By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on May 5, 2015.
ROBERT ANGUS MARJERISON was born in Cardston Canada May 8,1928 to Everett and Florrie (MacDougall) Marjerison and attended Rolling Hills elementary school and Coalhurst High School. Bob was forward thinking, intelligent, resourceful and creative. His curiosity and desire to learn and teach started at an early age. He tried to improve the irrigation techniques on the farm, lead an army cadet group when in high school and taught students in Hawaii about snowstorms using snowflakes (all different) made from paper napkins. He repaired motors and machines (a gift his sons learned), and had different animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, ponies, dogs and cats share the same yard). Bob started and owned a trucking company, built homes and commercial buildings and worked as a 4th class engineer at a petrochemical plant in Alberta. He built many things such as a home made snow-mobile when just a boy on the farm, and as an adult; boats including a 24’ outrigger canoe, a life sized replica of a frontier fort (Fort Kerry) and a 4 car long, road worthy replica of an early train used as a people-mover tram for Butterfield County, in Southern California, an animal library for students with special needs, and an HO scale 20’X30’ miniature community. He founded the International Games, a multi-school sports competition, which he modeled to highlight collaboration between countries, and organized and led a marching band and tour company, The Mighty Few System, which allowed thousands of students to travel across the United States and Canada. His daughter Kelly continues that tradition, chaperoning high school students internationally. Throughout his career as an educator, he created learning tools, opportunities and experiences for learners of all ages. Bob earned a masters degree and administrative services credentials, including postgraduate studies in Special Education. He understood that learning is accomplished through education, life experiences, and unique expectations. His contributions are diverse and wide reaching. His influence continues through his three children and one granddaughter who followed him into the education field. Bob was preceded in death by his brother Austin and his sister-in-law Dr. Mickey Riddle. Surviving his passing are his four children: Robert Kim, Kent Ian (Beth), Kerry McBrine (Troy), Dr. Kelly Schwirzke (Stephan); his grandchildren: Jens, Iver, Grace and Morgan, and his children’s mother Marie Marjerison (Sandham), three brothers-in-law; Dr. JD Sandham (Joan), Richard Sandham (Sharon), Dale Riddle, and 10 nieces and nephews. At his request there will be no service at this time, but there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.
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