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Tuesday January 15, 2013

Robert Anton Froebel
(July 14, 1935 - January 9, 2013)

At home, with Ann by his side, Robert Anton Froebel died after a long illness. Robert (Bob) was born in Edmonton on July 14, 1935, the eldest of 5 sons of Arnold Theodor Froebel (1909-1966) and Tillie Katherine Jacklish (1912-2008). He attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, the Royal Military College in Kingston, and the University of Toronto where he obtained his engineering degree in 1958. Bob and Ann (nee Martin) were married in 1957. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a navigator on the CF-100 until 1960. In 1962 he and Ann and their young sons moved to Boston where he obtained a Science Master degree in hydraulics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1964. As well as his wife, Bob leaves his three sons, Peter Anton (Christine Laflamme), Michael Alan (Shonna) and Eric Robert (Jennifer Bader). He also leaves four grandchildren, Katrina, Tanya, Jennifer and David. Surviving him are his 4 brothers, Casper of Donalda, Alberta, Arnold of Aston, Pennsylvania, Peter of Edson, Alberta, and Benjamin of Barrhead, Alberta. Bob was a splendid teacher and an instructor in the Aviation and Flight Technology Program at Seneca College for many years. He went on to become its chairman before retiring in 1996. His accomplishments were many. Bob was a pilot and built his own airplane, a Thorp T-18, which he flew all over North America from sea to sea to sea. He was an accomplished woodworker, a designer and crafter of stained glass, and an avid motorcyclist. Reading was another love, and he and Ann had no shortage of books in their home. His interests were wide ranging and there are very few subjects where his opinion was not forthcoming. He and Ann travelled all over Canada and the United States by car. In 1981 they took a long camping trip to northern Canada, crossing the Arctic Circle in their Volvo on the way to Inuvik on the Dempster Highway. Bob also made many long trips on his motorcycles after he retired. At his request there will be no funeral or visitation. A private family leave taking will be followed by cremation. No flowers please. Should you wish, donations in his memory may be made to your local public library.

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