“He called our players sons all the time. He checked in on them. I just can’t say enough.”
Lloydminster Bobcats GM and Head Coach Nigel Dube’s voice tinged with emotion as he paid tribute to the late Robert Douglas Troup who gave over 25 years of his life to hockey in this community.
Tributes are said to be pouring in from across the prairies following his passing on May 15th. Bob, as he was affectionately known, served as a board member to the local AJHL hockey team and was the penalty box attendant for many years.
Dube and the Bobcats community were on hand to tap their hockey sticks on the pavement and bid farewell to this pillar of local hockey.
“Everybody in the last week is talking about Bob Troup. That just speaks to the connections that he has with people, no matter whether they’re from our community, surrounding communities or across the province. he was a person that you trusted and you were more than happy to have a conversation with at any time.”
From running the Board of Champions to selling tickets for every raffle and fundraiser that the Bobcats hosted, Dube says Bob Troup will be sorely missed.
“He did so much behind the scenes for our organization. Every week we saw him at the office. He was either telling a story or trying to find out a story. One of the two. Twenty-five years of that plus, it’s probably over 30.”
The funeral service was live-streamed from McCaw’s Funeral Chapel and the community could watch either from a large screen positioned at the Lloydminster Exhibition grounds or on their mobile devices.
A Memorial Motorcade assembled at the Lloydminster Ex parking lot and moved out after the service for a final send off at the Boundary Ford dealership on Highway 17.