ALLAN, Robert ‘Bob’ Gordon

February 9, 1943 – June 22, 2018


Robert Gordon Allan born February 9, 1943 in Calgary Alberta, passed away after a short battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was a highly respected member of the Calgary Fire Department for 30 years, and enjoyed an active fun-filled life since retiring from CFD in 1995.  Bob is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Valerie, his son, Mike Allan and his wife Jodie, his daughter Carolyn Allan and her fiancé Mark.  He also leaves behind the pride of his life his five adoring grandchildren Dana and Ethan Allan, and Kalen, Connor, and Hannah Ellefson, his much loved sister Lorraine and her husband Bob Miles, his brother Dick, and his sister in law Joy Allan, numerous loving nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends. Bob was predeceased by his Mom and Dad, Muriel and William Allan, and his big brother Bill Allan of Kelowna.

Bob was the rock of our close knit family. He loved us with his whole heart every day of his life. His wife Valerie was at his side since they first were introduced by their best friends Barry and Judy Lyons in 1966. They enjoyed a life time of love, fun, travel, block parties, karaoke nights with dear friends, and music together. He was so proud of his son Mike and daughter Carolyn who were his pride and joy. He was overjoyed with the birth of each of his grandchildren. Dana – his scholar, Ethan – his comedian, Kalen – his fellow truck enthusiast, Connor – his partner in crime, and Hannah Rae his right hand girl. He was the best father, the best son, the best grandpa, the best friend, best brother and most importantly the best husband. We learned from the best and will continue your legacy of kindness, compassion, and love for each other that he taught us every day of our lives.

Our family would like to extend our sincere thanks to the High River Palliative Care Team and the High River Palliative Home Care Team for their kindness while he was at home. Heartfelt gratitude to AHS Paramedics Cliff and Karen, who went above and beyond the call of duty to provide end of life care in the home and transport to Foothills Country Hospice who in turn allowed Bob to continue to be at peace as he gently passed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Foothills Country Hospice Society (

Bob’s wish was that we celebrate his life with music and drinks in lieu of a funeral. Please join us to raise a glass and share a song in his honour at the High River Legion Branch 71 on Saturday June 30, 2018 from 2pm – 5pm.  Dress is casual.


Celebration of Life to be held at:

Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 2pm – 5pm

Branch #71 – High River, Alberta, Canada

25 Veteran’s Way (8 Ave) SE

High River, Alberta T1V 1E8

Tel: 403-652-3723

Email :


Arrangements in care of Lawrence (Larry) Slywka of Cochrane Country Funeral Home 403 932-1039





  1. On 25/06/2018 at 12:49 pm John and Sue Blair Said:

    Bob and I worked together at old #5 when he was Captain and I was Lieutenant.. Our families lived in the same neighbourhood and we occasionally partied together at his and Val,s home . Music was part of that. Mike and our son Quentin were good friends. Also I worked occasionally with Carolyn. I liked and respected Bob and so enjoyed his sense of humour. He was a great friend. God bless him and my condolences to Val ,and the rest of hisfamily.

  2. On 25/06/2018 at 2:55 pm Brenda Bennion Said:

    Please extend my heartfelt condolences to you all. I am so honoured to have had Bob as friend and neighbour.
    Val, thanks for sharing , by telephone, the last days of your dear Bob’s life. You were all so blessed to have this time together. Although I cannot be there with you this week, we will have a visit in July and talk about good times. Love and Hugs, Brenda Bennion

  3. On 26/06/2018 at 2:32 pm Joan Nickle Said:

    Bob Allan will be sorely missed by family, friends, and neighbours. In his quiet way, he stepped up and gave a hand to all who knew him. He didn’t complain or try to shirk his responsibilities….always a willing assistant to his friends and family. My sympathy goes to all the Allans and Ellefsons.

