Remembering Bob Stone

August 10, 2006

Bob’s funeral and tributes

Filed under: Bob — rememberingbob @ 11:14 pm

Although it was difficult dealing with Bob’s death so soon after he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his wife Edie and children Dave, Becky and Barb quickly took charge of making arrangements for a visitation at Cavill Funeral Home in Gravenhurst on Friday, July 21 of 2006 and then a funeral service at St. James Anglican Church on the following day. Both were attended by hundreds of Bob’s friends and extended family members from across Canada and the United States.

Dave’s wife Jennifer and daughter Barb spent hours putting together photo displays of Bob (see below for a photo slideshow) that stood by the urn in the funeral home, and Mathew and Dave put together a program for the funeral service that included the words to the hymns that were sung and a profile/biography of Bob that Mathew wrote based on conversations with Edie, Bob’s brother Jack, the grandchildren and others (a PDF file of the program can be found here). The profile/biography can be found on the About page of this website, and more memories from Edie are collected in a post further down on this page.

(For more about the funeral click the word “more” below)

After Edie’s niece Anne Moulding played the flute, Edie’s brother Sam Lee gave the eulogy for Bob, and spoke movingly about Bob’s friendship, his love of fun and (to much laughter) his inadequacies as a farmer. Barb’s husband Steve read a Bible passage that he thought Bob would like, from **, then Steve and Barb’s son Christopher read a passage from **, then Dave and Jennifer’s oldest son Michael read a passage from Ruth, followed by a passage read by Mathew and Becky’s daughter Caitlin. Then Dave’s twins Jonathan and Laurel came up with Mathew and Becky’s youngest daughter Zoe and middle daugher Meaghan, and the grandchildren read a poem they wrote for their “Poppa.”

Following the poem, Bob’s brother Jack spoke about his big brother, his hero growing up, who saved him from playground bullies and taught him how to drive and allowed him to come on hikes through the Niagara Glen with Bob and his girlfriends, and how Bob was his inspiration to become a teacher. Then son Dave read a letter written by Bob and Edie’s longtime friend Canon Ron Davidson, after which Dave spoke with great emotion about how his father was a patient and wonderful friend and mentor. Following Dave, Mathew spoke about how he thought Bob was one of the most successful men he knew — not necessarily in monetary terms, but because of his friendship and love, and his qualities as a father, husband and friend.

After the service, many people gathered at the community centre in Pine Ridge, the housing development Bob and Edie planned to move into after selling the cottage, where the church women’s group and friends Doug and Mary Lou Roberts put on a reception, and everyone stood around and shared their stories and memories of Bob.

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