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PROVAN, Dr. Robert (Bob) John

May 13, 1948 – Birmingham, England
January 17, 2014 – Edmonton, AB

Bob Provan beloved husband of Sylvia of Calgary, AB passed away seven weeks after a double lung transplant at the U of A Hospital in Edmonton, AB, on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the age of 65 years.

 Bob was born in Birmingham England on May 13, 1948, returning to Lethbridge with his mother after his father James Provan died in November of 1948. His mother Elsie Provan and his aunts Edith Niven and Ruth Williams were important and influential people in Bob’s life until they passed away. Bob developed his love for the outdoors early in life from his uncle Bert Niven and cousin Dr. Jack Snedden and family in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Waterton.

Bob graduated from high school in Lethbridge in 1965. Bob then attended the U of A, graduating as a dentist in 1971, the youngest in his class. Bob practiced dentistry at 17th Ave S.E. Calgary for more than thirty-nine years. He had clients that had been with him his entire career. He also loved the second and third generation families.

Bob enjoyed many simple pleasures, mountain hiking, gardening (beautiful front annual flower beds every year until last spring compliments of Edith’s and Bert’s teachings), reading, playing old music on his juke box, running his vintage Lionel Train set, camping, golfing and playing board games. Bob married Sylvia in 1988 and she joined him in most of these activities. Golfing did not “take” for Sylvia. Camping was a bit of an adventure in that their tent blew away, never to be found again, on their first trip to Waterton. Hiking into mountain cabins solved this problem. Bob and Sylvia enjoyed jaunts to Las Vegas, trips to Mexico, annual driving trips into the U.S. and one trip to Denmark to meet Sylvia’s distant relatives. For thirty-five years Bob was an active member of the Alberta Armchair Hockey League. Bob and Sylvia both enjoyed the annual AAHL draft party.

Bob embraced Sylvia’s family and they loved him dearly.

Besides his loving wife Sylvia, Bob is survived by his cousin and spouse Dr. Jack and Carol Snedden and family. He was predeceased by Parents James and Elsie Provan.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire donations can be made directly to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (47 Squire Bakers Lane, Markham, ON L3P 3G8). Sylvia would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped Bob on his journey. Family and friends, all medical and nursing personnel involved in pre and post-transplant care, and our Church family for their excellent caring and support. The biggest thank you goes to the anonymous donor and family who gave Bob hope and a reason to fight so hard to stay with us.

In living memory of Robert Provan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Please except our deepest heart felt sympathy. Butch and I will truly miss him. We’re so glad we met the two of you in the transplant program.

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  2. Shirley Armstrong :

    Please except our heart felt sympathy Dale and I will sure miss him
    Was so nice to have Dale and Bob share a room when they were recovering

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  3. David Bickman :

    Words escape me to describe my feelings on his passing. I admire him for his courage in preparing for the transplant and getting on the list, and for going through the difficult surgery. It’s a real, damn shame that, after all he endured, he didn’t make it. A treasured friend that will never be replaced.

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  4. Dennis and Nang Goodman :

    We wish we knew the words, we wish we kenw the way to ease your hurt a little and cheer your heart today. We just know we really care and want you to know we will miss Bob deeply.
    Dennis and Nang Goodman

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  5. Bob and Joan Cruickshank :

    Sylvia we are deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s death. May you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We so enjoyed your friendship during our ” Trinity ” days. Bless you .

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  6. Sherry and Allan Carter :

    Dear Syl, We are shocked to hear of Bob’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Glad we had a few visits over the years and got to kinow Bob, even from afar and to know that the two of you were having such a wonderful life together. So tragic that nothing lasts forever. Allan and I send our love and condolences.

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  7. Rick and Myrna Balbi :

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of such fine man and such a young man. May good memories of time spent and experience shared bring you some consolation and comfort.

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  8. Dear Sylvia,
    I am so sorry to hear of Bob ‘s passing. He obviously fought a brave battle and God felt he was needed elsewhere. He was a kind and gentle man, and I know you will miss him. His memory will be in your heart forever, and they can never take that away from you. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. If their is anything I can do please do not hesitate to give me a call, or if you just need a shoulder. I am so sorry I am working a day on Saturday and will be unable to attend Bob’s service but I will be thinking of you both.
    With love and sincere condolences, Carol.

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  9. Dorothy Gooder :

    Sylvia, we were so saddened to learn that Bob did not win his battle. We saw how hard he worked at getting stronger after his surgery, a familiar face doing his “laps” around the unit. Our heartfelt condolences to you. Sincerely, Dorothy & Walt Gooder

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  10. Cliff and Anne Schneider :

    Dear Sylvia, Anne and I were saddened to hear of Bobs passing. Anne always reminded me that of all the dentists she worked for Dr. Provan’s office was the best place she worked. Please accept our sincere condolences. We will be praying for you during this difficult time. Cliff and Anne Schneider

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  11. Sylvia, Valerie and I offer my deepest condolences to you on the passing of your husband and my class of 71 classmate. I will treasure seeing the two of you on the 40th anniversary of our convocation at the U of A. I can picture Bob as if it were yesterday, many fond memories. May Bob’s soul through the misery of God rest in peace. I will remember him in my prayers the rest of my life. God bless you Bob , may we meet again.

