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COLL- Thomas Robert (Bob)

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.

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  1. Cathie and family,

    I’m sorry to hear about your father’s passing. I can appreciate what you’re going through with my dad having passed away in May. In time, I’m sure you’ll draw upon and cherish memories of happy times spent with your dad. For now, know that your many friends and colleagues are thinking of you. Please take care.

    Brian

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  2. Royal Canadian Dragoons - Alberta Chapter :

    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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  3. Major General Clive Addy :

    To all members of Bob’s family,

    Please accept the sincere condolences of all members of the Corps. He served in the great tradition of our Corps and beyond. He was respected by all.

    Worthy!

    Clive Addy
    Major General (retired)
    Colonel Commandant
    The Royal Canadian Armoured Corps
    61 Drummond Street East
    Perth, ON
    K7H 1G3
    (613) 264-8038
    Cell (613) 878-2310

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  4. Carol & John Prest :

    Bill & Family

    Our thoughts are with you and our arms around you, we hope all your wonderful memories will help you during this time of grief.

    John, Carol, Jenna, Mike and Jay

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  5. Connie Nuttall :

    Bill & family,

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your father, it’s always hard to lose a love one, my thoughts are with you.

    Connie Nuttall

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  6. Sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Maj(retd)Robert Coll. On behalf of the Commanding Officer, L Col D.A. Macaulay, and all ranks of Lord Strathcona’s Horse(Royal Canadians)

    Perseverance

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  7. James & Kathryn Day (Prest) :

    Bill & Family,

    We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

    Kathryn & James

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  8. Rick Shouldice :

    Cathie and Family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. I trust that fond memories of your father will give you strength during this time of sorrow.

    Rick

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