ROBERT JOHN LOGIE GARDNER
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ROBERT JOHN LOGIE GARDNER June 8, 1948 - August 28, 2014 Toronto's social justice community is mourning the loss of a comrade, colleague and friend Bob Gardner. Bob passed away peacefully at age 66 at Toronto General Hospital with his spouse and partner in life Linda by his side. Predeceased by his parents General James and Joyce Gardner. Survived by spouse and partner in life Linda Gardner (née Lee), sisters Deborah and Dianne (John Firmino) Gardner, sister and brother-in-law Wendy and Larry Richardson, nephews Michael (Liz) and Stephen Richardson and niece Gillian Richardson Siegwart (Don) and great-nieces and nephews. Bob worked as Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute for many years. He researched, wrote and spoke widely on health equity policy. He worked with governments, LHINs, service providers and community partners across the GTA, Ontario, Canada and internationally to develop effective strategy and action plans. He served on many health policy advisory forums (Ontario Health Quality Council) working groups and boards. Bob has a PhD in sociology and worked as an academic (University of Toronto, McMaster University, University of Guelph), public sector executive (Director, Legislative Research Service, Ontario Legislative Library) and consultant. He was Senior Advisor, Parliamentary Research and Information Services, Parliamentary Centre where he worked around the world establishing parliamentary research units. He was a longtime community activist on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and other issues. A passionate soccer fan and avid pickup soccer player, Bob was a member of the YMCA, a voracious reader of mystery, crime and spy fiction, as well as journals, books and literature on political, economic and social issues. Music was a source of relaxation and enjoyment. Bob was known for his dry wit, sense of humour, generous support and encouragement of others and friendly, kind and caring nature. Orange was his favourite colour. Many thanks to Dr. Vishal Kukreti (Princess Margaret Hospital) for his expertise and compassion as he guided Bob as safely as possible through the long journey of lymphoma treatment. Thanks also to the many healthcare providers at the University Health Network for their kind, excellent, responsive help and care. Cherished by his spouse of 43 years, loved and honoured by his sisters and parents, treasured and profoundly missed by his family. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life is being planned for early fall. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to AIDS Action Now (c/o 102 Salem Ave., Toronto, ON M6H 3C1) or to the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics (427 Bloor St. West, Box 3, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7). Condolences can be sent to funeral home www.rosar-morrison.com


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Published in Toronto Star on Sep. 2, 2014.
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October 30, 2014
I have always admired Bob because he is one of the truly good people on this earth. He possessed all the attributes of a good person, and used those attributes to better the world. He was loved by many, he will be missed by many.
Pieter Huisman
October 15, 2014
Deepest sympathies to Bob's family. I knew Bob through my work at the Income Security Advocacy Centre. We have had some important partnerships with Wellesley that Bob was integral to, and I very much appreciated his commitment, flexibility, and sense of humour. It was a big shock to hear that he had passed away.
Jennefer Laidley
September 21, 2014
My deepest sympathies Linda,
I met Bob and you at demonstrations and when protecting the Morgentaler clinic with the Pro Choice movement and few years later we met again at CATIE. What a non coincidence...
I always valued his advices, his insight and his indefectible commitment. Even during exhausting long meetings he would keep his sense of humour.
It is an incredible loss for you obviously but also for the community of activists.
Both of you are still present in my memories and my heart .
Laurette Lévy
September 10, 2014
Dear Linda and friends and family:

I was sad to hear about Bob's death. He was a wonderful man and a great activist. From writing amazing research papers to helping to marshal demonstrations, we could always count on Bob.
He will be missed for he contributed greatly to making his world a better place. We are better people for having known and worked alongside him.

Please accept my condolences for this terrible loss and I hope you will find solace and comfort in the messages and support you receive from friends and family.

