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August 19, 1939 - April 12, 2013
Robert Osberg passed away suddenly at his home in Black Diamond, AB on April 12, 2013 at the age of 73 years. Rob is survived by his loving wife Diane; his children Brad (Julianne), Scott (Sandra), Kris (Sheri) and Tracy (Stephane). He also leaves behind ten grandchildren who will forever miss their "Papa". Rob will also be remembered by numerous brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Rob lived his life with passion. And one of his greatest passions was teaching. His first career as a Jr. High School teacher spanned almost three decades. When not in an actual classroom, Rob loved to take the kids into the great outdoors for a taste of X-country skiing or winter camping. After retiring, Rob found success and fulfillment as an artist and working cowboy poet. But he never stopped teaching. Through SAIT Continuing Education, Elderhostel Canada and as an individual, Rob designed and taught courses on subjects as diverse as Photography, Edible Wild Plants, Wood Carving and Line Dancing. Always restless in his curiosity, Rob considered it a gift to learn something new and an even greater gift to then have the opportunity to share it with others. First and foremost, Rob loved his family and friends. A kind and good-humored father. A devoted husband. Rob took immense pride in his wife and children and spared no efforts to give them his personal best in every situation. He was there. Always. Beaming at every band concert, football game, swim meet, dance recital and graduation. Family vacations were many, memorable and often filled with hilarious outtakes. And despite the frenzy and noise that is a family of six, Rob always seemed to know when someone needed him, all to themselves, just for a while. Just to be Dad. When the grandchildren arrived, Rob was in his element for nothing made him happier than having a houseful of noisy, energetic and, above all, curious children. With a large and diverse social circle, Rob and Diane adored spending time with their friends. A perfect evening for Rob was a little good food, a lot of good conversation and maybe a dance. Or 12. For Rob loved to dance. He preferred country music, but he could dance to anything. And he did. He danced through Life. A Celebration of Rob's Life will be held on Friday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Turner Valley Elementary School (114 Royal Avenue, Turner Valley). To send condolences and view Robert's Tribute Page please visit www.lylereeves.com. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Sheep River Public Library (www.sheepriverlibrary.ca). Caring for the family is Lyle Reeves Funerals of High River (Craig Snodgrass). Phone 403-652-4242.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Apr. 16, 2013