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Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2016

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ROBERT DONALD AINSLIE With profound sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Robert (Bob) Ainslie, at Foothills Hospital, in Calgary, AB, on September 16, 2016, at the age of 72. Bob bravely fought colon cancer for two years, along with the debilitating effects of treatments. Bob is survived by his wife Elaine and daughters, Laura-Lynn (Stephen) Richard, of Calgary, AB, grandchildren: Melissa, Matthew and Brendan; Shannon (Lon) LaBrash, of Montreal, PQ, grandchildren: Tanis, Daniel and Megan; Jennifer (Mark) St. Laurent, of Winnipeg, grandchildren: Ashley and Carley. The family, although deeply saddened by Bob's passing, would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Foothills Hospital, especially unit 102 for their compassionate care. Bob retired from teaching in 2001, which allowed for many enjoyable vacations with Elaine. Bob loved to golf until his health deteriorated. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in Winnipeg at a later date. The family would gratefully appreciate donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In memory of Bob, a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2016

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • My family and I offer our condolences to the the entire Ainslie family. I fondly recall Chemistry class with Bob and his frequent use of sarcasm as an often hilarious way to deal with high school kids (like myself from the time). - Posted by: Dan Koschik and Family (Friend of the Ainslie family and former student) on: Oct 11, 2016

  • I met Bob at Hudson Bay in 1963 while visiting my friend Elaine who was working there. She introduced me to this handsome young man who was working a few departments away. Now 50 years later , I mourn with you Elaine the loss of your honourable, loving husband. The years have gone by too quickly. Our sincere sympathy to you and all the family from Barb and Wally Koschik - Posted by: Barb koschik (Friend) on: Oct 04, 2016

  • I have to say his Chemistry class was one of the most challenging and rewarding classes that I had in high school. I loved his class. My condolences to the family. He impacted a lot of people and will be remembered fondly. - Posted by: Jodi Sampson (Wylie) (Student) on: Sep 27, 2016

  • The way you remember someone speaks volumes to the measure of that person. There are a handful of teachers that made their permanent marks in my memory, and Mr. Ainslie is one of them. It's a shame that his final days were spent battling an awful disease. My deepest, most heartfelt condolences to the Ainslie family. - Posted by: Joanne Spence (Former Student ) on: Sep 26, 2016

  • My prayers are with the Ainslie family. Mr. Ainslie was one of my favorite teachers. He kept it real and was always there to help with more than just school work - teen years can be tough. I was blessed to call him my teacher. Thank you to Mrs. Ainslie and family for sharing him with us. - Posted by: Tracey Sneesby (nee Milkowski) (Student Grad 1983) on: Sep 26, 2016

  • This sad news trickled down the street, from neighbor to neighbor, my mom passed it onto me. My prayers go out to you. I have great memories of growing up with your family. Playing in the basement, swimming, playing with your dogs, going to school together. Your family was always wonderful to me and I am grateful that I got to know your dad. I am sorry for your loss, but will take the good memories I have and hold onto them tightly. I am hoping you can do the same to ease the pain. Another angel to look down upon us. - Posted by: Heather Hayden (Childhood friend of Jennifer) on: Sep 26, 2016

  • My condolences to the Robert Ainslie family. In all the years I went to school he's one of the teachers I remember well. He was firm but fun to be in his class. My prayers go out to the family and may he rest in peace. The years he taught me I will also say they were the memorable years because there was a group of teachers that were really great to be around. - Posted by: thomas hiebert (former student) on: Sep 24, 2016

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