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LABELLE, Robert William

March 6, 1928- Cobalt, Ontario
December 31, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Bob (Robert, Roby) Labelle passed away peacefully on December 31, 2013 after a courageous battle with Parkinson`s disease and in the presence of his beloved family.

Bob was born near Cobalt, Ontario and remained there until he left to attend Queens University in Kingston in 1948. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Glenda, and his four sons and families Rob (Shirley), Ryan, Shane and Travis of Edmonton, Alberta; Curtis (Nancy), Jennifer and Parissa of Calgary, Alberta; Glenn (Susan), Tanner, Chad and Bobby of Calgary, Alberta; Thomas (Tracy), Matthew and Maya of Calgary, Alberta. Bob was predeceased by his mother (Sarah Jane), father (Peter) and sister (Florence). He is also survived by his sister (Irene) of North Bay, Ontario and numerous nephews and nieces across Canada. Bob graduated from Cobalt HS and went straight to work in the family business “underground“ in the local silver mines. A chance encounter with a local scholarship gave Bob the opportunity to attend Queens University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering in 1952. At the time, engineering positions with the mining companies were limited so Bob was recruited by Shell Canada to head west towards a burgeoning oil business. After various assignments, Bob specialized as a petrophysicist and enjoyed a long and prosperous career with Shell that spanned 34 years. He is a past president of the Canadian Well Logging Society and also went on to consult and teach for over a decade after his retirement from Shell in 1986. Time with the “Shell Gang”, at and away from work, was truly treasured by both Bob and Glenda for over a half century. Bob met the love of his life, Glenda, after a well earned respite from early career remote assignments in the oil fields of Western Canada. They were married in 1956 and moved through Houston, Regina and Edmonton before finally settling down in Calgary in 1965. The family quickly grew to six with the additions of four sons between 1958-1965 and culminated in the purchase of the first of many family station wagons in 1966. The sixties and seventies were busy but wonderful years raising a young family highlighted by adventurous camping vacations to mountains, lakes and beyond. Bob had a life-long relationship with music; feeding off natural talent provided by his family lineage. He was proficient at numerous instruments including piano, accordion and trombone. He started and led a band in high school and participated in bands like the Army Cadets, Salvation Army, Queens University and the Tri-Town Symphony Orchestra. He was often a favorite behind the piano or on the accordion in living room parties throughout his life.
Bob and Glenda liked to travel, making trips to England, Europe, Alaska and repeated sorties with friends to their favorite island of Maui. Bob enjoyed sports and played hockey and football in his earlier days and badminton, tennis and curling later in life as a member of the Calgary Winter Club. He especially loved the camaraderie and beers with his good friends on Friday afternoons at the club. Bob`s greatest joy though was to watch his sons pursue their sporting endeavours in hockey, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse and almost every other sport imaginable. He was a constant fixture at all sporting venues in Calgary and surrounding areas. He was also an active and devoted member of Triwood Community Association, coaching and volunteering for many years and developing friendships that would span a lifetime. Of more recent, Bob extended his devotion to be the “biggest fan” in cheering on all his grandchildren as they followed in the family footsteps on sporting field. In 1980, Bob built a cabin on the banks of the Little Red Deer river west of Bowden; which will always be one of his greatest legacies. The “Acreage” has fulfilled his dream of being a melting pot for his growing extended family and providing many, many happy hours in the great outdoors with campfire chats, fishing expeditions, volleyball matches, celebrations, cross country ski adventures, canoe trips and simple reconnecting between family and friends. Bob was seldom happier than holding court at the Acreage, surrounded by all he held so dearly including family pets Lava and Michelle. Bob led a full and happy life and his legacy will live on in his children and his children’s children as they pledge to celebrate every moment of time shared with him.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 3 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bob’s name may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca., Parkinson’s Society #102 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E. Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone : (403) 243, 9901 www.parkinsonalberta.ca , or to Prostate Cancer Canada 2 Lombard Street (3rd Floor) Toronto, Ontario M5C 1M1 Telephone 1-866-255-0333 www.prostatecancer.ca .
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

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  1. Sheila and Frank Molyneaux :

    Dear Glenda and family,
    We just learned of Roby’s death in the paper this morning. What a beautiful tribute to the man that he was and his many accomplishments in life. From all the years that you and I worked together Glenda, I knew so well what a wonderful family you and Roby had together and how close and supportive you have been with one another. Roby was much loved, and I know that he will be missed so very much.
    Sheila and Frank Molyneaux

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  2. Oh Glenda…what a sad morning, as I read of Bob’s passing. I have so many fond memories of our friendship over the years. Although we have seen little of each other in recent years, the deep affection remained unchanged. Sybil and I extend our condolences on your loss and wish you and family strength at this trying time.
    With love…Sybil and Vance Carson

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  3. Bonnie Binfet :

    Joe sent me the message of Bob’s passing. I am so terribly sorry for the loss the entire family is feeling. Thoughts have often been of the Calgary Hockey days and especially the support and friendship Bob, Glenda and Glen provided. With love and heartfelt wishes that your memories and love will provide all the family the strength to continue with the fondest of memories. With love, Bonnie

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  4. Glenda and family
    So sorry to read in the paper of Roby ‘s passing. The past few years were very rough for him and the family, but he was a real fighter and never complained. He was one of the “GOOD GUYS’ and will be Missed.
    Tom Williams

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  5. Louise Duncan (Irish Dancing) :

    Dear Nancy, Curtis, Jennifer & Parissa…..I was sad to read about your Father, Grandfather, passing. Please know I often think very fondly about your family and I hope this very sad time in your lives also offers you joyful and meaningful memories that will bond you together and stay with you forever. Love Louise

