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Robert Montgomery "Bob" Johnston

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Robert Montgomery "Bob" Johnston

February 9, 1960 - December 2, 2021

Peacefully with his family by his side on December 2, 2021 at the age of 61. Beloved husband of Karen (nee Hellas). Loving father of Ryan (Erin) and Stephanie (Devon). Proud granddad (Aagh) of Alexandria and Isla. Dear brother of Mark Johnston (Denis). Remembered by many other family members and friends. Bob lived for time with his family and grandchildren at the cottage. His love for hockey took him around the world. If you had the privilege to know Bob, your life was all the better for it.
A visitation will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home 30 King St. E., Cobourg on Thursday December 9, 2021 from 11 am to 1 pm. A service celebrating Bob’s Life will be held following visitation at 1 pm. Those attending must provide a proof of vaccination to enter. Anyone wishing to attend the service at 1 pm, must R.S.V.P. at The service will be live streamed for anyone unable to attend in person. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory can be made to a charity of your choice.


Colin Bernard - January 3, 2022

It was with great sadness that I heard of Bob’s passing, he will be sorely missed as one of the veterans in our Industry and have fond memories of Bob at shows like the CITT of which he was such a strong supporter. Our industry will miss him and his smile ! My sincere condolences to his family

Janet Morse and Darren Larsen - December 19, 2021 DONATION

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Daniel Imbeau - December 19, 2021

First I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Bobby's family and friends. I am very sorry for your loss. I did not know Bobby very well except for a couple of years I went golfing with " The Gang " in Myrtle Beach.... I wasn't a very good golfer and Bobby got the challenge of sharing his golf cart with me. Although aĺl the guys were great, Bobby showed never ending patience with me and even showed me a few things that I still use to this day. If he could show so much patience to a person he barely knew I can only imagine what a great person he was to his friends and family... I am sure he will be missed.

Deb and Barb Johnston - December 17, 2021 DONATION

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Jackie and John Preiss - December 16, 2021

To Karen and family, Watching Bob’s funeral on line, hearing all the wonderful stories, told by friends and family, I couldn’t help but think what a wonderful, and meaningful life Bob had. He was the kind of man to bring life, joy, and laughter to any place he entered and I’m sure friends and family knew the party only began once Bob arrived. It’s a very special person indeed to live a life of light and to embrace everyone in it. We were blessed to know Bob for a short time but we were touched like all the others in his life and accepted as friends. Only wish we could have spent more time getting to know Bob and Karen as a couple. The last event was Dave’s birthday in September. We are so glad to have that memory of a wonderful evening with Bob and Karen. God bless you Karen and your wonderful family. Please accept our heart felt condolences.

ETC - December 15, 2021 DONATION

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David Hilton - December 14, 2021

I got to work closer with Bob these past 18 months, and it became clear to me that he was a strong leader, a shrewd businessperson, and a good friend. He was instrumental in making ETC a success in Canada, and we will be eternally grateful for his close partnership. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be missed!

Brian Cloutier - December 14, 2021

We’ve lost an integral component of the industry. It will take many to fill the gap and it still won’t be the same. It's sucks to even think that I won’t see Bob’s infectious smile greet me at all those familiar places that I have for decades.

Chad Croteau - December 14, 2021

I first met Bob in 2005 at the CITT conference that year. He heard me checking in to the conference hotel, and made it a point to wait until I was done, and then introduce himself and welcomed me to CITT. I couldn't have asked for a better welcome to the organization! That began years of Bob and I keeping casually in touch, enjoying some laughs together, and him always being available if I needed help. A true leader in every sense of the word, and a true friend. He will be sorely missed.

John and Mary Higg - December 12, 2021

Sending our heartfelt sympathy to Karen and family at this most difficult and sad time. Being neighbours at Wollaston Lake for many years, we know how much Bob enjoyed life. May fond memories sustain all of you during this time. Sincerely, John and Mary Hogg

Gloria Humeniuk & Guy Gauthier - December 11, 2021

Getting to know Bob was one of the greatest privileges and to lose him so young feels so cruel. We won’t ever forget his kindness and smiling face and his legacy will live on. Sending our deepest condolences to Karen, Mark and family.

Valerie Robinson - December 11, 2021 DONATION

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Monique Corbeil - December 9, 2021

Bob was someone special, I will cherish his mentorship, friendship and wisdom. My sincere condolences to family and friends.

Russ & Wendy Dow - December 9, 2021

I am so shocked to hear of Bob’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathies to Karen, Ryan, Stephanie and your entire family. Russ & Wendy

Jannine Delorey - December 9, 2021

Stephanie, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Jannine. Xoxo

Graham Likeness - December 9, 2021

I've had the privilege of knowing Bob for more than 35 years. During that time we alternated between being collaborators and competitors. Through it all Bob remained a friend and we had many frank discussions about the industry and life in general. The world and the entertainment industry is poorer with his passing. He will be greatly missed.

Sabia Mir Sanchez - December 9, 2021

I send my heartfelt sympathies to Bob's family and friends. He hired me to join his sales team just last year in the spring, right before the pandemic hit. So I had the pleasure of meeting him twice in person for my interviews and then once just last September for a client visit. Never would I have imagined that was going to be the last time. I had hoped to learn so much more from him and experience his mentorship more, like so many speak of. The pandemic, of course, put a wrench in that as well. I wish I had been able to get to know him better and longer. He was always wise, kind and supportive - he always had encouraging words. We did get to bond a bit over our mutual connection to Scarborough where I live. Turns out he went to the same high school as my husband. It was very clear from all our conversations that he had an immense love for his family. How proudly he always spoke of his grandbabies. We would see their sweet image every two weeks in our sales meetings because that was his Zoom profile photo. It is so hard and disruptive to lose the patriarch of the family, especially one so larger than life and who took of everyone. He lives on in your memories and dreams and will surely show himself in his grandchildren in the years as they grow. My condolences and wishes for strength and togetherness for your family. RIP Bob.

