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GRAHAM, Robert William “Bob”

April 25, 1946 – Hartney, Manitoba
September 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Robert “Bob” William Graham, beloved husband of Beverley Graham (nee Prokopetz), of Calgary, passed away peacefully, September 29, 2018 at the age of 72.

Along with his wife Bev, he is lovingly remembered by their only child Tara Lynne, and cherished granddaughter Finnegan Lena, as well as his sister and husband Janie and Harold Zetterstrom, and his cousin Mary; Bev’s siblings and spouses Larry and Teresa, Joan, Darlene and Brian, Ron and Nicole, Gaylene and Kevin; and all his nieces and nephews. Bob leaves behind his beloved fur babies Olive and Costello. May he drop them their favorite treats from heaven!

Bob was predeceased by his parents Irvine and Lillian Graham; brother Ron and sister Judy; Bev’s parents and his extended family from Hartney, the Leach’s. Fond memories and countless hours were spent with Merv, restoring antique vehicles that were in the Hartney parade. His love of the old vehicles extended to having two favorites sitting in his garage. Bob’s interest in antiques was apparent by his collectibles in his man cave.

Bob was born April 25, 1946 in Hartney, MB. He received his schooling in The Pas and Winnipeg, MB. At the age of 18 he joined the United States Air Force, training as a paratrooper and serving in Vietnam. After being discharged from the forces, he returned to Canada and worked briefly in banking and then began his career in the Aircraft industry.

Bob began his employment with Ilford Riverton Airways and St. Andrews Airways, both based in Winnipeg; thereafter being employed with Air Canada at both the Winnipeg and Calgary locations, where he completed his Aircraft Maintenance & Inspector Certification. Many lasting friendships in the industry were made during this period, especially with Phil Forrest and Wayne Murkitt. For over twenty-five years Bob’s keen knowledge of Air Canada’s Fleet kept us safely flying in the skies. Bob’s certification included all small aircraft (ie: Aztecs, Pipers, DC-3’s, etc.) and the Air Canada Fleet including the Boeing 727, Douglas DC9, Boeing B767, Airbus A320 Family and the Airbus 340. It was Bob’s responsibility to sign out or ground the planes as he deemed necessary. During Bob’s employment with Air Canada, the family enjoyed many trips to all the major cities in Canada and the Western US. In 2005, Bob retired from Air Canada.

Shortly after retiring, Bob and Bev purchased a summer get-a-way in Hartney, where they enjoyed several summers with the Leach family, Bob’s cousin Mary, and other immediate family in the area. Chef Bob would treat guests to his succulent short ribs (a two day process that he mastered to perfection), his mouth watering chili, and steaks barbequed to excellence. His skills will be missed in the kitchen.

Bob was also a talented photographer, covering many weddings and anniversary events, leaving us memories for a lifetime. These proficient photographic skills he graciously passed onto his daughter Tara. Bob and Bev enjoyed cheering on their favorite teams the Calgary Stampeders, the Calgary Flames, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Winnipeg Jets!

Bob played the banjo, guitar, steel guitar with his impromptu band. Oh the fun everyone had at their random gatherings! Bob especially enjoyed jamming with his buddies Phil and Dick. The band always played at the Royal Canadian Legion, especially during the Calgary Stampede. Bob was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion receiving his twenty-five year pin in 2016.

Bob and Bev celebrated their forty-forth wedding anniversary this year and considered his greatest love to be his Family, whom he treasured and adored. His precious Finnegan…..Bob couldn’t spent enough time with her; always interested in what she was reading, what she was drawing, watching her dancing, singing and performing. Bob bought Finnegan her first guitar (purple) for Christmas last year and gladly gifted his new Fender Stratocaster to her in hopes she will play tunes for him to enjoy from heaven.

His kindness, generosity, support, guidance and words of wisdom are gifts his family will carry forever.

As per Bob’s wishes, no services will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Robert Graham, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB, T2A 3V9, Telephone: 403- 248-8585.

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  1. Philip Forrest :

    Bob. You were a mentor and a true, good friend. Your love of country music was infectious. You taught me that it was just like rock, but better… and you can still get away with only three chords. Your love of aviation was also apparent to those who knew you, though you would deny it when asked. I knew better.
    But most of all, your true loves were your girls, Bev, Tara, and Finnegan. I could see it in your eyes and hear it in your voice when you spoke of them, and if someone mentioned their names your face would light up. Though you were not much for sentimental words, your actions spoke volumes and you proved daily that you knew the true meaning of friendship, and I have you to thank for teaching me the same.
    You will be greatly missed here on this earth by your friends and loved ones, but I know there must be a better plan…, I think God is getting the band back together, and he needed you there to start the rehearsals.

    We’ll all be listening for the music…….

    With great sorrow, but also great love and respect. I will miss you.

    Phil

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  2. Robert and Bernadette Tigg :

    So very sorry to hear about Bobs passing. Our condolences to you bev and your family.

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  3. I’ll always remember Bob for his masterful cooking (Jambalaya!), his great collection of collectables at “Bob’s Bar” and the patience and support he offered me as I attempted to be an adult a little sooner than I was ready for. I’m grateful for the generosity, and guestroom he and Beg extended to me for a period of time and I’ll always cherish those memories. You’ll be missed Bob. My heart goes out to Bev, Tara and Finn. Xoxo

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  4. Angela Esplen :

    Dear Bev
    It was many years ago when I came to your home in Winnipeg helping Sandra babysit.

    I can remember your house always filled with love and generosity.

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    love cousin angie

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  5. My dear friend, you were part of the Leach family since you were a mere 15-year-old boy. How proud Merv and Nora were of the man you became with your very successful career and your beautiful family, Bev, Tara and Finnegan. Our thoughts are with them at this very sad time. Merv’s daughters thank you for being there in Hartney for Dad…helping with him with his cars and keeping him such good company. We will always keep you in our thoughts and our hearts and are very sure that you are now in the loving arms of those who have gone before you. Rest in peace my friend.

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  6. So sorry to hear of Bobby passing

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  7. Darlene & Brian :

    Dearest Bob,
    Truly our family circle is broken…with heavy hearts we express an overwhelming sadness we have never experienced.
    Your welcoming home became a refuge for many memorable family dinners, birthday and grad celebrations, and festive holiday gatherings. For these special times we are forever appreciative and grateful.
    You will never be forgotten. We grieve alongside Bev, Tara, & Finnegan.
    Wishing you peace!

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  8. Krystelle Byttynen :

    Dear Uncle Bob:
    I’m so sorry to hear of your passing. You have left this world all to soon. I have such fond memories of you and Aunt Bev as a child, and I’ll cherish those memories for always. Pass along a hi and a big hug to my mom.. I’m sure she’ll be waiting for her baby brother at the gates to welcome you in to Heaven. You’ll be sorely missed on this earth by your family and your friends.

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