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BEYAERT, Robert Owen

February 14, 1940 – January 5, 2012

Following a major cardiac arrest on January 3, 2012, Bob, a Calgary resident, passed away peacefully on the CICU at Foothills Medical Centre, surrounded by his loving and caring family.

Bob was born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois, graduated from university with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He changed directions in the 90s to embark upon a very successful financial planning career. For many years he was the teacher of Successful Retirement Strategy courses sponsored by the Calgary School Board.

He was the cherished husband of Karen (Powell) and is survived by his older brother Bruce; sons, Dan (Kristina) and Greg; stepson Cameron Bird; and grandchildren, Willow and Erik Beyaert and Lexus Bird. Bob delighted in, above all, his grandchildren, his two dogs, playing bridge, watching basketball (all other lifeforms were out of his consciousness during March Madness), fishing, hiking, gardening, and listening to the blues. He will be remembered for his quirky sense of humour, his unwillingness to bend his principles and beliefs, and the immense store of knowledge amassed within the walls of his brain.

A Celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Knox United Church (506 – 4th Street S.W.) on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca.

In living memory of Bob Beyaert, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Rob & Jenny Wright & Family :

    Dear Dan & Family,
    Thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May the memories be with you forever.

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  2. Vicky and Gary Lawrence :

    We believe Bob was an example of what he promoted in his financial planning-“to Enjoy your Golden Years.”
    On inquiry about his Dad, Dan often told us of his latest trip, often taken on very short notice, to take advantage of good prices!
    We liked and respected Bob and really enjoyed his witty remarks. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have known him and we were glad to have chosen him for our financial advisor.
    We extend our condolences to Karen, Dan and all his family.

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  3. Wanda Vockeroth and Barry Watson :

    To Dan, Christina and family,
    Barry and I would like to offer our sincere condolences for Bob’s passing. He was a great man with a wonderful soul. With his sense of humour, he brought a ray of sunshine into the Clinic every time he came in, and always had a good word to say to everyone. We appreciated his knowledge about financial matters, his wide range of knowledge about life in general, and always, his great sense of humour. We will miss him greatly.

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  4. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. I will miss Bob’s emails and discussions about our shared interests – gardening and bridge. I will always remember him for his great sense of humor.

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  5. Val & Nola Putzi :

    Dear Dan, Kristina & family,
    Val & I would like to extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of your cherished father & grandfather. Bob was a remarkable man & a true gentleman. It was an honor & priviledge to have known him.

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  6. Bruce & Denice Anderson :

    Karen and Family

    We are sadden by your loss. Our thoughts and love are with you. Take care of each other.

    Denice and Bruce Anderson

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  7. Frank & Dian Smith :

    Karen and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this stressful time.
    Sincere sympathy

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  8. Patricia Johnson :

    Karen, Lexus and family,
    Will be there for you in this time. We will see you at Knox on Saturday.
    Love Trish

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  9. CJ and Avery Towle :

    Karen, Lexus, and family:
    We are so sorry for the sudden loss of Bob; he was one of the good ones. Our prayers are with you.

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  10. Grant & Helga Richards :

    Karen and Family
    May your faith, family and friends be a comfort to you in your time of sorrow.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  11. Dan and family,
    On behalf of my mom, Edna, and myself, we wish to express our sincere condolences for your loss. We greatly enjoyed Bob’s visits and his zest for life! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of sorrow.

    Edna Roy and Robert Roy

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  12. Carole Bumford :

    Condolences to you Karen and family. I would love to be there for the celebration of Bob’s life but my thoughts will be with you on Saturday. This is the same day 6 years ago that we had the funeral for Dave.

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  13. Gloria & David Ward :

    Karen, Lexus and family we send our sincere condolence in your loss of Bob. Our hearts are with you in your time of this sudden loss, we are a phone call away if there is anything you need.
    All our love Gloria and Dave

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  14. Erika and Barry Spring :

    Karen, Dan & family, Cameron and Lexus,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We loved Bob and will miss him.

    All our Love,

    Barry, Erika and family.

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  15. Grant & Helga Richards :

    Karen and Family
    May your faith, family and friends be your support through these sorrowful times.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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  16. Karen and family,
    A sincere warm embrace to each of you as you live your loss.

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  17. Please accept my condolences in this time of grieving Karen, Lexus, Cameron and Bob’s family. His license plate said it all. He was ‘The Bob’ and I will miss his stories and sense of humour.

    Dan Carefoot

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  18. I enjoyed playing bridge against Bob. He was a gentleman and was always cheerful at the bridge table. He will be missed by many bridge players.

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  19. On behalf of Unit 390 American Contract Bridge League, I would like to express our condolences to the family on Bob’s sudden passing. He will be missed at the bridge table as he was always such a gentleman and so very friendly. With our sincere sympathy.
    Doris Fishman
    ACBL Unit 390

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  20. Gord and Sue McLure :

    For Bob’s family

    We shall miss Bob at the bridge table — his wit and skill and warm friendship. He made the game a pleasure.

    Condolences to all of you who loved him.

    Susan and Gord McLure

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  21. Dr. Kendra Schick :

    Everyone at Evolution Dental are saddened to hear about Bob’s passing. We’ve enjoyed getting to know Bob over the years and will sincerely miss his warm demeanour and sense of humour. Our deepest condolences to his family.

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