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LETTER: Loss of a community treasure

Editor: We are all saddened by the loss of Bob Smith, a native of the Bow Valley for 94 years, and one of the fathers and grandfathers of conservation for over 50 of them. When we first met Bob in 1992, we had just come to Canmore.

Editor:

We are all saddened by the loss of Bob Smith, a native of the Bow Valley for 94 years, and one of the fathers and grandfathers of conservation for over 50 of them. 

When we first met Bob in 1992, we had just come to Canmore.  

Expressing concern about sustainability of this special place, he warned us, as he did other newcomers, not to let "conservation" take over our lives, but be sure to make time to enjoy our magnificent surroundings. 

Well Bob did both, combining persistence in protecting our natural areas while mentoring residents and visitors alike with guided nature walks and advice on where to find woodland and mountain flowers at their best. 

Full of humour and perspicacious observations about life and the universe, Bob was a community treasure. 

Heather and Alan MacFadyen,

Canmore