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Wales, Robert Abram

Born: Feb 13, 1939

Date of Passing: Jul 09, 2021

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WALES: Robert Abram Wales (aka Bob, Scotty) passed away peacefully in Calgary, Alberta on July 9th, 2021 with his son Brock and daughter Andrea by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his family Andrea (Devon and Ella), Brock (Sabrina, Nash and Brax), Emily and nephews Scott, Jeff, Mark and Michael. He was predeceased by his Mother Susan, Father Hugh and Sister Mary. Bob was 82 years old. Bob was born in Kilwinning, Scotland on February 13th, 1939. At the age of 7, Bob immigrated to Canada with his family to Winnipeg, MB where he would stay until after high school. Bob had many fond childhood memories starting at Isaac Brock elementary where he developed a love for hockey by spending countless hours playing on the outdoor rinks with friends. During his later teen years, Bob played junior hockey for the Winnipeg Braves where he would win a Memorial Cup in 1959. Later Bob was also inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. After he was done playing hockey, Bob would continue his education at the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. After receiving his degree, Bob taught in a few small communities in Manitoba. While teaching Bob would meet and marry his wife Kim. Soon after, they moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he would receive his Masters in Education. After receiving his Masters, they would return to Canada and establish roots in Brandon, MB. Bob started what would become a 20-year teaching career in Rivers, MB. While teaching in Rivers he and his family took part in two separate yearlong teacher exchange programs overseas in England and then ultimately returning to Brandon. During his time in Brandon he stayed active running, taking part in the Terry Fox Run annually and continued to play hockey with the Molson Pioneers where he made many long term friendships. Bob would retire from teaching full time at Rivers and move to his childhood hometown of Winnipeg, MB. He spent many of his retirement years connecting with many childhood and longtime friends and continued his favorite pass times, hockey, running and golf. He would also occasionally substitute teach in Winnipeg until the age of 76. After many years back in Winnipeg, Bob decided to move to Alberta to be close to his sister and his two children and his grandchildren. He would spend a few years in Strathmore before moving to Calgary in 2020 where he spent his remaining days.

Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at
South Calgary Funeral
Centre and Crematorium
(at Lake Fraser Gate)
Telephone: 403-297-0711
Honoured Provider of
Dignity Memorial

As published in Brandon Sun on Jul 31, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • We met Bob when he first came to Kelwood and we became good friends, have kind of lost contact over the years. I will always remember Bob for his quick wit and zest for life. I hope my Bob and Bob connect up in the land beyond and they can carry on were they left off. My condolences to Brock and Andrea and their family. - Posted by: Faye Habing (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2021

  • Bob was a true and valued friend for 46 years. A few of my favorite memories of Bob would include: In the early years Bob loved to party; he would often have them at his place in Kelwood but he would most times arrive long after the party started. Canoe trips with Bob were priceless; a camper he was not and sharing a canoe and a pup tent with him was unique at best. On the 1st trip Bob brought several hundred dollars along for nights at the bar, set up his tent on top of a fresh cow pie and could not deal with not having washroom facilities. Bob was good and generous person. The Brinkworth family will always be grateful to Bob for his hospitality in hosting Joan and I for several weeks while Joan under went radiation treatments in Winnipeg. I loved Bob as a friend and will miss him like so many others. - Posted by: Bruce D. Brinkworth (Friend) on: Jul 31, 2021

  • Fond memories of the days when Brock and Andrea were kids in Brandon. Bob was an optimistic, larger than life kind of guy. Will pass news on to Steve. - Posted by: Nancy Mclennan (friend) on: Jul 31, 2021

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