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TURNBULL, Bob 1939 - 2017 Bob passed away at the age of 78 at the West Island Palliative Care Residence on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Bob left this earthly existence as he lived it, with grace and dignity and gentle good humour. He leaves behind his loving life's companion and soulmate, Linda Henderson; his beloved sister Wendy (Wayne); his nephews Chris and Craig; his sisters-in-law Myrna (Richard) and Larraine (Rand) and his nieces and nephew, Michelle, Michael, Melisse and Erica and their families. He touched the lives of countless students and colleagues as a longtime lecturer in Psychology and Photography at Concordia University. The family is grateful to the Lakeshore Oncology Department and for the loving care at West Island Palliative Care Residence, Pavillon Stillview. The many acts of kindness and support of neighbours and friends are lovingly and gratefully acknowledged. According to his wishes, there is no funeral. A mid-January celebration of life is planned. Please honour his memory with an act of kindness or a memorial donation to West Island Palliative Care Residence ( or to an animal refuge of your choosing. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979, "We are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth or status or power or fame, but rather how well we have loved and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better." Barack Obama

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Published in Montreal Gazette on Dec. 9, 2017.
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May 9, 2018
Bob has always been a man of love and kindness. Our childrens' lives were enriched by having an uncle Bob.
April 19, 2018
Words cannot describe how sad you now remain Linda with the loss of the man who loved you so dearly.

Robert was one of most cherish members when I was President of the Concordia University Part-time Faculty Association.

Robert extended his compassion for others in all he did. His friendship had meaning. He came to my rescue too many times to count whether it meant educating me about methodology, responding to argumentation needed during contract negotiations or in implementing a collective agreement when he was the PT representative in the Department of Psychology. Robert was always available to help the Association put many of our challenges in perspective.

There are people you meet in life that can never leave you. They cross your path and fulfil the purpose of what humanity is all about. Robert will remain in the china blue of our minds and in the velvet red of our hearts. You are loved by all, Robert.
Maria Peluso
April 12, 2018
You will be sorely missed Bob, an inspiring colleague and human being!!!
Dieter Halbwidl
April 11, 2018
Better late than never I knew Bob Turnbull, Prof. Turnbull from Loyola CEGEP in the early 79s.
He taught me Psych and his classes were wonderful.
He was also kind enough to allow me and a friend take his dogs up north one day to my family cottage for a dip in the lake.
A fantastic day, notwithstanding that one dog took my glasses from the boat while we were swimming. Being very near sighted this was a scary moment, as I was the driver, but they were found and the story became a funny one.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Linda Hammerschmid (Montréal)
Linda Hammerschmid
February 13, 2018
Linda, my deepest sympathies to you. I only learned of Bob's passing away today; I have many very fond memories of him, of the two of you, and of our friendship in the early seventies. Fishing, dog-loving, and fine conversation: all treasured memories. The world has lost a truly gentle man.
Neil Besner
December 12, 2017
Linda, I am saddened by this, even though it has been many years. I have a vivid memory of Bob and a very big dog (was it Boggles? ) lovingly staring into each other's eyes, both in the standing position., in your kitchen.
Kirk Stevens
December 12, 2017
Twenty years ago we had the good fortune of becoming Bob and Linda's neighbours. Water's edge was a small street but on it lived Bob, a giant figure of a man and one of the gentlest, kindest person we have ever known. He always had a great disposition, never had we seen him get mad or lose his temper with anyone or anything. We will cherish his memory dearly and every day we shall strive to be a little bit more like Him. Our sincere condolences to his family and Linda, you know you can count on us for support.
Rocio & Rui Dorantes-Ferreira
December 12, 2017
Bob was a wonderful neighbour, always happy to lend a hand and a fixture in our neighbourhood with the dogs whom he loved so much. We will miss his smiling face. Rest in peace Bob.
Soraya Hakimi & Natalie Britton
Soraya Hakimi
December 12, 2017
When I decided to take a new career path in my life, I made a fateful road trip to Montreal to research psychology programs in the city. I clearly remember being introduced to Bob in his Loyola campus office, how he put me at ease, and that he gave me the confidence to give my dream a shot. The following Fall and Winter semesters, I was his student talking his Intro to Psychology evening class on the 8th floor of the Hall building. During the next year and a half, he gave me the opportunity to be his Strategic Learning Leader for the same course, tutoring students every week on the key concepts of scientific psychology. Finally, as a graduate student, I was his teaching assistant for a first-year undergraduate research methods course.

