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Robert Bruce Buchanan, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Robert Bruce Buchanan
1935 - 2021

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Robert Bruce Buchanan

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.

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Messages in memory of Robert Bruce Buchanan

Ed Staniewicz
October 09, 2021
Thank you Robert. I was lucky to know you. R.I.P. I learned a lot from the time spent with you at meetings, our gas trips to Coteau du lac and the many movies you took me to. My condolences to the family.
Albert Edery
October 07, 2021
Deepest condolences to the family. Robert helped me a lot in early sobriety. Im very grateful to have known him.
Michael courteau
October 05, 2021
He was a good man when he spoke I listen. RiP ,sorry for lost to the family .he be miss
Stephen Huza
October 05, 2021
Deepest Sympathies to Robert's family. HALT no longer applies as he is in perpetual eternity but his message(s) still resonate with those who listen to them. Robert enjoy meeting up with Billy S, Patrick & Paul, John, Jacques, Joe and your other pals. I say rest in peace but I think you've already got a set of wheels and are scoping out the eternal deal. Thanks for being a DDO neighbor and for your advice. RIP.
darlene buchanan
October 05, 2021
Robert was one of a kind, I remember his joy of life and positive attitude. Seeing him rolling blading on Lachine canal, just popping up at our home in Pointe Claire. Visiting me and Sabrina in st Constant. And of course he was always giving me a helping hand in many moves from home to home. Robert Always showed up with a moving truck!! You will be missed..love you always xoxoxo
marilyn barrette
October 04, 2021
My uncle and godfather was always a ray of sunshine, so pleasant to be around and always kept up with the positive: When I was a child he would always make me feel important.....A great example of a man! I will love you always...xxx
Rick Fitzmaurice
October 04, 2021
Condolences to all… I’ll remember Robert as one of the sagest men I’ve met! His insight and demeanour will remain a part of me! Thank you Robert… Well done! RIP.
Gary Eaton
October 04, 2021
Please accept my deepest condolences. Bucky was a wonderfully friendly man who always had a super smile on his face and seemed to genuinely be happy to see you. He could make a person feel like they really mattered – a ray of sunshine that could change your day. You will be remembered, but never forgotten...
Adele Brownlee
October 03, 2021
Friends since 2002 and your obit says it all.. smooth talker….good dancer…. Genuine concern for others and knowledgeable on many subjects You will be missed….see you in Heaven xox Adele
Larry Iwasaki
October 03, 2021
To the Buchanan family please accept my sincere condolences. I got to meet Robert when i was going to high school with Ron. I remember my first impressions of Robert as a witty and fun loving individual. He will be greatly missed by everyone he touched in life. R.I.P. Larry and Andree
Ron Chartier
October 03, 2021
Whenever I could get to Montreal, it was an honour and my priviledge to pick him up and attend two meetings daily. When we got together, he clearly recalled our history and spoke of the program as though we were back in the 70s. I fully expected to expire in 1973, and the last thing I wanted to do was quit drinking. He not only changed my life immensely, he probably saved my life. I learned more from my Uncle Robert than any other source in the world.
Larry Salagan
October 03, 2021
I met Bucky back in the sixties, at meetings we both attended. I last met him a few years ago, at the Fairview Mall on one my visits in the Wes t Island. You do not forget people like Bucky, a guy always willing to help you in whatever way he could! We both lived our lives, one day at a time, and God willing, we will meet again, in that place of peace, and continue with our 24 hour program together!! God Bless you, old friend
Arlette Castonguay Cyr
October 03, 2021
Remembering Robert is always comforting. He was there for everyone with so much enthousiasme, his kindness was contagious ...his laugh unforgettable. Je vous prie d’accepter mes plus sincères condoléances à l’occasion de son décès. Ses sœurs, Joan et June, ainsi que tous les autres membres de sa famille. Robert était un homme de coeur et de parole. Salut « Bucky » Arlette Castonguayj
Gregory Hanna
October 02, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the Family. We met Bucky through his late brother Eric . We had short conversation and laughs with him. R.I. P Robert

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