Robert Bryden

Robert James Bryden

Saturday, July 25th, 1925 - Monday, May 18th, 2020
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Bryden – Robert James
1925 – 2020

Robert (Bob) James Bryden of Calgary went to be with his Lord at the Colonel Belcher Veteran’s Care Center on May 18, 2020 at the age of 94.

Bob was born on July 25, 1925, to John and Margaret Bryden of Mannville Alberta. It was there where he developed his love for horses and his hard work ethic.

Bob served in the Canadian Navy during World War II off the coast of Newfoundland. On discharge, he worked for the Alberta Forestry Service and later attended SAIT studying electronics. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 30 years, retiring in 1982. After retirement he started a communications company that he ran until 2002.

Over the years, Bob filled his time by volunteering at the Naval Museum, Rotary Club, and the Corvette Club. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Calgary, The RCMP Veteran’s Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. He enjoyed ‘tapping’ and listening to Morse Code as well as reciting poetry. Bob was an excellent public speaker and was often asked to speak or say grace at events. Some of his many interests included history, cars, opera, the bagpipes, dogs, ships and airplanes. Bob had a way of making people feel at ease upon meeting him. He had an excellent sense of humour and a strong handshake.

On April 16, 1949 Bob married the love of his life, Edna Wilde. They were married 53 years before her passing on November 17, 2002.

Bob is survived by two sons, Dr. John Bryden, Robert G. Bryden and daughter-in-law Heidi Bryden, grandchildren Jordan Bryden and Heather Frede and her husband James Frede. Bob is also survived by his sister, Betty Cornish of Surrey B.C. and special friend Helen Duholke. He was predeceased by his parents and 3 brothers, John (Jack) Bryden, William (Bill) Bryden and James (Jim) Bryden of Mannville, Alberta.

Unfortunately due to Government Covid19 restrictions, a church service will not be held but interment will be at Edenbrook Memorial Gardens on May 25, 2020 with friend and Pastor Jim Atkinson officiating. A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at a later date once restrictions permit larger gatherings.

Bob’s family would like to thank his many visitors and all of the staff and caregivers of the Colonel Belcher and the Rockyview General Hospital - Units 58 and 59 for their kindness and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made Vets’ Angels at the Colonel Belcher, care of Alberta Health Trust.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Robert please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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  • Interment

    Monday, May 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, May 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Eden Brook Memorial Gardens
    24223 Township Road 242
    Calgary, Alberta T3Z3K2
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Brenda Buchanan

Posted at 03:54am
Sorry for your loss. Bob was in the Colonel Belcher with my dad, Bill Buchanan. I was thrilled to see that my dad had a long time friend in there with him. Both Bob and my dad were both in the Navy and the RCMP. Every time I saw him, while visiting my dad, Bob would ask which one are you Brenda or Bev. I thought that was kinda funny that he remembered our names. Knowing I had never really met him before. I realized that my father and Bob probably had long chats for years about family, etc. Just showed how thoughtful he was.
Brenda Buchanan

David Townsend

Posted at 11:02pm
Sorry to hear about Bob's passing. He was great guy and a positive influence for me. He (and Edna) were clients for many years. He was one of the most honest and honorable guys I ever knew. I was proud to call him a friend. Condolences to his family.

Rob Bryden Posted at 03:55pm

Hi David, Thanks for your kind words, they are appreciated. Sad that so many that knew my Dad couldn't come to his service.

Ben F. Bryden

Posted at 11:25am
Dear Uncle Bob.

I have met many people in my life. Dammed few I call friend.
I will miss you My Friend.
Ben Bryden

Rob Bryden Posted at 03:51pm

Hi Ben, Thanks for your note. Sorry that we couldn't have everyone come and celebrate my dad's life. Maybe in the near future if the government restrictions are relaxed. It would be good to see you.

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Posted at 09:28am
With loving memories of Uncle Bob.
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Cliff Tyminski

Posted at 11:08pm
Bob was a amazing fellow Rotarian .was a joy working with Bob.
Bob shared many farm stories while living east of Edmonton
Bob you were a great fellow
Cliff Tyminski
Rotary North

Rob Bryden Posted at 12:41pm

Thank you for your kind words about my father. Your comments are most appreciated in this difficult time. Rob Bryden

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