Bob Plumb has been through a lot in his 90 years.
What he went through in the past year is more than most people could endure.
On July 31, 2019, was the victim of the unprovoked attack while waiting for the drop-off of a newspaper bundle. It was a routine he performed every day, delivering a daily publication to the various Comox Valley businesses.
He was approached by a man on a bicycle who asked him for a cigarette. Bob told the man that he did not have any cigarettes before the man assaulted him with a machete.
Despite being unable to see out of his left eye and cuts on his hand and face, he drove himself to the Comox Valley RCMP detachment to report the attack.
He spent four and a half months in hospital, recovering from the attack, which resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye, and the loss of use of his right hand.
“It was a little hard to swallow. The loss of my eye and part of my hand was the hardest. I’ve lost the use of my right hand because the tendons were cut when I was hanging onto the sharp blade. Two fingers don’t bend and my thumb doesn’t bend – and I’m right-handed.”
Bob still lives on his own, with children and grandchildren from throughout Vancouver Island popping in to visit on a regular basis. He credits his family as motivation for his recovery.
“I wasn’t done spending time with them. And I’m still not.”
Bob Plumb is the 2020 Courage and Bravery Local Hero.