Throughout this memorable journey, Bob gave me his unfailing support, shared his wisdom, and had my back at all times. He was my teacher, mentor, and friend. Bob, you gave me so much more than I gave you, and I will always be grateful for what you taught and showed me by your example. So, as I look up to the skies for you, amongst the shining stars above us, I say to you in Japanese otsukaresama deshita, meaning thank you for all your hard work and for a job well done. It was a privilege to know and work with you.
Don Watanabe
December 11, 2017
There's that twinkle in his eyes and friendly smile. Rest well dear Bob. Know that you are missed. In loving memory of a wonderful friend and neighbour. Be at peace.
Lily & Tom Chin-Coughlan
December 11, 2017
Linda, I am sorry for your loss. Bob was a kind, gentle, soul and will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.
December 10, 2017
Sometimes we remember people because they bring back happy memories of time spent together, as those who witnessed Bob's part in the golden age of Concordia's psychology department remember him. Then there are people who we have known primarily by reputation, or through their significant impact on others, as I have known Bob best, socially through his partner Linda.
All of us, whether we knew Bob as a working peer, or simply as the epitome of an old-school gentleman, will always associate him with kindness, wisdom, grace, tact, and good cheer. He will be missed; the world needs more people like him. He leaves a virtuous legacy.
Dorothea Bye
December 10, 2017
Bob with Hunter
Bob was a great friend. We have so many fond memories....of camping, of dogs, of picnics, of excursions downtown, of theatre outings, of laughing together, and of dinners out. Linda, you and Bob were there to help and to give a hand on so many occasions. Bob was always calm, positive and upbeat, a man of deep insight and understanding. We were so blessed to have him in our lives and will deeply, deeply miss him, more than words can ever express! We will carry him in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace dear friend.
Sandy and Janet
December 10, 2017
My condolences to Linda and family: Bob remains a tower of strength and character too cherish and behold! Dieter Halbwidl
December 10, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. My memory of Bob is of a kind, gentle soul. May memories of his goodness be a comfort to you. Love, Jakky xx
Jakky Foster
December 9, 2017
Our sincere condolences. We feel honoured to have known such a kind, intelligent and gentle man. We will miss you Bob.
Dawn, Mark, Luke and Adele Currin.
Dawn Currin
December 9, 2017
My husband and I were colleagues of Bob at both Concordia and Marianopolis. When I was in graduate school and first started teaching, Bob was the first person I went to for advice. He was THE expert in how to teach, and especially in how to teach Intro Psych where this is the first opportunity to encourage students to learn about Psychology. Bob was the best Intro to Psych teacher ever!! He was a super nice person and a great mentor. He had a great sense of humor and best of all...he was a cat lover. Our deepest condolences to Bob's wife Linda. May you find comfort in knowing that Bob touched the lives of thousands of students and colleagues, and he lived a life well spent. Leslie Cohen and Sam Clement
Leslie Cohen
December 9, 2017
Linda, we will always have fond memories of our Ottawa gatherings with your dad, Frances, and our mother, Lu. Your kindness to Mom is greatly appreciated and Bob was very generous with his love for both parents.
Janice and John Vansickle/Martens
December 9, 2017
Bob featured in the Montreal Gazette Dec. 1, 2014
Dear Linda,
Bob's memory will always be for a blessing. He will live in our hearts, and those of our family, who got to know him, notably, our granddaughter,16 year-old Ella, who he charmed completely. We will share stories and good memories of the Gentle Giant.
Dorothy Waxman
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