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Robert Gilbert MCKELLAR
1940 - 2020
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DR. ROBERT GILBERT McKELLAR November 9, 1940 - November 15, 2020 Robert (Rob/Bob) died on Sunday, November 15th, peacefully and courageously in the comforting presence of loved ones, a short time after his 80th birthday. He passed with dignity, great compassion, strong conviction and with both his sharp mind and dry sense of humour firmly intact. Robert, son of Mack and Elsie McKellar, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rob lived his childhood years in Halifax until the family relocated to Devon, England where Rob spent his formative, high school years. Following high school, Rob moved up to Scotland where he attended medical school at the University of Edinburgh. It was there that he met Anne McCurrach, who would become his wife. Like many at the time, Rob and Anne saw Canada as a great place to plant roots (or in Rob's case replant roots). They settled in Toronto. It was here that they raised their family and where Rob began his long and celebrated career in medicine. Rob leaves behind all of his beloved children and grandchildren: his son Justin, Justin's wife Jen (Barbour) and grandkids Henry and Juliet; daughter Ashley McKellar, her husband Andrew (Leitch) and grandkids Hamish, Fiona and Isobel; and son Hayden and grandson Finley; all of whom will miss him dearly. He will also be missed greatly by the McCurrach Clan in Scotland. Robert cherished his role as a family doctor for over 50 years, and continued to practice with enduring dedication and devotion until the end. Despite house calls having fallen long out of practice, Rob continued them throughout his career. The outpouring of appreciation sent his way year after year, at Christmas, and especially on his retirement, is testament to his legacy as a caring doctor and human being. He will be fondly remembered by his patients, some for whom he was the only doctor they ever knew and whose children and grandchildren would say the same. Rob will also be fondly remembered by his many colleagues, many of whom became dear friends. Rob was a true renaissance man; he loved sports, music, literature and the arts. His musical heart rested in the 1930s-1940s era of the Great American Songbook. After a long day at work, he brought classics like Hoagy Carmichael's Stardust to life on his baby grand. On family road trips, his wood paneled Buick station wagon would magically transform into a jazz club on wheels. We will always hold dear the memory of his fingers dancing along the dashboard as he sang in harmony with the likes of Billie Holiday, only to rudely interrupt himself with a reflexive sneezing fit induced by a ray of sunshine. He was a talented painter and actor in his youth. As an athlete Rob would recall with pride and tongue firmly in cheek that he was the all-star centre for his 1950s Devonshire Grammar School basketball team. He never stopped cheering for the Jays and the Bills. He loved to play catch with his sons and accompany Ashley to father-daughter dances. He always recalled, with special fondness, our family time and travels with Nan and James. Rob and Anne remained close after their marriage ended, focused on family and forever friends. Rob spent some of his final days and weeks at the family home, with tremendous care and love from Hayden, Ashley, Justin, Anne and Andrew. The family would like to thank those near and dear for their calls and visits, which Rob enjoyed without anyone being maudlin. The better bottles of scotch were uncorked. Special thanks to David Thompson and Vlado Mirkovic for their long and ongoing support of Rob and his independence. While the difficulty of coping with such a loss may be compounded by these difficult times, comfort may be taken by the knowledge that his battles with poor health, which had caused increasing pain and concern in recent months, have come to an end. The thought of him being reunited with loved ones who have gone before also helps to bring a smile to one's face. And we hope these words he sang to a visitor in recent days are true: We'll meet again Don't know where, don't know when But I know we'll meet again some sunny day In light of present circumstances, a celebration of Rob's life will be planned for a later time when those whose lives he touched and enriched can safely come together to raise a wee dram and remember him. His family look forward to that occasion and will be communicating those details once a date has been set. Until then, please honour Rob's memory by taking care of one another and by providing reassurance to those in need. If desired, donations can be made to Parkinson Canada or Doctors Without Borders. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com. Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel 416-487-4523

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 2020.
