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Robert James Gibson

October 4, 1946 ~ March 23, 2020 (age 73)

Obituary

Robert (Bob) James Sinclair Gibson passed away on March 23, 2020 at the age of 73 years, after a battle with cancer.  Bob was born in Bentley, Alberta October 4th, 1946. Bob had an amazing career beginning as a seismograph surveyor after University; moving on as a District Sales Manager for 31 -  7/11 stores for Southland Corporation to entering real estate development for a number of firms but most notably as President for United Management Ltd and ultimately Managing Director of Alsten Holdings Ltd.  Bob acquired the Bobtail Ranch in Penticton, B.C.in 1986, where he raised a commercial herd and pedigree Angus cattle.  He served as Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 15th (Edmonton) Medical Company and assumed the same position with the Calgary Highlanders on 8 August 2001.  Later, he assumed the position of Honorary Colonel with the regiment.  Bob sat as a Director on many prestigious boards over his lifetime, some for many years, such as Precision Drilling, Oxford Trust and many related to his career with the Singer Family.   One accomplishment of great pride to Bob and his family was the completion of a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the University of Calgary in 2016. Bob had many hobbies and interest including ocean sailing and flying.  He was a certified offshore sailor, fixed wing and helicopter pilot.  Bob gave a lot of his time sitting on committees related to the Army Reserve and was active in many charitable works including the Order of St. Lazarus holding the position of CD, KLJ,MMLJ as well as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program. Bob is survived by his children Robert “Ian” Gibson; Chad Stuart Gibson (Melody); Laura Ann Law (Jason); Amanda Francis Daniels (Donovan); Grandchildren Evan, Hadley, Harrison, Rowan; and Miah; his sister Patricia Linn (Doug); brother Gary Gibson (Barbara); brother Donald Gibson (Isabelle); brother-in-law Allan Fraser; cousins Sharon and Marlene Watts, Eileen Schwindt (Keith), and Doug Gibson; long time companion Brigitte Daniels as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Robert Stuart Gibson, his mother Verna May Gibson and sister Gail Elizabeth Fraser. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date – please send a copy of your email to contact@bobtailranch.ca to receive notification of this event. Flowers are gratefully declined.  Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to: Bob Gibson Legacy Fund c/o University of Calgary - 2500 University Drive NW -Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 Please donate online at  http://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/bobgibson or Tom Baker Cancer Centre at www.albertacancer.ca or by phone at 1-866-412-4222.

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