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FITZGERALD, Robert Ellis

1957 – 2014

Our family said our last goodbyes to Rob on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the South Health Campus. Although he was only 57, he had lived a full life.

His roots were in Ontario but he remained a true Calgarian since he moved here with parents, Tom and Doreen and sisters, Cheryl and Cathy. Rob started his first family with Linda, when he was completing his Economics Degree. They were busy with three young children: Shane, Sarah, and Christa while Rob embarked on his career as a marketer in the steel business. Recognizing that he had so much more to offer, he returned to U of C and completed his MBA in 1989. During his return to university, he met and married Mary Peterson and together they expanded Rob’s family to include Mac and Shannon. The MBA launched Rob into the field of management consulting where his real talents were exemplified. Always bright and insightful, Rob had a genuine skill for communicating with people from all walks of life and a true passion for making things better. Last fall Rob was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. He faced this challenge with the same courage and confidence he exuded in every aspect of life: embracing new trials and bravely bearing the devastating effects of his disease with graciousness. Special thanks to nurse Colette for being our angel in this time of need.

In addition to his extended family Rob leaves in sadness his grandchildren Devin and Carter. He will join his mom Doreen in heaven where they can oversee the birth of two more – Shane and Alana’s twins.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W.) on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Bowness Hall (7904 – 43 Avenue N.W.) on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to caogle@shaw.ca or robinfinley@gmail.com. If friends so desire, donations can be made in Rob’s name to the Palliative Home Care Program (Calgary Health Trust): http://secure.calgaryhealthtrust.ca/robfitzgerald

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  1. Robin & Mitzie Finley :

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the family.

    Rob was a very special person and I will miss him terribly.

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  2. Anita Rossall :

    Mary….at a loss for the the right words to say, so an electronic hug for all for now.

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  3. Mauro, Roberta & Sara :

    Mary, Shannon & Mac

    We are away right now but wanted you to know our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith help each of you in your loss, and hopefully all the wonderful memories you have together with Rob will be a source of strength for you all. Take care of each other.
    Mauro, Roberta & Sara

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  4. Dean, Wanda and Jazmine McLay :

    Our collective hearts are heavy with sadness and sympathy at the passing of Rob.
    He was a peaceful warrior who fought with grace and tenacity till the end.

    I often draw on our times together for joy and wisdom. He will be missed.

    Dean, Wanda and Jazmine

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  5. Dwight & Mary Lyn Blix :

    We are extremely saddened at the passing of our old friend and former neighbour, Rob. Our hearts go out to Mary, Mac and Shannon in coping with their devastating loss. We wish you God’s peace at this tragic time.

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  6. Dwayne & Jan Murray :

    We were saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. Our prayers go out to Mary, Mac & Shannon & Rob’s extended family.

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  7. Linda & Gorde Matheson :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s family and friends. We know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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  8. Jonathan Kuhn :

    My sympathies Mary, Mac and Shannon. I will always remember Rob’s passion for minor hockey and endless efforts to help with the difficult tasks that sometimes stood in the way of the Team. His heart was always in the right place and I will always appreciate knowing him and being able to work along side of him over the years.

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  9. Brian R. Strong :

    Good Morning,

    I was very sad to read of Rob’s passing this morning. I did not know Rob really well but in my dealings with him at NSD, where he was passionate about Mac’s development, it was fun to discuss th many things we talked about. These conversations led to my dealings with Rob, in bringing the CBHA and NSD to the new South Fish Creek Rec complex expansion. Rob was a very refreshing person to deal with. I thoroughly enjoyed my talks & dealings with Rob.
    On behalf of our family, our sincerest condolences on Rob’s passing.

    Brian Strong

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  10. Sylvia VanderLaan :

    I am so sad to hear about the passing of Rob. I have known Rob for many years, although not very well. Whenever he was at the Apache offices; he always had time to say hello and always had a kind word to say. I’m so sorry for your loss. May your memories of the good times give you comfort at this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to entire Fitzgerald family. May God bless you all.
    Sylvia VanderLaan

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  11. Brad and Susan (Mousseau) Robb :

    Dear Mary, Mac, Shannon, Shane, Sarah, Christa and Uncle Tom, We are holding you close in our hearts at this sad time. Rob was a loving, vibrant, cousin who openly demonstrated love for family. He will be fondly remembered and dearly missed. His Aunt Shirley (Fitzgerald) Mousseau also sends along her prayers and love to the family. Take care. With love from your Mousseau cousins in Ontario. xo

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  12. Mary & Shannon,
    Our thoughts, prayers and Love are with you and your family!
    Mark & Darlene Hogan

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  13. I was one of Rob’s first “guinea pigs” when Apache started the AIM UP program in 1992. I think I probably ended up working with him on and off for the better part of 15 years. I don’t think I ever met anyone who was more committed to his work or beliefs than Rob nor anyone who had a stronger belief in the ability of others. I certainly wish all his family the best in the years to come and hope that they find comfort in knowing that Rob truly was a good human being.

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  14. Lois Torfason and Rick Buckley :

    Dear Mary,
    We’re so sorry to hear about Rob’s illness and his death. We wish you and Mac and Shannon everything good that is possible, and wish you the blessing of peace in the times ahead. Our thoughts are with you,
    Love Lois and Rick

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  15. I’ve known and worked with Rob for over twenty years. Although we had a professional relationship, I also considered him a friend. Although his life was cut too short, it was lived with fullness and in a manner that impacted all he met. We all will miss him and grieve his passing. May you be comforted by the arms of the Lord.

    Mike and Sally Young

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  16. Rod & Deb Saxby :

    With deepest sympathy to the entire Fitzgerald Family.
    Our thoughts are with all of you.

