Hawken, Robert Alan 'Rob'

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we had to say goodbye to our big guy far too soon. He left us suddenly on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 after a brief but tough battle that he said would be a marathon not a sprint. Sadly he did not complete that race but we will see him at the finish line in due time.

Rob was a champion of others; he had a generous, compassionate spirit, a kind soul and always fought for the underdog. He loved his 3 children; Christine, Matt and Ty, and his wife Julie madly, his amazing family, incredible group of friends, his work family at the LCBO, his love of volunteer work with community organizations and the fire department, and of course his love of red wine; and not always in that order.  He was a true homebody and loved being around others in his home, the countless parties, surrounded by those that he loved and who loved him. He will be greeted by his family members who have passed before him including his twin sister, older brother, his parents and a dear friend who will meet him with great food and a few cocktails.  Our hearts are broken and a big piece of our lives will forever be missed. Rob was so very humbled by the support received by so many from his home community and beyond as well as the love that surrounded him and his family during this time.  His best friend Stella and her sidekick Al will be forever waiting for him to come back home.

We are so grateful for the incredible care from our local Meaford Hospital nursing staff and doctors who cared for Rob and provided the family with such care and compassion during this time of restrictions and uncertainty. We would also like to thank our ‘Quarterback’, Dr. Harry O’Halloran, and his staff for their constant support when receiving treatment outside of our community.  To the staff at Princess Margaret and Mount Sinai, your care for Rob and commitment to his well being will always be appreciated.

Rob’s life will be celebrated in the near future after the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and it is safe for family and friends to gather to support one another and share stories and memories.

Rob was such a generous human being and any donations would be graciously appreciated for the Meaford Hospital Foundation or Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation c/o Meera Popat Sarcoma Fund and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

 

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Rob’s life will be celebrated in the near future after the Covid-19 restrictions have lifted and it is safe for family and friends to gather to support one another and share stories and memories.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation c/o Meera Popat Sarcoma Fund
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Alina & Paul Johnson
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Julie,

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Alina & Paul

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  2. Sandra & Randy
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Dear Julie, Christine, Matt & Ty
    Our hearts are heavy with sadness for all of you. Rob was such a kind and gentle man. He had a wonderful sense of humour. We will remember him with great fondness. Cherish all the great memories you have of such an awesome husband, father & friend.
    Randy & Sandra Pyatt

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  3. Jill Calvert-Goetz
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Julie , Matt, Tyler and Christine,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy, during this extremely difficult time. Our hearts break for you. Take care of each other.
    Sincerely,
    Jill, Bill, Madison and Noah Calvert-Goetz

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  4. Glenn Falls
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Julie: My sincere condolences to you and your loved ones

    Glenn Falls, retired LCBO, Dundalk

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  5. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Dear Julie, Matt, Tyler and Christine
    So sorry to hear about Rob; we are thinking of all of you at this very sad time. I worked with Rob many years ago when he worked as an Ed. Assistant and of course we all had good times together at David and Kerry’s parties. David will be waiting for Rob with a smile. May memories of Rob be with you all always and close in your hearts.
    Take care.
    John and Jennifer Dorgelo

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  6. Brian Hahn LCBO Tobermory
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Julie: My sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Rob was a great mentor to me. I feel there would have been less of a chance for my advancement without all he has done for me. I know ware I am today is because of his teachings. I still use the odd saying of his to this day with my own staff.

    My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of need. For me I will always remember him.

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  7. Linda Fleming Macinnes
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Our sympathies to you and your family Julie at this sad time
    A bright light extinguished too soon
    Lin and Kev

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  8. Carol Grieve
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Julie and family,

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    RIP Hawk.

    Carol Grieve, LCBO, Port Elgin

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    1. Patti Elliott
      Tuesday, May 5, 2020

      Julie, hearts break for you and your family’s loss. What a truly wonderful person this world has lost. So so sorry. He was an amazing presence and loved you all so much; you were all he spoke of and with such pride and love.

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  9. Beth Taylor
    Monday, May 4, 2020

    Dear Julie, Matt, Christine and Tyler,
    So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Our sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time. Take care of each other.

