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Robert L. PIERCE, O.C., Q.C., LL.B.

April 17, 1929 – March 17, 2012

Robert (Bob) L. Pierce died Saturday, March 17 in Calgary after a brief illness.

A beloved husband and adored father and grandfather, he is deeply missed by his wife Eleanor (Candy) and their children Brad (Claire Pierce), Jennifer (Ross Wonnick) and Susannah; and their grandchildren Ben, Jake, Robert, Gabriela and Charlotte. He was predeceased by his son Gregory.

A member of the Order of Canada, Mr. Pierce was born April 17, 1929 in Estevan, Sask. and raised in Swift Current. He had a distinguished career and made a significant contribution to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta and our nation. He was instrumental in establishing western Canada’s world-class petrochemical industry, creating an export market for Canadian natural gas and NGLs, and developing and building natural gas pipelines across Alberta, Alaska and the Andes mountains from Argentina to Chile.

A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Law School in 1952; he was admitted to the bar in 1954 and was a founding member of the Regina law firm MacPherson Neuman and Pierce the same year. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1964. After two decades as a barrister and solicitor, Mr. Pierce moved to Calgary in 1973 to join Alberta Gas Trunk Line Company. Over a 30 year career, Mr. Pierce would serve as president of NOVA Corporation of Alberta; chairman, CEO and president of Alberta Gas Ethylene and Novacor Chemicals the predecessors to NOVA Chemicals; and chairman, president and CEO of Foothills Pipe Lines. He was a long standing member of the boards of directors of NOVA Corporation and NOVA Chemicals, as well as the Bank of Nova Scotia where he was also chairman of the Executive Committee until his retirement from the board. Among his other affiliations were director of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Board of Governors of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, director of the Calgary Military Museums Society, master of the Regina Masonic Lodge, director of the Regina Roughrider Football Club and a benefactor of the University of Saskatchewan.

Above all Mr. Pierce was a thoughtful, caring man with a deep passion for what was right, a valued and insightful counsel, mentor and friend to many, and a father who loved his family and brought out the best in them.

A Celebration of his life will be held at the Salvation Army Glenmore Temple, (921 68 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In Mr. Pierce’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Military Families Fund (MFF) online at www.cfpsa.com/en/corporate/mfamily/index.asp or c/o Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, 4210 Labelle Street, Ottawa, ON K1A 0K2 or the Calgary Military Museums Society at www.CMMSociety.ca.

In living memory of Robert Pierce, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Jack Mustoe and Janet Love :

    Candy and family,
    Sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. He was a true visionary in the energy world and for Alberta.
    Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
    Jack Mustoe and Janet Love

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  2. Joan Cyre (McMahon) :

    Dear Candy and Family, We are sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob has always been a special person in our lives. We are thankful for the memories. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
    Joan and family

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  3. Michael and Caron Stewart :

    Candy, Brad, Suzannah, Jennifer and the extended Pierce family,

    Please accept our deepest conolences on Bob’s passing. He was an outstanding individual and a great friend. He was a true leader and visonary to the Canadian natural gas industry.

    We will miss him.
    Michael and Caron Stewart

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  4. Candy, Brad,Jennifer, and Susannah, I join you in mourning the loss of a dear friend. When asked how a Saskatchewan school-teacher could navigate the world of business, my answer is always the same. I learned about business and, more importantly, about what matters in living a good-life from Bob Pierce. He was a valued mentor and good friend. Even though our contact has been less frequent as the years have passed, his presence in my life continued to loom large.

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  5. We will also miss this kind, gentle, thoughtful, bright, gentleman. He was a source of light, and kind consideration to me, and all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.

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  6. Alan Maitland :

    Dear Mrs. Pierce, Brad, Jennifer, Susannah and Family,

    I am truly saddened to hear of the loss of your husband and father as he was such a leader in every field of endeavour in which he acted. I know him from the CMMS and he was an outspoken, passionate believer in that organization’s principles. We are all diminished by his loss.
    The only consolation is that his philanthropic spirit lives on in his children and grandchildren. There can be no greater success for a person than to know that, not only have you made the world a better place, but that you have taught your children to do the same. Bob Pierce did that.
    Please accept my sincere condolences and thoughts at this sorrowful time but be proud of the fact that Bob Pierce was one of a kind who made our world a better place.
    Alan Maitland

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  7. Alicja Siedlecki :

    Dear Mrs. Pierce and Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Mr. Pierce always had a kind word for me and I will remember that.

