It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Edgerton Mohr on Thursday June 11, 2015. After a brief but heroic battle with lung cancer, Bob went peacefully with his four children and his brother, Charlie, by his side. Bob handled his illness the same way he handled his life – with determination, humility and the attitude: “It is what it is, now let’s get it done”.
Bob was born on May 26, 1943 in Calgary, Alberta to Murray and Mickey Mohr. He was the youngest of three boys and he and his brothers, Charlie and John, were known in the neighborhood for their mischievous antics. Bob developed a love of cars and bought his first one, a 1931 Chrysler Imperial, at the age of 14. He went on to build hot rods, stock cars, drag race cars and inboard boats with his buddies. He was an avid stock car racer and raced in Calgary, Nanton, Lethbridge and Rosebud where he had his fair share of wins and endless fun.
Bob turned his love for cars and mechanics into a profession and started an automotive apprenticeship at a Volkswagen garage. He attended SAIT and became certified in 1965 as a Red Seal Motor Vehicle Mechanic. This led to his job at Pioneer Machinery in Calgary where he was introduced to the world of aggregate equipment. He advanced very quickly and went on to travel as a sales representative for Agg Mac. Customers marveled at his uncanny knack for the industry and would tease him that the company should be called Mohr Mac instead of Agg Mac. He took that feedback to heart and in 1980, he officially opened the doors of Mormak Equipment Ltd. in Vernon, BC. Mormak developed an international reputation as an industry leader and grew to include a branch in Calgary, Alberta and Chilliwack, BC. Although Bob sold his company in 2013, he remained on as CEO and was still working up until one month ago. When people would ask when he was going to retire, Bob would reply with a glint in his eye, “I’ll retire when it stops being fun … right now, I’m still havin’ fun.”
Bob was a man of many passions, which included ranching, snowmobiling, attending rodeos, embarking on motorcycle road trips and, most importantly, spending treasured time with family and friends. He was extremely proud of each of his children, Nicole (Lee), Brandice (Rob), Michael (Melanie), Kalvin (Oksana), and always made time for them despite his heavy business responsibilities. Bob also loved each of his grandchildren beyond measure. Liviah, Rowan, Clay and Parker were very fortunate to have had him as their grandpa even for this short amount of time. His inquisitive, mischievous and loving spirit will forever live on in them.
An outdoor celebration of life will be held
at 1pm on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch. Bob requested that this gathering be held after the tears have dried but there will always be a tear in our eye for the loss of this great man. We will seek comfort in one of Bob’s favourite quotes: “Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.” In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Bob’s name to the BC Cancer Foundation or the 4-H British Columbia Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org