ELLIOTT – Robert James Elliott was born on June 1, 1925 and passed away peacefully at Cypress Lodge on December 31, 2013.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Mary, his sons Dave and Vern and Dave’s wife Sue. His grandsons, their wives and Bob’s great grandchildren Mark, Asia and Stella; Kyle, Kasey and Owen; Kirk, Brandee and Presley; Tyler, Hayley and Carter and the only single one left, Clay. He is also survived by his niece Margaret Barret and sister-in-law Joan Elliott.
He was predeceased by his parents Vern and Margaret (Rita) Elliott, his sister Ruby Que, his brother Jack Elliott and his daughter-in-law Mona Elliott.
Bob took over the ranch at the age of 16 when his dad left to join the army. He was a licensed cattle buyer and enjoyed the dealings that went along with the job. As a young man he drove a good team of black horses, and like a lot of young guys he liked to drive fast. He enjoyed seeing how quick he could make it to town. He married Mary Skye on June 22, 1950 and they raised two boys. As a family they liked to go fishing, sometimes at Cypress Lake where the boys can remember bringing out perch one after the other, enough to bring home a cream can full. As they recall they were the best ever.
Bob bought 69 Black Angus heifers from the Dimmock ranch in 1962 and thus began his love of Black Angus cattle. He dabbled in the exotics in the ’70s but soon went back to the blacks.
Dave took over the ranch in 1982 when Bob decided it was time to retire. He and Mary moved to town but Bob planted a big garden out at the ranch, his main goal was to be the first in the country to have spuds ready for the table. He loved growing things from his rye crops while on the ranch to garden after retirement.
He also enjoyed the travel holidays with Mona and Vern in their RV with grandchildren in tow. Seeing the country of Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
He was extremely proud of his grandsons and all of their accomplishments. Just ask the tellers at the grocery stores, the bank and everyone at the post office.
Bob had many friends and will be missed. May he rest in peace.
The funeral service was held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Maple Creek, Sask. on Fri., Jan. 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Eleanor Rockabar officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Elliott, Kirk Elliott, Kyle Elliott, Ty Elliott, Clay Elliott, Margaret Barret. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Bob’s life. A private family interment will take place in the Maple Creek Cemetery.
Those who wish may remember Bob with a gift to the New Southwest Healthcare Trust or St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
Binkley’s Funeral Service, Maple Creek and Leader, in charge of arrangements. 306-662-2292.