    Sincerely,

    Beth, Glenn, Kyle and Taylor

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  10. Rachael chapman
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie,
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Rob was an amazing person who always had a smile and a kind word. He quietly touched and changed lives.(including my sons) We are thankful to have known and met him.
    Thinking of you and your family and missing his friendly face at the LCBO.
    Sending huge hugs and prayers during this heartbreaking time.
    Rachael and Adrian Chapman

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  11. C & S Cornfield
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie, Matt & Tyler, Christine
    We are so sorry for your loss. Rob was such a kinda man to all. He will be missed.
    Hugs & Prayers
    Chris, Shelley & Derrick Cornfield

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  12. Don and Susan
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie, Christine, Matt & Ty,
    Robert was the best of us. He was kind, generous and giving and will leave a hole in our hearts forever. His sister-in-law Susan, her son Drew , daughter Dayna Fawcett (Ava & Kiera) send their love. My sons Andrew, Benjamin and Christopher are heart broken and will always remember their uncle as bigger than life – the Giant of our family in so many ways.

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  13. Don and Susan
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie, Christine, Matt & Ty,
    Robert will leave a hole in our hearts forever. Rob was bigger than life and left this world better than he found it.

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  14. Loreen
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie and family

    I’ve had the pleasure working with Rob over many years and can say he’ll be missed by his customers and his LCBO family. My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
    My thoughts are with all of you.

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  15. John & Thea Kikut
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie & family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.

    Rob was always so kind and easy-going, he was larger than life and his memory and spirit will be with us forever.

    Our sincere condolences,
    John & Thea Kikut

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  16. Lyn Carnahan
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Dear Julie & Family:

    We are so sorry for your loss. It was just last August that we saw you at Mike’s “Celebration”. Rob was so supportive and kind.

    Our hearts are with you.

    Sincerely,

    Lyn & Jesse Carnahan

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  17. Myrna
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I recall him being called Big Bird from the fire department family. My thoughts are with Julie and family. I am truly heartbroken. He was such an amazing guy ..

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  18. Cindy Murray
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss. Rob was an amazing man and will be missed by so many

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  19. Steve Nickels
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss.

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  20. Jim Yeo
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Very sorry to hear about the passing of Rob. A truly wonderful person. My thoughts are with you, his family.

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  21. Jim Yeo
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Truly sad news: Rob was a wonderful person. Linda and I have nothing but fond memories. Our thoughts are with you,

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  22. Jodi Ormsby
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    My heart felt condolences over the loss of a wonderful man. You are all in my thoughts.

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  23. Kristina Clarke
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie, Matt and Ty
    I’m truly sorry to hear about the passing of Rob.
    He was a very kind man. I always enjoyed walking 5 steps over and hanging out with your boys, I knew I was always welcomed.
    He will be dearly missed by so many.
    You are all in my heart during this very difficult time.
    Kristina Clarke

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  24. Robert Sewell
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    RIP Rob knowing that you did a great job with your family.

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  25. Jean Reekie
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Robs passing. I worked with him so many years ago in Toronto. We both moved to Meaford!
    We would talk often about our kids,our life.
    He knew he was loved.

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  26. Carol & Ken Ormsby
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    My heart breaks for all of you. So sorry Julie and family…Rob was a considerate wonderful guy.

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  27. M & C Hill & boys
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids Julie. Rob will be missed in so many places.
    I had the privilege to work on the MAAA Hockey executive with Rob and spent many hours on the hockey amalgamation committee with him. Always so involved with passion.

    Rest Easy Hawk,

    The Hills,
    Mark, Carrie, Travis, Tristan and Trent

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  28. Mike Baker
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    To Julie and family:
    I will miss Rob immensely.
    Rob worked magic with the troubled kids when we worked together at Hincks Treatment Centre. He became a great friend to me and all that worked with him.
    He was compassionate and fair and had a the best sense of humour. He was an awesome guy.

