Robert was born June 19, 1942 at Galahad and passed away peacefully March 18, 2023 at Killam. He grew up on the family farm at Alliance and later moved to Killam. After graduating from Central High in Sedgewick, he obtained a Pharmacy Degree from the University of Alberta in 1964. He began his pharmacy career in Killam and owned and operated several drugstores in east central Alberta. He was kind and caring to his many customers and always wanted to help them however he could. He had an amazing memory and ability to remember people and their family relations and connections, a skill which he continued to impress all with even recently.
Robert was always an active and involved member of his community. He worked on, supported and contributed to countless projects, causes and events during his lifetime. After any significant snowfall he could usually be found on his tractor sweeping the town sidewalks and streets.
Robert enjoyed music and was a gifted singer. He was also a good athlete and enjoyed many sports such as baseball, hockey, curling and golf. Later he enjoyed coaching his sons’ sports teams. Robert loved to visit and socialize with friends old and new, both near to home and on his various travels around the province and the world. He touched many lives.
He is survived by his loving wife Janet and his sons Mike, Rob (Pam) and Kurt (Faye). He was very proud of and close to his grandchildren Taryn (Bryce), Cole (Taylor), Matt (Rylee), Brett (Gina), Ainslie, Craig and Jenna, great nieces Sophie and Sarah, and great grandchildren Emersyn and Hudson. He is also survived by his sister Melva Garraway, sister-in-law Judy Furtas, nieces Jodie, Jackie, Lisa and Nicole, and nephew Ryan. Robert was predeceased by his parents Eddie and Josie Borth, father-in-law Spike Bracko, mothers-in-law Mary Bracko and Mary Bracko, and brothers-in-law Edward Bracko, Al Garraway and John Furtas.
Robert received amazing care from Dr. Tim Hanton and all the doctors, nurses and staff at Killam Health Care Centre. His family thanks all those who provided such compassionate care to him there.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at the Killam Community Centre.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Killam & District Health Care Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.