We will miss Bob but we will continue his fight for justice and peace.

tony
tony souza
September 9, 2014
I met Bob last year when he came to our PD Day at our health unit, and spoke to the staff about health equity. I really enjoyed working with him. He will be truly missed. My deepest condolences.
T Maxwell
September 9, 2014
My dear Linda, my deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. As I read through these condolences I realize what a big life he had and how many people, organizations and vital initiatives he touched and shaped. My memories of him come most from my six years in OCAC and the instrumental part he played in achieving reproductive rights for women. He had a keen strategic mind and as many have mentioned, a dry and understated humour that I had never encountered before and that left me trying to draw breath in between the gales of laughter. Bob was a thinker and initiator. But life in the intervening years has also taught me to remark on one other quality of his and that is his courage. His views were deeply held and he always acted on them and stayed true to them. It is a rare quality. I will certainly attend the memorial service for Bob and, for now, extend my condolences to you, his family and close friends and colleagues. It is a big loss.
Lynn Simmons
September 8, 2014
I met Mr.Gardner at a conference and later at the Wellesley Institute. I've looked upto to him as a leader and a champion for social and health policy. His passion for the cause is infectious! RIP Mr.Gardner
Sunitha RK
September 8, 2014
Dr Bob was my colleague and supervisor at LRS. I valued working with him. He often enlivened meetings with his dry sense of humour. My condolences to Linda and family.
Lorraine Luski
September 7, 2014
Shine on u crazy diamond
Clare Meridew
September 6, 2014

Linda, you and Bob are a constant in my memories of IWDs, OCAC - so many rallies! I was lucky to re-connect with him at the Wellesley over health equity issues. He was smart and passionate and funny - combined in his own particular understated, supportive manner. I feel grateful that he was such a vital part of my community. My deep condolences to you and others in his family.
Alice de Wolff
September 5, 2014
Dear Linda,
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's untimely death.
I have wonderful memories of meetings of the Steering Committee of AIDS Action Now!, working on briefs and going to demonstrations with Bob and you. I learned so much from Bob and you about social justice and it's relevance to AIDS. I couldn't have done the activism I did without both of your contributions and support. As others have mentioned I will remember his humour, insight, intelligence and generosity of spirit.
I'm very sorry for your loss.
Maggie Atkinson
September 5, 2014
Thinking of you, Linda. Sylvie Lemay, former CATIE staff (1992-1995)
Sylvie Lemay
September 4, 2014
Bob was a great guy. I enjoyed his presence at meetings and rallies. My deepest condolences.

Rosemary Warren
September 4, 2014
My thoughts are with you, Linda at this time of loss. I remember Bob from my days at the Morgentaler Clinic and OCAC meetings. A life well lived in the service of social justice. Take good care of yourself and may you be surrounded with love always.
Susan Blayney
September 4, 2014
Dear Linda,

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. His contribution to social change, his humour and spirit, have left a rich legacy for all of us. My deepest condolences to you.
Frank Rooney
September 4, 2014
Linda,
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Bob well but recognized his hard work and dedication, and his devotion to you. My sincere sympathy to you, Linda, and to all of Bob's loved ones.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth Rooney
September 4, 2014
I am saddened to hear about Bobs passing. My condolences to Bob's family. Bob was such a amazing mentor and influence. Always ready to discuss, deconstruct and laugh. He has left an amazing legacy, will be remembered fondly.
Soni Dasmohapatra
September 4, 2014
Linda - my deepest sympathies to you at this sad time. It has been a long time but I always remember Bob (and you) from the many CATIE board meetings and his "Pollyanna" views that he often brought to the table. I hope the wonderful memories of a lifetime together will help comfort you at this time
Connie Cole
September 4, 2014
Dear Linda,
Your husband sounds like such an amazing person who did so much and contributed so much. What a loss. I'm glad you had so many happy years together and my heart goes out to you for your sorrow.
Kathryn Quan (at the Y)
September 4, 2014
Linda and family,
It is with sadness brought about by the new of Bob's passing, and with smiles brought about simply by having known him that we extend to you all our sincerest condolences. It seems a lifetime ago that we found ourselves in Bob's company and inspired by his strength, courage, and unyielding resolve to confront HIV/AIDS, and more, to learn from him the importance of social justice. These dark worlds were made brighter by Bob's wisdom and leadership (and yours Linda)... for us, and for countless others. We are truly very sorry.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, "Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said. Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days that are no more, and shall no more return. Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed; I stay a little longer, as one stays to cover up the embers that still burn."

