Robert John McKennitt, age 75, of Stratford, passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on July 13, 2021. Born in Welland County, son of the late Albert and Gertrude McKennitt.
Loving father of Jen (Aaron ”Marshy”) and Jess (Scott ”Wilbz”). Brother of William (Raelene – deceased). Godfather of Mike Klassen (Hannah & Atlas).
Robbie will be remembered by all as a fun loving, mischievous soul, with an infectious laugh, full of wit, wisdom and wildness. He had an exuberant approach on life. His last couple of years were difficult as his health failed. He is resting peacefully and will be deeply missed by many.
Robert was always sharply dressed, and the life of the party. A voracious reader, passionate of music and theatre, and loved the crossword. Everywhere he went he would inevitably run into someone he knew, from the Toronto music scene to the streets of Manhattan, someone was always shouting across the street “Hey Mouse”.
His career started in retail in Toronto and Stratford, many will remember his record store “Tracks” on Wellington Street. Robert joined the Stratford Festival as an actor, and then moved into the Production Department as a Technical Buyer. He procured everything for the three theaters in Stratford, as well as the Scene Construction Shop. His contribution to the day-to-day operation was invaluable, and he was always good to bum a smoke from. He was a member of IATSE local 357 since 1988.
Big Love Beams Dad ~ We will miss you.
“I see my light come shinin’, from the west down to the east, any day now, any day now, I shall be released” ~The Band
Without the support of the Perth County Alzheimer Society and Home and Community Care Support Services, South West LHIN, we would have been so disconnected from our dad during the pandemic. We want to recognize and give thanks to his care team, Amie Rae-Stachyra, Shannon Luke, Leanne Bond, and our guardian angel in the end, Tammy Hanson. Thank you for everything. Please donate to this charity below in the name of our dad.
Private family arrangements entrusted to the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Perth County Alzheimer Society by this link https://alzheimer.ca/perth/en/take-action/donate or through the funeral home. 519.271.7411
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