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November 24, 2020
So sadden to hear about Dr. McKellar.
He had been our family doctor for many many decades. Although my parents are now passed, they would have been heartbroken by this loss.
He was the man that delivered me and was there for care advice at the end of my father’s life.
Undeniably professional and caring.
He will be missed.
Stacey Bonner
November 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr McKellar He was my doctor so many decades ago and as a patient I always felt comfortable and well look after in his care. Good doctor and definitely a good man. May he Rest In Peace
Gregory Young
Friend
November 24, 2020
Dr. McKellar was our family doctor for decades. He was a great doctor and will be missed. Thinking of his family at this difficult time.
Ross and Bonnie Cooper
Friend
November 23, 2020
Dr McKellar was amazing. He delivered me (and I think half of my friends in The Beaches). He was an amazing guy who had many interests that he shared with our family. He was there for us through ALL our trials and tribulations. He had a wicked sense of humour, a huge love for jazz and was amazing to my Dad and Mom in their great time of need. I know it was his job but he was there for us and I will ALWAYS be thankful for that. I’m forever grateful to have known Dr McKellar not only as a patient but as a great man. Your family should know how much he did for so many. Thank you.
Christian Pritchard
Friend
November 23, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Sincerest condolences to Ann and his family.

Marian Young
Marian Young
Friend
November 23, 2020
I have fond memories of Anne and Bob during and after our time working at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre.
I extend my sincere condolences to Anne and family.
Connie Wright
Connie Wright
Friend
November 23, 2020
Our condolences to Anne and the family. Our thoughts are with you.
Vesta and Bill McClean
Vesta McClean
Friend
November 22, 2020
Rob, we will miss you very much, Love Chris, Teresa, Gregory and Emily.
Chris Leitch
Friend
November 22, 2020
Rob was my wife's GP and was there for us when our daughter Sarah was born prematurely many years ago...she's fine As a fellow MD, I recognized his exemplary qualities. He will be greatly missed.
David Hodgkiss
Coworker
November 22, 2020
I was privileged to work for Rob for twenty years.
It was not uncommon for him to have completed house calls before and after a long day in the office. His patients highly respected him.
He enjoyed the small children but didn’t like giving them their Immunization needles. I was delegated to do it.
My condolences to the McKellar clan.
Margaret Mackenzie Leatherdale
Margaret Leatherdale
Coworker
November 22, 2020
Dr. McKellar was an amazing person. A true friend, a confidant, a great listener and someone I will miss greatly. I’ll never forget all the times over my entire life he was there for me during great times and lowest times. I’m so sad to hear of his passing and send all my heartfelt condolences to his entire family. One of a kind he was! Bless him.
Marika Pick
Friend
November 21, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Dr. McKellar’s family. My husband & I were his patients for many years. He was the best doctor we ever had, a perfect gentleman. Even though we are very sad to read this, Dr. McKellar is now pain free...may he Rest In Eternal Peace
Deb & Brad Ireland
Friend
November 21, 2020
Dr. McKellar was the trusted and much appreciated doctor for my grandmother, my mother, myself and all four of my children. We benefitted greatly from his kindness and humour. House calls on Christmas Eve when my new baby was ill; forgiveness when my daughter kicked him squarely when he brought out a needle... they don’t make ‘em like that any more. Our sincere condolences go out to the family.
Nicole Noxon
Friend
November 21, 2020
My mother Doris and I were very saddened to hear of Dr McKellars passing. We only went to him a short while as our previous doctor passed away. When it was very difficult to find a good doctor he took our whole family (7 of us) on. He was a kind, thoughtful and thorough doctor who also did house calls which wasn’t the norm these days. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Sue Carson and Doris Willsher
Friend
November 21, 2020
My heart goes out to all of the McKellar family. I will always remember Dr. Mckellar during my high school and University years with Hayden in the prime of his life, with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.
Jason Latremoille
Friend
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