Robert Louis Turgeon passed away peacefully at Southwood Hospice in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2009.
In accordance with Bob’s wishes, his remains were cremated under the supervision of his three children.
Robert Turgeon was born April 26, 1928 in Fort Frances, Ont.
Bob and his wife, Ruth (Olson), were united in marriage in 1947. They lived in Fort Frances for some years, where Bob drove the town bus, employed by his mother-in-law, Helen Olson, and they built their own first home.
In later years, they moved to Kenora, Ont., where they started a children’s clothing store. It was there they began their family in the early 1950s.
After a move to Marathon, Ont., Bob spent the next 20 years in the employ of the American Can Paper Company, where he progressed to chief engineer in the boiler house.
Bob also was proud of the fact that with that position came the responsibility of “harbour master,” since American Can’s production was shipped by ship to their clients in the U.S. Great Lakes states.
Bob and Ruth prospered in Marathon, completing their family of three: Deborah, Ronald, and Catherine, who all survive.
Ever curious and adventurous, Bob and Ruth decided to make a dramatic move. What resulted was that they bought a mechanical garage and service station in a burgeoning downtown Calgary. Their hard work was successful and they retired in 1984.
Of course, a still energetic Bob decided to take on one last career as the fleet manager for Foster’s Funeral Home, retiring for good two years later.
Tragically, Bob lost his beloved Ruthie in 1999 and we, who loved him, could see the anguish on his face and in his voice.
Bob has, at last, been rejoined with Ruthie and though we miss him, we know he is where he wishes to be.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Elizabeth (Bessie) Turgeon; and by his younger sister, Marvelle Smith, in Fort Frances, Ont.
Bob and Ruth are survived by their three children, Deborah and Catherine in Calgary, Alta. and Ronald in St. Catharines, Ont.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one uncle; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
Those who wish are invited to donate to their local Cancer Society.