November 11, 1939 – September 24, 2012

Bob passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side, on Monday, September 24, 2012 at the age of 72 years. Lovingly remembered by his wife Mathilda, Children: Bonnie ( Roman ) Polski, Brian ( Shirley ) Martin, Barb ( Len ) Gibson, Brenda Martin ( Kelly Wiltsey ), and Leona ( Trevor ) Wowniar; Ten grandchildren: Lynn, Jason, Jodie, Erin, Amanda, Melanie, Corey, Jennifer, Kira, and Tyler; Five great grandchildren: Mea, Tyson, Tristan, Jacob, and Cayden, as well as a circle of other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at Cochrane Alliance Church, 902 Glenbow Drive, Cochrane, on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 am. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Bob’s memory, may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre 1331 – 29 Street N.W. Calgary, AB. T2N 4N2.

  1. On 25/09/2012 at 4:32 am Bernadette & Cody Slater Said:

    Dear Mitzie & Family,
    We were saddened to read the notice of dear Bob’s passing. We wanted you to know how much we appreciated Bob’s endless kindness and helpfulness to us when we first arrived into your charming village of Ghost Lake. He will be dearly missed and our thoughts are with you.
    May God sustain you in your time of grief.
    Sincere Condolences,
    Cody and Bernadette

  2. On 25/09/2012 at 10:57 am Rick & Stacy Connon Said:

    Please accept our sincerest condolences upon hearing of Bob’s passing. Rick & I always enjoyed seeing & talking with Bob. He will be dearly missed & always in our hearts. Sincerely Rick & Stacy Connon

  3. On 25/09/2012 at 12:54 pm Dave and Pat Buckler Said:

    Well the Ghost Valley just won’t be the same,Bob always had the time to chat and have a good laugh he will be missed . The collector of many things his family and friends always came first. May the precious memories give you comfort in the days ahead.

  4. On 25/09/2012 at 4:36 pm Lynn McIntyre & Jim Wright Said:

    Mitzi, Barb and Family:

    Bob always watched out for us as new folks in Ghost Lake Village. We hope he is watching GLV still–he certainly will not be forgotten as the Village’s foremost citizen. Our deepest condolences to you. With sympathy, Lynn McIntyre and Jim Wright

  5. On 25/09/2012 at 6:10 pm Ariel Ducey and Ty Eggenberger Said:

    We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Our family too is one of the recent additions to Ghost Lake Village Bob made feel so welcome. We are fortunate to have known him. With our condolences, Ariel Ducey and Ty Eggenberger

  6. On 25/09/2012 at 7:44 pm Kathy Oblak and Family Said:

    Mitzi and Family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. Bob was a very special person and we are blessed to have called him friend over the years. I remember how many times in the summer when it was just my mom and I at the Bray cabin. If something needed to be fixed (lawn mower, car etc.) he was always there, just when we were about to pull our hair out! He had a way with mechanics and people. His spirit will live on in the village and i our hearts.
    With our condolences, Kathy, Brian, Brayden and Lauren Oblak

  7. On 26/09/2012 at 5:26 am Joan (Leslie) Teghtmeyer Said:

    Mitzi and Family

    Sad sad day…. Ghost Lake won’t be recognizable without Bob. Half a century of memories and so much fun. Ghost won’t be the same without him, with his big laugh and grin, delightedly cruising up to rescue us every time our boat broke down! His friendship will be deeply missed.

  8. On 26/09/2012 at 8:57 am Tooney Fink & Sylvia KP Said:

    Our thoughts are with all of you. Bob was a true friend and a “salt of the earth” man. He saw the humour in every situation in life, taking us all along on the realization of how small our perceived problems really are, young or old. He was always there to help when we needed it, and will be sorely missed in our little community. We are honored to have known him and call him our friend. Thanks for the memories, Bob!
    Tooney, Sylvia, Leah and Alex.

