June 4, 1927 – June 1, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Bannerman. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Bob was born in 1927 in Calgary, and lived there all his life except for the four years he spent at the University of Alberta earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree. Bob and his dad, Jack Bannerman, owned Bannerman Insurance Ltd for many years. After his father’s retirement, Bob ran the business, enjoying the company of every person he met. Bob was highly respected in the insurance industry. He was President of both the provincial and national Insurance Brokers Associations, and was named Insurance Man of the Year for Canada in 1969.
Bob was also a long-time community volunteer for many organizations locally and internationally. He was head usher for the Calgary Stampeders Booster Club for many years and volunteered in Dominica and Poland for Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO). He was a Trustee for Scarboro United Church for 50 years. Especially close to his heart was his work at Connaught Community School, where he volunteered every Tuesday morning to help children learn English as a Second Language. The kids loved “Mr. Bob,” and sent a mountain of hand-drawn cards and letters when he was in the hospital last year.
Most of all, Bob loved his family. He was happily married to Norma for 58 years, involved in all of his children’s lives, and delighted in his five grandchildren.
Cherishing many happy memories of his wonderful sense of humour and times spent together, are his wife Norma, his children Ginny Bannerman (Don Radford), John Bannerman (Nadine), Rob Bannerman (Lisa), his granddaughters, Elyse and Katie Bannerman, and grandsons, Ryan, Bradley and Jordan Bannerman.
At the family’s request, no flowers please. Donations may be made directly in Bob’s name to support Connaught Community School. Cheques payable to “Education Matters” may be sent to 4th Floor, 1221 – 8th St. S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0L4, or online to www.educationmatters.ca, and designated to “Connaught School in Memory of Bob Bannerman.”
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Scarboro United Church (134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.) on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Bob Bannerman, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences