It is with tremendous heartache that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Robert John Halko on Monday October 29, 2012. Robert was born on June 9, 1964 in Michel BC at the old Michel hospital.
A lifelong resident of the Elk Valley, Robert entered Kindergarten at the old Michel School in 1969, continuing his elementary school years at the F.J. Mitchell Elementary School and graduating from Sparwood Secondary in 1982. In the Fall of 1982 Robert attended the University of Lethbridge, transferring in 1984 to the University of Alberta where he graduated in 1987 with a B.Sc. in Agriculture. A while later Robert returned to the University of Calgary, graduating with a B.Sc. in Geography.
Robert’s ultimate love and passion was fishing and hunting. Whether he was catching Pickerel or Walleye in the lakes of central Alberta, or hunting big game in the Elk Valley, Robert thoroughly enjoyed his time outdoors; sharing his knowledge with his younger brothers and his nephew and niece. Robert had extensive knowledge of the Elk Valley and surrounding areas; mostly due to experience shared with him from his father Thomas.
Robert’s work career followed his great love for wildlife, nature and the environment. He worked for years as a Wildlife Consultant, working on projects involving everything from fish to grizzly bears.
Robert was a loyal son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend; he thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with relatives and friends. Robert was quick with a joke and his witty sarcastic sense of humor kept everyone laughing. He was also a favorite amongst all children and they clung to him, most likely because he was like a big kid himself!
Robert is survived by his parents Thomas & Marianne, his brothers David (Leanna) and Stephen (Julie) and one sister, Stephanie (Brad) with her two children, John-Thomas & Morgan Owen as well as their father Bleddyn Owen. Robert’s family extends to his uncles and aunts: John “Yunch” (Marjorie) Halko, Robert “Joe” (Julie) Craig, and Lindsay (Cyndi) Fleming as well other extended family members too numerous to mention. Robert also leaves behind his faithful dog Madison who was always by his side; she was “his Baby”.
Robert was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents John & Susan Halko, by his maternal grandmother “Baba” Martha Fleming, his uncle Georgie Berg, and by his cousins Jimmy Craig and Brian Halko.
Robert was an Inspiration to us all and he will be deeply missed. Rest In Peace Herb …. Until we meet again.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.