  9. On 26/09/2012 at 9:40 am Anne and Bill Bawtinhimer Said:

    Mitzie, Barb and family,
    Our thoughts are with you all. Bob will be remembered for all of the advise he gave and for his sense of humor. He will be missed! Thanks for all you did. Ghost Lake will never be the same.
    Bill and Anne Bawtinhimer

  10. On 26/09/2012 at 12:10 pm Stu Sherry Said:

    Dear Mitzi and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. What a great guy Bob was to all of us! We’ll miss him for sure. You are in our thoughts.
    Condolences from Stu and Kristen

  11. On 27/09/2012 at 7:34 am Dixie & Renee Said:

    Dear Mitzi & Family,
    what a legacy Bob has left us with … the boat rescues, the fixed mowers. the snow-plowed drives … whenever asked – his help & heart were present. Such a guy … our neighbour & friend for 37 years (1975-2012). Our thoughts are with you. Dixie & Renee

  12. On 27/09/2012 at 10:29 am Ron and Dale Kennard Said:

    Mitzi & Family,

    It is with sincere sadness that we hear of Bob’s passing. We know that there will be many good friends gathering to honor his life on Friday and keeping him alive in their memories forever.

    He was such a likeable man. Bob instantaneously became a dear friend to us and so many who met him.
    He gave us a wonderful hug,pleasant conversation, some humour and a smile each time we met him.
    He gave of his time, his assistance and advice so generously.

    Thank you Bob for so much.
    Ron, Dale, Jeanette and Robert Kennard

  13. On 27/09/2012 at 2:59 pm Diane Waters Said:

    Bob was a staple around Ghost Lake Village. We shared many years and many memories. You might not know what vehicle would arrive in, but he always had a smile, time to chat and to answer your questions. Sincere sympathy to Mitzi, Barb, Leona and all the family.

  14. On 27/09/2012 at 5:09 pm Dawn and Colin Donoghue Said:

    Mitzi and Family
    We just want to say how sorry we are for your loss. Bob was the “go to” guy of the village. He was always there to help if and when you needed it. We will miss him.

  15. On 27/09/2012 at 7:37 pm Lorna McCartney( Isaac ) Said:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was a great person! I’m glad I got the opportunity to have know him. My sympathy to Mitzi and the family. xo Lorna

  16. On 28/09/2012 at 7:02 am Bill and Donna Bauer Said:

    As we walk in the village Bob’s presence is felt everywhere. We see many things built by his hands. We hear his light heartedness and joy in the song of the birds — including the magpie. His honesty and integrity was as solid as the mountains. Bob’s kindness and generosity lives on in his family. We will miss him and thank you for sharing him with us all these years.

    Bill and Donna Bauer

  17. On 28/09/2012 at 7:31 am Sharon Plett Said:

    Bob’s love of life will live on in my memory. He poured his heart and soul into everything he did and cared deeply for his family, friends, acquaintences and his community – such a special quality. I will miss Bob dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mitzi, Barb, Len, Leona, Trevor and family at this difficult time. Sharon Plett

  18. On 28/09/2012 at 8:06 am Beryl & Doug Stewart Said:

    The photograph of Bob is a reminder of his great sense of humour and his open, friendly nature. May the many happy memories that will live on in your hearts provide you with comfort.
    Heartfelt condolences to all of Bob’s family from all of us…
    Beryl, Doug, Jori, Tova and Sem

  19. On 28/09/2012 at 8:13 am Larry Costen and Sheila Morrison Said:

    Bob was one of the very first Villagers I came in contact with shortly after moving to Ghost Lake Village. He made me feel welcome and was always friendly and receptive whenever we crossed paths. Bob was a “strong” pillar and example of what is good about our Village. I am sure he has had just as much positive impact on the other Villagers as he has had on me. Bob will be sadly missed, but his memories and contributions will not be forgotten by Mitzi and his Family or by “us”… his adopted Villager Family!

  20. On 08/10/2012 at 2:54 pm Karen Hall Said:

    A smile, a hug, a gruff hello, a heart of gold, a no nonsense attitude, a helpful hand or two (or a bobcat depending on the situation). It was a privilege knowing Bob. Our families go way back in the village. Bob was always someone we knew would help out in an emergency. Thank you. Condolences from Mom and the rest of us to you Mitzi, Barb and the rest of the family. We will hold firmly onto our warm memories of Bob and raise a glass or two to toast a wonderful man.
    Karen and Bunny Hall, Ken, Leslie, Rob Hedlin.

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