ROMNEY, Robert (Bob) John

September 22, 1922 – June 7, 2014

Robert ( Bob ) John Romney of Cremona, Alberta passed away at the age of 91. Bob is predeceased by his loving wife Genny and his infant brother James. Bob was son of Charles Romney and Mary Elizabeth Romney. Bob is survived by his eight children: Eleanor (Jim), John (Maureen), Howard (Cindy), Neil (Lorraine), Lois (Bob), Ley (Dennis), Donna (Murray), and Richard (Margaret); seventeen grandchildren: Christine, Kimberley, Rob (Rebecca), Matthew (Christina), Deanna (Paul), Douglas (Holly), Malcolm, Wayne (Julie), Cory, Nicole, Mike (Rachiel), Kris (Megan), Steve, Bradley (Leah), Nolan, Jenine, and Wilton; nine great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and close friends.
Bob was born in Calgary’s Killarney district. As a young man he apprenticed as a mechanic under Tim Horne’s garage in Killarney prior to going off to Pearce, Alberta to train as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force in WWII. Much to Bob’s dismay, his color blindness excluded him from flying, so instead he used his skills as a mechanic to repair aircrafts in England during the war. On his return to Canada, he joined the Calgary Fire Department, following in his father’s footsteps. In Bob’s spare time he courted his best friend’s sister, Genevieve (Genny) Harris. They married May 30, 1947 in Canmore. Bob always wanted a large family and together he and Genny had four daughters and four sons. In order to support his family and passion Bob continued to rise up the ranks of the Calgary Fire Department and take on various other jobs including hauling gravel, driving and repairing school buses, farming, and training and racing horses in Alberta, B.C. and Montana.
Bob was an active volunteer, chairing various organizations including the Calgary Firefighters Credit Union, Pine Slopes, Cochrane Agricultural Society, and horse racing commission.
At the request of Bob, there will be no Formal Funeral Service. There will be an open house on Sunday, June 29th, 2014 at the Spray Lakes Arena, 800 Griffin Road East, Cochrane, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to celebrate Bob’s life. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make memorial donations to;
THE HEART & STROKE FOUNDATION OF ALBERTA, 100 – 119 – 14th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1Z6
The Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB

  1. On 11/06/2014 at 9:10 pm Ed & Helen Akerstrom Said:

    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Romney family on behalf of The Gwilliam and Akerstrom families. The racing community has lost another great man! Thanks for the memories!

  2. On 12/06/2014 at 6:35 am Paul and Darlene Jeffery Said:

    Condolences to the Romney family. Our thoughts are with you.

  3. On 12/06/2014 at 10:43 am Jim and Nanette McCullough Said:

    Condolences to all the family Bob will be sadly missed

  4. On 12/06/2014 at 6:38 pm Raye Burke Said:

    On behalf of the Parker family we are sorry to hear of your father passing, We all have many memories of our childhood in Springbank with the Romney Family. Are hearts are with you at this time.

  5. On 13/06/2014 at 7:02 am Josh & Marlene Hindes Said:

    With Sympathy to the Romney Family. Our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow.

  6. On 14/06/2014 at 10:08 am Donna, Tina and Shannon Brady Said:

    Our Condolences and heart felt thoughts are with the Romney Family.

  7. On 15/06/2014 at 1:37 pm AL & Elaine Johnson Said:

    Neil and Loraine
    On behalf of the Johnson Family (Craig, Mark, Al and Elaine – Windermere BC) our Heart felt condolences to you and your family.

  8. On 15/06/2014 at 1:51 pm Darlene Whitney Said:

    I’m sending this on behalf of my sister Betty Martz (Fyke). Many years ago she nursed at the Calgary Children’s Hospital and knew Bob and Genny very well. She spoke of the generosity they showed her at a time when she needed it most. It has never been forgotten.
    Betty extends her condolences and heartfelt thoughts to the Romney Family.

  9. On 15/06/2014 at 2:22 pm Betty and Don Kilpatrick Said:

    Don and I will miss Bob as we miss Genny. We spent many hours together peeling potatoes etc. at the Cochrane and Dist. Ag. Society and became great friends. We enjoyed many visits together after we moved to B.C. We will always remember.

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