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Robert (Bob) Ainscough

January 31, 1936 - July 1, 2017

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Robert (Bob) Ainscough left his family and friends to fend for themselves after 81 well-lived years.  Bob loved the people in his life above all and will be deeply missed by his wife Patricia; his children Brad (Donna) and Scott; his grandchildren Brianne (Clinton) and Kelsey; Pat’s children Corinne and Kelly (Pete); Pat’s grandchildren Kalen (Natalia), Spencer, Cass, Blake (Josh) and Quinn; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Bob was spirited, generous, principled, sometimes crusty, and always selfless.  He liked to remind us all that life is not a dress rehearsal and he lived this motto fully.  His adventurous spirit had him flying airplanes and gliders; riding his BMW often with Pat behind him across North, Central and South America frequently at high speeds (too frequently according to Pat and his riding buddies); and, most recently quadding. Bob’s love of travel adventure was born during a teaching secondment to Soest, Germany from 1968-1970.  Since retirement, he and Pat have traveled frequently and extensively to Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand. He took on the role of chauffeur and tour guide for Pat during her year- long teaching exchanges in Australia and Britain.

Passionate does not begin to describe Bob’s vocational and entrepreneurial adventures.  While his “career” was as an educator, teacher and administrator, his pursuits both then and since his retirement in 1989 included farming, importing Pinzgauer cattle, custom combining, trucking and a charter aviation company.  He loved to plan, organize and execute any project that piqued his interest and he did so quickly, efficiently and with great enthusiasm.  This skill was also employed with his family and friends and mostly met with grateful reception.

Bob, born January 31, 1936 in Cardston, Alberta, was the youngest of 4 children and spent his early years in southern Alberta. Following studies at Logan University in Utah (where he arrived in a red sunbeam convertible much to the delight of his sister Ardath’s sons), he commenced his teaching career in Taber, Alberta.  From there he moved to Lethbridge with his then wife Mary, where he taught at Gilbert Patterson Junior High and Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, completing his career there as an administrator.  When not teaching, Bob was a devoted and involved father and loved nothing more than camping and skiing trips with Brad and Scott, cheering on their sporting activities (track and field, hockey and golf) and socializing with family and friends.  Bob and Pat moved to Osoyoos in 2002 where they made many new friends and Bob kept busy gardening, tinkering around their home, riding his BMW and quad, having coffee or playing pool and driving the CASI van. Not only did he promise Pat a rose garden, he built her one.

The family is grateful for the love and support from received from extended family and friends as well as the care Bob received from the wonderful doctors and medical staff at the Penticton and Oliver Hospitals, particularly Dr. DeVries these last few weeks.

Please join the family to celebrate Bob’s life at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Bob for charities of the donor’s choice.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lorin Mendenhall
Relation: Teaching colleague at LCI in Lethbridge.

My condolences to Bob’s family at this time of his passing. I appreciated his friendship over the years we worked together at LCI.

From: Brian J. Walker
Relation: Former co-worker

Dear Pat and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Working with Bob was always an extreme pleasure. He was the rock of our admin team. He always provided us with support, guidance, and expertise. Yes, he could be a little ‘crusty’ but he possessed a wonderful sense of humour and loved a practical joke. Yes, he will be missed.

From: Rob and Colleen Brown
Relation: Freind

Pat, wishing well of you and your family in this time of loss.

From: Deb Firth
Relation: Friend

Dear Pat and family – I’m so sorry to read the sad news of Bob’s passing in the paper. He was quite the adventurous, fun-loving guy and loved you deeply Pat. Please know how much you are in our hearts and prayers. Love Deb (& Randy)

From: Keith Ainscough
Relation: Cousin

It’s likely no one reading this will know who I am though I did meet Brad and Scott a few times when they were young. Bob was my cousin, and need I add, my favourite cousin for reasons you will all understand. He was an original, and I have some favourite memories. My condolences. I’m sure you will miss him dearly.

Keith Ainscough
Red Deer

From: Joey Shackleford
Relation: Friend

To Pat, Scott, Brad Ainscough and families:
My heartfelt condolences to you and your families on the loss of your Dad. He was a fantastic man and I have many memories of him at LCI and at the Baker residence. He will be sorely missed by all of us here in Lethbridge too.

With deepest sympathy,

Joey Shackleford

From: alan and jean ainscough family

So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Our sincere condolences. My mom, David and i (Neil) stopped in to his place for a visit about 7 years ago on our way to Vancouver. We had a very nice visit. Take care.

From: Wendy Benoit
Relation: Dear friend while teaching

Pat and Family
May you treasure all the wonderful memories of the incredible adventures that you and Bob have shared. Our thoughts are with you in your loss.
Remie and Wendy Benoit

From: Rocco and Marilou Suriano
Relation: Friend

Pat, Brad, Scott and families;
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 7, 2017
Beginning at 3:30pm

Location:
Osoyoos Seniors Centre
17 Park Place
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Please join the family to celebrate Bob’s life at the Osoyoos Seniors’ Centre on Friday, July 7, 2017 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

17 Park Place
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Donations gratefully accepted in memory of Bob for charities of the donor’s choice.

Thank You Notice

The family is grateful for the love and support from received from extended family and friends as well as the care Bob received from the wonderful doctors and medical staff at the Penticton and Oliver Hospitals, particularly Dr. DeVries these last few weeks.

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