Obituaries

Robert (Rob) William Balcom

16/07/1971 - 17/02/2023

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Obituary For Robert (Rob) William Balcom

July 16, 1971 – February 17, 2023

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robert “Rob” Balcom on February 17th, 2023, at the young age of 51.

Rob was born in Liverpool Nova Scotia but moved to Grande Prairie at the age of 2.

He is the son, of surviving father, Gerald “Jerry” Balcom and of the late, Catherine “Cathy” Schrader Balcom. Other surviving family members are his fiancée Paula Gagnon, his son Caleb, his stepson Nicolas Norris, sisters Tina and Crystal, brother-in-law Darren Deschene, nieces Shyla, Josee and Alisia and nephew Joshua.

Rob was an avid car guy, who was a founding member of the car club Dropsicles and could be seen at many car shows. He was a major supporter of the A&W Cruise Nights and Burgers to Beat MS, helping to raise money for MS Research. He was one of the key organizers for the Spring Spectacular Indoor Car Show. He enjoyed helping his many friends with their projects. Over the years, he could be seen cruising the streets of Grande Prairie with his famous Pink Flareside, his red Foose truck, his lowered green and white truck and his most recent beloved ’66 Chevelle. He could have been found many nights at Remax with a Tim Horton coffee in his hand.

He enjoyed hosting firepits, taking the kids to the lake, going to the Winter Carnaval in St-Isidore and enjoying “No-Cook Thursdays”. But above all else, he had a great love for his family.

The family has decided to do a private service. There will be a memorial setup at the Spring Spectacular car show on April 21st-23rd 2023. With Rob’s love of cars, the family has chosen to host a Celebration of life car show to be held in June 2023. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up for his sons. Donations can be made at flaresideschevelle@outlook.com.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 bearcreekfuneral.com

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  • 03/04/2023

    Just seen him at Army Navy when camera crews were here. My god, r.i.p.

  • 28/02/2023

    I am at a loss for words hearing about Rob's passing. I remember like it was yesterday painting his first truck in a shop with a dirt floor. My deepest condolences to the family as you process through this profound and unexpected loss.

  • 28/02/2023

    To Jerry and Paula and family, Our condolences and sympathy to you all. We are so sorry and sadness for your loss. We definitely lost a very good person. Take care. From the Comeau family.

  • 28/02/2023

    My thoughts and heart go out to Jerry, and Robs family. I will miss seeing him at all the car shows. I remember Rob doing a little powder coat favor for me one year. He didn't charge me at all, so I felt compelled, and I gave him a nice Ford clock for his shop. Rob you're a great guy. You will be missed by many. God speed. Henry J Piepers

  • 25/02/2023

    Soo sorry to hear of Rob's passing Our thoughts and prayers are with his Family. Rob was such a great guy, always first to lend a hand. He will be miss by all the people he helped and influenced . I had the pleasure of dealing with Rob many time over the years. Doing business with him was alway a pleasure. He would go above and beyond. He will be missed and memories treasured

  • 25/02/2023

    You always made time to come and talk. You will surely be missed Rob. RIP

  • 25/02/2023

    We were shocked upon hearing of Rob's sudden & unexpected passing! Taken far too young! We have known Rob since he attended elementary school (Parkside), where we had the privilege of teaching him in Grade 2 & Grade 5! We have kept in touch with him through the years since. Extending our deepest heartfelt condolences to Paula & family, Tina, Crystal & Gerald during this extremely difficult time. A loss for the family & community Rob supported in so many ways. Hope caring thoughts will help to gently ease your profound sorrow in the days to come. Sharing in your sadness ~ Carman & Doug Scherlie

  • 25/02/2023

    My deepest condolences to Rob's family. Rob was a wonderful guy who had such a big heart, and will be sadly missed by so many people. I will miss seeing you at at the car show. Miss giving you a hard time at the door. You always had a big smile on your face. Carolyn Campbell

  • 25/02/2023

    Jerry and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss ,my deepest sympathy to all of you

  • 25/02/2023

    Our Deepest condolences on youre families huge loss.Sure going to miss seeing Rob around at any car events. We will always remember him,will miss our chats & but he will forever live on in our hearts Terry& Sheila Antosko

  • 24/02/2023

    This makes me very sad!!! Such a great kid!!! RIP Rob!!!

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