MCLACHLAN, Robert Walter (Bob)
1928 - 2021
Robert Walter (Bob) McLachlan
Our Dad passed away peacefully on July 28, 2021 in the company of us five children. The beloved husband and best friend of Marg for 69 years, he was father of Jim (Lisa), Glenda, Michael (Ulrike), Leah (Bill) and Reid (Becky), brother to Dick (Joan), brother-in-law to Marnie Scott, grandpa to Kailey, Mark, Brittany, Cooper, Nikolaus, Brandon, Mikaela, Jonathan, Kristina, Korina, and Talia, and great-grandpa to Miles and Nate. Born and raised in Toronto, he began working at Bell Canada as a lineman, rose quickly into management, and devoted most of his 38 year career to the development of telecommunications in Canada. Ethical integrity was the hallmark of both his professional and personal life. Fostering and nurturing a close and loving family was his lifetime project, which he and Mom pursued with unwavering commitment and wisdom. His great passion was building the cottage, establishing it as the hub of family life, and creating an enduring legacy for us and our children. As a father and grandfather he was a tremendous reservoir of knowledge and experience, all of which he willingly shared but did not impose. We are inspired by the courage and energy that he mustered during his last years as he continued to develop and grow while enriching the lives of those around him with his warmth and humour. His passing embodied the independence, dignity and thoughtfulness that characterized his life. Sail off to rejoin your lovey Dad.
A private celebration of Dad’s life will be held in Ottawa on September 4.
We are very grateful to Sarah Anne, Madison, Jen and the other staff at the ICU of the Kingston General Hospital for their compassionate and thoughtful care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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