After a long life of duty & devotion to family, characterized by charm and wit delivered with a disarming smile and a twinkle in his eye, Bob reluctantly took his final leave of loving son Richard and daughter-in-law Jeannette (nee) Groulx; their four children Shannon (James Johnston), Cassandra (Mike), Ashley (Mike Dick) and Brendan (Julie): daughter-in-law Nancy (nee) Canapini and her daughter Hailey (Billy); his niece Nancy (nee) Welsh (Reese Muise), and great-grandchildren Henry & Emily Johnston and Louis Dick. He had been pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 50 years, Thelma Margaret (nee) Baxter, and his sons Russell Baxter and Robert Edward.
The only son of Gordon Neve Emmett and Marjorie Grace Beesley, Bob’s modest conservative style was shaped by a Depression childhood and WW2 rationing during his teenaged high school years, where he played Etobicoke Junior B hockey goalie in winter and baseball outfield in summer. Retiring after a 47 year career at Canadian Pacific Express & Smith Transport, his careful, private finances & bookkeeping were both vocation and hobby. Throughout many decades, he enjoyed the company of the Runnymede United Church ‘Dirty Dozen’ for travels and adventures.
His memorial lives in the loving thoughts and deeds of those who knew him best.
Private family interment service at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens in Oakville. Due to COVID, a Celebration of Life will be scheduled sometime in the future.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Alzheimer Society are appreciated.