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GARDNER, Rob (Edward Robertson)

February 23, 1958 – Calgary, AB
April 24, 2018 – Medicine Hat, AB

The car wash lost a loyal customer on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Rob Gardner, of Medicine Hat, AB, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a brave yet brief battle with cancer.

On February 23 1958, in Calgary, AB, Rob was born to Angela (Bill) Gardner and Ed Gardner. Vicky (Dale) Baxandall was the much older, proud big sister to her new baby brother. Vicky and Rob shared their own language and Rob didn’t walk until 16 months due to always being carried by Vicky. Rob became the big brother to siblings Gregory and Nancy (Martin) West. Rob kept his parents on their toes by finding trouble on their farm in Okotoks, this included “accidentally” lighting the barn on fire, racing cars, and running from the police.

Rob was surrounded by lifelong friends. Their shenanigans are probably still being talked about by local law enforcement.

Although Robbie (as lovingly called by his mother) kept his mom on her toes in his younger years, she recalls he kept the cleanest room, with a bed always made, and that he was at the dinner table every night. Angela was so happy when Robbie met Terry, his soon-to-be bride, as he was finally going to settle down.

It has been said that Rob was the favourite son-in-law. Rob was welcomed into the family with open arms and a $50 bill to take Terry away. Rob will be missed by brothers-in-law, Dennis (Linda) Hall, Brian Hall, and Rick Hall; and sister-in-law, Kathy (Ken) Mycock.

Rob was the adored husband to Terry of 37 years. Rob and Terry’s love was to be admired. They were a perfect pair – the left hand to the right hand. Their 40 years together of love and companionship gifted them with 3 children, Donna-lee, Robin, and Bobby. A love like theirs is truly rare.

Rob was a great dad. The Best Dad. He was always supportive and encouraging and did everything to ensure his children were happy and thriving. Rob was so proud that his daughter was a Registered Nurse, and he mentioned it to everyone. His awesome sense of humour made growing up with Rob around entertaining. Rob was known to stick chop sticks up his nose at the restaurant to make the kids laugh, to wear ridiculously short, bright, swim shorts to the pool, and to place his dentures in the most ridiculous places.

Rob and Terry worked hard and built a beautiful life for their family. Rob was a floor layer since the age of 20. He was taught the trade by several mentors whom he respected dearly. The student became the teacher, and Rob taught his talent to many people. Rob worked along side Terry at Crestview Floors in Calgary, AB for the majority of his career and took pride in his talent. He was a perfectionist that enjoyed the feeling of making a home beautiful for customers.

When Rob wasn’t working, he could be found in his garage. His paradise. He loved working on his latest projects. He was always busy fixing things. He had a solution for everything. He loved camping and spending time at Mclean Creek, teaching his kids how to quad. During the week he would spend his nights getting ready to go camping, and fixing the toys that got broken the weekend before. He was known around the campsite and was always available to help get a fellow rider unstuck. He was always muddy and the toys were always breaking.

In 2007, Rob and Terry moved to Medicine Hat, AB, where they met great friends, and neighbours. Rob and Terry worked alongside each other at Carpet One. He loved living in “Gods Country”; spending time in the sun on his deck, eating cookies, tinkering around his cul-de-sac, and spending time at the race track. Rob loved watching the weather channel and could always tell you exactly how much warmer Medicine Hat was and how little snow they received compared to Calgary.

Rob was the adored Pa to Brennan and Kaydan. He loved watching them grow into the amazing young men they have become. He was so proud of his grandsons.

Rob had a great relationship with his son-in-law, Kelly. The two of them would spend hours talking, laughing, and “working”.

Rob was blessed with his adored nephews and nieces that always made him laugh and whom he always enjoyed spending time with. Danielle (Jay) Smith, Daile Smith, Angie Smith, Jeremy (Tiffany) Floer, Stacy Robinson, Alison (Ryan) Baxandall, Meagan Hall, Royal (Hien) Barnes, Calvin (Rita) Barnes, Jennifer, and Micheal Hall.

Rob will forever be missed. He will always be remembered for always having a coffee on the go, his contagious smile, his strength, his selfless actions, his desire to help everyone, and his ability to find a solution for anything.

