Robert "Bob" CloseJanuary 4, 2018
Robert Allan Close
July 17, 1948 – January 4, 2018
Robert “Bob” Close, beloved husband of the late Barb Close, passed away at home on January 4, 2018. Bob was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan. Bob had many adventures with his five siblings growing up on the farm together. Bob went to the Albertown one room school for grades 1-8, and when he reached high school he attended at Hafford Central school where he played football. Bob left high school and moved to the Wilkie/Unity area to work for a farmer, where met Barb in the spring of 1967. They were married in the summer of 1968. They made their home in many places as Bob had his Dad’s nomad foot. They lived in Saskatoon where Bob went to Mechanics School, and in 1977 their daughter Leanne was born. Soon after, they moved to North Battleford, where they had their second daughter Rebecca. Here Bob worked hard at running his own transmission shop while Barb worked at the Royal Bank. They briefly moved to Edmonton for a new job for Bob, but returned to North Battleford a few months later. The family moved to Pincher Creek, AB in 1987 where they finally put down some roots. Bob had many different jobs while in Pincher Creek. He worked as a mechanic and service manager at Future Ford and Westcastle Motors. Then he poured his heart into managing the Pincher Creek Golf Course and running the Clubhouse Restaurant, which allowed him to pursue his loves of cooking and golf. After a few years at the Golf Course, Bob took a job working for Lee Hochstein at the feedlot. He enjoyed feeding the cows, doing odd jobs around the farm and helping with seeding and harvesting the fields. In 2009, Bob suffered a farming accident which caused him to lose all the fingers and some of his thumb on his dominant right hand. Showing his true spirit, strength and determination, he learned to be left handed and live a full and active life. Once the healing process was complete, Bob returned to work for Sproule Holdings until he passed away. He thoroughly enjoyed his work at both farms and often posted beautiful photos of harvest time for all to see. Bob had many hobbies including golf, curling, cooking, and reading. In recent years, he loved the time he spent with his granddaughters the most. Bob was very involved with clubs and volunteering at every community he has lived in. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership in the Kinsmen Club. He has been highly involved with the Knights of Columbus in Pincher Creek, and loved his volunteer time with them. He could always be called on to help with anything, any time of day. Barb and Bob also loved to travel together and had many dreams and plans. Bob is survived by his 2 daughters Leanne (Chris) and Rebecca (Jason), three grandchildren, Emily, Abby, and Kayla, his 2 brothers, Jon and Donald, and 2 sisters, Betty and Darlene, and many loving nieces and nephews and other relatives. He was predeceased by his wife Barb, parents Josephine and Edward, and his brother Fred.