    Rod & Deb,
    Shane, Sarah and Christa’s Uncle and Aunt

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  17. Mary and family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. We at Apache in Houston feel a tremendous sense of loss as well. Rob was such an integral part of the Apache culture and his legacy lives on through his Aim-Up initiative. Rob and I were soul mates of sorts and would have great discussions on all topics at the end of many a day that found him in Houston. My prayers are with you.

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  18. My heartfelt sympathy to the family on your loss. I will always remember Rob for his kindness and generosity, over the years at the Flames games where I’ve served him. After serving a great many people I’ll always remember him for his genuine concern about my several lengthy absences this past season.

    Most sincerely Lisa g

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  19. Dear Mary, Mac and Shannon

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of Rob, your dear husband and dad. This past year has been very painful and devastating for all of you, but we hope that your many treasured memories of Rob will help to sustain you at this very difficult and sad time. You are uppermost in our thoughts.

    Love, Gene and Bev

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  20. Not a day goes by where I wouldn’t take a page out of Rob’s book and use it to better myself. Many others would say the same. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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  21. Lois Torfason and Rick Buckley :

    My real and deep and heartfelt message to the whole family. Rob, to me was a football fan who sat in front of us for 10 years at the games and I appreciated his passion for the game and his dedication for all that was right about being a fan. He enjoyed the games for win or loss. It is a great loss for your family and all of us who enjoyed his great spirit.

    Rick and Lois Buckley

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  22. Dylan Rowsell :

    My heartfelt sympathy to your family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Rob was truly an inspirational man. He provided me guidance and sound advice and was someone I could count on and looked up to. He believed in and supported everyone he was involved with; he truly pulled the best out of everyone. Even though I had not known Rob for a long time he treated me feel like family, I will miss him dearly. I will never forget the advice and mentorship he provided and I will always look at his integrity and personality to learn from. May the Lord be with you and provide comfort and strength

    Sincerely, Dylan Rowsell

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  23. Please accept our sincere condolences. We had the pleasure of working with Rob over the last year. A real stand-up guy. He will be missed.

    Sincerely,
    Marc, John, Mike, Catherine, Brandon, Les and Marshall

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  24. Darren, Carol, Crystal & Curtis Bartkowski :

    We were very sad to hear of Rob’s illness and his passing. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Fitzgerald family. We have known Rob since the boys played tyke hockey together and our families have spent many an hour together at the local rinks. We knew Rob as a dedicated coach, volunteer, and most importantly a great friend. He will be dearly missed. May your memories give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

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  25. Rick and Sheila Galley :

    Sheila and I would like to express our condolences to the Fitzgerald Family for your loss.
    We would see Rob jogging through Auburn Bay on many occasions and would have a chat and a few laughs.
    I worked with Rob on some hockey evaluations that we coordinated together and enjoyed the time we spent together.
    Rob was very passionate about Shaw Meadows Hockey and especially Mac’s progress. He gave many hours as a volunteer.

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  26. Andre & Monique Reshaur :

    Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Although Rob only came into our lives a couple years ago through curling, it was obvious he had a love for life, his family and having a good time. His spirit and willingness to compete regardless of the situation will be sadly missed.

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  27. Rosemarie & Jim Aronitz :

    Mary, Mac and Shannon – so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies. As we watched him fight the cancer, we definitely felt he would be one to make it through. Wish we could be there to support you now.

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  28. Bill & Pearl Blomfield :

    Our sincere heartfelt condolences to Mary, Mac & Shannon; Tom and all members of the Fitzgerald and Ogle families. Thank you Rob for your influence on Ryan and
    Megan.

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  29. Doug and Barbara (Mousseau) Woodrow :

    Dear Mary, Uncle Tom, Cheryl, Cathy and Families,
    We were very saddened by the news of Rob’s passing. He clearly demonstrated his love for his family, and his life with you, as he pursued every option possible to battle his illness. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and holding you close in our hearts. Take care. Love Barbara and Doug.

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  30. Dear Mary and family,
    I am so upset to read of Rob’s passing. It has been a few years since I had seen you but my thoughts and prayers are right with you and your family now. I always thought you and Rob were such an amazing pair together!
    Sincerely, Val and Pat O’Hare

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  31. Bill & Pearl Blomfield :

    Our sincere heartfelt condolences to Mary, Mac & Shannon; Tom and all of the Fitzgerald and Ogle families. Thank you Rob for your positive influence on Ryan and Megan and joining us to celebrate events in their lives.

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  32. Lynn Torfason & Mike Allen :

    Dear Mary, Mac and Shannon,

    We were so sorry to hear about Rob’s illness and passing, and wish we could be there to offer hugs and help. It was always a pleasure to meet Rob at the Stamps football games – a bit of good-natured ribbing and discussion, and fun in the sun. We’ll miss him, and hope that all of you will find peace in your memories of him in the days to come.

    Love Lynn and Mike

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  33. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now! Rob was an extraordinary person, who was so kind and always inspired us! We will miss him more than we can say! He was one of the brightest stars!
    We hope you can find peace in knowing how much he was loved by others!
    Most Sincerely,
    Mike and Dawn
    “Van-lang”

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  34. My sincere condolences and prayers to the Fitzgerald family. While I live in Houston and work for Apache I have known Rob on a professional level for many years and worked with him on both AIM UP and to deliver better information to people. He is also a great friend who I would meet with after hours in both Houston and Calgary and we shared many discussions and stories together. What a great man. Fun and nice to be with in so many ways whether the office or after. He will be missed but he was so liked and loved by so many.
    Jon Samuelson

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