September 21, 1957 – Calgary, Alberta
April 14, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Robert Sanders, beloved husband of Gail Sanders (nee Langstroth) loving father to Margaret (Bradley) Heintz and Thomas (Holly) Sanders, devoted grandfather to William and Spencer Heintz, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, on April 14, 2020 at the age of 62 years.
Rob was born and raised in Calgary in the community of Killarney. In High school, Rob became interested in drag racing; he built his own dragster and raced at dragstrips in Alberta and the USA. He won many trophies that he was very proud of. He went to SAIT right after high school to become a mechanic. Rob was also a truck driver when he met his bride to be, sold his dragster and decided it was time to settle down. He continued to drive trucks for many years before starting his own trucking business which kept him busy but away from his family. He then decided to go back into the mechanical trade working for the City of Calgary in the Transit division at Anderson Garage. Rob thoroughly enjoyed going to work each day because of the people that he worked with. Rob retired on December 16, 2017 and in the spring of 2018 he was diagnosed with Corticobasal Degeneration with Lewy Bodies.
Rob is survived by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his two brothers, James (Anne) Sanders and Douglas (Marlene) Sanders of Calgary; his uncle Ed (Marilynn) Evans of Calgary; three brothers-in-law, Leslie (Ann) Langstroth of Saint John, NB, Ed (Karen) Langstroth of Saint John, NB, Michael (Karen) Langstroth of Springfield, NB; three sisters-in-law, Sherry Deuville of Saint John, NB, Bonnie (John) Kellar of Hampton, NB and Kathy (Ron) Cunningham of Upham, NB; As well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
It is Rob’s wish that there be no funeral in his words “ lift a glass and remember me with a smile”
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Robert’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.The family would like to thank the staff at Bow Crest Care Centre for their dedication, understanding, support and kindness.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Alberta SPCA 17904 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 2W3 Telephone: 780-447-3600.
In living memory of Rob Sanders, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.