Bob died peacefully in his home following a brief battle with cancer. He leaves his son, John (Janice); two grandsons Riley and Michael; nieces Sandra Heywood and Barb Espiritu; nephew Peter McCrossan; and many close friends.
He was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended the University of British Columbia where he earned his B.Sc. Geology. While working in Calgary, he met Janette (1925 – 2009), his wife and dearest companion of 58 years.
He furthered his education with a M. Sc. and Ph.D in Geology at the University of Chicago, prior to embarking on a successful career as a Petroleum Geologist with Esso Resources, the Geological Survey of Canada, and with Sirte Oil in Libya. Bob’s contributions to Canadian geology have been outstanding. One of his many career accomplishments was the publication of the atlas, Geological History of Western Canada (with Dr. R.P. Glaister, a colleague and life long friend). The Atlas was used extensively by industry and became an indispensable teaching aid in university geological departments all over the world. Bob was Past-President of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists; his generous service to his profession has been recognized by the award of Honorary Life membership in the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists.
Bob will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of gardening, photography, politics, and a passion for a healthy discussion/argument. He was most content with a glass of good scotch, a comfortable pair of blue jeans, a solid pair of rubber boots, and a big cigar.
Services will be held at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 3295 Cobble Hill Road in Cobble Hill on Friday, November 25 at 2pm. Online condolences may be offered at www.sandsduncan.ca