Paul and Karen Kirkpatrick - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Nicole Balesdent - December 9, 2021

My deepest condolences to Karen, Ryan, Stephanie, Mark and all of Bob's family. Bob was a great mentor to me. Always a big presence in a room or even over the phone, you could count on him for support and wisdom when needed. He always had a smile, a story, or an ear to listen, and nothing in the world was more important to Bob than his family. I will miss him very much. May he rest easy.

Melody McLean - December 9, 2021

Karen, Stephanie, Devon, Ryan, Erin & family - Jordan and I send our sincerest condolences to you all. Bob had such a kind, generous heart and a rocking sense of humour. We are so incredibly appreciative for the impact Bob and your family has had in our lives. We are sure Bob and Rob are cracking jokes and causing a ruckus together again.

Melody McLean - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Terry Lord - December 9, 2021

Sorry to hear the sad news last week We had a lot of good times over the years… may he rest peacefully ☺️

Kyle Morton - December 9, 2021

It really hard to put into words the impact Bob had on me, and the people in our industry. As someone coming into an industry as the youngest guy in the room Bob was there to welcome me, mentor me, and make sure that I was welcome in any room we were both in. From restaurants in Vegas to wineries in Niagara, Bob was always the life of the party, and could put a smile on anyones face. I will always cherish the times with Bob, and the impact the late night chats had on my personal and professional life. We has lost I titan who was there for everyone, who always encouraged everyone to be "all pro". My condolences to Bobs family, the pride and love he had for you was evident to everyone who spoke with him.

Thierry Garepian - December 9, 2021

How do I begin to express how sad and devastated I am about Bob leaving us so soon ? My heart is heavy for everyone that the time and and pleasure of having Bob in their life. Over thirty years of friendship built on countless memories created a very special and unique bond that I will cherish forever. The first time I met Bob, I help fish him out of the water at Gladstone in Malibu. He was fully dress in his Armani suit , tie and was determined to swim to Catalina Island... Jim Harp , I know you remember the whole story and we still laugh about that crazy evening. Meeting Bob that night started the beginning of many unbelievable stories. Only Bob could do justice in retelling stories as a natural storyteller he was... To know Bob was to know his family as he was a family man first in the strongest sense. Karen and the Kids were the most important part of his life. Whenever we spoke, one of the first things he would tell was how the family was doing. He was so proud of Stephany and Ryan and love being a grandad. I call him my Canadian brother because our friendship felt more like we were brothers, one from Canada and one from France ... I will miss my Canadian brother dearly and will cherish the memories forever. Bonjour La Visite !!

Sharron and Terrence Hellas - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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TMB - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Kyle Morton - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Colin Waters - December 9, 2021

Bob was really a special person, one of a kind. He lived life to the fullest and added so much to the lives of those who knew him, including myself. He will be sorely missed. Thinking of him and Tommy, our mutual friend, once more together, creating trouble I’m sure, brings a smile, even on this very sad day. My deepest sympathies to the family. Rest In Peace Bob.

Chad & Katelynn Gaudet - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Dan Padgett - December 9, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Karen and family, and the extended Johnston families.

Chad & Katelynn Gaudet - December 9, 2021

Our deepest condolences goes out to Karen, Stephanie, Ryan & Family. RIP Bobby Big Wheel, you will be greatly missed!

Marian Leahy - December 9, 2021

Dr. Johnston my thoughts are with you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories with your dad help you threw your mourning. Thinking of you.

Vera Lyttle - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Susan Edwards Shaak - December 9, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Karen, Ryan, Stephanie, grandkids, and Bob's brother Mark. I had the pleasure of working with both Johnston boys during my 25 plus years in the industry. Bob was the best and his passing leaves us all with heavy hearts. May our wonderful memories of Bob give us the comfort to accept this tragic loss. Family was everything to him. RIP Bob.

Dan Tulloch - December 9, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to Karen and family, all of whom Bob loved so very very much. May your family memories give you strength and comfort as you mourn. Dan & Clara Tulloch

Tracey Hill - December 9, 2021

I met Bob when I was 21 years old and working at Canadian Staging Projects. His career journey took him from WFW to working in the USA then back to Canada with Christie Lites and our paths crossed often. My last occasion to see Bob was at LDI in 2019 and we had dinner together and reminisced about all the good times we had. He was so proud and happy to be a grandfather and spoke or showed me pictures often of his grandchildren. I am sorry for their loss of such a loving Grandfather.

Michael McCauley - December 9, 2021

Goodbye, my friend. I will miss you deeply and I will remember you well. Your positive outlook and bright smile. Your let's do it attitude and commitment to helping others. Your relentless forechecking and occasional snipes. Your leadership, smarts, and involvement - in your biz, on a board, on a team, or at the round table at the club. The humour, care, generosity and love of family and friends underlying it all. To coin your phrase "ALL PRO". Karen, thanks for sharing Bobby with us. Deepest condolences to you, Steph, Ryan and extended family.

Olivier Alarie - December 9, 2021

My condolences goes out to Karen, Stephanie, Ryan and the Family. Over the last 18 years Bob was the guys who gave me a chance in Sales when I had no experience and passed on his wealth of knowledge and experience to me as he did to countless others. He was the center of gravity of any gathering and everyone always had a good time when he was around. You will be missed but never forgotten, on behalf of myself and my entire Family....Thank You for everything!

Craig Board - December 9, 2021

It is with deepest sincerity and respect I wish my condolences….Bob was and always will be a solid…loving…caring …great athletic man ….my condolences to his wife..high school sweetheart…love of his life …PERFECT companion..lover and partner !!! It is extremely rare that one can only reflect and remember Bob and his family as what love is truly about !! There’s a line in “ THE WIZARD OF OZ “ my all time favourite movie ..where the fake WIZARD has been discovered by Dorothy.the Scarecrow…and the Tin Man …it is when they present the witches broom. To OZ…for those who don’t know …each one …the SCARECROW…TIN MAN …LION ..we’re dealing with…character issues …they enabled on this journey …from the wizard …to receive what they Think “ they lack…The tin man had no heart …and when the WIZARD OF OZ ..granted him his wish ..he said after “ A HEART IS NOT JUDGED BY HOW MUCH YOU LOVE…..BUT BY HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED BY OTHERS “ !!! BOB JOHNSTON to me …and all others ..las the MOST LOVED PERSON OF ALL TIME … these are the facts … Goodbye my friend …and only love ..and prayers to his family !! 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️😢😢😢💔💔💔

Ann Shannon - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Ann Shannon - December 9, 2021

Karen, Ryan, Stephanie and Mark - my heart is broken for you, and for all of us who had the great privilege of having Bob in our lives. He was truly one of a kind. Love and condolences to all of you.

