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ROBERTS – Lorne Russell DFC CA

June 13, 1922 – October 18, 2010

After a wonderful life full of love and laughter Lorne passed away peacefully early on Monday, October 18, 2010.

He is survived by his loving wife and soul-mate for nearly 70 years, Margaret; son Terry (Harvey Coyote); daughter Marcia Runge (Brent Mitchell); Lea Roberts; grandchildren, Scott Roberts; Barbara Roberts (Devin Wagner); and Alexandra Runge (Christopher Duthie). Lorne is also survived by a brother Carmen and his wife Gertrude; sister-in-law Ena; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters Hazel and Vivian and brothers Gordon and Leslie.

After graduation from Central High School, Lorne signed with Williams and Williams Chartered Accountants where he worked for two years. Lorne then enlisted in the RCAF and he and Margaret were married on December 27, 1943 before he was posted overseas.

Lorne rose to the rank of Flying Officer, and served as a Navigator on a Lancaster Bomber. Lorne completed a full tour of 30 combat missions in the European theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for navigating his night bomber by sextant to its target, and back to base safely, after its navigation equipment failed.

Lorne returned home and rejoined Williams and Williams. After completing his CA studies and working for several years, he and his partners acquired the firm and formed Roberts Gibson & Fraser (and Gillett later). That partnership was sold and Lorne joined Westburne International as Controller in 1967. He retired in 1987 as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Secretary.

Lorne will be remembered as a loving and generous man with a warm and subtle sense of humour. He and “his Marn” were avid travelers, sports fans, and supporters of the arts.

Memorial Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CNIB or a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to thank everyone at Staywell Manor for their care, support and loving kindness.

In living memory of Lorne Roberts, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. I am using this format in order to reach all of the Roberts family. The Waddells and the Roberts go back a long way. I think of Lorne the way I think of Margaret, Margot and Terry – as a family of warm, gracious and kind people. From the time I was a young boy, Lorne invariably treated me with an interested respect. He always seemed glad to see me and the feeling was mutual. I know Lorne Roberts was a successful man, a loving husband and father and a loyal friend. I will remember him for that, and for the contribution he made to my own sense of self worth. I hope time brings you all confort and peace.

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  2. Jack Richards :

    I express to the Roberts family my sincere condolences with the passing of Lorne.

    We shared many years in the business world with the Westburne group of companies, where Lorne paid such a major role in the success of our company.

    May you rest in peace Lorne.

    Jack Richards

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  3. Barbara Chemago and Jim Baer :

    Jim and I were very sorry to hear of Lorne’s death and would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the Roberts family. You are all part of the wonderful legacy that Lorne left. We wish that we could be with you on Saturday to celebrate Lorne’s life. He will always be remembered for his warmth and generosity and will be greatly missed by all.

    Love,

    Barbara and Jim

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  4. Crystal & Spencer Roberts :

    Uncle Lorne was a very special person and one I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with and catching up during family get-togethers in the past. Our deepest sympathy to Auntie Margo and the rest of the family.

    Love, Crystal and Spencer

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  5. Dorothy Boothman :

    To the Roberts Family

    I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family, especially to Carmen. I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. Lorne and I were playmates back in our school days.

    Dorothy Boothman

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  6. Susan (Bliss) McKay :

    I was saddened to hear of Lorne’s passing and wanted to send a message of deep sympathy to the entire Roberts family. Lorne was a dear and long-time friend to our parents and we will never forget how ever-present and supportive he was to our family during Dad’s illness and final days. My sincere condolences to Margo and the entire family at this difficult time.

    Susan (Bliss) McKay

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  7. Margo, Marcia, Terry and Roberts Family
    My deepest sympathy for your loss
    Find peace and comfort in the memories of Lorne, help each other to remember and take the time to grieve
    My thoughts are with you
    Take care
    Kim Ockwell
    I still live in Stanley Park and drive by the house daily, with thoughts of your family and the cats
    kockwell@ucalgary.ca

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