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MACKIE, Robert Allan Forgan

December 11, 1935 – Calgary, Alberta
March 19, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Robert Allan Forgan Mackie passed away on March 19, 2019 from the effects of diabetes over the past 71 years.

Bob was born in Calgary on December 11, 1935 and was a proud Calgarian with a long family history with the Southern Alberta Pioneers.

Bob’s paternal grandfather, James Mackie, was mayor during some of Calgary’s formative years and built the Lancaster Building, the highest building in Western Canada in 1918 when it opened. Bob and his cousins Jim Mackie and Norman Mackie and their siblings saved and renovated the historic building in the 1980s opening the city’s first food court. The building is now the Simons flagship store in Alberta. His maternal grandfather, Clifford Jones, was a prominent lawyer, world traveller, and school board member who instilled the importance of education upon the city and his family – his daughter – Bob’s mother – graduated from the nursing program at Stanford University in 1930.

Bob recently donated the Lancaster papers, his parent’s correspondence, and the documents and correspondence of his grandparents, as well as the photographic negatives of his father, one of Calgary’s prominent photographers of the 30s to 60s, to the Glenbow Museum archives.

He also donated nine of his father’s photographs of the mountains and badlands and a dozen drawings of the historic buildings of Calgary to The Inglewood House, a senior’s residence, in appreciation of their kindness to him during his two-year residence.

Bob was fascinated by how things worked, he could fix anything mechanical or electronic. He loved animals, the colour red, movies and music, and appreciated a good glass of wine. He treasured his 1963 MGB – black with red leather interior.

After receiving his Science (physics) and Education degrees, Bob graduated from the law school at the University of Alberta and had a litigation practice with McLaws and Company working on the MacKenzie Pipeline among other innovative projects in Alberta. He actively participated in civic affairs and was a member of Calgary’s Development Appeal Board.

Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith, his daughter Karen Jill Mackie (husband Greg White), his sister Carol Mackie (son Brian), and Marlene Mackie his wife for many years, Karen’s Mom and his dear friend, who shared with him his favourite magazine, The New Yorker.

Bob’s beloved English Springer Spaniels Pavlova, Plato, and Petra and his feline friends Calico, Claudia and Squire provided many years of companionship and daily walks around Roxboro.

He was predeceased by his parents Allan Kelvin Mackie and Nora Cecile Mackie (Jones), and his niece Katherine McDowell.

Thank you to the kind and caring staff at Carewest George Boyack 4th floor who ensured Bob’s last few months were enjoyable.

At Bob’s request there will be no funeral. He will rest with his parents at Union Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Bob Mackie, 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. Kerry White-Tucker

    Dear Karen and Marlene,
    Claire and I loved reading all about Bob’s amazing life and legacy. We are holding you both close and tight during these difficult days.
    Much love,
    Claire and Kerry

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  2. Dear Patricia and to Bob’s Family
    My deepest condolences on Bob’s passing. I have many fond memories of our conversations together over the years as well as ones Bob had with my late husband Larry on his daily dog walks in our 32 year residency on 2 street in Roxboro.

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  3. Cheryl Melosky & Carl Brown

    Our heartfelt condolences. Bob was our neighbour on 3 Street for over 14 years. He often looked after our dog Zeus and would walk him to Roxboro park with his dogs Petra and Plato. Bob was a wealth of knowledge of Calgary’s history and shared wonderful stories of his youth and summers in Banff.
    He will be missed.

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  4. So sad that Bob has passed, enjoyed being his neighbour for many years in Roxboro, and I will miss him very much. I will miss our conversations about all going on around us, and I was happy that I was able to spend that time. He loved my Chili, and after, he would always return my containers with a note of appreciation. He was a very good man!

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  5. Donna and Bill Walker

    Bob was a great neighbour and always engaging. He regularly provided excellent articles to go along with topics we’d discussed in the dog park. His vast array of interests allowed him to speak with knowledge and authority on almost any subject. It was never dull when you were with Bob. The neighbourhood just hasn’t been the same without him. We will miss Bob Mackie.

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  6. Brian Mainwaring

    I first met Mr. Mackie (as he then was to me) as my grade 8 math teacher at Parkdale Jr High School. He was very serious, quite stern but with a wry sense of humour nevertheless. He impressed me. We connected somehow – likely because I drooled over his MGB sitting in the parking lot. He graciously gave me a couple of rides in it, which I’m sure instilled in me my life-long passion for sport cars. Later in life I too thought of becoming a teacher, but I also became a lawyer and later met up with Bob and shared some memories of earlier times. It’s peculiar that I am now residing in Roxboro.

    Bob is one of a very few people who had an impact on my life. May you Rest In Peace Mr Mackie.

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  7. Karen Mackie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Bob was a dear family friend to us all. We kept in contact with him as best we could over the years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Shirley, Terryl and Davene

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  8. Dear Patricia Smith,
    We were all saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.
    My mom fondly remembers dinners that they had with you and Bob many years ago. It was always a pleasant time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    With love from Terryl, Davene and Shirley Michie

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  9. Bob was such a kind and smart man. We have many fond memories of visits in the lane with him as he walked by with his beloved dogs often reading a book at the same time. Even though he had a house full of dogs there was always room for one more even our badly behaved and very large dog. After we left Roxboro we lost contact after a few years and that was our loss.
    So sorry to hear that Bob has passed away. Such a fine man.

    Darlene and Ian Bruce

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