    Alicja Siedlecki

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  8. Dear Pierces,

    He will be missed. CMMS board meetings will not be the same without his presence. My sincere condolences.

    Tom Leppard

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  9. My sincere condolences to Candy and family!
    I first knew Bob in Regina as we both arrived in 1952 and met first through the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. When I moved to Calgary in 2003 and became active in the Springbank Hill Community Association we became re-acquainted and I greatly appreciated his wise counsel and friendship while I chaired the Planning Committee. He would even phone me from Mexico with sage advice and comment.
    In 1978 my daughter graduated from Queen’s in Engineering at a time when jobs were very scarce. I phoned Bob looking for prospects in the industry here. She was soon on her way to a job with AGTL where she worked for 2 years on outside ground work, winters and summers, and remains grateful to him.
    Bob was a wise, successful, friendly and compassionate man, and will be sorely missed by all whose paths met his.
    He was a true gentleman and indeed a kind and gentle man!

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  10. Jennifer:

    We were so sorry to learn of your father’s passing and are thinking of you all at this difficult time. May you take comfort with the wonderful memories of happy times together and in the full and rewarding life he lived. Our prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family.

    Sincerest Regards,

    Peter & Susan Mawer

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  11. Gord & Bev Tallman :

    Jennifer & famaily members
    We were saddened to read in this morning’s Calgary Herald that your Dad has passed away. He had a long list of important accomplishments during his business career and was a dedicated and supportive patriarch of your family.
    We hope your memories of your Dad will help comfort you at this time and in the future.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Sincerely,
    Gord & Bev Tallman

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  12. Victor and Loretta Einarson :

    We were saddened to learn that Bob had passed away. To you, Candy, and your Family, our sincere condolences. Victor first met Bob in the early 80’s in Nassau. Notwithstanding Bob’s accomplishments in life, he was very down-to -earth, easy to meet, kind and considerate. We know he will be sadly missed by all who crossed his path.
    Victor and Loretta
    Richmond, BC

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  13. Doug and Sue Ellis :

    Dear Candy and family

    We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s death. We always enjoyed the times we spent with him – he was a wonderful man. He will be missed by all who knew him and I know especially by you, his family, of whom he was so proud.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time.

    Sincerely

    Doug and Sue

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  14. Gail McMahon-Perley :

    Candy & Family
    We were sad to learn Bob passed away. We are very thankful for all the fond memories we have.
    Joan & I were so happy we were able to visit this past summer to reminise. We all had a good laugh when we reminded Bob that during his university years he would lay on our parents couch and allow we very young McMahon girls comb his hair “such patience and love”
    Bob has always been a special person in our lives.
    May you take comfort at this time and in the future with the wonderful memories you have.
    Gail & family

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  15. Kevin Duncan :

    Mr. Pierce was one of the first executives I met when I started my career at NOVA Chemcials 25 years ago. He was a very friendly down to earth leader that I came to respect and learn from. A true hard working and dedicated Canadian who helped build NOVA Chemicals. Rest in peace Mr. Pierce

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  16. My condolences in Bob’s passing. We were classmates at law school, law 52, and he had one of the most distinguished careers of all 26 or 27 of us. I have been practising in Ottawa since 1953 and used to see him occasionally at the hotels when he was visiting Ottawa as he often did. He was an absolutely outstanding individual. It was a pleasure and honour to know him.

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  17. Dear Jenn,

    I am saddened to hear of the loss of your father. He was a great man. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. You are in our prayers.

    Your friends,
    Tim and Teresa Wong

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  18. bruce and marny simpson :

    Dear Candy, Brad, Jennifer and Suzanne,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. We will always have wonderful memories of our times with Bob and your family. Our thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Marny and Bruce

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  19. Hector and Gail McFadyen :

    Candy and family … you are in our thoughts as we mourn Bob’s passing and remember the friend, the mentor and the character that he was. The memories will stay with us. God Bless.

