Robert STEPHENSON

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STEPHENSON, Robert (LL.B)
Deeply loved, Robert passed away peacefully on February 12, 2012, just prior to assembling for Sunday night dinner. Beloved husband of Nancy, proud father of Lindsay, Jennifer and Peter, father-in-law to Aubrey (Silverberg) and adoring Grand-Pa-Pa to Oscar. Robert developed a lifelong love of learning while attending Trent University (1968-1971). He proceeded to read law at St. John's College, Oxford and finished his formal education receiving his LL.B from U ofT in 1976. Robert articled with McCarthy & McCarthy (now McCarthy Tetrault) in 1976 and became a partner in 1984 practicing mainly in the area of corporate and banking law. Robert was honoured in 2010 to receive a preeminent peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards from the Lexis-Nexis Martindale- Hubble International Law Directory for both Corporate Law and Banking Law. Robert served on the Board of Governors of Trent University from 1979 to 1994, the last three of which he was the Chair and as well Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities. He was honoured to receive the Trent University Alumni Award, the Trent University Eminent Service Award and to have the establishment in 1994 of the "Robert W.F. Stephenson Prize for Excellence in Student Governance". Robert's interests went far beyond the complexities of the law. He had a passion for photography, astronomy, physics, architecture, mathematics and all genres of music and art. He surrounded his family with the joys, miracles and complexities of all and more of these marvellous aspects of his life. Robert will be dearly remembered and missed greatly. Friends may call at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W. (2 stop lights west of Yonge St.) on Wednesday February 15th from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. TIMOTHY'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, 100 Old Orchard Grove (at Jedburgh Rd.) on Thursday, February 16th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Robert W.F. Stephenson Fund at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 7B8 would be appreciated.
He left a lasting thought for all:
Always remember, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio" (Shakespeare).

Published in National Post from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2012
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