Whiting, Robert Neal
November 23, 1927 – Melfort, Saskatchewan
May 25, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
Neal passed away at Dulcina Hospice at the age of 91, following a brief illness.
Neal grew up on the family farm in Pleasantdale, Saskatchewan. He joined the air force at age 18, and was honourably released two years later. In 1949, Neal married Glenys Robb, and together they had three children, Cliff, Glynis, and Sanders. Neal attended St. Stephen’s college in Edmonton for four years, and left to pursue a career in business. He and Glenys divorced in 1963, and in 1966 Neal remarried to Doreen Lockard. He returned to university in 1968 to earn his master’s degree in education, and taught business education in senior high for 18 years, taking early retirement at age sixty. He and Doreen divorced in 1982. Neal later met Vivian at square dancing, and they married in December 1983. He returned to ministry, and was a lay minister in the United Church until 2000. Neal lived a full life, and was profoundly grateful for everything. He taught us to not take things too seriously, and to appreciate the simple things in life. Like ice cream. Neal loved singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. He was highly intelligent, and enjoyed engaging in meaningful conversation with people of all ages, and from all walks of life. Neal saw God in all living things, and appreciated the beauty and wonder of nature. Neal and Vivian travelled to Maui, which was one of the highlights in Neal’s life. He always marvelled that he never thought when he was a boy on the farm, that he would ever go to Hawaii. Together with Vivian, Neal also enjoyed travelling across our beautiful country, and especially enjoyed the west coast. Neal is predeceased by his sister Ferleth, and brothers Lorne and Keith.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Vivian. Neal also leaves behind children Cliff, Glynis (Ken), and Sanders, and grandchildren Amour (Mike), Shamus (Danielle), Kelsey (Lorrine), six great grandchildren, stepchildren Chris (Laura), Teresa (Kenny), Karen (Bruce), and five step grandchildren.
Neal’s family would like to thank the staff of Dulcina Hospice and of Unit 81, Foothills Hospital, especially Dr. Osei-Tutu, for his compassion and care.
A celebration of life will be held at Wild Rose United Church (1317 1st St, NW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wild Rose United Church. To express condolences, please visit www.choicememorial.com