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  • Obituary Image - CLANEY, Robert (Bob) McKee, Reg. No. 229

    CLANEY, Robert (Bob) McKee, Reg. No. 229


    1941 July 28 - 2021 September 11

    It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, godfather and lifelong friend, Robert McKee Claney on 2021 September 11 following his struggle with Interstitial Lung Disease. Bob’s life will be infinitely honoured by his loving wife of 55 years, Carole Bea; seven godchildren, Leslie (Barrie), Fay (Randy), Kris (David), Cody (Kirby), Carly (Jay), Karen, and Grant; as well as 19 precious grandchildren and great grandchildren. Too numerous to mention are the friends whom over the years became blessed additions to the family; so many hearts filled with fond memories and love.

    Bob was born on July 28, 1941 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. In 1959 he joined the Edmonton Police Department, dedicating his professional life to a successful policing career, rising through the ranks to Deputy Chief. From 1968 to 1972 Bob pursued a post-secondary education, attending Mississippi College, University of Alberta, and the University of Washington completing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration with Distinction. In 1987 Bob was seconded to the National Defence College in Kingston, Ontario where he bolstered his policing education and travelled the world, graduating from this prestigious program in 1988.

    Following Deputy Chief Claney’s retirement in 1992 from the Edmonton Police Service after 33 years, Bob dedicated seven additional years to the Edmonton Police Association in continued support of his policing community. Bob’s police family far-exceeded the Edmonton area, fostering many precious relationships throughout his lifetime. Bob and Carole Bea cherished their time together with family and friends, playing golf at the Edmonton Country Club, and watching golf tournaments. They loved travelling to their favorite
    destinations; the Jasper Park Lodge, Victoria and Hawaii.

    Bob was predeceased by his father, John (Jack) Claney; mother-in-law, Olive Jones McDermott; and his mother, Emma (Amy) Stansfield Claney.

    The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ben Macedo, Dr Elizabeth Dixon and Dr Marc Bibeau, as well as the incredible staff at Foyer Lacombe Covenant Care Hospice.

    Due to the recent ‘State of Public Health Emergency’ declaration and related AHS Covid-19 health restrictions, family and friends were required to honour Bob’s life more intimately than expected. As sad as they were not to be in the same room with everyone, folks were invited to join Bob’s Celebration of Life via livestream on Friday 2021 Sept 24. (https://view.oneroomstreaming.com/authorise.php?k=1631851972137229).

    Your love and support is appreciated more than you will ever know. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” (Maya Angelou) In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to the Veterans Assistance Program/Edmonton Police Foundation at 9620 103A Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 0H7 or online at https://www.veteransassistanceprogram.ca or the charity of your choice. Take good care of one another.

    Bob Claney began his career with the Edmonton Police Department on July 20th, 1959 as a Police Cadet. On April 10th, 1961, Bob joined Recruit Training Class 14 and, in August of that year, moved out to Patrol Division. His other assignments as a Constable included two stints in each of Traffic Division and Patrol Division, a year in Records Section and, lastly, to the Office of the Chief. In 1973, Bob was promoted to Detective in C.I.D. but very soon moved to the Sergeant position in Research & Development. After a couple of years, Bob moved to Planning Section and was promoted to Staff Sergeant (1976) then Inspector (1978) in that area. He later transferred to Patrol Division, Training Section, Patrol Division “A”. In 1981, Bob became Superintendent i/c Supply & Service Division followed by a transfer to Patrol Division “B”. In 1987, he was seconded to the National Defense College for a year. When Bob returned to the service, he was promoted to Deputy Chief i/c Technical Services Bureau from which position he retired on April 18th, 1991.

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