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.