Bob Gardner

The 6th and 7th Divisions of Pacific Northwest Region of the NMRA have lost a good friend and great model railroader in Bob Gardner. The writer had the pleasure and good fortune to call Bob a good friend for almost 50 years.
Bob started his modelling journey in 1952 after graduating from UBC as a mechanical engineer and moving back to Lethbridge to work at Lethbridge Iron Works. At this time the Lethbridge Model Railroad Club was formed with Bob being one of the four charter members.
After a 2 year hiatus in Winnipeg from 1954-1956 where Bob also became a charter member of the Winnipeg Model Railroad Club, he returned to Lethbridge to rejoin his old club which he had helped form The Lethbridge club was a visiting type club that by now had 8-10 members meeting in alternate homes every second Wednesday night. The criteria for membership was that you must have an operating layout or one under construction.
In the winter of 1971-1972 membership of the Lethbridge Model Railroad Club had some discussion regarding the possibility of forming a club that would have a permanent layout and location. This new club started with 12 charter members and its success early on was due to a great extent because of Bob's leadership and guidance. The new club was called the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club and is located in Gyro Park, Lethbridge.
Upon retirement in 1989 from Lethbridge Iron Works as VP of Operations, Bob and Vaughan built a beautiful log home overlooking Salmon Arm and the CPR main line. While in Salmon Arm, in addition to rebuilding his layout, he joined the Shuswap Model Railroaders, was involved in the Shuswap Beekeepers Association and was a charter member of the Salmon Arm Citizen Patrol. Those of us in Lethbridge will remember the New Year's Eve parties at the Gardners’, summer barbeques in their backyard, the annual trips to Essex, Montana to photograph trains on the BNSF main line and all of his expertise in model railroading.
The last 3 years Bob resided at Lakeside Manor on Shuswap Lake. What a view from his balcony. Look one way and you have the lake 50-75 meters away, turn 180 degrees and you have the CPR mainline running through town 75-100 meters away. On a personal note, as a friend for almost 50 years and model railroad mentor, I also had the pleasure of having a business relationship with Bob through his position at Leth. Iron Works. As a sub-contractor we were continuously doing up-grades and maintenance in the plant in Lethbridge. Bob, his great sense of humour and friendships will be sadly missed by all who knew him.