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  6. My deepest condolences to all of you. What a sad and difficult time this is for you. May God give you strength and comfort.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Elsa

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  7. Arlene and Dave Bowman :

    Glenda and Family:
    Our thoughts are with you in the passing of Roby. Memories go back to Regina General
    and subsequent reunions also the sports arenas as our boys competed at similar levels and
    Roby was always there. He was a good dad and partner and respected widely.
    Arlene and Dave

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  8. To: The Family of Bob LaBelle

    I am very sorry to learn of Bob’s death.
    I was born and raised in New Liskeard and was in the New Liskeard High School band from 1943 to 1947. Whenever the Cobalt and Liskeard bands were together for practice or a performance Bob and I would chat. I enjoyed his sense of humour-he was a great guy. The last time I saw him would likely be in 1947. It is sad that he is gone.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Alan Ross

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  9. Helen & Jack Brooks :

    We are thinking of you today. We remember fondly the times when our families crossed paths. Roby was a great guy, cherish all your wonderful memories of him. Sincere sympathy, Love Helen & Jack

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  10. I too was sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was the guy who hired me at Shell and was one of my first, and much respected, mentors in the oil patch. The last time I talked to Bob he told me how much he loved `bush country` and something was going on up at the cabin too. I cannot make the service on Friday as I’ll be in Nova Scotia but our deepest sympathies go out to the entire large family where Bob’s legacy lives on in many ways.
    Phil and Bev Harvey

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  11. Dear Bob Labelle’s family,
    I worked with Bob many years ago at Shell & always knew what a lovely family he had — Bob was so well respected and an excellent mentor to many. He will be missed by all but what wonderful memories the family have — he was a wonderful man.

    My sincere sympathy to all the family,
    Kathy Bulmer

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  12. Dear Mrs Labelle and Family,
    From the Cunningham Clan to your family our sincere condolences… your husband (Dad) was the epitome of a mentor to so many of us growing up… He was a pillar in our community and a true gentleman in the largest sense of the word. The world is a poorer place today with his loss… Our thoughts and prayers are with you all… For the Cunningham Clan… Our Love… Scooter

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  13. Dorothy Hughes :

    I just learned of Roby’s passing today. I extend to Glenda and family my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of a fine person. Although it’s been several years since our paths crossed, I have great memories of the fun times as couples when we women were friends and classmates at university. Thinking of you with love, hugs, and condolences, Dot Hughes

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  14. To Glenda and the Labelle family.
    My father Elmer Bergh and myself Byron Bergh has the great pleasure of getting to know Bob and some of the family through curling. He was a great guy and I enjoyed spending time visiting with Bob. Bob was just a class act . We extend our heartfelt sympathy to your family.
    Byron Bergh and the Bergh family

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  15. Brad & Donna Bergh :

    Labelle Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It was always a pleasure being around Bob, always positive and supportive.

    Brad & Donna Bergh

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  16. Valerie Ledingham :

    Dear Glenda and Family,
    Glenda, we haven’t seen each other for quite some time but I have never forgotten your support all those years ago during my difficult time. My condolences to you and your family. Val Ledingham – Psychiatry FMC

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  17. Stewart & Mary McCrae :

    Dear Glenda and all the Labelle family:

    We are so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing and we extend to all of you our most heartfelt sympathy. Bob was such a delight to be around and always had that beautiful smile! We can only hope that all the wonderful memories that you have of Bob will help to ease your pain at this sad time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the service, but wish you all the very best.

    Sincerely,

    Stu and Mary McCrae

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  18. Doreen Wazynick :

    Thom

    While we were colleagues at Fowler you spoke often & fondly of your Dad. You obviously treasured the relationship you had with him.
    Losing a parent is a life altering experience – my thoughts & prayers are with you.

    Take Care

    Doreen Wazynick

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  19. Donna Schmidt :

    Dear Glenda
    Just wanted to offer my condolences on the death of your dear husband.
    I had a couple of meetings with you when I was “falling apart” at the beginning of Interior Design school, 1989. I am sure you won’t remember me, but you were so very helpful to me. Our friends in common are Mike and Cindy Whitaker, and I have forwarded the obituary to them. Donna

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  20. Dear Glenda and the entire Labelle family
    I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to the Labelle family on Bob’s passing. Bob hired me right out of Queen’s to come west and work for Shell. Bob was my manager in Petrophysics and 36 years later I’m still in the same field, thanks to Bob. We also enjoyed our petrophysical get-togethers at your cottage, with volleyball games and corn roasts. As well, Bob hosted Shell petrophysical meetings at the Winter Club. There are many of us who have been so positively influenced by Bob, and his legacy will continue through us. Sincerely, Taras Dziuba

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  21. Brenda and Glen Sine :

    Dear Glenda and Family,
    Brenda and I want to pass our condolences. What a remarkable individual, what a remarkable couple. Bob hired me 36 years ago at Shell. He is one of those special people in my life who set me straight into a long career. He was a great coach and a great mentor. Over the years I have often looked back and siad “how would Bob have done this.” We will always remember the remarkable support you and Bob provided us when our first child was born. As a couple you were always there to encourage and support and provide the extra strength we all sometimes need in difficult times. Bob’s touch on so many lives lives on and certainly the most significant will be in his family who he loved, cherished and was so proud of. He is missed. May God Bless and comfort you and your family during this difficult time. Brenda and Glen Sine

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  22. Jo Niedermoser and Jarvis Gluckie :

    Curt, Nancy, Parissa, Jennifer and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s/Grandpa’s passing. The football picture you had of your Dad in your office, Curt, along with the love you had when you talked about him….ahhhh… I am so sorry. We wish you love and comfort.
    Jo Niedermoser and Jarvis Gluckie

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