    My heart goes out to you all your family at this sad time.
    Mike Baker

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  29. Lee
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I am sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I had the pleasure of working under his lead. He was kind, patient, and I learned so much from him. I will treasure his kindness to me always. Please accept my condolences, but I know no words are right at this time. Xo

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  30. Deb Chapman
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie and your family
    I am so sad to hear about Rob.
    Such a big gentle soul….
    I knew Rob from the dental office for many years.
    Sincere sympathy to you all…sweet man
    Deb Chapman
    Jim Chapman

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  31. Jim Straus
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    so very sorry

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  32. Cindy Stevenson
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie and family, so very sorry to hear for your loss of Rob, thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time. Our sincere condolences. Jim, Cindy, Spencer and Hailey Stevenson

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  33. Jane Webber
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Such sad news! I worked with Rob on occasion at Markdale LCBO – he was a great person & will be missed by many. My condolences to his family

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  34. Joanne Robertson
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Julie, Christine, Matt & Tyler,
    I am sorry to hear this sad news. Rob was a great guy! He was always there for his family, friends and community. Sending my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.

    Joanne, Tyler, Josh, Kyle Robertson

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  35. Mark Young
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    I weep I cry MCY

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  36. Heather Cole Brownlow
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Dear Julie, I just found out, I am so sorry. You and Rob were both so welcoming to us when we moved up from the city years ago and didn’t know a thing about hockey! Well that soon changed, and then we spent many happy hours at the rink together, cheering on our boys.. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your kids as you get through this difficult time. Love, Heather, John, Ted, Sam and Heath XX

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  37. Leanne Franklin
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
    Sincerely,
    Leanne Franklin, Mitchell and Leah Coyne

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  38. Maggie Holmes
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    My thoughts are with you Julie and family. I’m so saddened for your loss. Rob was a kind wonderful soul. One of the best. I’ll miss him. We all will. RIP Rob x

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  39. Gord and Michelle
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Our condolences to the family and all the friends that knew and loved Rob. I had the pleasure to meet Rob on numerous occasions and every time he warmed my heart.

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  40. Katherine Turmaine
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Rob was a great guy . I had the pleasure of working with him while on the board of Georgian Shores minor hockey. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
    Katherine and Adam Turmaine

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  41. Mert
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    I’m so very sorry my heart goes out to the family . Miss seeing his smiling face when I drive by. Gd bless you all , all my Love Mert (Marilyn Harvey). Old owner of Dooleys Taxi

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  42. David and Kathy Sled
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Dear Julie, Christine, Matt, and Tyler,

    We offer our sincere condolences. We will miss seeing Rob out and about, especially with his 2 faithful companions. He was a very good and generous neighbour, and always helpful with savvy advice on wine selections at our LCBO. Rob left us much too soon.

    You are all in our thoughts. Remember we’re just next door-just a call away, anytime!

    Sincerely,

    David and Kathy Sled

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  43. judy Goetz
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. My thoughts go out to Julie and family – just breaks my heart thinking of what they must be going through at this time. Rob was such a nice and funny guy, coming into the store to buy dog food or treats, always making me laugh. RIP Rob, you will be remembered fondly by everyone who knew you
    Sincerely
    Judy

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  44. Denise Davis
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    I was very sad and sorry to hear this news. I am sending my condolences out to the family and close friends. I worked with Rob within the Union OPSEU and he was a dear friend to me and to others. He will be sorely missed.

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  45. KAREN Wheeler
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    So very sorry and sad too hear of the loss of your loved one, thoughts are with you all,
    KAREN, Zachary, Hillary, and Ally Wheeler

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  46. Norm & Lee-Anne Lamarche
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Our deepest condolences to Rob’s wife, children, family and friends. We will always have fond memories from conventions and other OPSEU events. A wonderful, kind human being…

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  47. Jim McPherson & Karen Kay
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    We cannot fathom Rob and Julie touring with the dogs will be no more. We cannot imagine Rob not saying hello as he passed to and from work. We are distressed at his death. Rob did really good things at LCBO for our community. Our prayers for your family. Jim and Karen(neighbours at the corner of Cook & Trowbridge)

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  48. Rob & Dawn Morris
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Julie and Family
    We extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of Rob. He was a gentle giant, a brother firefighter and an even better friend. He will be greatly missed by by everyone who crossed paths with him.
    Rob, Dawn,Cameron & Teagan Morris

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  49. Troy and Tanya Nicholson
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Julie and family,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sending lots of love and comfort.