With sincerest warmth and respect,
Jeff Potts and Paul Kenney (Ottawa)
Jeff Potts
September 4, 2014
Dear Linda,
Bob's passing is a huge loss to so many people and to social justice causes in many places. We are losing a kind, generous, funny, smart friend. For both of us, throughout our adult lives we have seen the two of you as the best of what people can be. We've learned so much from you both - from first settling in Hamilton and then helping us move to Toronto and guiding us in London; from politics, books, and music to TV and food. We will always treasure our memories of Bob and now we will move ahead together with you, drawing on a wonderful past. Our hearts are with you.
Much love,
Marie Boutilier and Tony Dean
Marie Boutilier
September 3, 2014
It seems like yesterday when I would see Bob and Linda everywhere, contributing to so many social justice struggles, but particularly to OCAC and AAN! Bob's contributions were immeasurable, and always made with wit and wisdom. I liked him immensely. Warm wishes and strength to you, Linda.
Debi Brock
September 3, 2014
I know Bob from pick-up soccer at U of T, where he was a very popular player, always gentlemanly with a positive attitude. A great guy and I know all of the players at the game today were shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. Condolences to Linda and all of his family
Aaron Davis
September 3, 2014
Bob was always so kind and generous with his time and knowledge. His help with and support of the Street Health Report 2007 was both instrumental and inspiring. I'm glad I had a chance to work with and learn from him. He will be greatly missed.
Kate Mason
September 3, 2014
My thoughts are with you at this time. Bob's kindness, care, and compassion in action are legacies which I'll strive to emulate in my career. He will be missed.
Athena Madan
September 3, 2014
Dear Linda, and also to Bob's family and friends

It's hard to find words that might console you for this inconsolable loss. This is especially the case for Linda who has lost a partner in life, love and struggle. The work you have done, together and separately, has been a huge contribution to making change in this city.

The comments that have come into this guest book are a major testimony to Bob's role as a comrade, mentor, friend and leader in diverse social justice struggles, especially those connected to reproductive freedom, HIV/AIDS activism, and access to health care for all, including those without full citizenship status. His long-standing practice of engaged research and his intellectual commitments were also an important inspiration. As a comrade and ally, he was solid, committed, and hard-working -- and not afraid to do the hard work that goes into making social transformation happen.

He was smart and funny as hell and always generous with insights, support and books; his deadpan ironic humour contained its own political and intellectual commentary and insights.

My deep condolences to all those mourning Bob's loss.
Linda, you are in my heart and my thoughts.

Always, Cynthia
Cynthia Wright
September 3, 2014
Dear Linda
I was deeply saddened to hear about Bob's death. I feel very fortunate to have known and worked for Bob. He will be dearly missed. My sincerest condolences to you and family.
Grace Piekielko
September 3, 2014
Sincere condolences to your family. A profound loss to you .... and all of us who continue to benefit from his contributions! Most recently was inspired by Bob's visit to Winnipeg last June and his generous sharing of insight and experience with Manitoba's Social Determinants of Health & Health Equity Forum. A great way to honour Bob is to step up this social justice and equity work.
Karen Serwonka
September 3, 2014
Sending Linda and family my deepest condolences. May Robert rest in peace.
Shazia Islam
September 3, 2014
Dear Linda, and all Bob's friends and family; Bob was one of the few men who could thoughtfully participate in the leadership of women's struggle for reproductive rights (OCAC). He did so with humour and intelligence and helped move the struggle forward. His smile lifted us all. In solidarity, Mary and Deena
Mary Gellatly
September 3, 2014
Dear Linda - I am far away in the Arctic as I read this and am so sad to hear - my heart goes out to you and your family. I am filled with gratitude for the years of mentoring and collaboration that Bob graciously shared with me as a young activist - thanks Linda for sharing him with all of us - Vicki Van Wagner
Vicki Van Wagner
September 3, 2014
Linda, news of Bob's death reached Bryan and me in England while on holiday. His passion around issues of social justice and health equity were an inspiration. We thank Bob especially for his longstanding commitment to HIV activism and the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Love, Bryan & Evan
Evan Collins
September 2, 2014
Linda, I am saddened to hear of Bob's death. I was in London recently and thought of you both - I know you had many fond memories there.
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you...
Karen Gold
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
So sad to hear your loss and our loss too. I was privileged to meet Bob in 2009 at the Wellesley Institute and subsequently in Berlin at the inauguration of the ICPHR. His love of soccer , his sense of humour and his integrity touched me deeply. He was a true radical.
Jane Springett
September 2, 2014
Linda I pray the love of God enfolds you during this difficult time.
Shamim ShambeMiradam
September 2, 2014
My thoughts are so with you at this time.
I share with you the profound loss of losing a life partner.
Love,
Jan
Jan Silverman
September 2, 2014
I am so deeply saddened by this news. Bob was a wonderful friend, colleague and co-conspirator. I will miss him.
Sarah Flicker
September 2, 2014
I am so sorry, Linda to hear about Bob. You two were such a TEAM. Love, Mary Addison
September 2, 2014
Linda & Family -

