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Robert Gordon Stokoe

July 10, 1924 ~ April 24, 2021 (age 96)

Obituary

Bob and his six siblings grew up on a ranch just south of Altario, Alberta. He now joins his sisters Jean, Elizabeth, & Dorothy a long with his brothers James, Donald and Charles. Uncle Bob was the last Stokoe left from his generation. Bob had a wonderful career working for Alberta Government Telephones in the Brooks & Bassano area. He retired from AGT after working over 31 years. Bob’s true longevity came from his humour and love of people and all animals. He was always there to help with a heart of gold, whether to lend a hand or through his many charities. He was quick with his jokes, but like a true Stokoe, by the time he reaches the punch line he would be laughing so hard, you could never catch the punch line. Bob was so proud to be Brook's town Santa, where he played this role for many years. So many people have told me about their fond memories of watching Bob coming down main street on the Christmas float in full Santa attire. I know it was Bob’s true highlight every year. Animals were a very important part of Bob’s life and he was always a major charitable contributor to the S.P.C.A.  Bob was also known around Brooks as the man who owned two beautiful White Samoyed Dogs, Nik & Toke which of course fit the Santa role to a tee. He wouldn’t hesitate to bring in any stray cats into his household, making sure they had all proper care and vet visits. Bob had so many friends around the Brooks and Bassano area over the years, such as friends at the local Tim Horton’s, a strong friendship with the Schelske Family and Len his old-time neighbour. Thank you to  the people of Brooks & Bassano for their love, support & friendship. Thank you to all the caregiver’s, nurses and health care workers at Brook’s Hospital & Newbrook Lodge for your love & caring making Bob’s last days tolerable. Bob leaves behind many nieces, nephews and extended family. Bob’s smile, his humour, his love & support will be greatly missed by his family. Bob chose to be cremated and didn’t want a service. Bob’s ashes along with his sister’s ashes and brother in-law, Harvey & Dorothy Chiswell’s ashes will be spread by family at the Lake Newell area where Bob had his cabin where he spent many summer days with his family. If you care to make a donation in Bob’s name, his charities were, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Alberta Diabetes Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Federation, & the SPCA Brooks District. 

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