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Hansen, Robert

June 21, 1955 – July 20, 2014

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Robert Hansen. On July 20th, 2014, at the age of 59 years at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice, his courageous battle with brain cancer ended.

To know Bob, you were touched by his humour, kindness and warmth. His laugh and twinkling blue eyes put a smile on the faces of friends and strangers alike. He was a great storyteller and a wonderful listener with a carefree and fun-loving attitude that quickly made him a friend and an easy person to love. Bob shared the gift of kindness and laughter with everyone he met, and he took great comfort and pride from his ability to make others feel good about themselves. Bob genuinely cared about the positive impact, however big or small, that he might have on other people’s well-being.

Bob loved sports and games, particularly his two passions of golf and billiards. In both, he was a true student of the game, competing with tenacity and skill and winning many tournaments at a semi-pro level. With Bob’s easy-going likeable nature and his involvement with sports, he developed countless special friendships during his life. If a man can be measured by the quality of his friends and the strength of his lasting friendships, then few could achieve what came so naturally to Bob.

Bob enjoyed nature, walking, driving and travel. He was a keen reader and enjoyed intellectual conversations on virtually any subject. He enjoyed sharing knowledge and was always eager to listen to other’s ideas as well.

Bob’s greatest passion in life, the reason the sun rose for him, was his son Jesse. Bob and Bonnie had a wonderful boy that they have raised, each in their own loving ways, to become a special young man. He will always be there for you Jesse (“Bug”), in your heart and your memories, in the stories he shared, in the lessons he taught, and in your love for each other.
We must say goodbye to our much loved father, brother, uncle and friend, but only until we meet again. You have touched all our lives in such positive ways and you will be missed by us all.

Bob will be dearly missed by his cherished and beloved son Jesse, step-daughter Samantha Silver, nieces Stephanie Williams and Rosie (Chad) St. Goddar, his sister Linda (John) Williams, his dear friends Stephanie, Andries and Tucker, Dave, Michelle and Kali, many relatives and many, many good friends including Rollie and Tina Zellmer, Dwayne Boychuk, Jim Jarrell, and Ron and Mary Anderson. Bob also became very close with Dr. Colin, the chiropractor that he and Jesse worked with.

At Bob’s request, no funeral service will be held. A memorial gathering (to be announced at a later date) will be held in September. Family and friends wishing to donate to an education fund for Jesse Hansen may do so at that time.

Family and friends would like to thank the caregivers at both the Carewest Sarcee Hospice and the Foothills Special Services Unit for the kind and loving care provided to Bob in the final weeks of his struggle. Additionally we would like to thank all of the close friends and family for their tireless dedication in comforting and caring for Bob and Jesse during this most difficult period. Every visit made a difference.

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  1. Roman Selepei :

    R.I.P.

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  2. Thank you for the beautifully written tribute to a great man and a dear friend. I never stopped learning from Bob and miss him dearly.

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  3. Stephanie Flierjans :

    Jes,
    Though I had known your Dad since You and Tuck were 4, I feel like I really got to know your Dad in his last year.
    Bob spoke so fondly of his friends and I am so fortunate to have met some of them in the past year, what a treat. I look forward to these very friends sharing some stories when we gather to celebrate Bob’s life.
    Jes, we will miss your Dad walking over for a visit, and when he would speak Russian to you.
    Know that you are always welcome in our home!
    With Love,
    Steph, Andries, Tuck, Audrey, Dan and Gallen

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  4. Rollie & Tina Zellmer :

    Tried to write this several times, but somehow it was never enough. Bob was such a kind, compassionate and intelligent person. Anyone that knows him will know how hard it is to give him a proper tribute. He will be greatly missed and the world less bright because of his absence. Our deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends, some of whom we had the pleasure of meeting.

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  5. Steve Portelance :

    I had the privilege to meet and play billiards with Bob about 4 years ago. He was a true gentleman, mentor and great story teller that we enjoyed every week. Without question he exemplified skillful excellence and control who repeatedly could dissect a billiard table to sink his chosen balls in the correct order without missing a single shot leaving his opponents to ponder what possibly could they have done differently.
    At team BBQs we loved how Bob would lovingly interact with Jesse making us all realize how very special the bond was between them making us wanting to hug our own children when we got home.
    One event that all of us on his billiard team will remember forever with awe is how Bob, (no ordinary player and competitor), lead our team to an awesome come back to capture 1st Place in Sportsman Division at the VNEA world championships in 2012 after earlier on the 1st day of competition experiencing a sudden blackout that unknowingly to everyone was the first sign of the terrible illness that took him from us.
    In memory of Bob we are dedicating this year’s entire season to him and will carry his enthusiasm and memory in our hearts and on our sleeve every time we step up to sink a ball or pull together a good story to share with those around us.

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  6. Mike Gauthier ( Gillette) :

    Bob was a special guy that when I first met him at Mike’s Billiards, seemed a little standoffish and a bit of a loner! When we started playing pool I quickly discovered his extreme passion for doing things in a meticulous way!! I had him down 8 to 1 in a race to 9 and all of a sudden he switched his game to defensive style, constantly hooking me and coming back to win the set 9 to 8 !! I left the hall both in shock and bewildered on how this guy could pull victory out of certain defeat and in the years to follow I soon realized that Bob did not know the meaning of the word QUIT! We were born on the same day …June 21st ( Gemeni’s ) and we soon discovered we both had A.D.D. and a love for good old fashioned humour, however we could create it! He often joked how I sucked all of the oxygen out of the car , talking for 3 hrs straight ( trying to stay awake) driving all night long back from Vegas from the World Pool Championships! I will miss him!! We were best of friends and we had him and Jesse over regularly for home cooked meals which they really seemed to love! He taught me the meaning of “Never Give Up!!” and above all he will be in our hearts forever!! Jesse… I told your Dad that we are still here for you any time you need something…so keep your chin up . All the best , Mike and Sandy

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  7. I have know Bob for a good number of years and it has always been a joy to play and be in his company and his life. We will miss him best wishes

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