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  20. Gerry & Anna Maier :

    Our deepest sympathies are with you, Candy, Susannah, Jennifer, Brad, and all of the larger Pierce family.
    The loss of Bob is a shock to all who knew him, regardless of whether the association was in business, socially, or through the many side interests and activities that Bob supported.
    We extend our most sincere condolences and grieve with you.
    Gerry & Anna

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  21. my sincere sympathies and condolences to all the family
    god bless you all
    sal di maio

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  22. Ken and Ardene Vollman :

    Dear Candy and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. Over the years, in settings both business and social, Bob was a gracious and friendly gentleman. May your memories of the many wonderful times you shared over the years sustain you through this difficult time.
    Ken and Ardene Vollman

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  23. Johnny Thorson :

    Candy:

    So very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a man of many accomplishments. It was always good to see the two of you at various parties and at the “Oilmen’s” when my crew and I would be performing music. Sincere condolences to you and all of the family.

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  24. Candy, Brad, Jennifer, Susannah and grandkids

    Your husband, father and grandfather was a very special person who took great pride in you, his family. He was a great man, a true Canadian of strong ethics and principles, vision and resolve who made a difference and contribution every day.

    I was blessed to have known him for only a decade; even in my senior age I learned so much from him and was fortunate to count him as my friend.

    As you go forward with purpose and direction, just as he would have wanted, take comfort in the fact that he lived life well and contributed to so many wonderful memories.

    My deepest sympathies.

    Bob

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  25. Don & Lydia Olafson :

    Dear Candy and family,

    We are very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and extend our sympathies on your loss. The association with Bob going back to the Regina days, has left a wealth of great memories and much appreciation of his vision, guidance and friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Don & Lydia

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  26. Lee & Liz Thompson :

    Candy please forgive us but we have been out of town the last 3 weeks and just got the news
    Our deepest condolences to you and the family, he was an outstnading man in all respects, a truly great Canadian
    with much love
    from both of us
    Lee and Liz

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  27. John and Fiona abbott :

    Candy and family,
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We will miss his lively presence at the CGCC. Calgary has lost a great leader and you have loss a great family man. Our thoughts are with you,
    Fiona and John

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  28. Dear Candy and family
    I was so saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden passing.I remember so very well the times we had dinner together and met at so many different functions and events over the years.Also we enjoyed so very much the times we spent in your home.It was always so nice to visit and socialize together.Bob was a very special person in so many ways not only through his contribution to industry and business but also through the advice and support he gave to so many.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Respectfully
    Valerie Nielsen

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  29. Ward C. Pitfield :

    Dear Pierce Family:

    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We worked together for several years through my connection with Pitfield Mackay Ross. Bob’s integrity and loyalty were unmatched and I am most grateful for his friendship. He was indeed a true gentleman.

    Sincerely,

    Ward C. Pitfield.

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  30. Jeff Carruthers and Mary Ferguson :

    Candy and family: both Mary and I were saddened to read about Bob’s death in the Globe and Mail. We got to know him well in Ottawa and Calgary during the days leading up to Foothills’ win of the right to build the northern gas pipeline. I last spoke with him at TransCanada PipeLines and he was helpful as always. Our sincerest condolences. We will remember him always.
    Sincerely,
    Jeff Carruthers and Mary Ferguson

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  31. Vang and Wally court :

    We were saddened to learn of Bob’s death….he was always gracious to us and interested in everything about our family. We trust your family will have a sense of God’s Presence…and thus have peace as you remember.

    Vang and Wally court

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  32. Diane Halvorsen :

    Dear Candy,
    I just learned of Bob’s passing. It has been many years since my association with INGAA and attendance at the Oilmen’s and various gas pipeline events, but I have many fond memories of the times I shared with you and Bob and sometimes the girls. I offer my condolences and wish you all peace and love. Bob was truly one of the classiest gentlemen I ever had the opportunity to know.

    Most sincerely,
    Diane Halvorsen

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  33. David Cotterall :

    Dear Candy:

    I just learned that Bob passed away on March 17th.

    I have met many people over the years and I would say that Bob was one of the wisest, warmest and most caring individuals I have ever met. I always knew that with a phone call to Bob I would get the unvarnished truth but elegantly communicated without the sharp edges. My boys still talk fondly about the visit to your house in Manzanillo 10 years ago.

    Shireen, David, Patrick, Sean and I all send our condolences and we will all miss Bob, a prince of a guy.

    David Cotterall

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  34. Dear Candy and Family,

    We were very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a good friend, a valued colleague and such a special person in so many ways.
    We know you will miss him terribly, but you will always have wonderful memories of the time you spent with him.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Bob and Diana Welty

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  35. Bob Pierce
    My sympathy to all the family. Bob was a great asset to Canada and I have fond memories of working with him as a volunteer from Regina for the National Liberal Party.

    Honourable Nick Taylor

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