Robert Cecil Clarkson passed away peacefully at his home July 12, 2010. Left to treasure good memories are his loving wife Bonnie; children: daughter Denise and Don McNeill, Ashley (Caide), Amanda, Sean; son Kevin and Heather, Kurtis, Cody; daughter Jodi and Cody Marshall, Kyle, Jordan, Riley; son Carter and Francine, Colton and Avery; sister Bonny and Keith Douglas; brothers and sisters in law, numerous nieces, nephews and many good friends. Bob was born February 9, 1947 in Bourlamque, Quebec, the second son of Russell William (Bill) and Corda Faye Clarkson. They lived in Quebec until 1951 and then arrived by train to Erskine, in November 1952. He attended school in Erskine where he met many of his life long friends. Bob started his working career building bridges with his father. He then decided to take on different challenges in the oilfield, concrete work and carpentry. He was a jack of all trades and a master of some. Always determined for perfection and always willing to help with any family projects. Beside his passion for his family, Bob loved the outdoors, camping, hunting trips, fishing, coaching ball and playing ball. Then later on became a huge sports fan of his children and grandchildren. Bob loved to tinker on projects in his garage. Most of the projects came from the local hardware store (1/2 mile south of Erskine). He always told Bonnie and his kids that everything has a purpose and that someone’s throw a ways were someone else’s treasures. The mountains were always a passion of his and the family spent many trips touring and exploring BC and Saskatchewan where bear AND fishing stories were told to his grandchildren. After semi retiring Bob found the perfect niche of his life, a campground attendant at the Coronation Dam. He enjoyed the steady coming and goings of people while his gift of gab came in very handy for this job. When Bob’s health started to fail, seeing his kids and grandchildren always brought a smile to his face. He continued to encourage the kids to do the best with whatever they chose to do. Visits from friends for a quick coffee were also enjoyed. So all friends and family whenever a campfire is built, toast to the life of Bob…
A celebration of Bob’s life was held on July 16, 2010 at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Rev. Debbie Stockdale and Don Bridge officiating. Several members of the family spoke of all the accomplishments and the special memories Bob brought to them. Bailey Yeats sang “I Will Remember You.” A Pictorial Slideshow was presented with all of the photos of family and their special memories. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon prepared by Bonny Douglas and friends. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Heartland Victim Services, Canadian Diabetes or AB Heart & Stroke.