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FRALEIGH, Robert Bruce

November 1, 1930 – Petrolia, Ontario
May 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Robert (Bob) Fraleigh of Calgary, AB, on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the age of 88 years.

Bob was the first son of Dr. Bruce and Jean Fraleigh. He spent his childhood growing up in Petrolia, ON where he was the oldest of three brothers. He studied Geology at the University of Western Ontario and graduated in 1954. During his studies, he met his future wife Margaret who was a drum majorette in the Mustang’s Marching Band. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and made many life long friends. Upon graduation he took a job in Talara, Peru where his first son Rob was born in 1957. Soon there after the young family moved to Bogota, Colombia where their second son Dan was born in 1959. Bob thoroughly enjoyed his time in the jungles of South America, exploring for oil and gas deposits, much to the chagrin of Margaret. In 1960 they returned to Canada and landed in Edmonton with Bob continuing his work with Imperial Oil. Their daughter Anne arrived in 1965. In 1966 the growing family moved to Calgary where Bob took a job with Dome Petroleum and soon became the Chief Geologist. Their fourth child John was born in 1968. Bob left Dome in 1978 and moved on to a number of smaller junior oil and gas companies. He enjoyed working in a smaller business environment. Bob also enjoyed dabbling in the hard rock mineral sector. He was a long standing member of APEGA. Bob took pleasure in the great outdoors whether it was fishing, gardening, hunting, branding cattle or traveling. Bob was fascinated with the natural world and he could identify/discourse any kind of rock, animal or plant. Bob especially enjoyed his days at the High River property, where he briefly owned a small herd of cattle and several horses. Grand Bend, ON, and Manzanillo, MX, were other favorite spots where he and the family would gather and enjoy margaritas as he was a connoisseur of the blender and could show off his Master Blender skills. Bob loved the Opera and Symphony and was a generous supporter of numerous charities. He played bridge right up until the time of his passing. Bob touched many lives with his generosity and kindness. He loved all ten of his grandchildren greatly and enthusiastically supported their various endeavors.

Bob is survived by his children, Rob (Marissa) Fraleigh, Dan (Mary) Fraleigh, Anne Fraleigh (Patrick McFetridge) and John Fraleigh (Krista). He will also be lovingly remembered by his bother Ron (Joyce) Fraleigh; sisters-in-law, Donna Marie Fraleigh, Anne (D’Arcy) Luxton and Frances (Raul Urtasun) Harley; and his grandchildren, Thom, Jamie, Will, John, Ross, Michael, Peter, Zoe, Nathan and Andrew. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Margaret Fraleigh (nee Harley) of almost sixty years.

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through The family would like to thank Calgary EMS and the staff at the Rockyview General Hospital for their exceptional care of Bob.

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

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  1. Christine Stiles

    Dear Fraleigh family,
    So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a wonderful intelligent capable person (just like his children). I wish you peace and wonderful memories.

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  2. I read of your father’s passing and remembered him from the Dome Petroleum days when I worked in the adjoining Land department. I remember a very kind well spoken gentleman. A life well lived. Blessings.

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  3. Dear Rob, Dan, Anne, John and your families,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was one heck of a special guy and Vic and I so enjoyed the times we spent with Marg and Bob over the past 43 years. So many good laughs, much good food and wine, and always good (and often heated) conversation about everything! These last years have been very hard, I know, and his time had come. But I like thinking that he and Vic are having a very good catch up visit now, w/Marg’s supervision.
    Bless you all in this time of sadness.
    Marion Rogers

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  4. Greg McFetridge

    With Bob’s passing, Maureen and I would like to offer our deep condolences to Anne, Patrick, John, Michael and Zoe and to Anne’s brothers and families. Bob shared a full and interesting long life with Marg and will be missed by their four children, ten grandchildren, extended family and many friends.

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  5. Elizabeth Oughtred

    He will be missed.
    Sending fond thoughts and memories to the Fraleigh family.

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  6. Sanny Harkness

    Extending Deepest Heartfelt sympathy to Ann, Rob, Dan and John.
    I worked with Bob for many years! He was the kindest, nicest person and always a gentleman. May your memories bring you comfort.

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  7. Ray Featherstone

    To Rob and family,

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

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