Brian Collins - December 9, 2021 DONATION

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Matthews Studio Equipment - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Diane Hunter - December 8, 2021

Karen I am so very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I hope beautiful memories will comfort you, Ryan and Stephanie as you struggle through this painful time. Diane

Tyler Phillips, Valerie Taylor, Linda Swope, Brian Collins - December 8, 2021

Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon hearing the news about Bob’s passing. Our most sincere condolences to the family

Eric Loader - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Mary-Jo Bathe & Michael Dwyer - December 8, 2021

With Sympathy on the Loss of Dear Bob - As time passes, gradually your family can move toward the day when the comfort of your memories of Bob is greater than the sorrow of your loss. May the cherished memories of Bob give you strength in the days ahead. xo

A.C. Americas - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Jean-Francois Canuel - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Jon & Diane Kelly - December 8, 2021

deepest condolences to Karen & Family & brother Mark. Still remember the days of playing football on Limevale Cresent with Bob and the gang It was like we owned the street! He was a great guy!! He will always be in our hearts Jon Kelly

Jonathan Kelly - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Matt Lister - December 8, 2021

A more solid man you will not find. RIP Bob - will miss you at the club and on the course.

Bill Coons - December 8, 2021

Among a long list of talents, Bob was the ambassador to the Canadian theatrical lighting industry that encouraged those of us on the sound side of the industry to become involved with CITT in the first place. His gracious and open approach to everything and every person was truly admirable. I can call him a friend but am honestly jealous of all of you that spent more time in his unique aura. A remarkable human being that will be missed but not forgotten.

Brad and Mary Hellas - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Ian McConvey - December 8, 2021

I first met Bob in Buffalo many years ago at the Balmy Beach Open Golf Tournament. Ed Caterer introduced me to Bob. Bob introduced me to barefoot golf. I put my shoes on after the first fairway! Bob was unusual … unusually kind, unusually generous, and unusually helpful, to everyone. He was a terrific guy and I miss him Rest In Peace Bob.

Greg "stro1" Majster - December 8, 2021

This news comes as such a shock. Bob had too much life in him to ever stop living, especially at such a young age. In the hockey room, anywhere, or anyone you'd find yourself with alongside Bob; he was the life. The kindest, funniest person you could know. He made anything feel possible and attainable. A real inspiration, a great friend, and teammate like no other, he is greatly missed. I don't want to imagine the feel of loss Ryan and his family must feel at this time, because the sadness from the loss of Bob even from knowing him a relatively short time is heavy. My deepest condolences.

Fabio - December 8, 2021

It is always difficult to say goodbye to a mite that we have loved for the last time. Hi BOB one day we will meet and meet again, he rests in peace. Fabio

Terry & Sharron Hellas & family - December 8, 2021 DONATION

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Steffi Black - December 8, 2021

I am very sorry for the loss of a beloved family member and May you feel the love and support of family and friends at this transitional time.

Christina & Wayne Davies - December 8, 2021

We were both blessed to work along side and be friends with Bob and will miss his smile and humour. Our deepest condolences to Karen and Mark in these times. Bob will be thought of every time we see the sun setting on the water.

Richard McDonald - December 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to Bob’s family and many friends. He will be dearly missed by the industry and unimaginably missed by those closer in his orbit. He was legendary for his charisma and his caring. I was lucky enough to work with Bob for a couple of decades and am better for having that as a cherished part of my career. He brought good energy, good vision, and a love of fun to every situation we faced. I’ll miss him and I wish I had just one more chance to go into battle with the great… Bob Johnson. Rest In Peace Bob. Your friend and colleague! Richard McDonald

Brad and Loren - December 7, 2021

Karen, We are very sorry to hear the news, and offer our sincere condolences to you Ryan and Stephanie. We will always have fond memories of you and Bob on Lekani enjoying many good times with the neighbours. Lots of love Brad and Loren

Barb Shannon and Dean Drager - December 7, 2021 DONATION

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Barb Shannon & Dean Drager - December 7, 2021

We don't have the words to adequately describe Bob and all he meant to everyone. His laugh, wonderful smile and larger than life personality will be always in our memories. Sending our deepest condolences and love to you all.

Concepta & Brian Bowman - December 7, 2021

Our deepest condolences Karen to you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad time

Steve Shaw - December 7, 2021

My condolences to you Karen and family along with all of Bob‘s friends and associates, it was Bob‘s generosity and acceptance that I was able to have had a career in this industry. Bob has been loyal from day one, he has been a great mentor and will truly be missed, may he rest in peace until we meet again !

Andrew Beck - December 7, 2021

Bob was a great friend and customer. I will miss his friendship, his advise, his sense of humour, and his pictures of his grandchildren! Bob was proud of his work, but even more proud of his family. His loss will be felt by many.

Linda Hellas - December 7, 2021 DONATION

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Marnie Styles - December 7, 2021 DONATION

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Mark Would and Sara Guilcher - December 7, 2021

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to Karen, Ryan, Stephanie and family. Bob had a beautiful spirit and it was a privilege knowing him. Bob was always gracious with his time and resources in supporting BBC Hockey and the Club itself. We were touched in seeing Bob’s face light up when talking about his family, especially his granddaughters. It was truly special to observe how proud he was of his family. The world was a better place with Bob in it. The magnitude of grief felt is a true reflection of how much he was loved.

