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GOSS, Robert Fraser Q.C.

July 12, 1931- Halifax, N.S.
November 22, 2013- Calgary, AB

Robert (Bob) Goss of Calgary, beloved husband of Lorraine (nee MacAlpine), passed away on November 22, 2013 at the age of 82 years. Husband of Lorraine for 54 years; father to John Goss (Michelle Chartier), Alison Goss, and Alexandra Goss (David Black); grandfather to Sadie Keillor; father-in-law to Dustin Keillor; uncle to Roberta Goss (Lee), Sandy Goss (Judy), Geoff Goss (Joyce), Mike Goss (Susan) and Michael MacAlpine (Jill); brother-in-law to Margie, Sally Goss and Rod and Gail MacAlpine. Bob was predeceased by his two younger brothers Donald and Edgar.

Bob grew up in Moncton and Halifax where he established life-long friendships. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Mount Allison and graduated with an L.L.B. from Dalhousie University in 1955. Bob articled in New Brunswick then moved to Calgary and started his law career with California Standard Oil. He later went into private practice until joining the McCaffrey law firm as a partner in 1988. He retired in 1992. Bob enjoyed the time he dedicated to the Development Appeal Board, where he served for over twenty years, many of them as chair. He was an elder at St. Gile’s Presbyterian Church for several years.

Bob loved sports and was an exceptional athlete having played basketball and football in high school and university. Rugby became his overriding passion. Bob played for the Calgary Hornets, then refereed, and took pleasure in watching rugby at all levels. A highlight for Bob was a trip he and Lorraine took to Scotland and Ireland for the World Cup of Rugby in 1991.

Bob loved skiing, travelling and good food. He was an avid travel planner. European holidays and summer holidays at the family cottage in Shediac and in B.C. were memorable.

Bob was generous to a fault and always loved to share a story or a joke. One of his greatest pleasures was to spend ‘happy’ hours with friends at Franzl’s Gasthaus, the Austrian Club, the Danish Club and the Black Swan.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Calgary are appreciated. Our sincere thank you to the Beverly Centre for the wonderful care Bob received over the past year.

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

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  1. Darryl and Pat Raymaker :

    Our sincerest sympathy and condolences go out to Lorraine and family upon the recent passing of Bob. We’ve known Bob for more than 50 years. He not only made a great contribution to the wellbeing of his community, he was an excellent and very practical lawyer who always conducted himself according to the highest ethical standards. But the outstanding feature of his character which will be always remembered and appreciated was his loyalty – to his family, friends, and causes he believed in. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

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  2. Bill Gallagher :

    Bob Goss was a wonderful friend who always saw the best in people. He raised a fine family and shared his warmth and hospitality freely. I was fortunate to have articled and practiced at Cox, Goss and could not have received a better grounding – and balanced perspective – not only in law but more importantly in life. He has received a wonderful obituary – he earned it – which I can certainly vouch for. Best wishes to Lorraine and family. God Bless.

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  3. Bob and Barbara Hopkins :

    I grew up in Moncton and knew Bob as a sports superhero at our high school. Our paths crossed again at Dalhousie where I also met Lorraine. Bob was a fraternity brother of my husband and Lorraine was a sorority sister of mine. After many years, perhaps 50, we were together again when we showed them around St. John’s on their recent visit to NL. Bob was a good person. All will miss him. Please accept our sympathies.

    Barbara and Bob Hopkins

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  4. You have my sincere condolences.

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  5. Mark Kanwischer :

    I’d like to offer my sincere condolences to Lorraine and family. As a child I spent a lot of time at the Goss household playing with my best friend John. We went to North Haven Elementary school together and lived just a couple homes away from each other. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the funeral, but I would love to connect with John again.

    My sympathies,
    Mark Kanwischer

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  6. Bob was best man at our wedding when we were married 53 years ago. I knew Bob during his courting days of Lorraine McAlpine while at Dalhousie. in Calgary during those early days Bob could be seen many times playing many sports and socializing with Peter Walker, Ian Doig, Ernie Reid and my self all Dal alumni. Bob was a special person with a warm demeanour and great sense of humor. Joan and I offer our sincere condolences to Lorraine and family and prayers heavenward to Bob. If I can give you a taste of Bobs humor. Many years ago in Calgary we were attending a New Years Dinner, a smorg and Bob has meticulously selected his items, returned to the table and made his first cut into his steak. Unfortunately the plate was too close to the edge as it did an Olympic somersault onto his tuxedo lap. Bob didn’t miss a beat. He looked at me and with a straight face said” wonder if I can get seconds?”
    Bob is in a good place I firmly believe and to Lorraine and family Joan and I wish you our heartfelt prayers and condolences.
    Pat and Joan McDonald- Rocky Mountain House, Ab.

    I know you are at peace

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  7. Marjorie Crawford :

    Dear Lorraine, John, Allison, Alexandra and other family members. I offer my sincere condolences on the death of your dear loved one, Bob. Bob was a good friend of my husband, David, and a dedicated Elder at St. Giles Presbyterian Church for many years. He supported the church with his intelligence and enthusiastic presence. I and many others from St. Giles have excellent memories of Bob. He was a fine man and will be sorely missed.
    Sincerely, Marjorie Crawford

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  8. Edward (Ted) Handford :

    Sorry to read of Robert’s passing. He was a fine man from a equally-fine family.
    Best regards to all.

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  9. My sympathy to Bob’s family. I haven’t seen Bob since we graduated from Queen Elizabeth High School in Halifax. He was a schoolmate from early grade school, and lived only a couple of blocks away from me. I’ve never forgotten him. One reason is that he was a rebel, for which I admired him. We both took plenty of strappings in the coatroom, but his total was far higher than mine. In high school we were co-editors of the school paper, Beth’s News and Views.. It was a typically immature school publication: “What Grade 12 hockey player is ‘that way’ about a certain Grade 11 blonde?” Bob wrote a sort of editorial on the back page, which he invariably signed off, ”
    So long, coolies!”

    He was brave, charismatic, adventurous and very energetic, qualities he obviously carried with him throughout his life. Even as a long-ago chum, I feel his absence.

    So long, coolie.

    Jim Bennet

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  10. Lorraine,
    I was watching senior badminton results on the website and saw your and John names. Then on website I noticed that Late Bob Goss left all of us and resting in peace in heaven with The Lord.
    My family extends to you and your family our deepest sympathies.

    Jas and Bhuwana

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