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Robert Keating 1948 – 2017

Posted By Drake Smith On August 25, 2017 @ 9:02 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

In Memorial




Robert Keating

1948 – 2017


With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Rob Keating. Rob was born in Saskatoon, SK on June 2, 1948. As a young man, Rob began work on the railroads, a career and lifelong passion that shaped his life and took him from Saskatoon to Jasper, AB to Kamloops, BC. While living in Jasper, Rob met the love of his life, his “sweetie” Marilyn. In addition to Marilyn’s daughter Kori, their family grew with the arrival of Terri and the twins, Heather and Aaron. Seeking warmer weather, Rob and Marilyn moved their young family to Kamloops.

Rob’s other passions included golf, hockey and fishing, which he loved dearly. Rob instilled the same passion for hockey and golf in his son Aaron and was a dedicated minor hockey league coach in the early years and golf companion in the later years.

To say Rob loved railroading would be an understatement. Soon after Rob retired from CN at the young age of 48, he realized retirement wasn’t his cup of coffee. With a nudge from Marilyn, he returned to railroading and worked with both the short-line railroad, KPR, and more extensively with CPR, where he continued to work until the ripe age of 67. Sadly, Rob’s vision of his second retirement did not materialize and on September 24, 2015, our lives forever changed when he was diagnosed with ALS. Rob fought this horrific disease with immense courage and strength. Rob passed away with his family by his bedside on August 16, 2017.

Rob will be greatly missed by his wife of 36 years, Marilyn, his children Kori (Mike Howard), Terri (Derek Deneef), Heather (Brad Patenaude), Aaron (Carmen), his granddaughters, “little princesses”, Zoe and Olivia and grandsons, “princes”, Braxton, Dexter and Ben, his brothers Peter (Marilyn), Wayne (Kathy) and Doug (Karen) and his broader family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Gus and Helen.

The family would like to thank Dr. Stefanuik, Dr. Calder, ICU, The Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, as well as the many caregivers for their support during this difficult time. Condolences are welcome on the Drake Cremation & Funeral Services website, http://www.norththompsonfuneral.com/obituaries/. In lieu of flowers, the Keating family requests that you consider donating to the ALS Society of BC or the Kamloops Hospice.

Rob’s celebration of life will be held on September 3, 2017, at 1pm at the Coast Hotel (1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC).

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Condolence from David Brummund on August 25th, 2017 9:37 pm

Marilyn, I was just thinking about Rob the other day and wondered what he was up to. I thought that we might get out for a game of golf someday as we had talked about it last time I saw him. Kim made me aware of Rob’s passing just a few minutes ago. I am so sorry to hear this news. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. RIP Rob.

Condolence from Mike Deegan on August 26th, 2017 7:17 am

Marilyn, and to all of Rob’s family, I was very saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. Even though he is in a better place right now, I will miss him. It was always a good trip when I got to work with Rob. We had a lot fun golfing together over the past few years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time! Rest in peace Roberto!

Condolence from Gerry Hodgkiss on August 26th, 2017 10:34 am

Dear Marilyn & Family,
Saddened to hear of Rob’s passing, such a nice guy and a good friend. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult.

Gerry,Lisa & Spencer Hodgkiss

Condolence from John Coughlan on August 26th, 2017 1:01 pm

To the Keating Family, sorry to read of Rob’s passing. Now he boards the Express Train to Heaven and all Green Lights to the station. Heaven has gained another angel! RIP

Condolence from Ann on August 26th, 2017 2:40 pm

Heather and family….

All of your friends and colleagues on 112 at FMC are thinking of, praying for your peace and sending our love as you and your family grieve the loss of your beloved father.

Condolence from Linda Schatkoske on August 27th, 2017 7:37 pm

Marilyn, Kori, Terri, Heather, Aaron and family ,
You are in our hearts and thoughts.
With deepest sympathy,
Linda and Greg

Condolence from Brenda Zinck on August 30th, 2017 5:59 pm

Dear Marilyn and family, there really are no words, but your are in our thoughts and hearts. Will never forget that easy smile….

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