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Robert G. Prince

Robert (Bob) Prince was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and peacefully passed away on June 1, 2024 at the age of 90. He is survived by his three children, several nieces and nephews and known as Uncle Bob to many. 

Bob moved from Edmonton, Alberta to Seattle, WA after getting married in the mid-50’s, shortly thereafter joining the US Marine Core where he served proudly, spending time in both the Philippines and Okinawa. After returning from his service, he resumed working at Nestor Construction Co for several years, construction was something he first learned from his father where they built warehouses in Edmonton and a passion/hobby that continued throughout his life. To know him, you always heard of a new project he was working on at home or for someone else, never wanting to sit still and always ready to lend a helping hand.

He later worked in the paper box industry for Union Paper Box in Ballard until their closure in 1969 and that same year opened his own box and die cutting business, Union Die & Carton, in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle where he continued for almost 30 years. Always one to be active and a passion to do what he enjoyed, many years later started a new box and die cutting business, Can-Am Die, until he finally retired in 2016.

Bob was an active member and served as president to both the Seattle Club of Printing House Craftsmen and the Lake City Rotary. A supporter of the Unlimited Hydroplane boats, in 1980, Bob brought together other companies from the Lake City area to co-sponsor the U-22 “Lil’ Ol Lake City” unlimited hydroplane for the 1980 World Championship Seafair Trophy races, this was the highlight of their Pioneer Day Parade that year, parading the boat down Lake City Way.

Bob was an avid curler at Granite Curling Club in Seattle since 1960 and helped wherever he could at the club and enjoyed bringing his crab stuffed mushrooms to enjoy for everyone after a good game. Bob enjoyed bringing new curlers into his teams each year, helping the next generation of curlers to learn and understand the game while and that the most important thing was to have a good time. Bob played on the teams that won the State Senior Championship 1989 1992 and represented the State of Washington and the Granite Curling Club at the US Senior Men’s Championship 1991-1996, 1998-2002, and 2009.

Bob was selfless in so many ways, always willing to give and help whenever needed and maybe even when you didn’t know you needed help. He was truly a friend to so many and exuded positive energy to everyone who met him. He enjoyed sitting and talking while having beer, especially on his back deck, and doing odd projects around the house. If you ever asked Bob, how are you doing, his response was always “A step away from being perfect.”

Bob will be forever missed. Family and friends will gather at 1pm on July 2nd for Military Services at Tahoma National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of the following organizations, links provided.
Donate to GCC | Granite Curling Club of Seattle ( Or ​Washington | American Heart Association


Well said, he left an imprint on so many.

David Nestor

From my family to yours, our sincerest condolences to Bob's children - Debbie, Mark & Todd. Your dad was an awesome guy, who always had time to chat. Remember His love, laughter & all the good times you shared, while keeping him close to your heart & the memories you've created together. May he continue 'having fun' in heaven, thinking of new projects to do or teaching everyone how to curl and maybe getting into a bit of 'mischief' as well. We will all miss chatting to Bob; however know he is in an awesome place while watching his favorite sports games & barbequing on the deck. Remember, his spirit will be with you always. Sending Blessings, Love & Big Hugs to each of you.

Cousin Mary-Jane Borden, in Alberta

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