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Robert ("Rob") John O'Connor Hogg

December 3, 1948 - January 7, 2024


It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Hogg (Rob) announces his passing at the Cranbrook Regional Hospital on January 7, 2024, after a two-and-a-half-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Rob was born on December 3, 1948 in Vancouver, British Columbia, the second child and only son of Thomas and Theresa Hogg. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 52 years, Donna, four children of whom they are extremely proud, their wonderful, supportive spouses, and ten amazing grandchildren: Theresa Hogg Jackson (Zyoji), Malia, Theo, and Poppy; Kevin (Leni), Sam, Ari, and Cecilia; Tim (Cheryl), Nash and River; and Kerry Stanley (Matt), Cam and Abby, and by nieces and nephews in BC and Alberta.

Rob graduated from the University of British Columbia, where he met Donna on his last day as a teenager. After completing his teacher training, Rob and Donna married in 1971 and came to Cranbrook in 1972 as Rob had a teaching position at Laurie Middle School. What was originally planned as a one-year stay turned into a life-long home in the Kootenays, where they raised their ever-growing family. Rob worked for the local school district for 48 years, the first 33 as a classroom teacher and later as an on-call Educational Assistant. Rob also taught as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in the United States for two years (New Hampshire 1982 and Maryland 1988). Upon his second retirement, he began working as a (grand)parent volunteer at St. Mary’s Elementary which he found very enjoyable and rewarding.

Rob and Donna loved to travel, and together they visited forty countries in Europe, Asia and North Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Rob was also fortunate to travel with his son Tim through China, Mongolia, and along the Trans-Siberian Railroad through Russia, and to Chicago for a week of Cubs baseball with his son Kevin.

Donna and Rob also spent seventeen winters in their second home in Santa Clara, Mexico, where they enjoyed the company of friends from Cranbrook as well as the many wonderful local residents they met there.

Rob’s life on earth was shorter than he had anticipated, but it was filled with more blessings and adventures than he could have ever imagined. He considered himself very fortunate to have lived the quality of life that he enjoyed. He left this world unafraid and with his bucket list almost completed.

He would like to thank Dr. VanRensburg and the staffs of the Fisher Peak Clinic, and the Emergency Unit and Oncology Ward at the Cranbrook Hospital for the wonderful care they provided to him during his illness and to his wife Donna for the love and support she provided each day during this difficult time in their lives.

A funeral Mass to celebrate Rob’s life will take place at Christ the Servant Church on Saturday, January 13, at 11 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cranbrook Food Bank in Rob’s name.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shelley Balfour
Relation: Friend

Rob is well known in the education world for his sense of humour and his ability to make people feel listened to. Working for SD5 for 48 years is a feat that not many have achieved. You will be missed Mr. Hogg! Take care of each other!

From: Lennie Floyd
Relation: Friend

I send my sincere condolences during this time of deep sorrow. The Bible gives a real hope and promise your loved one will live again on a beautiful paradise earth when death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:4)

From: terry minnis
Relation: work

My condolences Donna to you and your family.

From: Janice Mayer
Relation: Colleague

To Donna and family, my heartfelt condolences. I was fortunate to have met Rob when we first moved to Cranbrook in 1991. He was always so welcoming and cheerful. I was very glad I had a chance to see him last summer and share a few minutes of time. He went through his battle with cancer with such dignity. He will be missed.

From: Carol MacDonnell
Relation: Friend

It has been a great privilege to know Rob & Donna over this past 2 years in Santa Clara – we shared an unbelievable number of stories & laughs as we sat out back by their beautiful pool. Then I had another unexpected honour to meet his beautiful kids & grandkids!! You have all added so much to my life.

From: lynnea booth
Relation: niece

Auntie Donna and family my love always he was the best im so sorry at this loss its a hard one

From: Albert and Janice Pelletier
Relation: Friend

So so sad but he did a lot in his life, in school, in the church, in his travels! Donna and Rob were great neighbors and Rob will keep living in our hearts! He is an angel near you at all times…you all were very close family, nothing more you could have done!

From: Fj Hurtak
Relation: Friend

My sincere condolences to Donna and family. For many years throughout the winter and spring I got to know Rob well as he and I played on opposite sides during hundreds of floor hockey games. The two of us were both goalies, and Rob was a true competitor and a very good goaltender. We had many memorable matchups over the years and regardless whether he won or lost he always exemplified good sportsmanship. He was well respected by all the players.. I loved his competitive spirit, his quick wit and most of all his sense of humour. Rest in peace old friend. You will be missed.

From: Mel and Dorothy Ratch
Relation: Friends

Our heartfelt condolences to Donna and family.
RIP Rob.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Mass

Date & Time:
January 13, 2024
Beginning at 11:00am

Christ the Servant Catholic Church
1100 - 14th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

1100 - 14th Ave. S.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

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Cranbrook Food Bank Society, 1624 Industrial Rd. No. 2, Cranbrook, BC  V1C 6R2

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