Potter, Robert Gerald

On Sunday, November 14, 2021 at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound, the world lost a great philanthropist, actor (The Thornbury Theater), articulate journalist/editor, author (A Life of Value the Story of Art Musgrave), Regional Councillor (Grey County), Deputy Mayor (The Town of Blue Mountains) and all around good soul.

Rob was born and raised in St. Catharines, ON on May 16, 1956. He was an excellent student and participated in a wide range of sports including hockey, football and lacrosse. After he graduated from Niagara College with a degree in journalism, he worked at the Port Colborne News.  He then took a job with the Meaford Express in 1981, followed by a move to the Thornbury Courier-Herald where he became Editor for 28 years. He enjoyed his journalism career and his political accomplishments.

He served as a Councillor for the Town of the Blue Mountains from June 2018, until he was appointed as Deputy Mayor for the Town on January 30, 2020.

He was founding President of The Marsh Street Centre which was near and dear to his heart

Rob had many volunteer projects such as Kinsmen, Thornbury Community Theatre, Craigleith Heritage Depot to name a few.

He was the beloved, cherished husband of Linda (nee Gordon). Rob was the adored brother of Bruce Potter, Jeff Potter (Harlene) and Judy Buckle (Albert Michel), and the admired brother-in-law of Susan Dennison, Kim Gordon (Debbie) and Patricia McCarl. He was a loving uncle to many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Rob was predeceased by his parents Ted (1993) and June (2015) as well as his brother George (2018).

There will be a family service of interment at the Thornbury Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

Friends and family are invited to attend a come and go Celebration of Life for Rob on December 3, 2021 at the Marsh Street Centre from 1 until 4 p.m. Masks will be required and we ask that all Covid-19 rules and regulations are respected to keep everyone safe.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Marsh Street Centre would be appreciated 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

Details

Friends and family are invited to attend a come and go Celebration of Life for Rob on December 3, 2021 at the Marsh Street Centre from 1 until 4 p.m.

Donations: Marsh Street Centre
Make a donation in memory of Robert Gerald Potter


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Arlene Osborne
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    My thoughts are with you Linda. Rob will be missed by all that new him. A very ‘Special’ person.

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  2. Doug and Ruth Edmonstone
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Linda. Rob was a very special person and will be greatly missed in the community.

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  3. Cheryl Bourne
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Deepest sympathies Linda.
    Rob will be missed. A Good Man.
    Good memories always. A hard act to follow.
    He was one of a kind!

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  4. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
    Rob was a wonderful and caring man.
    He gave so much to his community in so many
    different ways. He will be remembered with
    much affection by all who knew him.
    Linda, cherish the wonderful memories you
    have and they will help you in times of sorrow.

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  5. Dianne Rowles
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    My sympathy goes out to you Linda. Rob was a good man. I enjoyed working with him at the Courier Herald. He was a very kind and understanding man

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  6. Nora Clock
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Linda, our deepest sympathy. I very much enjoyed our time working together at all those years at the newspaper. He was the best work husband – always ready to offer support and always ready for a good laugh. We will always cherish the memories of the years Scott spent with Rob with the TCT. We are heart broken.
    We, and the whole community, will miss him so much. ~ Nora and Scott Clock

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  7. Jim and Deb Chapman
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    We are very sorry to hear about Rob.
    What an amazing community guy. Involved in so many things.
    He was a great councilor and deputy mayor.
    Sincere sympathy Linda
    Our thoughts are with you
    Jim and Deb

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  8. Gary and Bev Dillon
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Hugs Linda and family ..Bev and I send our deepest condolences…Rob was a great guy
    Gary and Bev

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  9. Patricia and James Hindle
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    Rob and Linda have been the very best of true Beaver Valley citizens .Sure will be missed Rob, Linda we are here to support you.

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  10. Linda Hutchinson
    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Linda. he will be greatly missed by the community he cared and did so much for..

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  11. Bonnie Hammond
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Linda – such sad news. Rob was ‘one of a kind’ and he will be missed by you, his family, his friends & his community. Mike & I enjoyed his company and the 4 of us had many good times during ‘Relay for Life’! Enjoy your wonderful memories of him – they will help you get through this difficult time! Take Care & God Bless! Sending you a big hug, Bonnie Hammond.

