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RILEY, Robert Allan

April 27, 1934 – Regina, SK
May 1, 2014 – Calgary, AB

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of a great man, Robert “Bob” Riley, on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the age of 80 years.

Bob is survived by his brother Charles Riley of Banff; his step-children Paul Jepson, and Elizabeth (Wayne) Rooke; his two grandchildren, Aaron and Madeline, as well as many nephews and nieces. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor in 2008, as well as his sister Patricia Waite in 2013.

Bob worked as a financial banker for most of his career, mainly at Montreal Trust, where he brought his passion, commitment, and sense of humour to his work in mergers and acquisitions. Another passion of his was travelling; he stood on the Great Wall of China, travelled down the Amazon River, through the locks of Panama, watched the polar bears in Churchill Falls, saw the whales in Alaska, as well as spending numerous holidays in Maui, his very favourite place.

His strongest strength and most outstanding quality was in giving; giving selflessly of himself, his time, and financially, to multiple charitable organizations, including a deep passion for Scouts Canada, the Free Masons, Shriners, and Sabre Patrol, all of which he was a proud member. Whether an organization, or a senior in need of a ride, or just a family member, Bob was there for everyone, however he could be. He will be sorely missed by many.

The family wishes to thank all the caring staff at the Brentwood Care Centre, where he quickly fit in, enjoyed all their activities, and with his wonderful sense of humour, became a favourite on his unit.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Shriner’s Hospital For Children, 5225 – 101 St NW, Calgary, AB T3L 1S4 Telephone: (403) 239-0030 or to Scouts Canada, 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7, Telephone: (888) 855-3336.

In living memory of Bob Riley, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Pat & Fran Bibeau :

    Bob was the epitome of a true friend. His generosity was well known and unmatched by most. It was easy to crack Bob up with a one-liner or funny story. While he could be serious when required I never saw him cranky in 35 plus years. He was well liked and admired by those he came in contact with. Sleep well old friend and God bless.

    Pat & Fran Bibeau

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  2. Andy and Donna Krebes :

    We have known Bob since the 1960s. Everyone will agree that he always had a sly, humorous side to him. We visited him on 3 occasions in his last abode at Brentwood and appeared to be quite content and happy to talk about earlier times especially his boyhood and the family’s move to Alberta. Like many in his situation, he was more inclined to talk about his younger years then his present situation. I liked to remind him that he was the first man I had ever known who had had three wives in his life, much like a screen star.
    He leaves this world a better place, thanks to his many hours of volunteering with the Boy Scouts, our leaders of today.

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  3. M. Rory Waite :

    Bob was very open and generous, always with a twinkle in his eye. He was well-loved, and outlived 2 wives, Doreen and Eleanor, who, with his step-daughter, Beth, doted on him shamelessly. He was my uncle and as I grew older, he seemed more like a brother to me. Bob was generous to his community, as well, donating time and funds to many causes, including the Glenbow Museum and Calgary’s Museum of the Regiments / Military Museums. Bob loved history, he loved his country, and he loved his family, and we all will miss him greatly. He leaves a giant hole in our small family.

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  4. Ron and Joanna Howard :

    Bob will be missed by all his friends and aquaintences. I met him thru our mutual love of Military History and we spent many goofy hours re-enacting the various battles and skirmishes of the 1885..Voltiguers de Quebec (9th Btn Rifles). Will miss the long discussions on “what should’ve happened”. Rest in Peace Friend.

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  5. Stacie Moore :

    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. There are a few of us still around from the old Montreal Trust Corporate Trust days and we remembered fondly those many times when Bob gave us carnations on Valentine’s Day, little bunnies made out of wash clothes with little Easter eggs or chocolates on special occasions. Bob was a very thoughtful man. I am glad to have known him.

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