Robert “Bob” Andrew Donovan of Mitchell, formerly of Peterborough, passed away with his beloved wife of 67 years at his side on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 in his 95th year.
Beloved husband of Barbara. Loving father of Shelley (Michael) Koester of Winnipeg, Tim (Susan) of Stratford, Lois (Barry) Toppings of Calgary, Christopher of Peterborough and father-in-law of Bob (Janet) Bates of Belleville. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jessica), Timothy (Moira), Sarah (Mike), Steven, Connor, Noah as well as five great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by many nieces, nephews and in-laws. Bob was predeceased by his daughter, Sharon Bates, siblings Marguerite (Elmer) Golem, Mary (Harvey) Golem, Ruth (Jim) Sinclair, Howard (Frances), John (Doris), Jerry (Betty), Walter (Gaye) and his parents, Archibald Alexander and Emma (Batterman) Donovan.
A devoted family man throughout his long life, Bob was eternally grateful for the many blessings of family, friends and community. Those fortunate enough to have known him are aware that he never took these for granted. He genuinely admired and celebrated the good in all whom he encountered, a winning formula for making others feel loved and appreciated.
Bob lived well and loved well. He believed that individuals have a responsibility to use their god given talents to make the world a better place. He channeled his efforts into a career in education, was an active volunteer, and wrote prodigious letters to the editor advocating on issues of social inequity. He sought to always think of the needs of others, often quoting Micah 6:8 – “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
In Bob’s final years, struggling against the advancing ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, he still demonstrated in brief moments of clarity his gratitude for all who gave meaning and purpose to his life, and none moreso than his wife Barbara whose loyalty to the end eased his journey incalculably.
The family extends deepest gratitude to the dedicated caring team at Ritz Lutheran Villa who worked so diligently to provide Bob with dignity and a welcoming, safe and comfortable home to the end of his days.
A private, family interment was held in Chesley Cemetery on Friday, November 5 2021. A private family memorial service honouring Bob’s life will be held at W.G. Young Funeral Home, Stratford on Friday, November 12th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to take part in Bob’s funeral service from the comfort of their homes, can do so by clicking on the view livestream in Bob’s obituary. Please provide proof of vaccination if you are attending the service .
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