CRUICKSHANK, Robert Douglas
September 28, 1927 – May 19, 2014
Bob ("Cranky") passed away on May 19, 2014 at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Born in Winnipeg, Bob grew up in the bustling port of Prince Rupert where the sea and activities of thousands of US troops stationed during WWII
influenced his decision to join the Navy. Starting with the Canadian Naval Reserves (1950) and then the RCN (1954-1969), he travelled the world with the Atlantic Fleet, serving as a supply officer (LtN) on HMCS Micmac, Skeena and New Waterford. Early retirement from the forces lead to a second career with Sun Life in Montreal and final relocation to landlocked Alberta in the 1990s. A husband to two fine ladies, proud father of five children (Tammy, Robin, Doug, Cheryl and Bruce), grandfather of eight and great- grandfather of one. He was an active member of the Royal Alberta United Services Institute at the Calgary Mewata Garrison and the Naval Officers Association at HMCS Tecumseh, where he volunteered and enjoyed many great friendships. A story teller by nature, with interest in politics and current affairs, he loved to share and debate topics of the day. The family wishes to thank his dedicated family physician Dr. Agnes Thompson, the staff and caregivers of the Calgary Palliative Home Care Team, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Foothills Hospital Unit #31. Military Service and a Celebration of Life will be held at the Officers Mess at Mewata Armories (801-11 Street SW, Calgary, AB; telephone: 403-265-6628) on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Bob's family through www.evanjstrong.com
. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES (403) 265-1199.