My deep condolences on your loss. I left every encounter with Bob thinking more deeply, differently. He was generous with his thinking, his knowledge, his time, and his ear. And he will be missed.
Sheila Braidek
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and family,

I had the privilege of getting to know Bob during my time as CEO of the Ontario Health Quality Council, when Bob was one of my Board members. I will remember him for his passion for equitable health care for all. Our discussions were lively, engaging, intellectual, and always good-spirited. He was a wonderful colleague and he will be greatly missed.
Ben Chan
September 2, 2014
About 47 years ago, Bob told me that he would get a PhD in Demography and make an impact on the world. Bob did exactly that. Linda, we wish you much serenity. David and Paula
David Hanna
September 2, 2014
Bob was so helpful to us in Waterloo Region in advocating for the use of interpreters for New Canadians who need to access health care! He was a wealth of knowledge and a joy to work with for the last number of years. Thank you Bob for your commitment to equality in health care & social justice!
Marty Schreiter
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda, I am so sad for this heartbreaking loss. Bob inspired me and taught me so much. In difficult political battles, he gave us confidence and determination to keep up the fight – always with humour and insight. We have lost a wonderful and talented comrade. You are in my thoughts.
Michelle Robidoux
September 2, 2014
Hi linda
So sorry to hear about bob, he was a terrific person, rember him well from ocac and aan

Take care

Brent
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
Our sincere condolence to you and Bob's family.
We are thinking of you at this difficult time.

From all of us at Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)
Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda, Our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We are thinking of you and Bob's family during this difficult time.