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  12. Dear Sylvia, just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear of Bob’s passing. May your cherished memories bring you comfort during these difficult times. Sending you hugs and prayers. Kathryn

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  13. Debbie Hellman :

    Hi Sylvia. So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing after his lung transplant. We would so happy for you guys when Kelly emailed me that Bob got the transplant. I was just thinking of you guys the other thinking you have had a month in already then heard the sad news. My heart goes out to you Sylvia. Not sure if you remember us, I was usually with Kelly at the exercise room. You r in our prayers.
    Ron & Debbie Hellman
    Richmound, Sask.

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  14. Greg and Elizabeth Strong :

    We were shocked and saddened to receive this news. He was much too young to leave us. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time, and hope that you will find the comfort and peace that comes with celebrating Bob’s life. We know good memories and support of friends and family are a healing balm that fills some of the emptiness you are now experiencing. We wish we could personally attend to add our support, but send our deepest sympathies and love.

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  15. Dear Sylvia. We were deeply saddened to learn about Bob’s passing. You are in our thoughts. Words come short, but please allow me to cite a danish hymn:

    1)Altid frejdig, når du går , veje, Gud tør kende,
    selv om du til målet når , først ved verdens ende!
    2)Aldrig ræd for mørkets magt, stjernerne vil lyse!
    Med et Fadervor i pagt, skal du aldrig gyse!
    3)Kæmp for alt, hvad du har kært, dø, om så det gælder!
    Da er livet ej så svært, døden ikke heller.

    With love and sincere condolences; Maibritt & Jesper, Silke and aunt Magda

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  16. Käte og Henning Skaarup :

    Dear Solvejg.
    We are so sorry to hear of your husband Bob’s passing. You’ll be in our thoughts.
    Best regards.

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  17. Nancy & Erik Jensen :

    Dear Solveig.
    We want you to know that we are very sad to hear about Bobs passing away. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time and we think of the lovely times we have spent with you and Bob in Denmark and at your house.
    With love and sincere condolences Nancy and Erik

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  18. Doug & Mary LeBlanc :

    Sylvia, Doug & I want to let you know we share in your sorrow of your loss. We will always remembering his great smile & gentle ways. Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. In christian love & friendship. Doug & Mary Hugs

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  19. April Wallace :

    Dr. Provan was articulate, professional, very personable, an excellent conversationalist and he took care and pride in his actions. I will remember him with fondness.

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  20. Mary and Murry Blackmore :

    Sylvia
    We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Bob, While working with Doctor Bob, we have become very good friends and loved the conversations and smiles we got out of him. He was a great mentor, a great boss, a great friend. He found it hard to stay with us but figured the good lord wanted or needed him more than us. Keeping you in good thoughts, love and prayers. God bless you Bob, we will meet again. Always will remember you.
    Mary and Murry Blackmore.

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  21. Ernie and Jan Nowlin :

    Sylvia. Rarely, do you meet a man who makes you want to be his friend right away. Bob was that man! Jan and I were so happy have breakfast with you in Edmonton, at the beginning of your remarkable journey, that gave us all so much hope. You and Bob gave it everything you had. Hang on to the good memories to get you through. Our prayers are with you.

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  22. Thinking of you, Sylvia, and sending my sympathy and prayers,
    Peggy

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  23. Dear Sylvia,
    Val let me know about Bob’s passing. My sincere condolences to you. I remember when you and Bob first met. It was a delight to watch you, and hear you talk about your new love! Those were times that I never forgot. I think in part because I knew you before Bob, and enjoyed working with you, and visiting with you. But, after Bob, I saw that he was the light in your life, and I saw you laugh and smile like you were a teenager in love! Mushy, I know. But, thats what I remember! A big hug to you, Sylvia.
    Sincerely
    Heidi Hotz

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  24. Barbara Nesselbeck :

    Dear Sylvia,
    I was saddened to hear about Bob’s passing. My condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
    Kind regards,
    Barb

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  25. Faye and Greg Lippitt :

    I just learned of Bob’s passing and am thinking of you and of Bob with love. What a wonderful team you made. He has brightened many a life and I feel privileged to have known you both. Greg and I are now living on Grand Cayman Island where Greg has started a new practice. I miss our Trinity pals though.

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  26. Alistair Cree :

    We were so saddened to learn of Bob’s passing.

    We have fond memories of Bob’s all too short visit to meet with us his UK family – and they will be cherished – but our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Alistair

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  27. Brenda Henderson :

    I am so sorry about your loss, Dr Bob was my dentist since I was 6 years old.He was a really great guy .He will be greatly missed the Henderson and Shaw family

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  28. So sad to hear that Dr Provan has passed away. He was my dentist since I was seven years old. My whole family went to Dr Provan. He will me missed. My condolences.

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  29. I have known Dr. Provan since I had teeth, I can honestly say he was the best dentist I have ever had, he was an amazing man, very friendly, always there to talk when I got older, always cared…. I was very shocked when I found out he retired from his little office in forest lawn, he was the only dentist id go see
    God bless you Silvia, my prayers are with you. He will be truely missed

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