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PILLING, William Robert Allan (Bob)

May 9, 1942 – Yorkton, SK
September 23, 2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bob Pilling; a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, on Monday, September 23, 2013.

Bob will be lovingly remembered for his generous spirit and unconditional love of his family. Always the patriarch, Sundays were often spent around the dinner table. Birthdays and holidays were a reason to celebrate.

Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Bob spent his early childhood moving around Canada as the son of an Air Force pilot. Later he attended the University of Saskatchewan where he met his future wife Mary Lou. It was there that they started a family and later moved to Brandon, Manitoba. In 1970, Bob accepted a position as Territorial Treasurer and moved his young family “North of 60” to Yellowknife, NWT. Next, his entrepreneurial spirit took him to Red Deer, Alberta where he started his own accounting firm. In 1993, Bob and Mary Lou moved to Calgary, thus beginning a successful career in the oil & gas industry. That year also marked the birth of the first of his seven grandchildren. Retirement served him well; the purchase of an RV allowed Bob and Mary Lou the ability to travel extensively throughout North America. His love of fine wines, fast cars and great weather led him to summers in the Okanagan where family was always welcome and encouraged to join him.

Bob is survived by his children Laurel (Ryan), Brad (Melissa) and Dean (Lisa); grandchildren Jericho, Tesla, McKinley, Brendan, Ty, Ryley and Hunter; his brother Mike (Pat) and his extended family, Myrna, Rollie (Gloria), Lanny (Lynn), Allison, Michael (Sebastian), Mike, Amy and Alex; as well as many other relatives and good friends. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Mary Lou and his parents Bill and Irene.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, AB), on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 3:30p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Bob Pilling, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Sylvie Tersigni :

    Brad, Laurel and Dean: Hold on tight to your memories, lean on each other for strength and may you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.

    RIP Bob–you were one of the good guys!

    Love,
    Sylvie

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  2. My sincere condolences on your loss. I hope memories of good times help you through this hardship. God gave us memory so we might have roses in December.

    Bob & Barbara Strong (ex-Schellenberg) You may or may not remember us from Brandon. Sorry we lost touch.

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  3. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Bob. He was a great friend and a pleasure to work with.

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  4. Carol & Lari Schmaltz :

    Brad and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father, grandfather and friend. Our thoughts our with you and yours.

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  5. Martin & Joan Smith :

    Laurel, Brad, Dean and families,

    We were so sad to read of your dad’s passing.
    We hadn’t visited with him in a long time but always thought
    of him with fondness. We will always remember those great years
    in Yellowknife and the fun we all had.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time .
    Love,
    Martin, Joan and family

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  6. So sad to hear of the passing of Bob. Rachel and I got to know him through Tesla and Laurel, and we know he will be greatly missed. You are all in our thoughts.

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  7. Bill and Dianne Hanrahan :

    Lots of good memories with your Dad and Mom in Yellowknife and Red Deer. I am sure you have lots of memorable moments to remember them by so they will always be there for you in spirit. So Laurel, Dean, and Brad these memories will bring lots of smiles in the years to come. All the best to you.

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  8. Augie's Paint & Body :

    Brad and families,

    Condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Augie’s Paint & Body

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  9. Larry Mashinter :

    Well my friend, I trusted you & you never let me down, we drank together & you always bought another round, I cried with you when MaryLou left, & we were never the same.
    I miss you both.
    Happy Reunion

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  10. Leon and Connie Oosterhoff :

    Dear Laurel, Brad, Dean and families,

    We were very sad to hear about the passing of your dad (grandpa). He was such a great guy to be around and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time and he will truly be missed.

    Leon and Connie Oosterhoff

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  11. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My prayers are with the family. Good times are remembered with Bob and Mary Lou in Yellowknife.

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  12. Mark & Lora Hamilton :

    Dear Brad and the Pilling family,

    Sorry for the huge loss of your father and grandfather, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  13. Thinking of you all at this sad time Dean, Laurel, Brad, McKinley, Alexis and all the grandchildren.

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  14. My thoughts are with you at this sad time, Dean, Brad, Laurel, McKinley, Alexis and all the grandchildren

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  15. Mary and George Gardiner :

    Dear Laurel, Brad, Dean and families
    It was with deep sadness that we read about your father’s death. We treasure the great times we had with your mom and dad in Red Deer. We know that you have wonderful memories of your family times together. You will remember them with strength, courage and love. I didn’t have an address to send a card so am doing it this way but I phoned everyone from RDC that worked with your mom.

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  16. Dennis Lou Erickson :

    We were so sorry to hear about Bob`s passing. He was a great neighbour along with Mary Lou on Vacation Way in Holiday Park Resort. We had many great happy hours and social gatherings. He will be missed driving through the resort with his new car usually filled with family and grandchildren.

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