(1941 – 2019)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Bob on April 5, 2019, at the Foothills Country Hospice at the age of 78 after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.
Bob will forever be remembered by his partner in life Louise Gale and her family (whom he called his own) daughters Tanice Belding and Jodie Berrington; grandchildren Carlee Belding, Blake Belding and Allie Kulba and great-grandson Benett. He is also survived by his sister Helen (Henry) Kroker, brother-in-law Bob Weller, numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and many, many friends. Bob was predeceased by his sister Yvonne Weller in 2003.
Bob was born at New Brigden January 9, 1941, to John Edgar (Ed) Wilson and Lea Blanche Lemire. He lived on the family farm until June 1968 when he moved to Calgary (with then wife Joyce) to manage Rudiger Ranch, a purebred Charolais operation, until 1970. In the fall of 1971, he began a career with Transcon Livestock Corp., a purebred cattle sales management company, that was to last for approximately 40 years. Bob travelled many thousands of miles doing a job he greatly enjoyed. During this time he made many life-long friends all across Canada and a very deep and special bond with Rodney James, Bob and Heather James and Jay Good. He also worked for a short time at the Calgary Stockyards, for two years with his cousin Harvey Bourassa, order buying cattle, and as an insurance adjuster for Agriculture Financial Services Corp.
In 1991, Bob moved to Okotoks to live with Louise. Her family also lived in Okotoks and this new found family gave him a different purpose that he enjoyed very much. The greatest joy and light of Bob’s life was granddaughter Allie who came into his life as a baby. He did all the things with her that he missed by not having a family of his own. Bob was a mentor and friend to so many of us. When it came to dignity and integrity and how to set an example of how to treat others, Bob Wilson was a giant of a man.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Bob April 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Foothills Centennial Center, Okotoks.
To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Bob, please visit www.choicememorial.com.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services.