and the St. Thomas, St. Agustin Boy Scouts also benefited from Bob’s giving spirit.
In 1995 Bob joined the board of the Canadian Corp of Commissionaires, Newfoundland Division. He served as a provincial chair and played an integral role in the re-organization of the national board. He was the first Atlantic representative on the national board and chaired of the national Audit committee. Bob remains an active member of the Board of Governors of Commissionaires Newfoundland and Labrador. And last but certainly not least, Bob is an active member of the Last Post Fund which ensures that no Veteran is denied a dignified funeral, burial and military gravestone.
Bob has dedicated his life to the service of his country and his community. His involvement has had an extraordinary impact on the communities he served and the people he has helped. He is a living testament to the fact that one person can make a difference and for that, Robert Wilton has earned a place Newfoundland and Labrador Volunteer Hall of Fame.