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WATSON, Robert Henry (Bob)

July 14, 1927 – February 27, 2015

After a brief and courageous struggle, surrounded by his loving family, Bob Watson reluctantly left this world in the early hours of February 27, 2015.

A second generation Calgarian, he was the first son of Alec and Helen Watson and grew up with four siblings (John, Marnie, Sandra and Bill) in the busy, character-rich household of 905 Rideau Road. While pursuing a degree in physics at the University of Alberta, somewhere amid the to and fro of the badminton court, he met his beloved wife and soul mate Nancy (née Johnson). Together they raised four boys: Rob (Kathy), Tim (Doone), Steve (Diane), and Scott (Laurel). Bob and Nancy’s welcoming home remains the gathering place for an extended family, spanning four generations.

Bob entered the oil and gas industry during its early years in Alberta, worked his way to supervising geophysicist of the Western District of Texaco Canada, and retired after over four decades in the patch. Respected for his honesty and integrity, he made lasting friendships at many levels of the industry.

Bob’s true passion was his family and community. He endlessly supported his four boys in all they did. He coached the Dominions baseball team for over a decade of his sons’ play in the Elbow Park Little League. If he wasn’t at the ball field, he was tossing footballs in the front yard, lacing up skates or shouting encouragement over the boards at the local rink. As a PTA executive, he was responsible for installing a Canadian Bill of Rights plaque in Altadore School. Along with Nancy, he taught Sunday school and sat on the executive committee at the local church. He was not deeply religious, but was deeply principled. Honesty, integrity and respect for all were his essential teachings. He, Nancy and his great friend Ron Manz with great persistence developed Larch Point on Windermere Lake. This is a major component of his legacy, and a source of fond, often hilarious, memories and a touchstone for family and friends.

All who knew him enjoyed his great sense of humour and sharp wit. Bob was a talented athlete and his high intelligence was particularly evident in his tremendous facility with mathematics. He was proud of his Scottish heritage. Bob was in his element celebrating with family and friends with a good scotch in his hand. He was a man of strong opinions and had no reluctance expressing them.

Over their 64 years of marriage, Bob and Nancy dedicated themselves to nurturing their boys and grandchildren. His generous heart adored nothing more than welcoming a new baby to the clan. He made special efforts to bond with every member of his family, and this was evident in the outpouring of emotion at his bedside during the final hours of his life. He was much loved, and we will miss him terribly.

Bob’s Life will be Celebrated at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

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

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  1. Derek. & Pat. Martin :

    We are saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. Our lives have been greatly enriched by our association with Bob and his family at Lake Windermere. Please accept our condolences to Nancy and her family.

    Derek and Pat Martin

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  2. Rev. Dr. Stuart R. Watkins :

    Dear Watson Family:
    It is with sadness and yet a certain joy in my heart that I have read of the passing of Mr. Watson. Joy for having been raised “down the street” from a fine family under the leadership of your husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Watson contributed much to the success of our neighbourhood and the community. I have fond memories of “snow forts and snowball fights “on the front lawn of your family home. I remember games of “kick the can” involving our entire street with Mr. Watson there to keep us all in check and keep an eye on Ricky Peters! LOL I remember my mother keeping bones from roasts of beef after her famous Sunday dinners and telling my brother and I to take them down to “the Watson dogs.” I do not know what breed those two big black dogs were, but they sure were big!
    Mr. Watson always treated everyone with kindness, compassion, and fairness. He and Mrs. Watson attended both of my parents funerals which I very much appreciated. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend his as I am out of town.
    Be assured that Mr. Watson is now receiving his just reward.
    Blessings to all of you.
    Rev. SRW

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  3. Cathy McIsaac :

    Mrs. Watson, so sorry to hear about your loss. It has been a pleasure dealing with Mr. Watson for the past 25 years. I very much looked forward to our annual meeting at your home. Did not matter we spent very little time discussing insurance and more about catching up on life. He will be missed.
    Renfrew Insurance Ltd.

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  4. Dear Nancy and family,

    So many happy memories of Bob and your family on 15th Street, S. W. in Calgary.
    A wonderful friend and a grand man. I wish I could be there to give you all a hug.

    Kae Burns and family.

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  5. Tinaca & Howard Ho :

    We got to know Bob through Steve and Diane. We are sorry to learn the passing of Bob. Please accept our condolences.

    Tinaca & Howard Ho

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  7. Jane Jefferson :

    our deepest sympathy to nancy and family. Our thoughts are with you.
    Jane, Norman and family

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