Bob Lee was born on November 22, 1927 in Big Valley, Alberta. The Lee family, including 11 children (nine girls and two boys), raised chickens and cattle and farmed their land. When the family patriarch, Harry, passed away in April 1940, Bob’s mother, Nannie, moved the family to Calgary to provide her children with better education options.
Bob started at Crescent Heights High School in 1941 and joined the Calgary Police Service after graduation. Police work, however, was not Bob’s calling. Instead, he tried a job as cook at the Banff Springs Hotel for a season and then worked another season at the Chateau Lake Louise. Bob enjoyed this line of work and soon found employment at the Calgary General Hospital. Bob and Edna met in 1952, where Edna was a nursing student in the dietary kitchen. They married at Grace Presbyterian Church on April 24, 1955. Bob and Edna had three children: Garry James (born on March 13, 1956), Cheryl Yvonne (born on April 18, 1957), and Kevin Brian (born on March 21, 1959). Bob’s legacy now includes eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Family was Bob’s greatest joy. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. His favorite gatherings involved barbecuing steaks and nailing to perfection everyone’s personal steak preference. What a talent he had. Bob spent the last 20+ years of his career as a culinary arts instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). He also taught night classes and operated a family catering business. He even taught in China. Bob was an accomplished chef, ice and fat sculptor, cake decorator, and butcher. Dad could fix anything and enjoyed building things for his family. He had a tool for every task. If a tool wasn’t available, he constructed it. He always said, “There’s a right tool for the job.” Dad was multi-talented, and it seemed he could do anything: engine rebuilding, electrical wiring, gas fitting, masonry, brick laying, carpentry, plumbing, and auto body repair work. Dad was always there to help.
Dad had a great passion for golf and enjoyed working on his game. He loved camping too. We shared many great family vacations tenting and trailering throughout western Canada and the northwestern states. Later in life, Dad loved RVing. He built his own camper van with the help of his carpenter friend, Doug. Over the years, he enjoyed many types of RVs, from vans and trailers to motorhomes. He loved to take cruises as well and enjoyed traveling the world. Dad’s hobbies included fishing, cross-country skiing, card games, gardening, and weightlifting. He liked nature and documentary programs, and let’s not forget his love of spectator sports. Most of all, Dad was a dedicated, generous, devoted, and loving husband and father who worked three jobs to provide a great home and wonderful life for our family. He gave us a lot and taught us many important values and skills. We have so many memories to cherish and be grateful for.
Thank you, Dad. You are much loved and sadly missed.
May you Rest In Peace. A small private family Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Rich and Marilyn Thompson | 04-May-2020
To the entire Lee Family from the Thompson family:
So sorry for your loss. We have enjoyed our friendship with all of you for so many years and that allowed us to get to know Bob. We know he lived the full life so eloquently described in the obituary and that he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.