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SCHUETT, Robert (Bob) Burke

July 18, 1944 – Clinton, Ontario
August 30, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Bob Schuett of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018. He was 74. Although Bob’s health had been deteriorating this year, his death was sudden.

Born July 18, 1944 in Clinton, ON, he was the eldest of three children. Bob’s father was a well-respected general contracting executive and the family moved often. Bob received his education from the Jesuits at boarding schools across the country. He excelled at school and loved to take apart radios and build models. Much was expected from “Bobbie,” and he delivered. The family recognized his capabilities at a young age and looked up to him and trusted his leadership. If there was anything difficult to be handled, he took care of it. He filled the gap their father left when he passed at age 59, and he continued to mentor and support his sisters for the rest of his life.

Bob met his wife Cheryl at a picnic at Camp Cadicasu when they were teenagers attending St. Mary’s High School in Calgary. They attended University of Calgary (U of C) together where Bob completed his BSc (math) and Cheryl completed her teaching certificate. They remembered great times with friends as members of the Radio Society. While a student, Bob worked as a late-night DJ for the local radio station.

The couple began their family in Calgary but moved to Vancouver, Toronto, and Edmonton in the early years. They decided to set down permanent roots in Calgary in 1975 where their youngest four children were born. Bob was determined to provide a stable foundation on which their close-knit family could grow.

Bob found much professional success and satisfaction in three different careers during his lifetime. In the early years, he followed his father into construction, working in virtually every aspect of the industry. He took on various managerial roles at the Foundation Group of Companies, Northcan Construction Management Group, Northern Construction, and Lear Construction. Any conversation with Bob would inevitably include a story about a building on which he had worked. He became Chairman of the Alberta Construction Association in 1981 and the youngest Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association in 1984.
In the early eighties as the local construction industry suffered economically, Bob adapted his developing passion for the emerging field of computer technology and joined XI Consultants. From here he launched his career as an entrepreneur and created Construction Management Technologies Ltd., specializing in accounting software for the contractors. In 1998, at the age of 54, Bob returned to the U of C to complete his LLB. Around this time, he encouraged Cheryl to return to the university as well where she completed two degrees. Bob articled at Field, Atkinson, Perraton LLP and worked there until 2003. Determined to get back out on his own, Bob created Schuettlaw where he combined his legal education with his extensive knowledge of construction. He built a well-respected construction law firm by mentoring his junior lawyers on the nuances of the construction industry. While he continued to run his law firm, Bob was a sessional instructor at the U of C for the past twelve years. He particularly enjoyed teaching contract law to people in the construction industry on behalf of Continuing Education, and most recently created and delivered the first ever construction law course in the Faculty of Law. In his seventies, Bob began working as a marriage commissioner on the weekends.

To his employees, colleagues, clients and students, Bob was known as an extremely intelligent, logical, confident problem solver. He led with integrity and principle, but he was also warm, kind, generous and always fair. Bob was fun-loving, had a wonderful sense of humour and always sought out the best in others. Bob was an active community member all his life. When his children were young, he was president of the parent council at their junior high, vice-president of the community association, and a minor basketball coach in Lake Bonavista for eighteen years. He volunteered in federal politics and encouraged his children to become active citizens. Bob served on boards of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta Division and Calgary Region) from 2002 to 2012 in multiple roles including president. He has been a board member and legal advisor to Camp Cadicasu Association of Calgary since 2008. Bob completed the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors from 2012 – 2014.

In addition to his volunteer work, Bob was passionate about lifelong learning which he activated through his hobbies. He enjoyed quiet time reading, listening to music and coding where his imagination could flourish. He earned his Private Pilot License through the Calgary Flying Club at Springbank Airport in 2003.

Bob was a genuine mentor and wise father figure to many friends. His advice was always a bit out-of-the-box, but he loved to give it! He was fiercely proud of his children and grandchildren. To them Bob provided the powerful gifts of imagination and belief in themselves. Friends have asked, “What’s with you Schuetts? What makes you think you can do all these things?” It’s because for their entire lives, Bob told them they could. There was no such thing as a dream too big and no excuse not to try something new; no hesitation and never any doubt that success was ahead.

