Robery Roy Brock Swailes Scholarship


During the Second World War, Robert and Nancy Anthony Swailes became the proud and happy parents of a son they named Robert Roy Brock. Robert is a name that has a long history as a Christian name in the Swailes family. Roy is a maternal uncle and was Godfather to Brock. The name Brock came from Brockville, Ontario, the town where his father was stationed at the time.

Brock spent his lifetime in Maple Bay, B.C. His childhood years were enhanced by the love and encouragement of his four grandparents, who lived nearby. At age ten he was diagnosed with an aneurism for which he was put on a prescription.

As he entered his teens he began to show signs of what he might become as an adult. One of his chums, the son of an Anglican minister, became a very close friend and Brock moved from the United Church to the Anglican Church and they had fun square dancing on Saurday nights. Brock also enjoyed golf and sailing. He had his own boat and spent a lot of time sailing, and swimming. He won two cups for his sailing.

Brock showed his enterprise by starting and maintaining a Victoria Times paper route and built a number of friendships by becomng a member of DeMolay. He was named “Member of the Year” posthumously.

It is hoped that the recipient of the award in his name will live up to the beliefs, the work ethic, the social skills and the enterprise for which Brock showed so much promise. Brock died of a haemorrhage of the aneurism at the age of 16 years, partway through Grade 9 at Cowichan High School in Duncan. Interested in applying?