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ERICKSON, Robert Harold

July 5, 1923 – Plainfield, Ill.
December 10, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Bob Erickson, our beloved father and grandfather, passed away on December 10, 2014 at the age of 91 years.

Bob was born in Plainfield, Illinois and spent his early years in Aurora, Illinois. After high school he attended University of Illinois and Lake Forest College. He was called to service by the United States Marine Corp and sent to Denison University in Ohio. He spent three years in the marines, one in the US, and two years overseas in Guam. After WWII he returned to Denison University to complete his BA degree in geology. While at Denison he met and married Ruth Damron, his wife of 62 years.

Bob continued his education at Northwestern University, receiving his MSc Geology. After university, Bob took an opportunity with Pure Oil Canada in Calgary, Alberta. He and Ruth moved here in 1950, and he switched to Great Plains Development Co. in 1951. After 12 years, his career in the oil industry then took him to Sydney, Australia with Burmah Oil, back to Calgary with Northern Oil Explorers Ltd; on to Swindon, in the United Kingdom with Burmah Oil and back to Calgary with RHE Resources and Wellore Resources. Bob was a business leader and a mentor to many.

Bob was a member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and served as treasurer, vice-president, and president over the years. Bob had a great love of history and museums. He served on the board of Heritage Park for nine years, The Glenbow Alberta Institute for nine years, and Friends of Tyrrell Museum for two years.

Bob loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures around the world. He enjoyed many sports: football, badminton, hiking, running, sailing and skiing. To his family he was a life-long teacher of the arts and sciences – a true renaissance man.

He will be deeply missed by his children Nancy Read (Mike) of Calgary, Mardy Martin (Jim) of Spokane, and John Erickson (Karen) of East Corinth, Vermont; grandchildren, Jocelyn (Uwe), Katy (Dan), Colin, Jeff (Brianne), Joel, Courtney (Brian), Kevin, Sarah (Mark), Carly (Jeff), and Eric; and eleven great-grandchildren; as well as his sister Marilyn (Dick) of Palatine, Illinois. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ruth; his parents, Harold and Bernice Erickson; and sisters Doris (Claude) and Virginia (Walt). The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the many dear friends who have provided compassion and support and to the wonderful care givers from Home Care at Garrison Green, Rockyview Hospital and Intercare at Millrise.

We will all miss his impromptu songs, his playful spirit and his laughter. He has inspired us and taught us. We loved him more than can be expressed.

A Memorial Service for Bob will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If you choose to do so, and in lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Bob’s name.

In living memory of Bob Erickson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Joe, Elizabeth, Matt and Thomas Downie :

    Please accept our sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear father/grandfather.
    We are deeply appreciative of having known Bob Erickson and are inspired by his remarkable life.
    He was an exceptional friend to our family. Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time.

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  2. Mary McGillivray :

    Mardy and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. It is always so hard to lose a parent and one so loved. Thinking of you all. Mary and Doug

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