Rob was predeceased and devastated by the loss of his best friend and younger brother, Greg, in 1980; and his treasured son, Bobby in 1995.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all the thoughtful expressions of love and kindness by relatives and friends during their time of loss and bereavement. A special thanks to all the physicians and nurses whom cared for Rob and his family during this difficult time.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. Reception to follow at the funeral home.

In living memory of Rob Gardner, 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. Coreen finnman

    My thoughts and prayers are with you ladies.Love Always Coreen Finnman

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  2. Terry & family , I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Rob. l send my love to you & my deepest sympathy

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  3. Wayne and Laura Rath

    Our deepest condolences to you Terry and your family. Rob was a wonderful man who cared for all he knew. We found that knowing Rob with our get togethers at the Drescher’s in Medicine Hat. Memories of Rob will be close to your hearts as Rob watches over you all. Just know he is near guiding you the rest of your lives. He will be forever missed and we are lucky to have know him.

    Wayne and Laura Rath

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  4. Sheila Drescher

    Our deepest sympathy Terry and Robin and your families. Have never met a man that had such a wonderful outlook on life. When asked how he was doing, he always said excellent. Terry I enjoyed working with you and Rob at Carpet One, and cherished the friendship that we had . The two of you are the perfect couple. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will miss seeing that special smile. Love always Mike and Sheila. xoxo

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  5. Rebecca D. Henderson

    To my Auntie Angela & Uncle Ed & my loved cousin – in – law Terry, also to my cousins Nancy & Vicky. Also of course to Robbie’s darling daughter who he spent many hours over many days telling me how much he loved you and was so very proud of you but I know you know that already. Robbie loved Terry more than life itself. It’s so beautiful to hear a man talking about how much he adored his wife, it was so beautiful. Years ago prior to 2004 when they moved south of Calgary to your new home in Medicine Hat, when I was first disabled, Rob came by quite regularly and would sit with me and spend the afternoons talking with me when I had no one else to talk to. He regularly suggested I go to fake & bake and how good that would make me feel. Lol. He has always been so kind and caring towards me. When I was around 7 or 8 I came out West to visit my cousins & Aunt & Uncle (I’ve always adored you all) on my own without my parents or sisters. I remember doing some fun & funny things with the boys & little tom girl cousin of the same age Nancy. Let’s see, I recall good ole fun like being in the barn and jumping from the upper level into a ton of hay below. I had never done anything like that before this time and I’ll never forget Robbie & Greg telling me I’d be fine, Nancy laughed & jumped squealing with joy, well that convinced me and I was in. I don’t recall how long we did it that day or any other day. Yet I’ll never forget how much fun it was!
    I also recall something about being dared to do something by Robbie & Uncle Edward & I’m not sure who else in this wonderful family of mine. Anyhow it involves a very large plastic/latex glove and the rear end of a cow. That is definitely something else I’ll never forget. We also did four wheeling on one of their “toys” once or twice. Great fun with my cousins once again.
    Robbie has always been so kind to me, taking care of me thru tough times like when my Mom & I were driving across Canada from Ontario. When we arrived in Calgary it was during Stampede which to say I was not prepared for is an understatement. On July 4 the morning after we arrived my Mom has a stroke and a blood clot blocked off the main vessel to her right leg. Her leg was as white as a sheet of paper. She passed out for a moment in Robbie and Terry’s kitchen, falling forward thank god instead of backwards down the stairs, it really scared Bobbie who was just a wee boy around 3 or so. I woke up and I was told what was happening. I was terrified. Robbie took me aside & said he called the hospital & they are expecting her. So I go dressed and helped my Mom get ready. We got her out to Robbie’s car and off to the Rockyview. Well I walked in Emerg with my mom and Rob parked his card. To start I’m terrified for my Mom as I walk into Emerg all the doctor & nurses are dressed like Cowboys & Cowgirls. It’s kinda funny now but at the time I was so worried & scared I did not find it reassuring & I wanted a real doctor to help me not some clown. Well, good ole Robbie once again calmed me down, explained everything. Held my hand to give me strength when we spoke with the doctors. My Mom had to stay in the hospital until I think the 20th of July 1986. During her time in the hospital I stayed with my wonderful cousin & his amazing wife Terry (love you) and their absolutely precious and darling kids Robin & her baby brother Bobby (RIP sweetheart). Two of the cutest sweetest kids you could ever meet. Robin has grown up to be quite the amazing young lady who followed her mom in her career as a caring nurse. And she is so much like both her parents, I see Robbie & I see Terry in Robin so clearly. She is blessed to have been raised by the best Dad & the best Mom & surrounded by loving family members. You did good Dad.