Bob is survived by his wife Cheryl of fifty-two years; six children, Jennifer McDougall (Dick), Karen (Chris Graham), John (Lindsey Hodgson), Rebecca Kalmacoff (Ryan), Robbie (Lena), Megan Ragan (Aaron); ten grandchildren, Robyn, Blake, Abby, Burke, George, Katherine, Audrey, Oskar, Paula, Gabriel; sisters Margie Schuett and Kate Munoz (John Preston); uncle Bill Burke (Mary) and their family; sister-in-law Judy Lefebre (Harry) and their family; and close long-time friends, Brian Gancheff, Phil Bazant, Terry Crooks, Ken Trueman, Don Steer, Leon Efraim and Bill Enefer. He was predeceased by his parents George and Peggy Schuett, parents-in-law John and Lyda Knutson, and good friends Dave Beer, Michael Joe Healy and Ian MacDonald.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1600 Acadia Drive S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church. Graveside service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Camp Cadicasu Association of Calgary, 1251, 7620 Elbow Dr. SW Calgary, AB T2V 1K2 Telephone: (403) 851-8124, https://cadicasu.com/donate-now-to-camp-cadicasu/send-a-kid-to-camp-in-alberta/ or to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region, Suite #400, 105 – 12th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 1A1 Telephone: (403) 297–1700, www.cmha.calgary.ab.ca. Bob’s family extends sincere appreciation to the hardworking members of the Emergency and ICU departments at the Foothills Medical Centre. A special thank you to Dr. Daniel Heng who included Bob in his extensive kidney cancer study for the past seven years.

In living memory of Bob Schuett, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Frances Hadford :

    I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a good friend of my late husband.
    My heartfelt sympathies are with all his family.

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  2. Maureen McLeod :

    Dear Robbie and family,
    I was shocked and saddened to read of Bob’s sudden death this week. You had told me in July that he was unwell, but I was still not prepared to find that he had died. Although I had not seen him in a very long time, I still remember him fondly from our high school days. My sincere condolences to you and all the Schuett family.

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  3. Colleen Pickard :

    Cheryl and family, we are truly sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We are sending you our love, prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
    ThePickard family.

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  4. Larry & Joan Holmes :

    Cheryl and family our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. I remember Bob for his genuine interest is others and his great sense of humour. He had a great way of making everyone feel welcome at any social event.

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  5. Our Condolences and kind memories of Bob and his family from Mike Schuett
    and family.

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  6. Michelle Klein :

    What a beautiful tribute and I learned so much about Mr. Schuett. I always remember him as the good humored father of one of my best and oldest friends. Thinking of all of you with love and compassion.

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  7. Carole and Bob Youck and Family :

    Cheryl and family

    We were saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.

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  8. The paths crossed with Bob, mostly politics and law, were always positive, always enlightening. He will be missed.

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  9. Darrell MacLachlan :

    Shocked understates the impact of this news. As his obituary says, he was a mentor to many in the construction world. Since first working with him back in 1979, I had the good fortune to remain in touch ever since and always enjoyed getting together and trading stories of the industry and catching up on news of friends, family and colleagues present and past. My thoughts go out to Cheryl, the kids and all Bob’s family.

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  10. Chantal Montpetit :

    I had the privilege of knowing Bob through CCA. What a wonderful man.
    He will be missed. My thoughts are with you.
    Chantal Montpetit

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  11. Words cannot express how saddened we are from Bob’s passing.
    Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to you, Cheryl and to all of your family at this difficult time. He was an inspiration to all of our family and we too will miss him a great deal.
    Best regards, now and always,
    Phil, Barb and all of our Family

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  12. Jen (Wright) Sloan :

    I am shocked and saddened by the death of Bob. I’ve often thought about him over the years and had the pleasure of knowing him while at Field, Atkinson & Perraton (now Field Law). He was always such a fun guy to be around. Condolences to Bob’s family and colleagues.

