HAINING -- Robert (Roberto) died peacefully at home, November 19, 1997, at the age of 67.
Diagnosed with cancer twelve years ago, Robert's acceptance and perseverance were an inspiration to all.
His sense of humour and dignity were his companions to the end.
He is survived by his wife Susan McKay; his beloved children, Noemi Maitland (Jim), Debbie Kirkby (Lorne), Vanita Alexander (Greg), and David Haining, step-children, Jennifer Booker (Steve) and Rob Joyce, all of whom he was so proud of; his grandchildren, Peter, Ryan, Janell, Jenna, Alaina, Sean and Suzanne; also his sister Paula Thornton (John) and her children, Paul Thornton and Michelle Johnson (David).
He was predeceased by his cherished daughter Georgina in 1981 and niece Lise in 1994, and parents Eleanor and Paul Schreiner.
Robert was the owner and operator of the Roberto's salons in Calgary for over forty years.
His artistic flair for hairdressing flowed over to the arts and music.
A classical pianist as a young man, Robert volunteered and supported the Esther Honens piano competitions for many years.
As a father, Robert fostered a love of life, sports and a competitive spirit in his children who pursued challenges in the sports of alpine skiing, sailing, running and swimming.
But for all of these interests, his grand passion was sailing.
Robert, known as "Uncle Bobby" in sailing circles, sailed locally and internationally with great success, and in the last few years due to his illness put his energies into building the boats he so loved to sail.
His handcrafted wooden boats are among the best in the world.
Uncle Bobby would likely be upset if we neglected to mention he was the 1985 Canadian Fireball Champion.
We all celebrate the life of this amazing person, whose philosophy focused on the positive.
He always chose to "take the high road" through life.
A special thanks to Bonnie Martin, Sally Lim, and Dr. D. Scott Ernst of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dr. Stephanie Kozma and the palliative nursing home care team for their care and compassion.
A gathering to celebrate Robert's wonderful life will be held at the Glenmore Sailing Club, 90 Avenue and 24 Street S.W., from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.
Please join us and share with us your memories.
Flowers are gratefully declined.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Day Care Unit at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic.
KOVACS -- Maria passed away at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm, B.C. on Wednesday, November 19, 1997.
Maria was born at Subotica, Yugoslavia on July 10, 1929.
She moved to Calgary in 1967 and had resided in Sicamous since 1990.
Maria is survived by her husband of forty-eight years, Leslie; two sons, Ernest (Julie) Kovacs of Calgary, Tibor (Kelly) Kovacs of Anglemont, B.C.; four grandchildren, Ildiko, Dean, Jay and Dustin.
The Funeral Service will be held from the Chapel of BOWERS FUNERAL HOME, Salmon Arm, on Saturday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m.
If so desired, contributions in memory of Maria may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Arrangements are in the care of BOWERS FUNERAL HOME, Salmon Arm.
LEWANDOWSKI -- Tillie (Mathilde) Lewandowski passed away peacefully at the Rockyview Hospital on November 16, 1997 following a courageous battle with cancer.
Mother to John Lewandowski and Eva Mundy; son-in-law Keith Mundy; grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, John Jr., Jewell, Michael and Jennifer.
She was born in Bremen, Germany and is also survived by her mother Wanda Witte and cousin Klaus Schwan, both residing there.
A special thank you to her special friends, Maggie Palmer and Maureen Kane who offered much love and support during this difficult time.
Funeral Service will be held at FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 3220 - 4 Street N.W., on Monday, November 24, 1997 at 3:30 p.m.
FOSTER'S GARDEN CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, Directors.