Robert G. Connell beloved husband of Mary of Calgary, passed away on April 9, 2009 at the age of 81 years after a twenty-six month battle with complications following open-heart surgery at the Foothills Hospital.
Born in Saskatoon, Bob was a member of the Regina Police Service for over 35 years, achieving the rank of Deputy Chief before retiring in 1984. Nicknamed ‘Rocky’ by those he worked with, he distinguished himself by being credited with never taking even one day of sick leave during his entire career. Bob was a dedicated policeman earning numerous commendations and a medal for bravery while in the line of duty. A true athlete and sportsman during his lifetime, he starred as a running back with the Saskatoon Hilltops before coming to Regina to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but with a young family, chose police work over football. Always an avid sportsman, he excelled in many sports including track, basketball, football, baseball, curling and, especially in retirement, golf. Some of his happiest retirement years were at the Sunnydale Golf Club in the Comox Valley, before moving on to Kamloops, where he made many new and dear friends. Bob was respected and loved by all who knew him. His sense of humour and kindness will be greatly missed.
Bob leaves to mourn his loving wife of 61 years, Mary and three devoted sons; Lance (Darlene) of Regina, Darrell (Karen) of Warman, and Danen (Kathy) of Cochrane. He is also survived by six treasured grandchildren; Rob (Debbie), Danielle (Jason), Christopher (Chrissie), David (Traci), Kevin (Mandy), Chantelle; 6 great-grandchildren, Anthony, Nelson, Chloe, Hayden, Ava; and one step-great-granddaughter, Desiree. Bob was predeceased by his father Fred Connell, his mother Sadie and his sister Colleen. He was also sadly predeceased by his two precious dogs, Smokey I and Smokey II.
A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 P.M. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, Calgary, or the Calgary Humane Society. Grateful appreciation to Dr. Dottridge, RN Leslie Reed of the Cardiovascular Clinic, Home Care and Palliative Care nurses and compassionate staff at Agape Hospice in Calgary. Special thanks to the many wonderful residents of Country Estates on the Cove for their kindness and assistance over these past many months.Print This Obituary & Condolences