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He was a hell of a cowboy - tough as nails to the bitter end.
Robert Morris Tourond took his last breath, in his sleep, on the evening of Tuesday, September 13th 2022, at the Fort Mcleod Hospital.
Bob was born in 1941 to parents Robert and Hazel Tourond, in Port Alberni, BC. He grew up in the Pincher Creek/ Crowsnest area, where he and his sister Bertha enjoyed their childhood roaming the outdoors at the various lumber camps where Robert and Hazel worked. He quickly developed a love both fast cars, and fast horses - owning several of both over the course of his lifetime.
Bob met and married his first love, Veronica Miklusek in Bellevue, November 1959. Bob and Ronny both had a love of late nights, dancing, and sharing good times with friends. Although their relationship had many ups and downs, they were blessed with four beautiful daughters - Kellee, Cory, Pam, and Amy.
While his work career was flourishing as a tool push for Loffland brothers, this was when he met Phyllis, his wife of 50 years. He welcomed her two wonderful children, Pamela and Darren, as if they were his own. Over the course of their marriage, Phyllis devoted herself to his unconditional care and love through his severe illness, and brushes with death. His children, Pam and Darren always made sure to travel back home, for many visits, and check in’s - making great memories along the way.
Bob went on to become a journeyman ironworker with Local 97 and Local 725, before opening his own trucking company in Pincher Creek. In 1988 Bob and Phyllis moved to Abottsford, BC, where he continued to pursue his gravel truck business. He spent many enjoyable years on the coast, making great friends along the way. His love of horses, and desire to be near his family, had them return to Pincher Creek to start his retirement. His passion for horses and rodeo accelerated his desire for retirement, allowing him to live out the cowboy dream. This all started while raising his 4 daughters. He focused on hauling them around to gymkhanas, high school rodeos and jackpots all over the country. It wasn’t until retirement that he really pursued his love of team roping. Bob spent several of those years traveling back and forth to Arizona to rope year round. For every trip back and forth, his horse trailer was full, often including the next up and coming colts, but one horse endured every trip - his faithful boy Bart. With team roping being a favorite pastime, he cherished even more, spending time with his friends and family, and most of all, sharing his love of horses and rodeo with his daughter Pam and granddaughter Hayley.
And now the cowboy rides away…leaving behind a trough full of memories of rodeo, horses, family and friends.
Left behind to mourn his passing, his wife of 50 years, Phyllis. Daughters Kellee (Al), Cory, Pam (Glen), Amy (Greg), Pamela (Dennis), Darren (Jamie) Son In law - Ron.
Grandchildren, Erin (Mark), Nile (Lauren), Teyel (Sean) Bob (Dee-Anna), Hayley (Darren), Haden (Hailey), Scottie (Nicole) Aleigh (William), Dylan (Kirsten), Jaida and Slade.
Great Grandchildren, Milo, Ridge, Callie, Bennett, Haxsytn, and Morgan. *Special person in Bob’s life was his Aunty Marg Wrigglesworth, the last remaining sibling of his dad’s immediate family. Marg and Bob talked regularly by phone and in person visits over the years; they truly had connection of ‘love’ for each other.
Predeceased by his parents Robert Sr and Hazel, his sister and brother in law Bertha and Myron Lang, Son in law Keith Houze, first wife Ronny Zebrak