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ROBERT BASIL GAIR (published on October 09, 2010)



ROBERT BASIL GAIR September 28, 1932 - October 4, 2010 Bob Gair: husband, dad, grandpa, brother, friend; passed away surrounded by his family, on Monday October 4, 2010. He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 54 years, children Cath Todd, Jeff (Sheila) and Scott (Joy), grandchildren Leslie, Derek, Shea, Trevor, Shaun, Josie, Conrad and Kristina and his sister Marilyn Spradling of Houston, Texas. He grew up in Winnipeg (Fort Garry) and enjoyed his summers at the family cabin on Lake of the Woods. He attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a degree in Geological Engineering (found his niche!) in 1956 and went on to earn an MBA degree from the University of Western Ontario. He earned his tuition by training with the RCAF and working in geological camps in Northern Canada. Bob's recounting of his athletic and piloting days entertained friends and family for years. He was a top provincial badminton player and also loved to play volleyball. Immediately after graduation he joined Shell Oil in Calgary, triggering a lifelong passion for the oilpatch. After 10 years chasing rigs and technical excellence he left Shell to join the CIBC and soon led the Oil and Gas Department. In 1972 he joined a major consulting company in a senior role which took him to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. Ever independently-minded, in 1976 Bob started his own private oil exploration company, Romar Resources. The prospect of drilling the big one kept him energized for many years. The thought of retirement never crossed his mind. Over the years, he always looked forward to the monthly beer and pizza lunches with his U of M buddies. Bob poured his energy into many community projects, often in a leadership role, including the establishment of the Rockyview Water Coop, the Calgary Winter Club, scouting, sporting groups and industry organizations such as the Petroleum Society of CIM and SEPAC. He could also often be found in the basement, saws buzzing, creating amazing furniture. Bob loved family outdoor activities - hiking, cross-country skiing, fishing and, in particular, summer camping trips to lakes around Alberta and BC. The car trunk, roof carrier and trailer were always loaded with toys and gear for exploring and having fun. In 1985, Bob and Ruth moved to The Ranch . The acreage west of Bearspaw proved to be both a sanctuary and the ideal outlet for his love of gardening and tinkering. He treasured exploring the coyote caves, filling bird feeders and sharing tractor rides with his grandchildren. Bob and his dogs spent hours doing what he loved to do helping things grow and retaining the natural vegetation of the land. His spirit will live on in this place he continually nurtured. The family wishes to thank the remarkable staff at Tom Baker Cancer Center and Foothills ICU for their compassionate care. A Celebration of Bob's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at Silver Springs Golf Club (1600 Varsity Estates Drive). He was the rock of the family, gave his unconditional love and sought little in return just that we follow our hearts and do the right thing in life . His integrity, passion for knowledge and independent thought continue to provide guidance to us all. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME, RECEPTION CREMATION CENTRE. Tel: 403-228-4422.


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