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FRANCIS, Robert (Bob) Edgar

September 25, 1927 – Climax, SK
May 15, 2017 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Edgar Francis on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the age of 89.

Robert was born in 1927 in Climax, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1953. He worked for Imperial Oil for over 30 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan, NWT, Houston, and Edmonton before settling in Calgary. He was a kind, selfless person, always giving of himself to others. Anyone that had met Robert, always remember what a wonderful, cheerful person he was. He had a passion for hiking, collecting (especially antique tools), volunteering and his family.

A self-made handyman, Robert enjoyed building things around the house. He volunteered with the Calgary Police Service, Amateur Sports (Underwater Hockey), the 1988 Winter Olympics, and anyone that required his assistance. In his retirement he enjoyed world travelling with his wife.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Marjorie (nee Cook); daughter Margaret; son James; brother David (Eileen); sisters-in-law Pat and Alice; as well as many nieces.

Robert is predeceased by his brothers Joe and Al; and his parents Margaret (nee Spurrell) and Joseph.

A Celebration of Robert’s Life will be held at Bethany Care Centre (916, 18A Street N.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222., or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Robert Francis, 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. Janet Francis :

    So sorry to hear about Uncle Bob.

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  2. Larry Dziuba :

    I am very sorry for your loss. Bob was the first person that I worked for when I transferred to Calgary from a field position. He was a very friendly guy who always had a kind word. Bob also took time to help others at work. I deeply appreciated that. My vision of Bob was his daily stomp up and down the stairs in the old Imperial Oil building. I don’t think he ever used the elevators. Another thing I fondly remember was him eating an apple. He was always working hard and eating an apple. I think he single handed kept that industry going strong : ). I will not forget him.

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  3. Judy Shannon :

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  4. Penny Sellars :

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Thinking of you at this time of loss

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