Peter & Jeanne Edwards - December 7, 2021

Our condolences to all of the Johnston family in their tragic loss of Bob and to the entertainment industry, he made a tremendous impact. He joined Rosco Canada during our first year of operation, one of his many talents was the ability of being able to read documents, upside down on a producers desk! We look back over those past years and wonder if it was to soon to call a wrap

Jack R Romanelli - December 7, 2021

I was shocked to hear of Bob's passing from my brother Dave. I am so sorry for you, the kids and grand kids loss. He leaves behind quite a legacy judging from the reaction. I will try to get in touch when I get back up to Toronto. Again, we are so sorry.

Ralph Young - December 7, 2021

I first met Bob in the 80's when i was at Lee Filters, we were young guys in the industry still learning the ropes, Bob has always been so kind to me, over the many years i have known him. he was a great guy, I will always remember him with great fondness. My sincere condolences to all of Bobs family at this very sad time. Ralph Young

Randy Pybas - December 7, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Karen, Bob's children and grandchildren. Bob was a most valued and trusted friend and colleague. Bob led with his heart, his honesty and persuasive charisma. Our friendship spanned over 30 years and in that time he always held his family and friends in the highest regard. He was also a champion for his colleagues and for his business partners and associates. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy in his professional life, countless friends and a wonderful family. Bob's was a life well lived and he will be greatly missed.

Lise Nadeau - December 7, 2021

Caramba Bob! Too soon, too young too fast. This is so sad, you were so strong, so proud of your life and especially, so proud of your family, your grand children. I do not know them but it is like I did know them, you've been talking to me about them often with a smile starting from your left ear to you right one. And I think about them, it is so difficult to face this huge hole left by the departure of a loved one. My thoughts goes to you, Bob's beloved ones.

Greg Yellenik - December 7, 2021

Karen, Ryan and Stephanie. My heart goes out to you. Bob was a great man and will be greatly missed. I so clearly see that glow in his eyes and smile on his face whenever he spoke of his kids. He loved you and so many people in the behind the scenes entertainment industry loved Bob.

John Lyttle - December 7, 2021 DONATION

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John A MacDonald - December 7, 2021

Wishing Bob's family strength and peace during this difficult time. I am hopeful that knowing how admired and respected Bob was in our industry will provide some solace. Bob was generous with his knowledge and experience and always willing to offer his advice and assistance. Bob will always be well thought of and long remembered.

Silvana Ryan - December 7, 2021

On behalf of Rosco Laboratories Ltd. our deepest condolences to the Johnston family. He was a good friend to Rosco and our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace.

Silvana Ryan - December 7, 2021 DONATION

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Christy Wigston - December 7, 2021

Karen and family so sorry for your loss- Bob will be sorely missed - rest in peace Bob

Paul Sherbo - December 6, 2021

Karen and Family, My deepest condolences for your tragic loss. I have so many fond memories of Bob that it's difficult to know where to begin. How about this for a start: when Judy and I decided to get married in the Catholic Church after originally having had a protestant ceremony, Bob agreed to be my best man. He was indeed the BEST man. There was no one else I wanted. I also remember him staying at our house in Long Beach in the same room as my baby daughter. She would laugh and throw her pacifier at him. We had so many laughs together during those years when White's was the rep for Colortran. We also did a lot of business. I dare say we learned a lot from each other. Bob was a leader, and a force of nature in sales. His energy knew no bounds. He was smart and highly strategic. Yet what I remember most, is his love for you and Ryan and Steph. There is no question in my mind that the family was central to everything he did. The family would come up in our conversations very frequently. He lived for you and the kids. Know that Judy and I will carry the thoughts of Bob in our hearts as long as we live. The family will remain in our prayers, and and we rejoice at having known him. Peace be with you, and God bless you. Paul and Judy Sherbo

George & Shirley - December 6, 2021

We just found out about Bob's passing and are devastated by the news. We have known Bob and his family for 17 years at Knights Corner and will never forget how kind and thoughtful he was. We have so many amazing memories together that we will cherish forever. Sending our love and deepest condolences. May he rest in peace, it was an honour knowing Bob.

Rachelle Robson - December 6, 2021

My sincere condolences and prayers to the family and all his friends. So many of us that had the privilege of knowing Bob through the industry knew very quickly what an amazing man he was. We all learned quickly about the love and pride he had for his family. Sharing pics of his adorable grand babies and telling stories. Making sure everyone around him had the opportunity to shine and always taking the party to that level of greatness you would never forget. He truly was “All pro” and will always be missed and never forgotten. Rest In Peace Bob.

Alfred Larter - December 6, 2021

Dear Karen, Stephanie, Ryan and family: We are sending our prayers and deepest sympathy to you all. Such a huge loss. Bob helped me make my way into the lighting business 30 years ago and we've been friends ever since. He will truly be missed. Rosemary and I have such fond memories of our visits and laughs together, and especially that wonderful day in Lunenburg. I was privileged to be welcomed into your home on many occasions, and I will treasure those memories forever. Sending our love and kind wishes to you all. Alfred and Rosemary

Denise & Pete (your 2021 trailer next door people) - December 6, 2021

Karen and Family, Pete and I are heartbroken for you. Bob was a great guy and we looked forward to seeing him when he came to the trailer. I hope that all your cherished memories get you through the rough days. Please accept our sincere condolences, and know we are thinking of you.❤❤

Wayne Llewellyn - December 6, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My condolences to you Karen and family.

Gabrielle and Mark Etcovitch - December 6, 2021

Karen, Stephanie, Ryan and Family, We were so shocked and saddened by Bob's passing. He was an incredible man and an irreplaceable friend. Wishing you only happy memories. With warm regards, Gaby and Mark

Matt Lees - December 6, 2021

I heard of Bob's passing just now and have only had a few minutes to process it, however I can say that Bob was a force I am proud to have known and worked with. That smile and ... THAT Handshake, always made me feel that I mattered. He will be missed.

Phyllis Hay - December 6, 2021

Dear Stephanie, I was so very sad to hear about your father. I know your family is devastated. My thought are with you. Much sympathy to you all. Phyllis

Paul A. Del Motte - December 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to you Karen, Ryan, and Stephanie. I've known Bob since 1990 and always looked for to meeting up with him in person be it at a CITT event or LDI or when buying yet more gear from him. I loved his concern for everyone in our line of work and for what he could provide to help us educate and do our art. A true giant of a man and always so proud of his family and especially his grand kids. He will be missed. A Donation has been made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in his name.