    I thank you Rob for being the first person in my family to be there emotionally for me when I became disabled, visiting, chatting, picking things up for me and helping me with anything he could. Even though once he & Terry moved I’ve been out of touch. I no longer drive due to my disability, so I could not go for a visit, which I would have loved to do. But I’m just so happy that when we were together I felt like I had a big brother taking care of me whenever he was around me.

    I love you so much Auntie Angela, Bill and Uncle Edward. I’m so saddened that you have lost so much in your lives. So many close family members are with Robbie now. My dearest Terry and Robin (& Kelly & his grandsons Brennan & Kaydan), I love you so much as well and I’m feel so saddened for you, you as well have lost too much in your young lives. My dearest cousins Vicky (& Dale, Jeremy & family and Allison & family) and my twin cousin Nancy (& Martin & Royal & family and Calvin & your family) I do love you all so much as well. I’m so sorry that you are going thru this deep loss as well. I know he was an amazing brother and you’ve been blessed to have him with you and I’m so saddened that he is now gone. May God help all of you thru these very tough times. Rest In Peace my dearest cousin. I’ll always love you, as long as I live. God Bless you Robbie. ♥️. God Bless Terry & Robin & Kelly [Kaydan & Brennan) also Angela (Bill), Edward, Vicki (Dale), Jeremy (Tiffany), Allison (Ryan), Nancy (Martin), Royal (Hein), Calvin (Rita). I wish you all strength and peace eventually. ♥️ ✨. You were loved by so many family & friends in your life and you were also so well respected Robbie.
    I’ll always love you Robbie. I’ll always miss you with all my heart. I’m happy & relieved that you are out of your pain & discomfort. My Mom ,your Uncle, brother daughter & son are all on the other side to be with you and to have met you when you passed over.
    Love you. Becca

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  6. Christine Gongal

    I’m so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. My heart goes out to the family. I have known Rob since I was a little kid and will always remember how he used to make me laugh, the camping trips with my sister Sandy and Brian and how he showed me how to blow “smoke squares.” He was always fun to be around and I will miss his smile and happy nature. He has many Angels to show him the way so rest easy that he will never be alone. May he rest in Peace xoxo

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  7. Some of the best memories of my life involved Robbie. (Some schetchie ones as well.) First rig …..we lied about our age and got hired on. Bet Angie would rather forget that event. Cruising the back roads for days on end. Non stop fixing his cars….on the side of the highway. Aultering the new overpass off #2 and $2A. Robbie and C.W….took one on the chin for me. Terry came along and the good times kept rolling. What a trooper. They found a love I’ve yet to see as strong. Two of the most genuine people I’ve had the good fortune to call friends….family. I’ll forever be grateful for them years and the friendship. RIP brother. Love you my friend….

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  8. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Terry and the family. Rob was a wonderful part of the Crestview family, he was always laughing and sharing his stories about his family and his adventures. We mourned with Rob and Terry during Bobby’s illness and his passing and now we mourn with Terry at the loss of her husband. Rob will truly be missed.

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  9. Cody McEachern

    Dear Robin and family,
    I’m am so very sorry for your loss. Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

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  10. Brian Sabiston

    Dear Terry
    Judi and myself were shocked and deeply saddened upon reading of Rob’s untimely death. We have spoken of you many times as the perfect couple and absolutely perfect team as you worked together in our condo units two years ago. Reading through the other letters of condolence, it is crystal clear that Rob has left many footprints on the lives of others. Please accept our sincerest and deepest sympathy ~ Judi Mullin & Brian Sabiston, Medicine Hat

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  11. Barry Thomas

    Robbie was my friend in school – my neighbor and my buddy in things we got up to – while growing up. My thoughts go out to to Terry and family, Ed and Angela raised a great man, I’m so glad he was able to enjoy a full life, raising a family and having a loving wife by his side for all those years. He will never be forgotten, I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there to say goodbye, have a safe journey my friend.

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  12. My best friend growing up!!
    We had some good times!
    You and you family especially your dad taught me so much about life and how to work hard to get what you want in life!
    I love and i miss you!!

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