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ELLIS – Robert (Bob) Sampson

June 22, 1921 – January 20, 2010

Bob Ellis, of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at the age of 88 years.

Bob was born and raised in Coronation, AB. He served overseas in WWII with the Royal Canadian Engineers as a Sapper. After Distinguished service in WWII Bob returned to Coronation to marry the love of his life Phyllis. Bob started his career with Canada Post as Postmaster retiring in 1981. In 1965 their family moved to Hanna, AB, where Bob was promoted to Zone Postmaster, over seeing 27 different Post Offices. During his career he also served as Secretary Treasurer of the Canadian Postmasters Association. He was always proud but humbled by serving as a Justice of the Peace, Town Counsel, and Chamber of Commerce, looking at these as great service to his community. Bob and Phyllis were very active in the communities and churches where they lived. Bob was a proud life time member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Heritage Club. In 1967 Bob was awarded the Canadian Centennial Medal from the Queen for significant contribution to his fellow citizens, community and to his country! He had a love of music and singing always active in his church choir and local music clubs. In 1987 they moved to Calgary to enjoy retirement, where he worked as director of the Calgary Food Bank.

Bob is survived by his children, two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Maryann Ellis of Sacramento, CA and Tom and Joan Ellis; daughter Margaret Deegan; six grandchildren Terry Ellis (Nicole), Paula Nielson (Bob), Cody Ellis, John Ellis, Caitlin Ellis and Joanne Ellis; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Luke, Jaycee, Logan and Bobby-Jo.

Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife Phyllis of 63 years in 2008; two brothers Jim and Bruce and his sister Bess.

Funeral Services will be held at St. David’s United Church (3303 Capitol Hill Crescent N.W.) on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Kao and the staff of unit 81 at the Foothills Medical Centre. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059,

In living memory of Robert Ellis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Tom and family. Very sorry to hear about your dad. Our Bob(dad)always spoke fondly of his friendship with with both of your parents. He was one of my first clients when I started my Fireplace company and was truly one of the nicest people I have met. Thinking about you and all of your family.
    Mike and Audrey Bellis, Chris and Jan Bellis and family.

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  2. Eva Richardson :

    Fondest memories of Bob and Phyllis run deep. Blessings to you.

    Eva Richardson
    Hanna Alberta

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  3. Ron and Kathy Burton :

    As a kid growing up in Coronation I remember Mr. Ellis very well. He was a good and decent man. Our thoughts are with you.

    Ron and Kathy Burton

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  4. Matt McCaffrey :

    Deepest sympathy to the Ellis family. Although I did not know Bob and Phyllis well, whenever I did meet them, I was always impressed at how well Bob presented himself both in dress and manner – he was a true gentleman! My mother, Marie McCaffrey, was a childhood friend of Phyllis, and maintained a strong relationship with both Bob and Phyllis until her illness took hold.

    Best wishes from all of the McCaffreys.

    Matt McCaffrey
    Calgary, Alberta

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  5. Tom (and family),

    Please accept our condolences from your extended family here at Hendrix Restaurant Equipment on the passing of your father.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time of great sorrow.

    Dave Sidor and all from Hendrix
    Edmonton, Alberta

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  6. My most sincere condolences to the family.

    I met Bob & Phyllis at the coffee group at Market Mall about 10 years ago and subsequently became their realtor.

    Paul Forrayi

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  7. Pat,Brian,Debra(Leslie) FECHO and families :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time and in the days ahead.
    God bless.
    Pat, Brian/Lori, Debra/Terry

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