  4. On 26/06/2018 at 8:37 pm Gary Shand Said:

    Val, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news, you two were like peas in a pod and so happy together. Always enjoyed the time I worked with Bob on the CFD and building fences on the side, never a dull moment and lots of laughs,, Hope that you are managing alright and will try and make it to High River on Saturday,, Take care ,Your friend Gary

  5. On 27/06/2018 at 6:16 am Ed & Sharon Kam Said:

    We were so deeply saddened to hear of Bob”s passing. Some of my best years on the job were working with Bob. Always there to help during a crisis and cheer you up with his extraordinary sense of humor. We all will miss him dearly. To you Val, and your entire family you have our deepest sympathies. Bob will always be in our hearts.

  6. On 28/06/2018 at 5:56 am Ruth & Don Henry Said:

    Val, it is with deep regret that we send our condolences to you and your family on Bob’s passing. He will be sorely missed at our street gatherings but mostly we will miss that singing voice of his as he offered us those wonderful country songs. Again, we are so sorry and you are held in our thoughts and prays.
    May God comfort, bless and keep you near during this trying time, Ruth and Don Henry.

  7. On 28/06/2018 at 9:51 am Gordon Lemke Said:

    Dear Val & family, sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. I met Bob at # 7 Fire Station in 1968 & worked with him at several other stations over the years. He was a good guy to be around & made a valuable contribution to any crew. Rest in peace. Gordon Lemke.

  8. On 28/06/2018 at 10:27 am Brent and Bonnie Pedersen Said:

    To Val and family, so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We would have liked to come to the celebration but prior commitments we are unable to cancel prevent that. We remember so fondly all the times shared when Bob was in the union. Brent remembers what a good member Bob was of the Fire Dept. as well.
    So lucky for you to have such wonderful memories to sustain you in the near times and in the future.
    Hope to have a visit later. God Bless

  9. On 30/06/2018 at 12:28 am Rory Jensen Said:

    Auntie Val and Family. I’m so saddened to hear the news of Uncle Bobs passing. I will always remember him calling me Mr. Calhoun , singing random jingles, insisting we wear life jackets on board the boat an him eating his steak Well done. Thinking of you during this time.

  10. On 30/06/2018 at 6:53 am Leja & Dale Mackenzie Said:

    We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I knew and worked with Bob during our time as firefighters. He was always a pleasure to be around and he shared his load without anything but a smile. Blessings to Valerie and family at this time.

  11. On 30/06/2018 at 10:33 am Ann Ockeloen Said:

    Dear Val, please accept my condolences, I was so sad to read that Bob passed away and am really sorry that I won’t be able to come to this afternoons memorial service. My thoughts will be with you. Hope to see you at our next Bonavista Travel reunion. Ann.

  12. On 30/06/2018 at 11:27 am Robert & Marie Mile Said:

    We wanted to share our condolences with Bob’s family. It is never easy to have to say goodbye to a loved one. The pain of loss can be unbearable. Our Creator promises us that one day this pain will be just a memory. That beautiful promise can be found at Revelation 21:3,4. Our pain and suffering will be a thing of the past, and we can cry tears of joy as we welcome back the ones that we love so much. We hope you find comfort in those promises.

  13. On 01/07/2018 at 5:52 am Marg Rothery Said:

    Val, please know you are thought of and our condolences go out to you and your family at this painful time. Bob’s sense of humor and kindness will be greatly missed. Sincerely Marg Rothery

  14. On 02/07/2018 at 2:09 pm Philip Rosso Said:

    I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Val and all of Bob’s family. I worked with Bob on “A” Shift at many firehalls throughout the city, but probably spent most of my time with him at #5. He had a wonderful personality and was a great captain to work for. He had a great sense of humor and a wonderful laugh and I can’t ever remember seeing him angry. I always used to kid around with him that he missed his calling and that he should have hosted a late night show. You know “It’s the Bob Allan show starring Bob Allan”. It’s just got such an incredible ring to it. I feel lucky to have known and worked with Bob. It’s such a shame, like many firefighters I know, that have passed away way too soon. Many you rest in peace my friend.

    Phil Rosso

  15. On 12/07/2018 at 2:07 am Debora Bailey Said:

    I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Allan family find comfort and strength in Jesus promise along with our heavenly father Jehovah of the earthly resurrection, where death will be eliminated forever. Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It’s a reality though for God cannot lie!

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