Alastair Robertson

Alastair John Robertson

Thursday, June 30th, 1938 - Tuesday, August 11th, 2020
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Robertson, Alastair
Alastair (Al, Big Al) Robertson, 82, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the Rockyview General Hospital. He was born on June 30, 1938 in Forgue, Aberdeenshire, Scotland to Clement Robertson and Margaret Robertson (nee McPherson).

Al moved to Canada in 1959 on board the "Empress Of Britain". When he reached Alberta, he lived a short while in Lethbridge then settled in Calgary where he attended SAIT and received his Heavy-Duty Mechanic Certificate. A friend introduced him to Joan Carol Robertson (nee Talbot) in the mid-sixties and the love story begins. They were married May 6, 1972, and almost made it to their 45th wedding anniversary until cancer took Joan away in 2017. They were best friend and soul mates.

Al enjoyed spending time with family and friends, camping, listening to pipebands, gardening, bowling, watching soccer, spending time outside, and staying busy. He volunteered his time to the Glengarry Highlanders Pipeband; he played the snare drum in the Lethbridge Legion Pipeband and the Calgary Highlanders Pipeband.

Al worked for many trucking companies in Calgary including Wilmac Equipment, Alberta White Trucks (Volvo GMC, Western Star Trucks), and finished off his career as a service manager at Calmont Leasing. He worked hard all his life; he was very knowledgeable with all things mechanical, a very smart man, with an extremely dry sense of humor. He was very well respected in his chosen profession. He also played hard and enjoyed living life to the fullest.

Al is survived by his son, Russell (Shannon) Robertson; his daughter, Alison (Fernando) Robertson; his half-brother, Albert Alexander, and many cousins and other relatives mostly in Scotland.

Al was preceded in death by his father, Clement Robertson; his mother, Margaret Robertson; his brother, Ian Robertson; his wife, Joan Robertson, and other relatives.

As per Al’s wishes, there will not be a Funeral Service or Memorial Service. Photos, condolences, and stories may be shared with Al’s family through, or directly to Russell and Alison.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, the Alberta Red Cross, or the SPCA.

The family of Alastair Robertson would like to thank the Rockyview General Hospital for all the care and attention they have given Al in his last few days. Also, we would like to give a big heartfelt thank you to Al’s family doctor, Nicola Chappell, who gave him so much care and support through his fight with cancer. You are an Angel sent from Heaven.
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Joan Murphy

Posted at 12:39pm
Dear Alison , Russell and your families.
I am so sorry to hear Al has left us. Big Al was an amazing strong man. His strength, kindness and wonderful sense of humor will remain in my memory. I will miss him at the bowling alley. Alison and Russell I hope that knowing how much your father was loved and admired eases the pain of loss you must feel.

Joan Murphy

liz watt

Posted at 08:58am
Alastair was a genuine person, loved his family and his travels. We have a lot of memories of him and Joan and the family , he will be sorely missed. Lots of Love Liz and Betty in Aberdeen

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