Bob St John left this world at the age of seventy-four, with the same distinctive kindness, and love that were his hallmark. He was born in Montreal in 1947 and grew up in Toronto. After high school, Bob achieved a diploma as an Industrial Chemist and then worked at ELI Lilly, while later going on to achieve his red seal as a carpenter. He moved from Ontario to Alberta in 1975. Most of his career was in carpentry and the oilfield until health issues forced him to retire at the age of seventy.
Bob had a brilliant sense of humour and was a master in the kitchen; well known for his Italian dishes, omelettes, burgers, and the love that he put into every meal. He was a lifelong Habs fan who idolized Maurice “Rocket” Richard as a youth, although he always rooted for the last remaining Canadian team come playoff time. He loved and played hockey, taking his career as far as the Junior “A” level.
Bob could often be found in his garage listening to the radio, or reading with his loyal dog Buddy nearby. He enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren and watching them play hockey. He could chat for hours or sit comfortably in silence with equal ease. Bob was passionate about many topics, as a man of extraordinary curiosity and intellect. He loved movies, sports, literature, whittling, and live music with a penchant for the Blues; a genre in which he himself could play the harmonica with great virtuosity. Bob found endless joy on early morning fishing trips while camping at Two Jack Lake in the Rocky Mountains, almost always bringing in a nice haul of rainbow trout to pan fry and share with his family.
Bob will be greatly missed by his children Elton (Tracy), Clinton, Andrea (Dale), and Michelle (Veronica); his five grandchildren Zane, Jax, Croston, Holden, and Sydney; and sisters Dorothy (John) and Carmen. He will also be greatly missed by his amazing community of friends that just like him found great satisfaction in the peace and nature at the Three Mile Bend park in Red Deer while walking their dogs with Bob and his terriers Buddy and Huge.
Due to Covid, a celebration of life will be held for Bob at a later date.
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