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GAYNER, Robert "Bob" Harold Peacefully, at the Ottawa General Cancer Centre on Monday morning, June 8th, 2009, at the age of 79. A man loved by many people, he will be sadly missed by all of us: his children Bill, Michael and Mary, their partners Harry, Ganaele and Chris, his grand daughter Emma, his new love Chloe, his extended family and many good friends. He was the loving and devoted husband of the late Helen Gayner. Bob was a true Canadian, with a long distinguished career as a Canadian diplomat who served as Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Canadian Consul General in Chicago. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he was Executive Director for the Business Fund for Canadian Studies in the United States and then Executive Director for the Trade Facilitation Office Canada. Bob also found time for extensive volunteer work, including serving as Chair of Catholic Family Services Ottawa as well as in regional and national leadership roles with the Federal Superannuates Association. He was known for his enthusiasm and hearty laugh, and he loved people, travel, and life. Friends may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON, from 4-7 p.m., on Thursday, June 11th, 2009. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, 375 Sussex Drive at St. Patrick, Ottawa at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 12th, 2009. Bob's family is very grateful for the many acts of kindness, prayers and wishes of his friends. Contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation, designated to the 5th floor General Campus Cancer Centre.

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June 19, 2009
Dear Bill, Michael and Mary,
We were so very sorry to hear the news. As you know some of my happiest times were spent at 1, Elmdale Lane, where your Dad permitted me to bring Ward (age 6 months) to the office while we worked on the Business Fund for Canadian Studies in the US. Helen and Bob always welcomed us and so many people over the years. Your home was always a special place, and we were so fortunate to know this. Scott and Ward pass on their condences also, and we send you all our love. Liz Heatherington, Canadian Embassy, Riga, Latvia
June 16, 2009
Chloe and Sylvia were planning Bob’s Birthday this year and they asked me if I would come to play a surprise concert as a special gift. I will always remember that afternoon. It was a great privilege for me to share my music, stories and love for the cello with Bob and his close friends. Bob was also a fellow Board member of The Leading Note Foundation and was so enthusiastic about our Orkidstra and KidSinger children. He was committed to helping our Foundation and all the children that could benefit from the magic of music making. I will miss him and our Board will miss him.
My sincere condolences to Chloe and the Gayner family.
Margaret Tobolowska
June 11, 2009
On behalf of the staff, board and clients of Catholic Family Service, I extend our condolences. Bob was respected and loved by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him. In his role as Board President he steered us through some challenging times, and helped us develop our Mission Statement and Statement of Principles. He later volunteered with our Friends Group, and was much loved by the members of this group. Personally, I appreciated the support he gave me over the years as I settled into my role as Executive Director. I especially appreciated a letter he wrote to me early in my tenure as Executive Director. He told me that I had made a difference. That letter has sustained me over many years, and whenever I ask myself why I do this job, I think about Bob's letter. A small selfless act that had a lasting effect, and a reflection of the man that he was. Bob made a lasting difference to CFSO and to the lives of the many people he touched.

Franca DiDiomete
Executive Director
Catholic Family Service Ottawa
Franca DiDiomete
June 11, 2009
I was travelling to Italy with the cathedral choir and had dinner with Bob. He was very respectful of others, a true gentleman.
June 10, 2009
Our deepest sympathies to the Gayner family. We treasure the memories of the many fine meals we had with Bob and all of you. John Bihop and Wayne Lepine
John Bishop
June 10, 2009
To all family members
I am a staff member of Catholic Family Service who had knowed a little bit of Mr Gayner. I did appreciate his sensitivity, the joy he brought around and the support he gave us through his many committment with our agency. I perceived him as man who act courageously with his values and beliefs and took position to improve what was needed. May each of you be blessed in this time. His soul and heart through his being and actions pave a road of gentleness and compassion around him. May his heart and soul rest in peace and in light.
Suzanne Cloutier
June 10, 2009
Dear Gayner Family, Edwina and Rick Kohler join the many who have loved and respected Bob for his continuing good humour, love of life, accomplishment and enormous pride derived from his family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Richard Kohler
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