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TESHIMA, Robert (Bob) Kazuo

June 15, 1937 – Vancouver, British Columbia
August 27, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Robert Kazuo Teshima of Calgary, AB, passed away on August 27, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

Robert worked at the University of Alberta until he moved to Calgary in 2014. He enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and was an avid sports fan, supporting the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and Edmonton Eskimos.

Robert is survived by his brother-in-law, Mike Kitagawa; niece, Susan Kitagawa of Calgary; nephews, John and Carmen Teshima, Paul and Tammy Teshima, and Nikolai and Anita Teshima, all of Toronto. The family would especially like to thank Roger Teshima for looking after all of Robert’s medical appointments.

Robert was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Ikuko Teshima and sister, Amy Kitagawa.

A private family service will be held. In Lieu of Koden and flowers, the family would appreciate if you kept them in your thoughts.

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In living memory of Robert Teshima, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear family members and friends of Bob Teshima ,
    I am very saddened by the news that Bob died earlier this week. I have meant to inquire into his health for a number of months now, and as my only point of contact was his sister, Amy, I was also saddened to discover that she died more than 3 years ago. I am a physics professor at University of Alberta, Edmonton, and I worked with Bob since I arrived here in Edmonton in 1997, right up to his departure in 2014. I am also one of his biggest fans. His was a remarkable intellect, and I often marvelled at how he knew so much more mathematics than I (or anyone else that I knew, for that matter). Indeed, in an ironic twist (since I am ‘the’ professor), his mastery of mathematics served as a source of inspiration for me, and since he left here (about 4 years ago), I have striven to learn more about mathematical functions, i.e. to model myself more after him. A week rarely goes by since he left Edmonton when he is not on my mind — usually with a thought like, “oh, if Bob was here, he would have this figured out in a minute.” And every student in my group has heard “Bob Teshima” stories from me, whose gist is usually along the lines of some superhuman mastery of a 1000plus page book of mathematical functions.
    I always really enjoyed our personal interactions, as well as his mathematical expertise. My impression was that I essentially monopolized his time after his retirement (2003-2004?). When looking back over his publication record I was impressed to see 50 publications to which he contributed as a coauthor with many former faculty members of our department. Undoubtedly there were countless more where he contributed in an advisory role. Most of all, I will miss his quiet, unassuming manner — he would always assume he had made a mistake when something puzzling came up (by the time he was ready to show how coworkers something he had done, he rarely ever had any mistakes, as he was so thorough in his checking).
    I had always envisioned stopping by Calgary some day, just to drop in and say hello. Alas, that will not happen now, and I will miss a man who really made a difference in my life.

    Frank Marsiglio
    p.s. how appropriate that a mathematical equation is required on the funeral home website to confirm that “this has been completed by a human.” I could have substituted one more fitting to Bob, but then no one would have been able to answer it!

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  2. Roger Teshima and the Family of Robert K Teshima; Sadden to learn of the death of Robert. Our parents were very close to each other before and after their evacuation from B.C. I remember the words, the love, from the letters our mothers sent to each other. I remember my visits with your parents and grandparents in Calgary. I will always remember a very noble family. I thank all of the Teshima’s for the guidance they provided to me as a young teenager. Sinceely albert kunio omotani

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