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  12. Vicki Juniper
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Our deepest sympathy to Linda and family. I very much enjoyed working with Rob at the newspaper. Rob was always a very kind, helpful and caring man. He will be missed. Vicki and Chuck Juniper

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  13. Darlene Diver
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    My deepest condolences Linda

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  14. Pat Eastley
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Linda – We are sad to here of the passing of Rob. He was a great friend and a great actor at The Thornbury Community Theatre. He will be sadly missed by many. Linda, our thoughts and prayers we send to you and your families. Take Care and God Bless Allan and Pat Eastley

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  15. mae lanktree
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. A great man

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  16. Peter & Julie Bordignon
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Rob was not only a great person, but an amazing community leader. Our thoughts & prayers are with Linda and family at this most difficult time. With our Sincere sympathy, Peter & Julie

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  17. Linda teed
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Linda, family and friends
    Rob was one of the good ones, and we lose them way too soon. He was a doer , you asked him, he got it done, great actor, just enjoyed everyone.
    Hold on to the memories and the smiles.

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  18. Jen Cain-Percy
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    On behalf of Clearview Township Council and Staff, our condolences on the loss of Deputy Mayor Rob Potter. Our thoughts are with Rob’s family and the community of The Blue Mountains on this loss.
    Mayor Doug Measures

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  19. Jill Reekie
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    So sorry for your loss Linda and family. He will be missed.

    Jill and Harvie Reekie

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  20. Sue Bumstead
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Sorry to read this Linda! Rob was a great guy, good actor, nice councillor, all round good guy! Keep the good memories!
    Sue

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  21. Holly Osborne
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Linda, so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. He was such a great addition to every play put on at The Marsh Street Centre. He truly loved this area and this community. He will be missed by many both family and friends.
    Holly and Randy

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  22. Reg and Lynn Brown
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    Linda so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are for you during this trying time.

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  23. Norine and Garth Baron
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021

    What can I say that hasn’t been said already by all the others – a testament to Rob’s impact on the Beaver Valley. We were so sad to hear the news – we will miss our friend, Rob. Peace be with you, Linda.

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  24. Rosemary Taylor
    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Linda and family: So sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. My sincere sympathies in this difficult time.

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  25. Eileen Gamble
    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Beaver Valley lost another wonderful man far too soon.
    Thinking of you Linda as you face many difficult days and months.
    Sincere Condolences.

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  26. Shelley Gibbons
    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Such a great man. Such a great loss for the community, but so much greater loss for his family.
    Deepest Sympathies. Ron & Shelley Gibbons

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  27. Cynthia Hamill
    Friday, November 19, 2021

    My sympathies to you Linda. My heart goes out to you. I have been keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Rob was a very special man. He truly touched the hearts of all those who had the immense privilege of knowing him. A truly irreplaceable soul. Words cannot even begin to describe the loss that went with him when he left this life. I am so truly sorry.

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  28. Peter Poirier Katherine Turmaine
    Friday, November 19, 2021

    Linda we are very sorry for your loss may the good memories surround you and help you find peace

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  29. George and Lynn Cornfield
    Sunday, November 21, 2021

    Dear Linda,
    Please accept our sincere condolences at the passing of Rob. We knew Rob through his positive reputation only, but the messages for you here testify to his worth as a person, a husband, and an amazing asset to his community. We know you will miss him dearly. You will remember him, and the great memories you have in your heart, for many days and years to come.
    Sincerely,
    George & Lynn (Kentner) Cornfield.

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  30. Heather Adams
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Dear Linda I am so sorry for your loss! Rob was a truly articulate and enthusiastic participant in this community, ready to step up to the plate in so many ways. He will be deeply missed.
    Regards
    Heather Adams

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  31. Mary Solomon
    Monday, November 22, 2021

    Linda, I was so sorry to hear about Rob. Though we only met occasionally Rob was someone I admired greatly. His kindness radiated in all he did. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  32. Richard Griffith
    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    It is difficult to imagine Thornbury Community Theatre without Rob’s participation as an actor, director or producer, and sometimes maybe all three. It certainly was a lot of fun to share a stage with him and I sincerely wish there could have been more such productions. Alas, final curtain.

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  33. Jeanie Oakley
    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    Dear Linda
    Our entire community will miss Rob. He was such a vital part of the local Canadian Cancer Society. He stayed up all night long to M.C. many Relay For Life events. He always was more than happy to give the Society publicity in our local paper.
    Our thoughts are with you, Linda as you travel on without your dear partner.
    Ken and Jeanette Oakley

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  34. Mary Lalonde
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Linda and family,
    So sorry to hear of Rob passing. My condolences.
    Cherish the memories as they live on in your heart.
    Love Mary
    (Cousin)

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  35. Malcolm Johnson
    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    Linda , I was so sorry to have heard of your loss my condolences go out to you and all of Robs family. I enjoyed so much any opportunity I had to convers with Rob. He was so very interesting to speak to, he was such a knowledgeable man. He will be missed by so many.

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