Eric Loader - December 6, 2021

Sincere condolences from the Loader family to the Johnston family and friends. We were very sorry to learn about the passing of Bob. He was a giant in our industry and for those who he touched in life. May he rest in peace and his family take comfort in all the memories and love he shared with them.

Maria (Physentzou) Siciliano - December 6, 2021

On behalf of my family & our staff, sending our heartfelt condolences to Bob's wife, kids, & his entire family. I have so many great memories of him, Bob was always good to my family, always trying to help us where he could. He will be greatly missed, may he rest in peace & his memory never be forgotten.

Gary Meiklejohn and Robin Gritzfeld - December 6, 2021

Our deepest condolences to you Karen, Ryan, and Stephanie. I met Bob in the early 90's and he was a giant in my eyes then. I was fortunate to be able to work with him for the past 17 years and call him my friend. He was an inspiration for me as a mentor and helped me greatly. Robin still shakes her head and laughs when I answer her questions with one of Bob's famous sayings, " how long is a string ?". The influence he had in our industry will be his legacy. RIP Bob.

Vida & Kevin Reeves - December 6, 2021 DONATION

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Marc Ford - December 6, 2021

Deepest condolences to you Karen, Stephanie, Ryan, and family. I had first heard about Bob from wayback in the late 80's. I was working across the street from CSP at Boardwalk Motion Pictures and his name kept popping up whenever we needed gear for our music videos. I have always counted myself fortunate to learn from several builders of the entertainment industry in Toronto. Bob was one of those builders. Years later, I was introduced to him and instantly liked his way of doing things. Bob was without a doubt one of the largest personalities I have ever met. His handshake was crushing, his smile and laugh genuine and his spirit generous. Bob was a true leader who lead by example, was not afraid to see others shine and supported and guided myself and many others without asking for anything back. I count myself very lucky to have worked for Bob the past few years. He was a great boss, a mentor and a friend. His guidance was invaluable. No matter how busy, he always made time. I have and will continue to say to myself regularly, "What would Bob do?" He made think about a problem from a different angle and made me better at what I do. Really missing him. One of a kind.

Keith Danby - December 6, 2021

Deepest condolences to you Karen, Stephanie, Ryan, and family. Bob was an icon that - over an epic career - influenced great change in the Canadian theatrical entertainment industry. He influenced the lives of many whom will keep with them and remember their own personal anecdotes that instill the epic personality that was Bob. He will not be forgotten...

MARK PEARSON - December 6, 2021

Karen, Ryan, Stephanie and family, my deepest condolences. I have know Bob for over 40 years and have worked closely with him for close to 30 years. From our early days together at Canadian Staging Projects, than on to William F. White in the 90's and currenty with Christie Lites from 2003 to present. He truly is a lengend in the Entertainment Industry and was a great mentor to myself teaching me everything I know about sales. I have many fond memories of Bob that I will cherish forever - he will truely be missed by all. Bob left us far too soon and may he Rest in Peace.

Ken Alexander and Tracy Lakeman - December 5, 2021

To Karen, Ryan, Stephanie, Mark and the entire Johnston extended family, Tracy and I offer our best thoughts and sympathy... The loss of a man like Bobby is doubly, triply poignant when you think about all the lives that he touched over his amazing lifetime. In the case of Robert (he called me Kenneth and Kenny, both of which only my Mother ever got away with) he touched the lives of so many of us, it’s beyond math. Someone mentioned to me today Bob’s ‘isims’. Priceless gifts forever. Others have spoken of his handshake. Feared but cherished. He challenged us by example and by direct approach. He supported us as colleagues, teammates, and friends. And he gave more of himself for his fellow man and for his cherished family than any one person can ever aspire to offer. Bob left us too soon, but he has left us with memories, wisdom and love. He will Rest in Peace and we are the better for having known him.

Victor Svenningson - December 5, 2021

I met Bob, when I had my first job in Toronto in the late ’70s, I was 21, and Bob must have been 16 at CSP (Canadian Staging Projects). We pulled cable together for a show I was helping with. I still remember that time thing how cool this was. A few years later, Bob dropped off a very expensive lighting console, just handed this to me and said, “Try it it might be what you need.” I was pretty blown away, but that was Bob, knowing people. Oh, and the theatre did buy the console. Bob worked tirelessly for the theatre industry, he and I are founding members of CITT. We spent many meetings together followed by a trip to the pub afterward. Bob became noted president of the organization, and for much longer than he thought he would be. Last story for now. I invited Bob to come and see one of the last live shows before the pandemic hit. A little theatre in Port Hope was doing Chicago and the whole building was humming with excitement and fun. Bob heard that the building was in need of a lighting network, and a few months later one arrived. We could not tell a soul how it got there. The last time we talked, a few weeks ago, Bob was telling me how fortunate he was to be with his family here in Cobourg. He has been a giant, in the entertainment industry. Feared and loved, and always an honest man.

Pat Cox - December 5, 2021

Dear Karen & Family. Sending my Love and Condolences to you in this sad time. Bob was a very jolly guy and waiting to help out with what was needed at the time. Rest in Peace Bob you will be missed.

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Michael Rawson - December 5, 2021

To Karen, Steph and Ryan I express my deepest condolences. It's hard to fathom the loss of Bob, he will be sorely missed. I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bob and he was a great man. I also enjoyed playing hockey with him. Bob was a great motivator and always had time to lend his advice. May he Rest in peace.

R Allan Ross - December 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. My deepest sympathies to his family. I didn’t know Bob well but his contribution to the live entertainment industry were significant and he will be missed.

Luc Blanchard - December 5, 2021

My deepest condolences to the whole family and all of Bob’s friends. Sending loving thoughts and prayers of comfort.

Greg Jones & Family - December 5, 2021

To the Johnston family: My deepest condolences. May all the memories fill your heart during this difficult time. What I remember most of Bob was his contagious smile and unmatched energy and passion. He will be forever missed.

