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Robert (Bob) James Bryden (1925 – 2020) of Calgary went to be with his Lord at the Colonel Belcher Veteran’s Care Center on May 18, 2020 at the age of 94.

Bob was born on July 25, 1925, to John and Margaret Bryden of Mannville Alberta. It was there where he developed his love for horses and his hard work ethic.

Bob served in the Canadian Navy during World War II off the coast of Newfoundland. On discharge, he worked for the Alberta Forestry Service and later attended SAIT studying electronics. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 30 years, retiring in 1982. After retirement he started a communications company that he ran until 2002.

Over the years, Bob filled his time by volunteering at the Naval Museum, Rotary Club, and the Corvette Club. He was also a member of First Baptist Church in Calgary, The RCMP Veteran’s Association and the Royal Canadian Legion. He enjoyed ‘tapping’ and listening to Morse Code as well as reciting poetry. Bob was an excellent public speaker and was often asked to speak or say grace at events. Some of his many interests included history, cars, opera, the bagpipes, dogs, ships and airplanes. Bob had a way of making people feel at ease upon meeting him. He had an excellent sense of humour and a strong handshake.

On April 16, 1949 Bob married the love of his life, Edna Wilde. They were married 53 years before her passing on November 17, 2002.

Bob is survived by two sons, Dr. John Bryden, Robert G. Bryden and daughter-in-law Heidi Bryden, grandchildren Jordan Bryden and Heather Frede and her husband James Frede. Bob is also survived by his sister, Betty Cornish of Surrey B.C. and special friend Helen Duholke. He was predeceased by his parents and 3 brothers, John (Jack) Bryden, William (Bill) Bryden and James (Jim) Bryden of Mannville, Alberta.

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