From all of us at Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS)
Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp
September 2, 2014
Social justice has lost an important advocate. I remember Bob well for his 'walking the talk' actions for women's choice. My thoughts to family, friends and colleagues.
Cathy Crowe
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and Bob's family. This is a sad loss. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bob while I worked for the Wellesley Institute a few years ago. Bob and I shared our passion for health policy and health equity. I learned much from our interactions and he was a good mentor. My sincerest condolences. (Stephanie Montesanti, Calgary, AB)
Stephanie Montesanti
September 2, 2014
My condolences to Bob's family and friends. My most important memory of Bob was when the Wellesley was on Charles street and Bob and I were the only two people to misapprehend a meeting time. We sat together in an empty boardroom for a long period. We finally figured it out but Bob used the time to good effect. He brought out a new book called "The Spirit Level" from the UK and said "you just have to read it". Over the next few days, I mentioned it to many people and none had heard of it. That tells you in one anecdote how Bob occupied a chair atop the cutting edge of research and narrative. He will be missed.
John Stapleton
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and Family - Like others I was so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. His leadership, wisdom and integrity was an inspiration to many. He challenged us all to work to our best on behalf of others. I hope his lasting impact will be of some comfort to you. He will be missed.
Jan Lackstrom
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and all of Bob's family, I hope you will find some comfort to know that many are sharing your grief and sorrow over the loss of such a treasure. Bob was a generous, open and compassionate advocate. He was a dependable and trusted colleague. I am so glad I had the chance to work with him, and know him. I send you my most sincere condolences.
rosana pellizzari
September 2, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob as a board member of the Wellesley Institute and always appreciated his smart, thoughtful and principled contributions, and his humor and wonderfully dapper style. Toronto has lost a fine social justice activist. My condolences to Linda and the rest of Bob's family on their loss.
Lisa Forman
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda, I heard today that Bob died. Such a loss. Bob, was a mentor, leader and exceptional activist. He will be very missed both personally and to our movements. I will smile at his humor, and from our historical moments of fun dancing or sharing laughs at fundraisers. I will always appreciate his insight and judgement. My thoughts go out to you and other family members. with warm wishes and many hugs. Always, Julia Barnett
September 2, 2014
A fine man, a life well lived.
John Bell
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda
I was so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. My meeting with him was brief - as part of my Churchill fellowship visit to Wellesey and at the public health conference in Montreal (where we shared an enjoyable evening together) - but I have fond memories of his generosity, warmth and humour and his warm welcome to me as a new stranger in town. It has been a pleasure to share Bob's work with colleagues here in the UK - his legacy will long continue. Thinking of you at this sad time and remembering Bob with fondness. Best wishes, Sarah
Sarah frost
September 2, 2014
To Linda and the rest of Bob's family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a kind and generous and inspirational man, so full of passion for justice and equality. His beautiful soul and spirit will be missed by so many people. My deepest condolences.
Elizabeth Abraham
September 2, 2014
My condolences to Linda and the rest of Bob's family. Bob was an excellent mentor and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him and get to know him personally as well. He will be sorely missed.
Krista Banasiak
September 2, 2014
I was saddened to hear about Bob's passing and he will be greatly missed. A true champion of social justice and equity and inclusion for all. Denise Doyle-CEO YWCA Hamilton
September 2, 2014
We have lost a brilliant activist and "policy wonk" as Bob often referred to himself. His generosity with his time and expertise seemed limitless and it will take us a long time to come to terms with Bob's death and the loss for social justice movements in this City. Linda thank you for sharing Bob with us and big hug and care to you, his immediate and extended family and friends.
Angela Robertson
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
I'm so sad to hear that Bob is gone. I didn't know him well, but the few times I met him, I was immediately aware of his gentle and kind demeanour, his intelligence and his idealism. He made an immense and enduring contribution to our community and I know his wisdom will live on in all those he touched. I'm grieved for you and your terrible loss; you will be in my thoughts.
Michele
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda: I am so very sorry for your loss. Bob made such an impact, through his leadership, his accomplishments, his commitment, and by helping to shape what is good in our city. But Bob also touched people through his warmth, humour and playfulness. He will be terribly missed. Michaela Hynie
September 2, 2014
Linda - I just heard the news of Bob's passing - please accept my very best of wishes and prayers as you sort through the minutes, hours and days ahead - in seeking and finding a new dimension of your relationship - as of course Bob will ever be present in your life ( as well as in the lives of all of those many many individuals who had been - and will continue to be - so profoundly touched and influenced by his ever rich insights, his personal warmth and his generosity of spirit !! ) Please let us know if there might be any way that we might assist and support you in the next phase of your life's journey - keep well - michael
michael kerr
September 2, 2014
I am very sorry to hear this news. Bob was a wonderful mentor and leader. I consider myself very fortunate to have known him and continue to be inspired by his example. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Margaret Drent
Margaret Drent
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
What a great loss for you and for all of Bob's family. His death is also very sad for all of us who knew him, and all who didn't know him but benefitted from his work over the years. Toronto is a lesser place without him.
Maggi Redmonds
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Bob's death. I'm going to miss running into him at the Y and our quirky little exchanges. It's a great loss to the city and the province too. My condolences to you.
Gerald Hannon
September 2, 2014
I'm so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know Bob while working at Access Alliance and our paths crossed on many occasions, from large health equity forums to grassroots meetings and protests. He was very generous with his time and was incredibly smart, insightful and down-to-earth. My sincere sympathy to Linda and the rest of his family.
Andrew Koch
September 2, 2014
Linda: Joe and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's death. We left Toronto in 1997 and tend to think of our friends there as fixed in that time. With Bob's passing we have all lost a remarkable comrade. He made a difference in the world, and managed to to do it while staying a real mensch.
Miriam Jones
September 2, 2014
Bob will be sorely missed all so eloquently described in the other condolences. The other gift Bob gave was that he opened doors for others and was willing to use his network and wealth of expertise on our behalf. Bob took his time to mentor and it is such a huge gift to have benefited from his wisdom. My condolences Linda to you and your family.

