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Robert S. DALKIN


1923 - 2020
Robert S. DALKIN Obituary
ROBERT S. DALKIN P. Eng July 7, 1923 - June 27, 2020 It is with profound sadness that the family of Robert Dalkin announces his death, due to complications following a fall. Fiercely independent and proudly in his 97th year, Bob lived in his own house until a very few days before his death. Born in Montreal, the only child of George and Hilda Dalkin. Predeceased by beloved wife, Elaine Dalkin (d. 1980), left to mourn his loss are his daughter, Susan Hunter (Robin Hunter) and son, Robert Dalkin (Sanda Morrison). Tremendously proud grandfather to grandsons, James and John Hunter and granddaughter, Rowan Dalkin. Dad was ahead of his time with his lifelong commitment to daily jogging, which gave way to walking in his late eighties, and early morning meditation. He was dedicated to his family first and foremost, to before dinner scotch and sodas, to the daily newspapers, to generosity in every sense towards others and to chocolate chip cookies. After a brief period in the army during WWII, Bob completed his engineering degree, graduating from McGill. A move to Toronto followed the early days of his career in New York City. He often commented that the only reason Toronto had become civilized was that sufficient "Montrealers" had moved there. Soon after assuming residency in Toronto he became Co-Founder and President of United Pumps of Canada, a company that was tremendously successful for many decades. Bob was a man of great character and many of his colleagues, and certainly his business partner, became lifelong friends. In 1959, Bob married Elaine and they truly enjoyed each other, always sharing together the good things in life, both large and small. Their loving union was absolute. Ever supportive and always interested, Bob had a relentless curiosity and vast knowledge. He was wise and he was kind. Always a gentleman in every sense. He was not without a mischievous spirit however and there was very often a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his lips. After a life well lived, that spanned an era from the "ice man" delivering by horse and wagon, to the internet, our father is now at rest. He embraced it all with enthusiasm, resilience, intelligence and dignity. He will forever be with those who loved him so dearly. A private service will be held. If desired, donations in Robert's memory may be made to support the research of Dr. Trevor J. Chin Fook, Ophthalmology, St. Michael's Hospital, http://smh.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1532&pg=entry. Condolences may be forwarded through Morley Bedford Funeral Services.
Published in The Globe and Mail from June 30 to July 8, 2020
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