Chris Jones - December 5, 2021

Shocked and very saddened by Bob's passing. A great friend, awesome hockey player and fun golfer. Always a great conversationalist and he taught me lots about life. You will be missed everyday. PS: Bobby, give me "the wink"! CJ

Greg & Linda Foster - December 5, 2021

Bob was always a pleasure to be around. This great man is missed.

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Karen and Roger Walton - December 5, 2021

Dear Karen and family, we are very blessed and honoured to have known Bob. He was such a kind and supportive man who truly loved life, family and friends. He greeted everyone with a smile and was always willing to extend a helping hand. He was a true leader and inspiration for everyone who knew him. We will miss hime very much. Love. Karen and Roger

Barry Vail & Beth Selby - December 5, 2021

Dear Stephanie and family, Our sincere condolences on your Dad’s passing. He will be missed by many. Barry & Beth

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Kathy and Ang - December 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to your family, Karen Bob was a great neighbor, we enjoyed frequent chats! Always a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

Lynn Niblett - December 5, 2021

Don and I would like to send our condolences to the entire Johnston family. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

CARLOS DE MATTOS - December 5, 2021

Dear Karen, Ryan and Stephanie...Bob and I were very good friends and I had so much fun with him when we worked together at Matthews Group/Hollywood Rentals/ESS...I will never forget all our trips together specially the one when I took him to my home town, Lisbon in Portugal...I will miss him a lot!!! We love you...Carlos

Stan Miller - December 4, 2021

I had the pleasure to interact with Bob through all of the years of his business life. In so many ways, he brought a unique set of skills to his work. Primarily, it was the enthusiasm and excitement with which Bob approached every day doing the job he loved. Like the other focus of his life, at work he began each day in effect taking the ice at full speed and drove himself throughout the competition! He made us all better at what we did. Now, in retrospect, I realize how fortunate I was to have known Bob…..

Judith Gail White - December 4, 2021

My heart goes out to you Karen and your family. Be comforted by the knowledge that we never lose anyone we love. Bob was a man of substance. His loss is inconceivable and unfathomable still I’m sure. I had the privilege of knowing him and I will miss him. My condolences to you and your family.

Gary Sywake - December 4, 2021

To Karen and Family our sincere condolences. The life the myth the legend all of the above he was a mentor but most a friend. He truly couldn’t speak more then a sentence then talking about his family and will truly miss his stories about the industry but more about the family and friends. He always made time and mentor where he could will always be grateful for hiring me and being part of the Christie / Bob family. I would raise a glass nod and smile as what he would want to b shy and if to fade to black stand up and let them know a light was lit. You will be missed my friend but never forgotten Gary Sywake and Family

Michelle & Brett Quance - December 4, 2021

We are very sad. Bob, the ultimate gentleman, always making sure people felt included and welcome. He always took special interest in our lives and particularly our daughter Tenny. First person to jump up and ask if we needed assistance with Tenny’s mobility device etc.. We witnessed his incredible love & dedication for his family. We have lost a good one. Karen, Stephanie, Ryan & Mark please accept our condolences.

Bob Snelgrove - December 4, 2021

I will never forget the first time I met Bob or the last time or any of the times in-between. My biggest surprise was running into him at The Balmy (I actually heard him first). What a great and pleasant surprise. Away from the business he was even better. Bob was like that, unforgettable. Our industry has lost one of it’s true friends who will always be remembered and greatly missed. I didn’t know him as well as many but I will miss him. My sincere condolences go out to all his family.

Angela Jennings - December 4, 2021

To Karen, Ryan, Stephanie and Mark: sending you my deepest condolences as you mourn Bob’s passing and celebrate his wonderful life. His love and joy lives on in each of you.

Tom Swartz - December 4, 2021

Willemine an I send you our deepest condolences and love. There are too many words to place in a small space to express adequately, the MANY small ways Bob has affected and influenced my personal and professional life for the better. I am grateful to have know him, and I shall never forget him or the family.

Robert Badgerow - December 4, 2021

Karen, Steph and Ryan (Cubby) I am deeply sorry for your shattering loss. I hope that Bob's strength and bright light will continue to guide you through this difficult time. When I met Bob 30 years ago I was just a young man that was looking for a temporary stop. Well, after a few conversations with Bob he had other plans that would turn this stop that I had made into a journey. I guess you could say Bob was the compass that corrected or reset my course.  I think that Bob, whether he knew it or not was a compass for many in his career and private life.  Over the years I have learned much from Bob and we have shared many laughs and even had some spirited jousts. I feel very grateful that I met Bob, honored to have known him and now very saddened to see him move on... perhaps someone else now has plans for you Bob. Here's to wherever your next journey takes you... Cheers Buddy.

Michael Harris - December 4, 2021

Karen and family - Bob’s unexpected passing will undoubtedly leave a space noted and felt by many. Condolences to all.

Darla Wilson - December 4, 2021

It is difficult to imagine that I won't again be welcomed with that big smile and warm hug. Bobby J, a man with a huge heart and a generous spirit has diminished our world by leaving it. My heart is with you, Karen and family

Jim Wilson - December 4, 2021

Karen and family....words cannot adequately express both my sadness and empathy for your loss. Bobby J was a truly wonderful man; he embraced life with an energy and passion that was admired by all that knew him - I will miss him greatly.

Peeter Oolup - December 4, 2021

Peeter Oolup Dec 4, 2021 I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Karen and the rest of Bob’s family. It is not often that you find a person about which literally no one has a bad word to say. Bob was indeed that person. Humble, personable, compassionate, giving, warm-hearted…. Bob was all of that. I will miss him greatly and feel honoured and blessed to have been his friend. Rest In Peace

Stephen Cragg - December 4, 2021

It was a very sad time indeed, when I heard of Bob's passing. Bob was always welcoming and treated Theresa and I like family. I had the pleasure of watching Bob come into his own, when seeing him welcome a new grandchild into the family. Bob you were one of a kind, and I will always cherish the memories that you helped to create with me and my family.

