April 10, 1945 – Feb. 11, 2014
This week I lost my best friend, lover, husband – and a man larger than life itself – to a sudden, but not unexpected, heart attack. We always thought he was invincible. In almost 20 years of marriage, he made me feel special each and every day and I can never thank him enough. Rob was a man of principle and integrity with gratitude for all that came his way. He had an incredible loyalty to his many friends and family – as could be attested by his famous “Monday night” phone calls with a glass of red wine in hand. We will miss his intelligent conversation and quick debate that was always engaging, wise, philosophical, and punctuated with wit. He adored his children and grandchildren who will miss him terribly. Rob was a native Calgarian, working as a lifeguard, teacher, corporate trainer, and VP in the oil patch before retiring at 50 to be a stay at home dad to his youngest daughter Kira. Rob was always trying to reconcile the commanding persona in the suit with his inner hippy – and in the last 13 years, there is little question his inner hippy won.
After leaving Calgary in 2001, we lived in Windermere for 5 years, before settling in Christina Lake, BC. He was so proud of the lovely post and beam home he built there, almost single-handedly. He was very well travelled, but Hawaii remained a favorite, especially the wonderfully shared memories of Kona. Rob had an amazing natural athleticism particularly when swimming or wowing the hills with his telemarking prowess. Rob always did things before they were cool – and loved that his MEC and REI membership numbers were two of the originals.
Those cherishing his memory are his loving wife Lynn Barry, his children Kelly (Jory) Gammie; Kira Gammie; Ryan (Christine) Olivier; Monique Olivier (Torey McLeish); his four sweet grandchildren Rowan and Allyson Gammie, Declan Olivier, and Silas McLeish; and his beloved dog Izzy. He was predeceased by his first wife Karen (1989) and his 9-year old son Joshua (1982). We will miss you so much. Cheers and salutis!
A big thank you to the many friends and family contacting us with their love. A celebration of Rob’s life will be held Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Christina Lake Community Hall.”