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Our Dear Brother, Bob Wright, Has Gone to be with the Lord

March 13, 2014

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cross4Our dear brother, Bob Wright, went to be with Our Lord early this morning. Bob knew whose he was and where he was going. Having fought the good fight, he was able to let go of this life, and take the hand of the One who’d come to bring him home. He slipped away peacefully after a restful night of sleep, with his family by his side. We pray for God’s comfort and strength to sustain Marlene and all the family, as they’re held close to God’s heart and ours.

Rest eternal grant to Bob, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

Everyone’s invited to the Service celebrating Bob’s life at St. Paul’s this Tuesday, March 18, at 2 p.m. Thank you to Dinah Breu for arranging the reception after the Service in the Hall afterwards. If you’d like to provide squares, or help in other ways, please let Dinah know at breu.dinah@gmail.com.

Embedded below is a video of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” The family and I sang this together yesterday and today, as we relied upon and received the very grace of which it speaks; and we plan to sing it together at the Service celebrating Bob’s life on Tuesday.

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MARCH 15 UPDATE:

Embedded below is the Obituary for Bob in today’s Calgary Herald:

WRIGHT, Robert (Bob)
1934 – 2014

Robert (Bob) Bruce Wright passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Carewest Sarcee Hospice, in Calgary, at age 80 years.

Born January 29, 1934, in Sudbury, Ontario as the oldest son of the late Albert and Isabel Wright. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; daughter, Rhonda (nee Harrison); son, Brent (Jennifer); and son-in-law, Robert Harrison. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara (nee McLeod; husband Al); and brothers, Ted (Betty), and Brian (Sharon). He will be deeply missed by his five grandchildren, and new great- grandchild, as well as his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bob worked from 1951 to 1989 with Canada Post, but is best known locally as a popular Walmart Greeter in South Calgary. He assisted thousands of customers over the last ten plus years, working right up until his recent hospitalization.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 7 Sunmills Green S.E., Calgary. It was Bob’s wish that his family members and many friends would meet there together to celebrate the life of honour and service that he was proud of sharing.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.

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MARCH 17 UPDATE:

Embedded below is the longer Obituary for Bob that appears on the “My Alternatives” website:

ROBERT “BOB” BRUCE WRIGHT
 March 13th, 2014

Wright%20Robert%20ovalCalled back to The Lord’s ever-loving arms from a peaceful sleep on the morning of Thursday, March 13, 2014, where he was tenderly cared for by the selfless and giving staff at the Carewest-Sarcee Hospice, in Calgary, at age of 80 years.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario as the oldest son of the late Albert and Isobel Wright. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; daughter, Rhonda (nee Harrison); son, Brent (wife Jennifer); and son-in-law, Robert Harrison.  He is further cherished and missed by his sister, Barbara (nee McLeod; husband, Al); and brothers, Ted (wife Betty), and Brian (wife Sharon).  Known as “Papa” to his adoring grandchildren, he will be deeply missed by Bobby and Brandi Harrison, as well as Lorie (nee Therres; husband Reagan), Bradley Wright (fiancée, Taylor Makarowski), and Emily Wright.  “Papa” also shared his enormous joy and happiness at meeting and holding his first great-grandchild, Mason Therres, born in October of 2013.  And of course, he shall be sorely missed by his many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends all across the continent, and beyond.

Bob started his first career in 1951 as a letter carrier with Canada Post, and eventually moved into management as a route measurement officer until he took his first retirement in 1989.  Not willing to just stop and settle down, he then took several part time jobs, before relocating to Calgary in 2002. More recently, he was perhaps best known as a popular Walmart Greeter in South Calgary, assisting thousands of customers over the last ten plus years, working right up until this January, when his illness finally forced him to be hospitalized.

Most people who knew Bob credit his previous good health and strength to his lifelong pursuits of physical activity, such as with team sports in his early days, to skiing and jogging in midlife, and to biking and strenuous canoe trips as a senior. His recent illness was a shock to everyone, as well as the terrible speed with which it engulfed his body.  More importantly, however, be assured that the disease never robbed Bob of his genuine loving and caring spirit, and that his heart remained as big as you’ve always remembered it was, right up until his quiet passing.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 7 Sunmills Green S.E., Calgary. It was Bob’s wish that his family members and many friends would meet there together to celebrate the life of honour and service that he was proud of sharing. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to St.   Paul’s Anglican Church.

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MARCH 20 UPDATE:

Bob and Marlene

The sunshine on Tuesday made it very hard for us to see the wonderful slideshow the family of Bob Wright had put together at the Service of Celebration. (One reason it’s so exciting to have our new screens’ coming to our Sanctuary on Mar. 24 is that they’ll be able to handle sunny conditions like this.) The family has graciously shared this slideshow with me, so that as many people as possible can see it. You can view this Tribute to Bob by clicking here.

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