February 12, 1957 - April 28, 2020
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Bob passed away suddenly in Airdrie, AB into the hands of his dear savior Jesus. Bob was the 2nd of seven children born to Elmer and Ruth Hunter in Dauphin, MB. He grew up in a hardworking, music filled home.
During his younger years, Bob kept busy with a paper route, scouts, grocery bagging, and lawn mowing. He played hockey and baseball in his spare time. It was during the hockey playing that he got the nickname ‘Flash’, apparently because of his speed on his skates! He spent time out at the ‘Hunter’s Happy Haven’ on Lake Metigoshe, getting in lots of swimming and water skiing and perhaps the odd bit of partying and trouble making.
After high school, Bob worked for Robinson Stores, which then lead him to live in Dryden, ON; Medicine Hat and Olds, AB; and Winnipeg, MB. He worked at numerous other construction jobs. In 1987, Bob completed a 2-year diploma in Business Administration at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, MB.
Bob married Phyllis McCallum in Boissevain, MB on July 11, 1987. They moved from their home in Brandon to Lethbridge, AB in 1989 where Bob worked for Novatel at the time. In 1992 when Novatel was bought by Nortel he transferred to the Calgary office. In 2010 Bob started to work for Eaton in Airdrie.
Bob and Phyllis welcomed a son Brett in 1991 and a daughter Erin in 1995. In 1997, the family relocated from Lethbridge, AB to Airdrie, AB where they continue to reside.
Bob was a devoted father and husband. He loved being involved as a hockey coach, a shuttle driver for many baseball and basketball games. He could often be found making trips to the ski hills, going for a round of golf with buddies and volunteering at school events. Bob was also an active member of his local church and a community volunteer for the city of Airdrie. Some of his other favorite things were going out to Carstairs to his brother-in-law’s farm where he loved helping with harvest and standing by patiently to assist with equipment breakdown. Yearly trips to Kimberley, BC at the NorthStar resort and returning to the communities in Manitoba where they grew up were top on his list. Bob always made time for family and friends and chatted with anyone he happened to come in contact with. He always helped out wherever he could, and was a willing ‘voluntold’ participant in many events that he and Phyllis were involved with.
Bob is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis; son, Brett; daughter, Erin; siblings, Patricia (Barry Hainsworth), Debbie (Lawrence Harper), Heather (Ken Michaluk), Donald, Sandra (Stuart Cameron); and sister-in-law Bonnie (Hunter) Brittner; brother-in-laws Clifford (Jean) McCallum, Elmer (Donna) McCallum, Angus (Donna) McCallum; and many nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his brother, Blair; father, Elmer; and mother, Ruth.
A Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Kidsport Alberta, Box 36107 Lakeview RPO, Calgary, AB T3E 7C6, or kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/Calgary/donation/
Dear Phyllis, Brett, and Erin, We are sending special thoughts to you today for Bob's Celebration of Life Service. Sorry we are unable to attend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of loss. May you be blessed and find strength and peace in the special memories you hold close to your heart. Sincerely, Wayne and Debra McCallum and Family
I am so sorry to hear of your terrible loss. Please accept my sincerest condolences, Phyllis, Erin and family. I am thinking of you and hope you stay well during this very difficult time.
Dear Phyllis, Brett and Erin; I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of mourning
Dear Phyllis Brett and Erin. I was saddened to hear of Bob's sudden passing. I am so glad we had a chance to connect last fall. May all your good memories be of comfort at this sad time. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Love cousin Lori and family
Sorry for your loss.
Phyllis, Brett and Erin and Hunter Families We are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you all during this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lorne and Jo-Anne
RIP Bob. You were a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I will miss those jokes of yours. Lots of virtual hugs coming your way Phyliss
My deepest sympathy to you Phyllis, Brett and Erin. Words cannot take away your pain. Please know we are thinking of you and pray that you will find joy in your precious memories. Hugs to you. The Finks
We are very saddened by the passing of Bob. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Phyllis, Brett, Erin and rest of the family. Our prayers are with you
Phyllis, Brett and Erin - We are deeply sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Bob will be dearly missed, but the wonderful memories of him will last forever.
We are very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs your way.
Phyllis , Brett, Erin..I was shocked to read of Bob’s passing. My deepest condolences to you all. It will be a rough road ahead ..he will be sorely missed. Take care & reach out if you need anything..
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We saw a lot of Bob growing up in our small town. Always kind and friendly. Phyllis, I’m so glad we had the opportunity to catch up last summer at the lake. My deepest condolences to you and the kids, also to all the Hunter families. May he Rest In Peace.
Heartfelt condolences Phylis, Erin, and Brett. Bob was an amazing husband and father and and always a pleasure to be around.
Dear Phyllis and family. Our deepest sympathy to your loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Phyllis, Brett and Erin. We are so very sorry to hear of your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Garrett and Heather Whittleton
Phyllis, Brett and Erin - so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I remember meeting Bob when our girls (Jessica LeClair) played soccer and performed in theatre together. Bob was easy to talk to and welcomed a conversation about anything. It was always evident that he loved being a Dad and was proud and happy to be Phyllis’s partner! RIP!
Phyllis and family - we are so sorry to hear about Bob. Our deepest sympathy to all the family during this difficult time. We were neighbours of Bob’s dad and Susan. Bob sounds very much like his dad. Very giving to others and involved in community. So young and too soon. Sincerely Larry & Elaine Teetaert
Sorry for your loss
Love you, Uncle. I will always remember your calm demeanour and loving laugh. Thank you for every memory and every conversation. Xo
Phyllis, Brett, Erin and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time
My sincere condolences, Phyllis, Brett, Erin, and family. Thinking of you at this most difficult time.
There are no words for the loss that you are going through. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I have such good memories of you both though it awhile ago now. He was always making people laugh and that is such a gift. I remember Bob making my brother Barry laugh so hard he was crying. Thinking of your family and his siblings and their families at this time. Bless you all and bless Bob Diane Dickson (Hainsworth)
So very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you Phyllis and Family during this Difficult time. Take of yourselves. Doug and Cathy
Our family is devastated by the loss of Bob who was always kind and funny, interesting and thoughtful. It hardly seems possible to think of your family without him because he was primarily a family man. The days to come will be so hard, but you have so many good solid memories to comfort you. We will never forget Bob. He was a good man.
I remember seeing Bob around the ice and roller hockey arenas when our boys played hockey and he always had a smile on his face. We ran into each other at Eaton a few years ago and it was as easy as ever to pick up a conversation and share a laugh with him. I’m sure he’ll be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.
Our condolences, Bob will be missed. We will always have the memories.