John & Christine Brown - December 4, 2021

Christine and I extend our sincere sympathy to Karen and family. Bob was one of those rare individuals whose presence made every occasion better. His enthusiastic approach to life was infectious. He will be sadly missed.

Joe DiNardo - December 4, 2021

My deepest condolences to Karen, Bob’s family and friends. No matter how intense Bob would be about work or sports when discussing his family, you would watch the smile grow, the body relax and you can expect 20 minutes on the subject. His family was his joy. I met Bob over 25 years ago and he welcomed me into Canada with open arms. We would fight, laugh, make deals, have meals and in the end shake hand as partners. In lighting Bob was always trying to be two steps ahead of everyone else and he always defended his co-workers, always! I wouldn’t doubt even now, wherever he is, that he’s trying to negotiate a better deal. Bob was bigger than life and he walked through it like he owned it. He had a big smile, loud voice and strong handshake. And we are all better to have walked with him. Now is a time when legends are born, when all the “Bob stories” become elaborated and enriched. He would like that. Will I miss him, yes? Forget him, no. Rest in Peace Brother.

David S Robinson - December 4, 2021

Really sorry to hear this news, the family will be in my prayers.

Peter Eady - December 4, 2021

It's such a deep loss for Karen and his family, and also to the hundreds of friends, colleagues, and industry folks who had the pleasure to have known and loved him. He was a true leader and well respected friend and co-worker for those of us who worked with him over the years. He left us far too soon and his absence will be acutely felt for a very long time. He was definitely one of a kind and when he was made they broke the mould. Love and condolences to his family and those who knew him. Rest in peace, buddy.

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Don Parman - December 4, 2021

Stunned and saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. The entertainment industry has lost a friend and I have lost a mentor. I can’t imagine a world without Bob. Hugs to everyone, raising a glass on the west coast.

Frank and Ildi Lubertino - December 4, 2021

Our heart is broken hearing about Bob's passing. Karen, you and your family are in our prayers, our sincere condolences. Frank and Ildi

Dawn Hill - December 4, 2021

Karen, I can't tell you how saddened I was to hear of Bob's passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Suzanne and Tom Redford - December 4, 2021

Tom and I are saddened to hear of Bob's death. He was always the life of the party. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Stuart Gass & Maria Copot - December 4, 2021

Dear Karen Maria & I are deeply saddened by the loss of Bob. May he Rest In Peace. He was a great man. Respectfully, Stuart & Mary

Ray Ward - December 4, 2021

such sadness is felt for all. Big Wheel will be missed by all who loved his humour( all pro) and his love for others. He will be missed by everyone who was involved in his life. To Karen and the family i am so sorry for this lose..Razor

Valerie Clarkson Robinson - December 4, 2021

Holding you and your family in my heart Karen. May your wonderful memories of Bob comfort you, and family and friends gather round and support you. Much Love Dear Friend, Valerie

Jake Lipsett - December 4, 2021

Libby and I are both deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. Always so energetic, helpful and supportive to all who met him. He was the greatest travelling companion eeeeevvvveeeerrr!!!!!! Just made you feel better being in his company.........a true friend.

Jack Blakeley - December 4, 2021

Dear Karen Bob was a wonderful man, when Bob entered a room you could feel the love for all the children, grand children and for you. Knowing Bob made us all a better people “All Pro” My heart felt condolences. Jack

Michael clark - December 4, 2021

Bob will be greatly missed. He exuded so much passion and joy. His love of life was infectious to all who were lucky enough to meet him and be a part of his life. Rest In Peace my friend.

Sarah Abraham - December 4, 2021

Bob was such a special person and he left such a legacy behind. Every room he entered he brought so much joy to. I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news of the passing of Bob. I will cherish all the memories. The Hellas get togethers, the visits you would make when you were in town. Karen, Ryan and Steph. There are no words. I love you all so very much and send the biggest hugs to all of you. Bob always stood just a little bit taller when he would speak of all of you and beamed with pride. ❤️ You 3 are loved by many (myself included 😊) Much love, Sarah, Justin and Violet

Jim Harp - December 4, 2021

Bob was my brother, best friend, mentor, sole-mate, and partner...Bob was my inspiration... There are no words but 1,000 stories to tell... I miss you brother.

Mae.Cromwell - December 4, 2021

Meeting Bob was such a joy. Funny,kind,generous and so in love with his family. He was the type of family man all should emulate. So happy to he had my band play at his beloved daughters wedding. He absolutely was bursting with pride when he spoke of his wife and kids. We ran into each other at a store a while ago and everyone in that store could hear his love for his new granddaughter. I was so so saddened to hear the news of his passing,yet also so glad I knew him just for a short time. My sincere condolences to family and friends. I send you love and courage. Mae Cromwell

Kenneth Ross McElroy - December 4, 2021

Bob: You scored your greatest Goal with the family legacy you left behind. Many will miss you, but Rock on, Party on. You won the race. Miss ya, dude.

Heidi Gollert - December 4, 2021

To be with Bob was to share in his passion for life, and in his deep love for his family above everything. Love you, Bob ❤

Kate, Derek and Hughie - December 3, 2021

Oh Steph, Sending you guys all the biggest warmest hugs. May your life long memories guide you to healing. Xo Kate, Derek and Hughie

Ed & Gail Toles - December 3, 2021

Dear Karen and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of Bob. My heart hurts. We had wonderful times together in Jamaica. Our sing alongs around the piano bar....... Our hockey game between the Maple Leads and the Red Wings. Gods strength to you all in this time of sorrow. 🙏 🇨🇦 🇺🇸

Anders and Mercedes Robinson - December 3, 2021

Bob was a great man and mentor. He was truly an awesome person. Karen, Ryan and Steph we will be keeping you in our prayers. Love you guys - Anders and Mercedes

Lona & Cliff MacRae - December 3, 2021

Bob you will be so missed. Such a wonderful man who loved his family and friends so deeply. Karen you and your family are in our prayers. With sincere condolences and love, Lona & Cliff MacRae

Wayne Robinson - December 3, 2021

I love you Bob. We have been friends since 1985. I miss you already. May God please take care of you so we can see you again in Heaven. Wayne

Mike O'Hearn - December 3, 2021

I first met Bob in the Pickering Fastball League. It was clearly evident the respect both his teammates and opponents had for him. He played the game hard, but fairly. Gave no quarter and expected none. He was so easy to talk to and always made you feel like you were an old friend. I was both shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. The world lost a good one way too soon. My deepest condolences.

