October 3, 1937 – July 24, 2009
Bob Aylesworth beloved husband of Arlene Aylesworth of Calgary passed away on Friday, July 24, 2009 at the age of 71 years, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Bob was a man who wore many hats. He was a devoted family man who cherished and loved his family with all his heart. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to excel in many fields. A graduate of Mount Royal College, he started his career working closely with his grandfather at Anglo American-Purity 99, Gridoil and Ashland, during this time Bob also served as Project Manager for Scenic Acres Ranch and the white building on the hill was a great achievement for him. He later worked alongside his Uncle at Conventures. As a part owner of Sunalta Trailer Park he welcomed many visitors to the city with a wonderful place to camp. He worked to build Tri Media Studios and Valley Ridge. He went on to the printing business and his final career path was fitting, as he started Cochrane Dodge Chrysler in 1985 and after selling it he still worked there – it was home. An enthusiastic volunteer he worked tirelessly to create the Western Heritage Centre and volunteered with the Calgary Stampede. As a dedicated Mason and Shriner he spent many hours on Shrine projects. While a resident of Bearspaw he was devoted to enriching the Cochrane area community. As a board member of the Nickle Family Foundation and Cochrane and District Community Foundation he was able to direct funding to many worthwhile charitable organizations. And he always was available to give his time when needed. An avid lover of cars, his last days were filled with the restoration of his 1949 Ford Woody Wagon. Through the years his car collection numbered in the 20’s. He and Arlene enjoyed traveling and went many places in their time together. They cherished their last two winters, motor-homing in California with Sam and Diane. Bob’s greatest gift was how he endeared himself to everyone he met. Bob’s friends were of utmost importance to him. He proudly would exclaim that he never burned any bridges. He has left a piece of himself with all who shared in his life.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Arlene, sons Ken (Tracy), Dean, daughter Debbie (Michael) and grandchildren Robbie, Jordyn, Andrea and McKena. His love of his siblings Sam (Diane), Tom, Carol (Allan), Sigrid (Glen), Allen (Wendy), Arthur (Debbie) and Frank (Mary Anne) was ever present. He was Uncle Bob to many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews and a cousin to many. He was predeceased by his father Wes, and mother Agnes; brother Allen and; nephew Sam.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the Al Azhar Centre, 5225 – 101 St NW on Thursday, July 30, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, with tributes at 2:00 pm. Everyone’s welcome, Bob’s door is always open. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Bob’s family send a heartfelt thank-you to the Palliative Home Care team and all at the Rosedale Hospice who helped make his final days peaceful. In lieu of flowers and to continue Bob’s philanthropy, please make donations to your favoured charity.
In living memory of Bob Aylesworth, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences