Robert Norman Mantie
July 24, 1933-April 2, 2020
Bob was born in Saskatoon and the youngest of 8. Moving to Durban Manitoba, Bob and his family set down roots in the area that last to this day. Bob went west to Alberta in 1951 and embarked on a few interesting careers – he worked for a time at Travers Dam moved to seismic work where he went to work for 2 years in Libya and 2 years in Argentina. Returning to Alberta he bought a gravel truck, eventually working with the Department of Highways for 15 years, making lifelong friends. If you have driven down a paved road in Alberta, chances are, Bob had a part in that. He then moved to Westcamp Catering, taking staff and groceries to rig camps. He travelled where there were no roads this time and had a lot of stories to tell. When Bob retired he volunteered for the Canadian Cancer Society taking patients for treatment, you couldn’t take the driver out of Bob.
He married Mary “Mae” in 1963. They had Bruce (wife Teresa), granddaughter Caitlyn (mother Denise), and Crystal (spouse Quinn).
Bob loved to camp and tend the fire. He could fix or make anything and always had a smile or a story. He will be missed by many.