Mike Leonard - December 3, 2021

I had the great pleasure to call him a friend and teammate. From playing against him but mostly playing with him with the Old boys and our forever memories in Europe. Bobby. You are a true great man. Kind and always asking how You are. I will miss your smile and your always kind words. “No further questions” Up the beach. Your next shift awaits. Mike Leonard and family.

Joanne McLean - December 3, 2021

Love you all. He will be missed.

George and Laurie - December 3, 2021

Karen, sincere condolences to you and the family, Bob will be hugely missed

Murray Purnell - December 3, 2021

Dear Karen & family: We are so shocked at the passing of Bob. We will cherish all the great times spent with him in Europe and at the club. A true gentle. We have been looking through all the pictures that we have since hearing the news, and brings back so many good memories of such a great and caring man. Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Love Murray and Janice

Bob Bourne - December 3, 2021

Omg Karen. Haven’t slept since yesterday. All I can think about is his kindness to me and you. Know what I mean. I loved him so much. I will do my best to come. I love you.

Kathleen and Shena - December 3, 2021

Our lives were definitely better for knowing Bob. We had so many amazing adventures up at the cottage; all of these memories we do and will cherish. We are so sorry for your loss Karen, Ryan(Erin) and Stephanie(Devon), Mark. He absolutely adored his family … and his sweet beautiful grandchildren . He was a giant of a man with a heart of gold and a wicked fun filled personality. We loved him and we love all of you. We wish we could be with all of you right now to show you our support. Please know we’ll be holding you in our hearts during these difficult days and always. Kathleen & Shena (Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC) 💕

Susan & Mike White - December 3, 2021

Dear Karen, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this very sad time. I will remember Bob as a lovely, kind person.

Jeff Kinstler - December 3, 2021

I am probably not alone when I say Bob was one of my dearest and most beloved friends. He made life better if you were in his life and he made a fun party a better party. I was fortunate enough to spend time with Bob and his family on several occasions and I am thankful for those moments. My heart goes out to his family and I will forever miss my buddy. Jeff Kinstler

Steve and Sharon timmins - December 3, 2021

We are shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's passing. We always enjoyed our times with him and you and were looking forward to seeing you next year. Bob was such a fun loving guy who had the biggest heart and a great laugh. Loved our times at the pool. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies to you and the family. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Hugs.

Sandy and Ian Hale - December 3, 2021

We are sincerely saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was loved by many and will be missed. We send condolences to you, Karen, and to your family.

Cheryl Monaghan - December 3, 2021

Dear Karen, Ryan (Erin), Stephanie (Devon) Alexandria and Isla, Our deepest condolences to the whole family as you say “until we meet again”to your beloved Bob. What an incredible husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend he was and his smile would light up a room along with the ease of making everyone feel welcomed. Bob loved his family and friends and it’s evident in all of the photos and many wonderful memories he has left with us. He was a gentleman with a knack of making everyone feel welcomed. His love of hockey and times spent travelling in Europe will be memories that we will keep close to our hearts ♥️ Heaven has gained one “all pro” amazing man that will forever be missed but never ever to be forgotten!! With all our love, thoughts and prayers Until we meet again Bobby J Love Juice (Steve) and Sheryl

Ulla Robinson - December 3, 2021

Karen, Steph and Ryan my deepest condolences to you, he was a great man and I'm going to miss him Love Ulla

John & Elpida McArthur - December 3, 2021

Karen, Stephanie, Ryan and Mark we are devastated and heartbroken for the loss of Bob. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Bob was not only a mentor and boss, he was a friend. A TRUE friend. One Of A Kind is often over used, but in Bob's case it was a phrase made form him. Love to you all.

Steven Hargraves - December 3, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear this very sad news. Please know Karen you and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time. I will never forget his awesome smile. May he Rest In Peace.

Heather & Terry Wright - December 3, 2021

Dearest Karen and Family, Deepest condolences to all of you. We are so sad to hear this. Bob was such a lovely man, he was kind and extremely thoughtful, and an all-around super person. Love Heather & Terry Wright

Eunice Kirkpatrick - December 3, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to you Stephanie and your family. Thinking of you.

Laurie McKeen - December 3, 2021

Very sorry for your loss Stephanie. "The love of a daughter for her father is second to none."

Barbara Henshaw - December 3, 2021

Please accept my deepest sympathy to you all.

Brenda Rhora - December 3, 2021

Karen, our deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. ❤ Maureen and Brenda 🙏

Andrew Fenyes - December 3, 2021

I can't put into words how my heart is broken. Although I lost touch with you Karen I did run into you and Bob a couple of times over the decades. Bob had a major influence on my life, he had a way of making us all feel great and our weekend getaways to Ellicottville back in the 80's helped shape my life. I will never forget Bob, bigger than life, everyone wanted to have him around because he just made us feel good and he lived for his family. I send all my love to you and your family with a very heavy heart. My wish for you Karen is to find a peaceful happy life, you deserve it and Bob would want that for you.

Graham & Jinny - December 3, 2021

Karen, we are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. It is so very true that all who had the privilege of meeting him are better off for it. He will always be in our heart. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of sorrow. With Our Love, Graham and Jinny

Elaine Parrington - December 3, 2021

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry for this tremendous loss Karen. xo

Chris Rhora - December 3, 2021

He was and always will be our "Big Wheel". Larger than life, with a heart to match. Bob was a guys guy. He made everyone he touched feel like a million dollars, important, and special. Missing you beyond words...

Kim Donegan - December 3, 2021

Deepest condolences to Robs family! I knew Rob in high school ! A super great guy that I’m sure will be missed beyond words!