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  50. Bill and Lu Kerr
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Dear Julie and family
    We were deeply saddened to recently learn of Rob’s Illness and even more so to hear of his passing. Wish we had got to know him better outside of family functions. His obituary is a beautiful tribute to him and I’m sure you have many wonderful memories of Rob to cherish. Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family in these trying times.
    (Cousin) Bill and Lu Kerr

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  51. Mark Calvert
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Dear Julie, Christine, Matt, and Tyler,
    Rob’s passing is such a huge loss to our community. I first got to know Rob when we worked together on the Meaford Minor Hockey Committee. He spent many years representing our association with such hard work, dedication and passion. He managed to see the brighter side of things, yet was determined to make things better for all concerned. I, like so many others who knew Rob, considered him a friend. We are all better people for having known him.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Mark & Brenda Calvert

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  52. Kim Snow
    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Julie and family, I am so sad to her this news. Rob was such a good man, who gave so much to the community, and helped so many. My sincerest condolence go to you. He will be missed and fondly remembered by many.

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  53. Kate Lye
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    My sincere condolences to you Julie and family. I hope you find strength in knowing that Rob was a great guy and friend to many. He will be missed. Take care.

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  54. Sylvie, Gus & John Glennie
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Dear Tyler,

    We are so sorry for your loss, and we’re thinking of you and your family.

    All the best,
    Sylvie, Gus & John.

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  55. Sherry Caldwell
    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    Sincere sympathy to all of the family.
    Hawk was always the one to liven the gatherings at Manager Meetings. He was a resourceful man and will be missed by many. May you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Sherry Caldwell
    LCBO Manager Chesley

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  56. Romano
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Julie and Family.
    So very sad to hear of your loss. I always remember Rob as a mentor and great help to me, starting out at Blue Hills all those years ago. I know he positively influenced so many lives, and as we “pay forward” his kindness, we continue to make the world a better place.
    Romano.

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  57. Gail Ranson
    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Julie and family, The tributes to my cousin Rob are so inspiring. He will be remembered by so many in his community, work place and most of all family. Don and I have a rose growing in our garden that Rob brought as a gift years ago. It blooms annually, a symbol of strength, beauty and love. Our memories of him will be treasured, love Gail and Don Ranson

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  58. Greg
    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Ah Julie! My thoughts are with you. So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing, I’ll remember Rob as the “camp counselor ” in Ferguson house back when you had both started there. We had alot of fun in the trenches! Are you guys going to the “end of the road” tonight?

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  59. Corien and Jeff Malloy
    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    Julie, our thoughts are with you and your family. I will always remember Rob providing orientation on my first week at Blue Hills in 1987. I remember walking by him and he would say ” come here – you need a hug” A sweet man for sure. I think back to washing my blanket with a whole bottle of Downey and getting an eye infection – he loved that!

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  60. Roxane
    Sunday, May 10, 2020

    To Julie and family

    Please accept my deepest and sincere condolences during this difficult time.
    Sharing of positive memories will help to heal in this time.
    Worked with Rob (Hawk) for a short time at LCBO.
    He will be remembered.

    Roxane Percy
    LCBO Manager

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  61. David Cox
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Dear Julie and family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I truly enjoyed working with Rob representing the workers over the past decade, really enjoyed our talks over many situations we faced together. I/we did not realize what was happening until it was too late to say goodbye in any way; let it be said that he was a great guy who stood up for many people that could not stand up for themselves, he always spoke out for what was right, and he will not be forgotten.
    David Cox, OPSEU in Owen Sound

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  62. Cindy Langille
    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Dear Julie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Rob’s recent struggle and passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are sending virtual hugs from NS. Take care. Love Cindy, Stewart & families

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