Posted: January 28th, 2014

July 21, 1935 ~ January 25, 2014

Robert John Naismith passed away after a brief battle with cancer at St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice in Medicine Hat, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the age of 78 years. Bob to everyone who knew him, arrived in the world on July 21, 1935, in Medicine Hat just minutes apart from his twin, David. He was a life-long resident of Medicine Hat, except for a few years living in Seven Persons where among many contributions to the community, he was a member of the volunteer fire department and where he still has many friends. Bob played guitar and loved to ‘jam’ at frequent musical sessions with his beloved cousin, Ruth Mosher of Medicine Hat. He was employed at Northwest Nitro chemical plant for 30 years before his retirement, after which he worked at Hill Home Hardware where many customers and staff remember him fondly. Bob was predeceased by his brother, David, of Kamloops, BC; sister, Helen Elizabeth Wittig, of Red Deer; parents, Hugh and Mary Jane Naismith of Medicine Hat, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his cousin and devoted friend, Ruth Mosher; brothers, Archie (Rene) of Edmonton, Neil (Yvonne) of Winnipeg; niece, Leslie of Vancouver; nephew, Steve of Kamloops; brother-in-law, Lyle Wittig; niece, Wynn (Roger) and nephew, Paul (Jackie) all of Red Deer; nephew, Scott (Erin) and grandnephew, Liam of Winnipeg. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there will be no formal service. Everyone is asked to remember him in your hearts. His family is forever indebted to the St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice for the extraordinary care and attention provided to him during his stay there. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in memory of Bob may be made directly to St. Joseph’s Home – Carmel Hospice, 156 – 3 Street N.E., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5M1. Bless you Bob, you were an honourable, thoughtful brother and friend. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Honoured to serve the family is COOK SOUTHLAND Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4V4. Telephone: 403-527-6455.

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  1. Linda Waege says:

    Our condolences go out to Bobs Family at this time of sorrow. Bobs flowers were a welcome sight at the hardware & was enjoyed by all who worked there and also the customers. Bob will always be remembered by all of us who knew him and thought of him as a friend. Bob will be still growing flowers in heaven & be friends with my friend Karl. You will give each other tips. You will be missed.

  2. Leanne Power says:

    My Condolences to Ruth and family. My
    thoughts are with you guys at this time.
    He was an awesome person, I enjoyed working with him as well. Bob you will be missed.

  3. Leanne Power says:

    My condolences to Ruth and family.
    Bob and I worked together as well. We had a lot of good times. he will be missed greatly. RIP Bob

  4. Dick Papsdorf says:

    I would like to extend my condolence to the Naismith family. I have fond memories of Bob…..travelling to The World Fair in Seattle in 1961, many enjoyable games of tennis together and building model airplanes on the kitchen table. If Bob was your friend, you had a friend for life. I will never forget you Bob….Rest In Peace

  5. Dawn says:

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences. May you find comfort in the Almighty God’s promise to eliminate all sickness, pain and death ( Revelation 21;3-4) a time when loved ones will never have to part.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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