• "Sincères condoléances à l`épouse et la famille de Robert...."
    - roger Boulet
  • "Dona, My heartfelt sympathies. It was truly my honour to..."
  • "I will miss our early morning conversations at the OAC. My..."
    - Nick Maiorino
  • "Dona, may joyful memories of your shared years be of..."
  • "My sincere condolences to the Gagnon Family I knew Father..."
    - MCpl Larry A. Mercer C.D.(Retired)

GAGNON, Robert (Bob)
Robert (Bob) Gagnon, Lieutenant Colonel, (ret'd) passed away at the age of 81 after a short illness, on June 28, 2014 at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Born in Alma Quebec, the youngest son of Lumina and Joseph, he has been predeceased by his parents and nine siblings. Bob will be forever missed by his deeply-loved wife and soulmate of 16 years, Dona Bowers (SWCHC) and mourned by his long-standing close friend, Mary Alice Henry a.k.a. Ang. Uncle Bob will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews, especially Ed and Angela, Francine and Rejean. He is survived by his brothers-in- law Roy (Helen) and Dan (Frank). Bob was ordained a 'White Father of Africa' in 1956 and served as a missionary in Malawi for 8 years. He then served as an RC Chaplin in the Canadian Forces on numerous bases until his retirement in 1992. A gregarious storyteller and passionate about life, his favourite expression was "life is good!" Bob was a consummate people watcher and loved engaging in effusive conversation. On his front porch he cheerfully exchanged stories with other dog owners, while his beloved Sandy lovingly sat at his feet. An avid tennis player at the OAC, Bob enjoyed long standing friendships with a group who shared his passion. He was certainly a vocal and keen sports enthusiast, especially as a devoted Habs fan. As an active parishioner at St. Joseph's Church, Bob volunteered for many years at the Supper Table where he entertained all with his stories. While forever frugal, Bob had a truly generous heart and touched all those around him. His family is grateful for the superb care provided at the Heart Institute. Family and friends may pay respects at the
Kelly Funeral Home-
Somerset Street West
585 Somerset Street West,
Ottawa, ON K1R 5K1 613-235-6712
on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday July 3rd in St. Joseph's Church at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph's Supper Table or the Heart Institute would be appreciated.

Published in The Ottawa Citizen from June 30 to July 2, 2014
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