Obituaries

William (Bob) Robert Pomeroy

30/09/1947 - 11/06/2020

Obituary for William (Bob) Robert Pomeroy

September 30, 1947 – June 11, 2020

William Robert Pomeroy, also known to friends and family as Bob, passed away on June 11, 2020, at the age of 72 years.

Bob will forever be remembered for his passion, tenacity, and living the entrepreneurial dream; and for Bob, no dream was too big. Bob was a known trailblazer in the hospitality industry and, over the years, built a legacy that will continue to live on in his name.

To say Bob was larger than life is an understatement. His presence filled a room, and people from all walks of life were naturally drawn to him. The impact he has made here on earth to his many friends and family is simply immeasurable, and we are left with countless special memories and moments that we will cherish for a lifetime. Throughout his extraordinary life and his many different ventures, but his greatest accomplishment was always his family.

Bob will be lovingly be remembered by his children, Kim (Rod) Gravengard, Ryan (Allison) Pomeroy, Connor (Jessica) Pomeroy, partner Teela King, her son Daxton King and their daughter Kingsley Rose Pomeroy. Bob will also be fondly remembered by his eight Grandchildren, Jennifer, Kory, Mallory, Hayley, Kaden, Zachary, Joshua, and Levi. And by his great-grandchildren Ellie, Ashlynn, Kayle, and Kjell as well as his sisters Judy (Tony) Kramer and Joan (Brian) Scheck. Along with his many nieces and nephews.

Bob is predeceased by his sister Marie Ryder, son Tim Pomeroy, father Ross (Scotty) Pomeroy, and his mother, Martha (Mandy) Pomeroy.

Due to restriction from COVID, the family is not able to host a formal funeral at this time. However, a special website www.RememberingBobPomeroy.com has been created as a place to share stories, pictures, and videos of Bob. Your memories will help us paint the picture of his life, and we would be honoured to collect them as share them as we grieve and heal as a family. Please visit our site and simply follow the instructions on the website.

This link is your first option.

A viewing will be held Friday, June 19, 2020, at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue in Grande Prairie, Alberta). A Celebration of life for Bob will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Peoples Church (11850-108 Street Grande Prairie, Alberta). As the church is now at capacity, Bob’s family welcome you to the live streaming event at the Pomeroy Hotels located in Grande Prairie, AB as well as Fort St. John, BC. Live streaming will be available on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube Page

Ray Yenkana will be Officiating.

Those who so desire may make a memorial donation in memory of Bob can make one to the Stollery charitable foundation. Details will be provided on the site and on the memorial cards.

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

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My deepest sympathy to all the family. He was a man larger than life. -Sonja Yenkana
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Darren and I spent this past Christmas in Grande Prairie with Bob's son Connor, his wife Jessica and Jessica's mom, Dee (Darren's sister). We had the privilege of spending an evening with Bob. First out for dinner and then back to his home for drinks and dessert. Ten minutes after meeting him, we felt as if we had known him for years. He was an amazing man who regardless of all of his accomplishments, made it quite clear that his greatest pride were his children!!! Before we left that night, we couldn't help but notice a Dalai Lama quote that Bob kept in clear view in his home..." There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live." Clearly Bob lived by that motto. May you rest in peace. Condolences to all the family and those who loved him.
- Donna Donahue
We are so sorry for your loss! Our condolences to all of you from Richard & Cindy Ames and our Staff at Daddio's Pizzeria
- Cindy
Rod and Kim, Ryan and Allison ( and families), so sorry for your loss. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you during this time of grieving. Cherish all the great memories. With deepest sympathy, Uncle Derek and Auntie Wanda
- Derek Dutka
Kim & families I am sorry for your loss
- Leona Sullivan
It is difficult to say goodbye to someone who loved life and lived it with great enthusiasm. I remember meeting Bob in the hospital! My brother was in with an injury and Bob was in the bed next to him. Well he was not a shy guy, he struck up a conversation and the next thing you knew I was bringing in burgers and shakes for both the guys! That was the beginning of a friendship over 50 years ago. I remember Bob bring Marj for dinner at my Mom and Dads and poor Bob had to eat his first rare steak, but, to please old Bill he did it! Bob would share his big dreams and aspirations, and they were never small! I remember when he even sold stuff door to door, he was not afraid to get a start in life, and everything he did he did with great expectation and determination, you knew he would do big things one day and so he did. So thank you Bob for all the great memories over the years it was am Amzing journey. To your family my heart goes out to each of you as the pain of loss is a great one I truly know and understand. Know Bob would want all of us to rejoice in his life well lived and the wonderful memories he leaves with you all, he will always be with you tucked in the corner of your hearts guiding you along life's path! Sending all of you Much Love, Stan and Char Syme
- Char Symes
Thank you for my Miss Fort St John pageant experience. I represented the Cleanery. Your dry cleaning business. I was named Miss Clean and took alot of rubbing but I stood out and was never forgotton. You were a bold character and lives life to the fullest, large and grand. Sorry for your loss Kim you are a part of the family and a true friend to Shawna. bless. Karree Phillips Brannen
- Karree Phillips
Our condolences to the family. We were sorry to hear of Bob's sudden passing. Thinking of you at this sad time. Dale & Cheryl Joyce
- Cheryl Joyce
Yolanda and I send you our deepest condolances, we wish you the Lord 's strenght in these times of sorrow. Put your strenght in Him seek His face and He will give you peace. We will pray for you all, may God deeply bless you. If it is possible I would love to go to the service. Let me know if this is possible. Leo
- Leo wattel
We both want to express heartfelt sympathy to all the family but especially Connor at this sad time. I have many fond memories of being your nanny and your dad was very hospitable&kind to me. Take care of yourselves, in time the pain eases and the memories help heal.
- Roxybrown
So sorry for your loss. We hope that in time your pain will ease. Bob was always kind to Wade and made him welcome in his home. In deepest sympathy from the Mayer family, Gayle, Glen, Wade and Katie.
- Mayer Family
I've known Bob for too many years to count! He came to the bank with me one day, likely 30+ years ago, to give me moral support while I had a meeting with the manager. It was an act of loyalty, which meant a lot to me. We weren't close friends, but we shared the type of friendship that needed no nurturing and was always present, whenever we happened to cross paths. We were talking briefly in early January , when he showed me recent pictures. It seems impossible that he's gone. My condolences and prayers to his family and friends. He will be missed.
- Rachel Nysted
Bob is a very very nice and accommodating Boss. Very humble as one of many employees work with one of their properties, he called us his "Angels". He is a true example of a humble and loving employer. We don't feel intimidated by him when he visit the restaurant. Not hard to please very accommodating. I will always remember him because he is the only employer who said to me when I quit, the hotel is open to welcome me back if I want to come back. Rest in peace Bob. My deepest sympathy to all the family of Bob. I will always treasure great memories of you. God bless!
- Grace Oxby

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