Peacefully in the early hours of Dec. 7, and surrounded by his loving family, Robert William Townsley left this earth and entered heaven. He died as he lived â€” with dignity, grace, determination and a strong faith that his life was in Godâ€™s hands.
He is survived by the love of his life, Betty, and his three children and their families. Carol Townsley, Curran and Bree-Ann Faris, Brenna Faris and Evan Faris of Winnipeg, Bill, Sharon, Danielle and Trevor Townsley of Houston, and Colleen and Michael Fowler of Chicago all mourn the loss of a wonderful father and grandfather. Bob was predeceased by his father, William Townsley, his mother, Dorothy Blackman Townsley, and his sister Ellen Freeth. He will also be deeply missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews, by sister-in-law Nancy Bewick of Winnipeg and brother and sister -in law Ken and Eileen Gregg of Brampton, Ont., and by dear friends Don and Barb Elwell and family. Bob was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was part of a close knit and loving family. He began his career in bus manufacturing at Motor Coach Industries in Winnipeg, where he reached the position of maintenance supervisor. Professionally, Bob had a reputation for a strong work ethic, mechanical expertise and the ability to solve any problem. In 1974 he was part of a team that brought the Transportation Manufacturing Corporation to Roswell. Bob greatly enjoyed his years at TMC as industrial engineering manager. He was recognized as an innovative and loyal employee, as well as a respected boss and leader who brought out the best in whomever he worked with. Upon retirement in 1992, Bob and Betty embraced the next stage of their life, taking many trips and spending five months of the year at their beloved Brereton Lake in Manitoba. It was at the lake that our Dad was truly happiest.
He enjoyed each and every day, always grateful for the opportunity to fish, putter, work on his latest building project and most importantly, gather his family around him. The lake became the place where his scattered family gathered each year. The annual Family Day Horseshoe Tournament was always a highlight, drawing relatives that numbered in the 30s. The foundation of Bobâ€™s life was his Christian faith. Bob met his beloved wife, Betty, at a church singles group. Together they served as active members in the church for their entire lives, providing service in a number of ways. Of significance was Bobâ€™s role in reinstating the Cowboy Bell at First United Methodist. Dadâ€™s faith was unshakable. It was a source of strength for him during good and difficult times and especially in the months of his illness.
Another important aspect to Bobâ€™s life was his Masonic affiliation. He became a Mason in 1949, serving as Master in 1962. He continued in the Masonry in Roswell, and was also an active member of the Shrine. The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in Roswell, Lubbock, Houston and Chicago who gave Bob such excellent care over the years. He was a star patient, and grateful, always.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Roswell.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations, if desired, may be made to the Shrinerâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Children were always drawn to our dad, and it would make him happy knowing that he was continuing to help children in need.