Obituary of Bob Glasgow
May 1945 - Edmonton, Alberta
June 2022 - Calgary, Alberta
On Friday, June 3rd, Bob was welcomed Home, to be forever in the presence of the perfect love of Jesus.
Bob contracted severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 8 years of age. The disease robbed him of many childhood activities and experiences. Throughout Bob’s life his parents, Herb and Dora Glasgow, his sister Doreen, and brother Pat encouraged and supported him to live life fully. Bob developed great resiliency and perseverance. He didn’t let his physical limitations define who he was. Through the blessings of the Lord and dedicated medical caregivers Bob was able to accomplish far more than his younger self may have imagined. This personal history birthed a desire to support those going through the losses and grief of a chronic illness. Bob was renowned for his gentle heart, twinkling blue eyes and sense of humour while offering a healing presence to those in the midst of suffering.
Finding his true calling, Bob became an ordained Christian minister, pastoring in churches in Edmonton and Montreal. As a pastoral counsellor, he was the coordinator of counselling at the Pastoral Institute of Calgary and later became the first non-denominational Chaplain at Calgary’s Rockyview General Hospital. There Bob was part of a committed fundraising team which spearheaded community-based donations to construct the Chapel at the Hospital. He also founded the RGH Grief Support Program, which was later renamed in his honour to the Bob Glasgow Grief Support Centre.
Bob was a gifted speaker and teacher who connected on a personal level. He was approached to assist in training programs by several organizations, including the Victim Assistance Unit of the Calgary Police Service, STARS air ambulance, and Westjet. Bob also provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefings in the greater community and workplace when trauma support was required. In retirement Bob offered individual and group sessions at Wellspring Calgary and through his private practice was available for counselling as well as spiritual direction. He never lost his pastoral heart for sharing the Word of God in meaningful ways.
Bob held a lifelong love of music. He was an accomplished saxophonist, an instrument his father taught him to play. Bob loved listening to jazz, playing golf & bridge, and “speed watching” most sports!
Bob and his wife Joan were an inseparable twosome for 46 years of marriage. Their life together was built on faith, love, and kindness toward each other. Bob and Joan complemented each other well, with a mix of strengths between them. Theirs was a mutual support, with Bob fully encouraging Joan in her musical and artistic giftings. Bob lived a life true to his faith in Christ and his calling to help people through some of their most difficult challenges.
Bob will be dearly missed by his sister Doreen, cousins, nieces & nephews, and numerous extended family, faithful friends and co-workers. But none will miss Bob more than his beloved Joan.
A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at Centre Street Church “Central Campus” (3900 2nd Street NE, Calgary, AB) on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow in the Atrium at the church. Family and friends who are unable to attend in person are invited to join Bob’s service streamed live here https://www.cschurch.ca/Glasgow on the day of the service. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
In living memory of Bob Glasgow, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.
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