Robert Bruce Buchanan
1935 - 2021
On Tuesday, September 28th, 2021, in his 87th year, Robert passed away peacefully in hospital. Predeceased by his sons Robert and Gregory, he is lovingly remembered by his daughter Carolyn (Scott): grandchildren Eric (Stephanie) and Kayla (Jason); great grandsons Sawyer and Cameron. He will be dearly missed by his surviving sisters Doris, Frances, Joan and June and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Robert began his life journey at the family home in Sillery, Quebec. One of 13 children, (4 boys, 9 girls) Robert grew up under the watchful eyes of his loving doting sisters: Blanche, Jessie, Phyllis, Grace, Doris, Joyce, Frances, Joan, June, and older brothers Reggie, Desmond and Jim. A loving brother and an attentive uncle to his many nieces and nephews, he was always available to lend a hand or provide support and love to family when needed.
A quick study born with the gift of gab and the ability to sell ice to the Inuit, Robert knew early in life that he would make a living in sales. He flourished in the sales environment, first selling aluminum siding door to door, then, most notably with the Goodall Rubber Company, where he worked his way up to National sales manager and was recognized as one of the top salesmen in North America. Never one to pass up an opportunity, Robert was STILL looking for the next “big deal”, well into his final months.
Along the way he married Nancy with whom he had three children: Carolyn, Robbie and Gregory. Robert moved his young family to the West Island where he provided them a beautiful home to grow up in, creating memories of a wonderful childhood. He was a supportive father with many words of wisdom that have lasted a lifetime. A couple of favorites include:
“Here’s to it and to it again,
When you get to it, you better do it,
You may never get to it to do it again!”
He wisely counselled: Never do anything in the presence of H.A.L.T. (hunger, anger, loneliness or tiredness) ….very sage advice that will live on!
Overcoming challenges in his own life, Robert became a community leader and active sponsor, for over 45 years, with Alcoholics Anonymous. Dedicated and committed, Robert could often be found at meetings counselling and listening to those in need, well into his late 70’s. Robert will be remembered by countless people he guided along their own journeys.
Robert valued education and was a lifelong learner, who insistently asked questions and sought out knowledge. Studying human behaviour and people was one of his favourite pastimes! He enjoyed socializing, dancing, dining out (Dairy Queen was a favourite spot) and cycling. He could be heard singing a Johnny Cash or Frank Sinatra tune on any given day. Robert was a man of many interesting facets: He dreamed of producing a “how to video” on the hair weave he sported for many years. It was going to be a big deal!! He meditated before it was in vogue. Exercised anywhere, anytime, like no one was watching! You have to stay flexible he always preached.
When his health took a turn in his early 80’s, Robert managed to face these new challenges with a positive attitude and laughter. During visits and phone calls, he always referred to his new home at Villa Ste. Anne as “first class”! Our family would like to thank Mme. Savoie, the staff and wonderful caregivers at Villa Ste. Anne for the support and excellent care they provided Robert during his years living there. Special thank you to niece Gloria, Uncle Robert’s guardian angel who provided happy company and support right until the end. He also enjoyed visits and ice cream treats with Marilyn. Thank you to those who spent time with him.
We cherish the memory of Dad’s last Ottawa family visit with us where seeing his grandchildren and meeting his great-grandson brought him much joy.
Always kind, Robert was well liked by everyone and was considered a gentleman until the very end. His faith in God will be of comfort on his journey home. Rest in peace Dad…we love you.
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can and
Wisdom to know the difference.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Alzheimer society of Canada, in his honour would be greatly appreciated by the family.