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  13. Jeanette Burman :

    I met Bob during my research about campus radio in Calgary–he was very generous with his time and had so many great stories about his experiences at the University of Calgary–his insight, humour, and goodwill were appreciated. He emailed me earlier this Spring and told me he wasn’t well, I’m saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

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  14. We are deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s sudden Passing. I met him at Univ. of Calgary Radio Club and we often socialized with Bob and Cheryl over the years. He was my Best Man, still is! Since we had moved to Toronto we had less frequent contact until Windows and Joe Healy gave us his Email. *I don’t know a Single Person who did *not get along with Bob, Cheryl + enjoy their company, friendship. Our Deepest Condolences to Cheryl, Relatives and Family from the Rosses.

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  15. Vic and Connie Lapointe :

    At times like this, we are lost for words that express our sincere condolences. May the many memories you have shared with your loved one sustain you as you grieve this great loss. With love, hope and prayers. Vic and Connie Lapointe

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  16. Darlene MacArthur :

    I was saddened to learn of Bob’s sudden passing. I met Bob when he articled and worked at Field Atkinson Perraton (now Field Law). I often thought about Bob through the years and I will always remember his smiling face. He sure loved to laugh. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Darlene

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  17. Jennifer and family,
    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  18. Maaike Rawcliffe :

    So much light, so much love, so many blessings sent your way. He leaves behind a legacy most men only dream of.

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  19. Laureen MacNeil :

    On behalf of all of us at CMHA Calgary we are so sorry for the loss of Bob. Know that you all are in your thoughts at this difficult time and we are so appreciative of Bob’s leadership and support of CMHA Calgary.

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  20. It is with deep regret that I learned about Bob’s passing. As a former Executive Director of Canadian Mental Health, Calgary, I had the pleasure of working with Bob for many years in his role as a board member. His leadership and wise guidance was always very helpful. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  21. Bob, Miss and Love you lots and for ever. My sincere condolences to all the clan. Thanks for being you and putting up with me all these years. Best MC ever and sooo much more RIP xoxo

    Tracy-Petts Watson

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  22. Very sad news. Bob was a wonderful fellow and will be truly missed. We have raised and will continue to raise many a glass in his honour. All our best to Cheryl, Robbie and everyone.

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  23. Hong Tram c/o Calgary Chinese Cultural Society :

    On behalf of all of us at Calgary Chinese Cultural Society, we are very sorry for the loss of Robert, and we were very honoured to have him attended our banquet last April 21. Our heartfelt sympathies are with you Cheryl, Robert Mathew and all of your family at this difficult time. Our association has made a donation to Camp Cadicasu Association of Calgary in memory of Robert.

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  24. Very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing last week. Although I was aware he was receiving treatment, the suddenness of his passing caught me by surprise. Only a few days earlier he had been planning to “hold court” at yet another of our group’s periodic dim sum lunches at the Silver Dragon. I very much enjoyed the time I spent in Bob’s company — he will be sorely missed. My heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family and friends and to his colleagues at SchuettLaw and throughout the legal community.

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  25. Michael Atkinson :

    Bob was a generous, caring and likeable human being who always raised your spirit when you were with him

    He will be deeply missed.

    Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Cheryl and family.

    Michael and Gabriela Atkinson

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  26. So sad to hear of Bob’s passing. I have such fond memories of law school and working together in the early days. Will miss his good-natured spirit. My thoughts are with his family, who were always #1 to him.

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  27. Jeanne Lefebvre :

    Bob and I worked on the CAGSL account back in the 1970’s when I worked for IBM. He was truly a unique individual. I will remember how he always brought a touch of humor to our project – even when so many things were going poorly. The world has lost a wonderful person. My condolences to all of you. I just know that he is smiling over each of you while he is getting used to being in heaven. I am having a mass said for him at our parish. May time ease your pain and may Bob rest in peace.

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  28. Dave Mcilhargey :

    My condolences to the entire Schuett family. Unfortunately I just heard of Bob’s passing. Bob played a significant role in my childhood and I know he is missed by many.

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  29. Henriette Smith :

    Dear Cheryl,
    Our condolences to you and your family. We just heard of Bob’s passing on our return to Calgary last week. Our thoughts ans prayers are with you.
    Henriette and Grant Smith

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