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BLACK, Robert Graham Q.C.

June 3, 1922-August 23, 2010

Robert Graham Black Q.C., beloved husband of Evelyn, died peacefully at home on Monday, August 23, 2010.

Robert was born in Provost, Alberta on June 3, 1922. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1945 and began a very influential practice of Law which spanned over forty-five years. He and Evelyn were married in 1948 and spent their married life in Calgary. Robert was a devoted father to their three children and a wonderful grandfather to their five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a valued friend, a calm influence, a trusted advisor and a “general practitioner” ever at ease in furnishing advice to persons in all walks of life.

Robert is survived by his wife Evelyn, son Jay (Catherine), daughters Betsy (Doug Hickey), Wilma (Shane Heath) and grandchildren David (Stephanie Shaw), Stéphanie, Evelyn, Emily, Jay and great-grandchild Liam. Robert is also survived by his sister Jean Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at Knox United Church (506 – 4th Street S.W.) on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Red Cross Society, Southern Alberta Region, 2nd Floor, 1305 – 11th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T3C 3P6, Telephone: (403) 541-6100, www.redcross.ca or directly to the The Calgary Foundation
700, 999 – 8 Street S.W., Calgary AB T2R 1J5, Telephone: (403) 802-7700, www.thecalgaryfoundation.org. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Herra Castanares for her loving and compassionate care during the past year.

In living memory of Robert Black, 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) 243-8200.

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  1. Meltem Kurtman :

    Dear Jay,
    I would like to extend my condolences to you and your family. May your father rest in peace.
    Meltem Kurtman
    IST, University of Waterloo

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  2. Chandrika Anjaria from UofW :

    Hi Jay
    Sorry, to hear the news of your father.

    Chandrika

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  3. Ralph and Bea Coombs :

    Dear Evelyn, Jay, Betsy and Wilma, Bea and I grieve with you on the loss Bob. Bob was a man we admired greatly. He was a man of high principles who gave much of himself to both the legal profession and to public service. He was a popular and outstandingly successful Chair of the Board of the Foothills Hospital during its early developing years. He nutured those he worked with and was a most willing and energetic mentor. He believed deeply in his family and displayed nothing but pride in Evelyn, his children and their children. Bob will be sorely missed by all.

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  4. Christopher Moore :

    I met Mr Black while working on the history of McCarthy Tetrault published in 2005. He welcomed me to his home and we recorded a long and most informative conversation about his life in law — now preserved by the firm librarians in Calgary. It was an honour and a pleasure to meet him then, and I extend my sympathies to all his family.

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  5. catherine Evamy :

    Evelyn : My most sincere condolences on the passing of your dear husband Bob. He was a man of stature and a true gentleman in every sense of that word. He contributed greatly to the professional and community and philanthropic life of Calgary and will be missed by many.
    My deep sympathy to your and your family.
    Catherine Evamy

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  6. Lorna Anderson (nee McNeill) :

    My thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow. Bob had a warm heart for everyone and was the kindest man you could ever meet. I feel honored to have known him.

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  7. Dear Evelyn, Jay, Betsy and Wilma

    Very sorry to her about Bob’s passing. I first met him some 50 years ago when I came over to play at your house. Of course I saw him often over the years and had the privlege of working with him as a lawyer for close to 15 years. He had great sense of humour,gave wise counsel and was a class act. I’ll miss him.
    Sorry I can’t be at the funeral as I’m out of town. My sympathies.

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  8. My condolences to Evelyn and her family in their loss

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  9. Doug and Carol Fraser :

    Dear Evelyn,

    We are saddened to know that Robert has passed away. We treasure our visits with you and him through our dear Florica. We send our sympathy to you and your family.

    Affectionately, Doug and Carol Fraser

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  10. Douglas MacDonald :

    Dear Evelyn and family

    Bob was a good Scout. We always appreciated his common sense advice and his support both for the local Scout Council and the Scout Foundation. In the years I worked with him, I learned that when Bob spoke, it was always important and thoughtful advice. We will miss him.

    Doug MacDonald,
    Council Executive Director
    Scouts Canada – Chinook Council

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  11. Gerry & Anna Maier :

    Dear Evelyn and all members of the Black Family,

    I wish to express my condolences and sadness on Bob’s passing. Although we had not been in close contact in recent years, the strong friendship we developed many years ago, which grew out of our business relationship, was indelible. Bob had the unique ability to combine outstanding professional ability with a warm, genuine personal touch. He was not only a great lawyer and friend, but also a great Canadian.

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  12. Mrs Marilynn Brown(Leslie) :

    Mr. Black was a long time friend of the Leslie family.
    ….And every moment has a gentle end, but no moment is forgotten. May you find comfort in the many memories over a generous lifetime with Bob.

    Marilynn Brown (Leslie)

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  13. Marilyn (McMeekin) Pow :

    Auntie Grace (Marcolin) let us know of your Dad’s passing. Although we have lost touch over the years, he was a good friend to my Mum and Dad. I hope you have many wonderful memories. Condolences to all of you.

    Marilyn

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  14. Ingrid Bergmann :

    Dear Evelyn & Family

    My sincere sympathy to you all. When I saw Bob’s picture in the paper it brought back so many good memories about the days we met at Aunt Else’s and the lively conversations and good food we shared.

    Thinking of you in your sorrow,

    Ingrid Bergmann
    Innisfail

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  15. Ray and Lynn Brinson :

    Dear Evelyn and family

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Robert and your family were dear friends of the Gordon Hall family. We have great memories of our visits to your home.

    Ray and Lynn Brinson (nee Lynn Hall)

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  16. Alma Jane Plotke :

    I’ve only now learnt of my Uncle Bob’s passing and I cannot be more saddened.

    Uncle Bob and Auntie Evie, Uncle John and Auntie Margie and my Mum and Dad, Laura and Cleve.

    I miss them all, terribly. Evie, I’ll come up and visit before long.

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