Obituary – Roger Gookstetter


Roger ‘All World’ Gookstetter

Our beloved Roger, longtime resident of Point Robert, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend passed away suddenly on May 18, 2023. 

Roger was a chef, softball player and passionate volunteer.

As a chef, he took pride in bringing joy to people through food. Known for his endless portions and the ‘Gut Bomb omelet,’ he never wanted to see anyone leave hungry. Throughout his career, he worked in all aspects of the food industry and found his niche in Camp Catering beginning in 1991; first with his business Pacific Catering based in Ketchikan, Alaska, and then working along the North Slope of Alaska and Wyoming. He specifically treasured his time work at the Cedars Lodge in Ketchikan in which he married his passion for cooking and fishing. In total he spent time over 27 years in Alaska.

As a softball player, “All World” tore up the diamond, traveling across America in Bussy, with the WE Ruth Reality teams, winning numerous World and many National Championships with his softball family.

As a passionate resident of Point Roberts for over 25 years, he loved his community and was so proud of his wife Moira and son Riley, proudly watching his many sporting activities, especially football. His passion in Point Roberts was supported through his work with the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the senior’s community.

He was thoughtful, kind and generous.  You rarely saw him without a smile on his face and a kind word to say. His busy energy was contagious. We will never forget his gift for the gab, wisecracking sense of humour (‘hey riffraff’), and his passion for catching, not fishing.

Roger leaves his heart and memories with his wife Moira and son Riley (Payton), his father Darrell, his sisters, Julie (Mike) and Debby (Van), brothers Randy and Rick and the many loving nieces and nephews and extended families.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at the Point Roberts Community Center at 11 a.m.

Please help to carry forward Roger’s passions for food and his community. Donations may be made in his memory to the Point Roberts Food Bank.