December 16, 1924 – September 30, 2009
Bob Coll passed away peacefully on September 30, 2009 at the age of 84, after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by Dorothy, his loving wife of fifty-seven years; daughter Cathie (Denny); three sons, Bill, Bob Jr. and David (Linda); grandchildren, Falon, Dylan and Austin; and a sister Margaret. He was predeceased by brother William (killed in action during WWII) and sister Patricia.
Bob was born in Winnipeg. He enlisted in the army in 1942, saw action in Italy and participated in the Allied liberation of Holland. Bob married Dorothy Fernie on October 3, 1952 in Calgary. A career soldier and officer, he also served in Korea (as an observer of the United Nations’ peacekeeping efforts), Germany and Ontario, before settling in Calgary in 1967. As an officer, he trained soldiers at Currie and Harvie Barracks and retired with rank of Major in 1973. Upon “retirement”, he enjoyed a second career with the City of Calgary.
Bob’s hobbies included carpentry, stamp collecting and Canadian WWII history, but he loved his family most of all. He had a wonderful sense of humour and loved to make people laugh. He will be dearly missed.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the staff of Wentworth Manor for the exceptional care he received during his illness.
In living memory of Bob Coll, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences