REA, Dr. Bob
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2013, surrounded by family. The youngest son of a gentle beekeeper and his devoted wife, he and his only brother Bill grew up in the forties and fifties along the Portage River in Western Ohio. As a child, he treasured the many opportunities and insights afforded him growing up in the company of an extended family which included a great aunt and uncle born the previous century.
After receiving his B.A. and M.A. in Ohio, he completed doctoral work at the University of Windsor. Bob was Associate Professor of Psychology at Clarke University in Iowa for a number of years before returning to Ontario to complete his Post-Doctoral work. He joined the Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls in 1973, and served as a Supervising Psychologist and Acting Chief Psychologist until 2008. Devoted to the best interests of his clients, he challenged both himself and others to constantly question the benefit to the residents of any given course of action. After retiring, he continued to work with behaviourally challenged and autistic clients, as consultant to Lanark Community Programs. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. As Vice-President of OACCPP, he developed policies and procedures which have been recognized by Board colleagues as his legacy to the association.
Those who knew him best cherished the pleasure of his company. His sensitivity, gentleness, and calm, assuring manner touched many. Often his dry, subtle wit was an antidote to a challenging situation. Bob was a treasured husband: His patience, love and gentleness wore well through over four decades of joys, challenges, and crises alike. A much-loved father and close friend to his only daughter, he supported and encouraged her through many obstacles and ambitions. Time with his granddaughter gave him a sense of great peace and fulfilment unimaginable in his last decade. He enjoyed fine music, great literature, his tractors and a "drinkable Chianti", as his favourite author would say. His absence will create an incredible void for family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 8th from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at 246 McCrea Rd., outside Merrickville. Services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Merrickville. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Family Relief Program or the Lanark Autism Parents Support Group, both located at Lanark Community Programs, 30 Bennett St., Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4J9.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 7, 2013