Turnbull, Bob
December 2, 2017

Bob passed away at the age of 78 at the West Island Palliative Care Residence on Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Bob left this earthly existence as he lived it, with grace and dignity and gentle good humour.  He leaves behind his loving life’s companion and soulmate, Linda Henderson; his beloved sister Wendy (Wayne); his nephews Chris and Craig; his sisters-in-law Myrna (Richard) and Larraine (Rand) and his nieces and nephew, Michelle, Michael, Melisse and Erica and their families.  He touched the lives of countless students and colleagues as a longtime lecturer in Psychology and Photography at Concordia University. The family is grateful to the Lakeshore Oncology Dept. and for the loving care at West Island Palliative Care Residence, Pavillon Stillview.  The many acts of kindness and support of neighbours and friends are lovingly and gratefully acknowledged.  According to his wishes, there is no funeral.  A celebration of life will be planned.  Please honour his memory with an act of kindness or a memorial donation to West Island Palliative Care Residence (www.PallitiveCareResidence.com) or to an animal refuge of your choosing. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979/voluntas.ca)

“We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”  Barack Obama

7 responses

  1. Susan Read

    December 8, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to a remarkable man, so strong and gallant. His lessons of life and love are his legacy. He will be missed, and he will be remembered.

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  2. John/Lorraine

    December 9, 2017 at 8:14 am

    We are saddened to read of Bob’s passing … may he and his loved ones left to mourn find peace.
    Lorraine and John

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  3. Kay Turner

    December 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I never met Bob, Linda, but remember you oh so well as a colleague from Rosemount High School.
    I know that Bob meant the world to you, and that you were a truly devoted couple. Fortunately, you spent many, many years together, and nobody can take those memories away. He was obviously a truly remarkable man, and there will never be a day goes by that you don’t remember something he said or did. This will bring you much comfort.

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  4. Dorothea Bye

    December 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Sometimes we remember people because they bring back happy memories of time spent together, as those who witnessed Bob’s part in the golden age of Concordia’s psychology department remember him. Then there are people who we have known primarily by reputation, or through their significant impact on others, as I have known Bob best, socially through his partner Linda.
    All of us, whether we knew Bob as a working peer, or simply as the epitome of an old-school gentleman, will always associate him with kindness, wisdom, grace, tact, and good cheer. He will be missed; the world needs more people like him. He leaves a virtuous legacy.

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  5. Nicolina Ratto

    December 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    It breaks my heart to hear of his passing away. We (former psychology students of Concordia), used to call him Santa among ourselves. Not because of his white beard but because he had a heart of gold and the laughter that made us smile. Smart, kind and caring, he was a wise and beautiful human-being. I want to extend my most sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed…

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  6. Maureen Webster

    December 12, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Bob, Linda. While I was never fortunate enough to know him personally, I always knew from the loving way you spoke of him over the years how much his calm, strong and enduring presence meant to you. Please know that my thoughts are with you as you find the strength to move forward, as I know you will. Beyond the difficult days ahead, you will surely take solace in the good fortune you had in finding a true soul mate to share your life with, and in the wonderful memories you created together.

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  7. Joy&Louis Arsenault

    December 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Dear Linda. Our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. If only more people had Bob’s kind and gentle ways, the world would be a better place. He was truly a gentleman and a scholar. He will be dearly missed.
    Thinking of you, Joy and Louis.

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