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Bob Clifford Anderson

25/01/1945 - 20/01/2021

Obituary For Bob Clifford Anderson

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bob Anderson at the QEII hospital on January 20, 2021. Bob was born in Sangudo, Alberta on January 25th, 1945. He spent his childhood on a small farm near Boyle and graduated from high school there. He then went on to receive his electrical ticket from NAIT. Bob worked his trade with a telephone company in New Zealand for a time before coming back to Alberta where he was hired by AGT (now Telus) where he worked for 31 years. After retiring, he worked in sales for Resource Purchasing, Peerless Page, and Northern Metallic.
In 1980 he met and married Judy Wilson in Calgary, and together they made their first home in Whitecourt. It was there that they were blessed with the birth of twins, a boy and a girl, making the family complete before they moved to Grande Prairie and made that their home. Bob’s health diminished and he spent the last three years with Grande Prairie Care Centre as his home.
In his younger years Bob loved hiking and skiing in the mountains. He loved animals. He enjoyed watching sports, especially cheering on the Oilers and Blue Jays. Coffee with friends and family was always a highlight. The cabin at Marean lake Saskatchewan was always a favorite get away.
Bob is survived by his wife, Judy, children Keith and Naomi, brother-in-law Mike Radmanovich of Boyle, Alberta, nephews Larry (Tami) and their children Logan, and Karcyn; and Dave (Suzie) of Edmonton. He was pre-deceased by his parents Clifford and Rose Anderson, brother James and sister Beverly, parents-in-law Manfred and Leah Wilson, and brother-in-law Dan Cabatan.
Due to COVID restrictions, a private graveside service will be held on February 5, 2021, at the Grande Prairie Cemetery. Thanks to Pastor Dave Friesen for officiating and for the many visits over the years, to Dr. Pope for the care and concern in the past years, and thank you to the nurses and care aides who showed so much kindness and taking the time to connect with our family.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Bandaged Paws at 12220 104 Ave. Grande Prairie, AB. T8V 8A8
https://bandagedpaws.org/donate where ATB matches 15% of every dollar donated.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home and Cremation Sanctuary www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Judy - you cared so much for Bob. May you both find peace and rest.
- Nicole
Sending love and prayers to your whole family. So sorry for your loss. I have a lot of fond memories with your whole family. - Lisa (Reid) Turcotte
- Lisa Turcotte
Judy, Keith & Naomi Sorry to hear about the passing of Bob Our condolences Gordon & Germaine Whitecourt
- Gordon Samson
- Deborah
So sorry for your loss of Bob. Bob always had a smile of his face & gave you a big hello any time he seen you & we enjoyed an visit we had with Bob. I'm sure losing him has caused a big hole in all of your hearts. May Jesus comfort you in His loving arms & give you His peace. Lifting you up in prayer sincerely Dennis, Deborah Smith & family
- Deborah
Judy and family.So sorry for your loss.I will always remember his smile and practicing his French with us.He was one of a kind and will be missed but we know he is in a better place.
- Claudette
Dear Judy, Naomi and Keith. We want to express our sympathy to you, Judy, on the passing of your husband and to you, Naomi and Keith, on the passing of your father. He was a very special person and we have fond memories of spending time with the Anderson family when we were growing up in Boyle. May all the special memories of Bob as a husband and father give you peace. With our love, Wilfred Barranoik, Julia Conway and Kevin Barranoik
- W. Barranoik
Judy my dearest friend, Naomi and Keith I am profoundly sorry for the passing of Bob also a dear friend and I will forever cherish the memories in Whitecourt as neighbors. May he rest in peace and heaven has now gained another angel. Yes his last breath on earth is now is first breath in heaven. Rest in peace Bob Love Auntie Maggie
- Maggie Melanson
Condolences Judy , Keith & Naome from the Gilbert Mills family .
- Collin Mills
Judy and family So sorry for your loss. Bob had a booming personality and he will be missed. God will sustain through this time of sadness. It is so hard to let them go but he will be at peace with the Lord. From Bryan and Carolyn Gaunt. My mom was in the Care Centre with Bob.
- Carolyn Gaunt

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