Robert Edward SOLINGER
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SOLINGER, Robert Edward
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Bob Solinger ("Solly") on December 10, 2014 at the age of 88. Bob was born in Star City, Saskatchewan on December 23, 1925. He is predeceased by his parents John and Elizabeth; brothers John, Herbert, George, and Anthony; sisters Hazel (Sills), and Mary (Von Alton) and his loving wife Jean of 47 years. He leaves behind his brother Roy of Winnipeg, and many nieces and nephews who remember Bob as a loving and supportive uncle.
Bob was an outstanding athlete, and will be fondly remembered for loving a "good game of anything." Bob had a 25 year hockey career and played 99 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from professional sport, Bob worked for the Alberta Government, and continued to play hockey locally. During those years, Bob and Jean hosted countless gatherings at their "summer paradise" at Pigeon Lake for friends and family. There they created precious memories for all who shared in their generous hospitality. Bob was a hard worker, and worked tirelessly to keep his home in Edmonton and the cottage at Pigeon Lake in top shape.
Over the past 24 years, Bob spent many happy winters in Arizona. In the summer, his Alberta home for the past number of years was Spruce Grove. No matter where Bob landed, he was appreciated for his sense of humor, his generosity, and his kind and friendly manner. And as Bob recently reflected: "We had a lot of fun!"
The family would especially like to thank Jackie and Dave Hodges, and Darlene Angus for their friendship, kindness, and support to Bob over the past months.
Reverend Martin Carroll will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044 – 113 Street, Edmonton. A Celebration of Life will also be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Spruce Grove Royal Canadian Legion, 215 McLeod Avenue, Spruce Grove.
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Published in Edmonton Journal from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2014.
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