Tekla
Tekla Hendrickson
September 2, 2014
Bob was such a generous and insightful colleague - always motivated by his profound commitment to social justice. Our efforts to achieve social justice - and the successes we did have - were enriched by Bob's skills, vision and passion.
Sarah Blackstock
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda, Deb and family, I am so very sad to learn of Bob's death. He was such a vibrant, energetic person whose spirit and dedication to important causes like reproductive choice have made a difference in women's lives. He made people feel good just to be around him, all the while making the world a better place. What a loss for us all. I am grateful for his life.
Margaret Hancock
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,

I am so sad to learn of Bob's passing. We all know about Bob's fierce intellegence. But most of all what stood out was what a nice guy Bob was, that he was open to listening and sharing, that he had an unwaveringly committed to social justice, and that he was ever optimistic about a better future. I feel very lucky to have knwon him. My thoughts are with you, Linda.
Ruby Lam
September 2, 2014
I am so sorry Linda. Bob was so much a part of OCAC for so long, a thoughtful and generous comrade. He was always able, in some very intense situations, to keep perspective and his sense of humour to help us retain our focus and center when I, at least, was close to losing it. Part of him continues on in the movement. We will miss and remember him.
Jocelyn Piercy
September 2, 2014
Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am by this loss! Bob's tireless and fierce efforts as a champion of health equity and policy will be remembered by us all. But, it is the humble, gentle, kind-hearted man that I will miss the most. May you rest in peace, my friend.
Simone Atungo
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and the Gardner Family,
I am so sorry for your loss! Bob was a hugely inspiring leader to me and demonstrated such incredible hope and passion for an inspired and equitable society. A huge loss for our city and community. So sad to hear of his passing.
Jill Shakespeare
Jill Shakespeare
September 2, 2014
My deepest condolences to Linda and family. I am so very saddened for this loss. I feel however very privileged to have known and worked with Bob. Bob was a formidable advocate and an inspirational leader. Bob will dearly missed.
Almerinda Rebelo
September 2, 2014
Dearest Linda and family,

We are all very saddened to hear this news. Bob was a joy to work with on the Women's College Hospital Network for the Uninsured; he was a sharp, resourceful, generous and talented ally and a remarkable keeper of details large and small. He also brought with him a kind, lovely and thoughtful energy to every exchange. Deepest condolences from all of us here at IWHC to you Linda, your extended family, friends, colleagues and all who knew him. May Bob rest in peace - he will always be remembered with admiration and fondness.

Ayesha, Anna, Filo, Karen, Cam and all the staff at IWHC.
Immigrant Women's Health Centre
September 2, 2014
What a huge loss! Bob was a wonderful advocate, powerful policy commentator, sharp mind, and a lot of fun to be with. I will truly miss him.
Gary Bloch
September 2, 2014
One of our dearest leading comrades in the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics and AIDS Action Now. A man who really knew how to work with feminists in the fight for women's rights. So many people will miss him as will I.
Cherie MacDonald
September 2, 2014
Linda, I was so sorry to read Bob's (beautiful) obituary today. I assumed he had beaten the lymphoma, and he surely did seem as though he had, the only time I saw him after his treatment.

He and you as well have been involved in so many important causes, and you are connected to so many people through your work and your lives generally – I am sure his loss is widely felt. I would love to be present at his celebration, and I will make sure to keep track and find out when it is.

You have unfortunately too much practice I am sure in bearing up under illness and loss, but I wish you enduring strength and peace.
Debby Copes
September 2, 2014
Bob was an inspiring, strategic and respectful advocate, working tirelessly to make the world a more equitable place. And with all of his successes, it was his humility and commitment to collaborate selflessly that will be remembered. He will be dearly missed.
Lynne Raskin
September 2, 2014
A profound loss. Bob will be deeply missed. With condolences.
Juana Berinstein
September 2, 2014
My heartfelt condolences to Linda. Bob was very special and will be missed.
Kapri Rabin
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and to the Gardner family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob's clear thinking, determination and strategic savvy always elevated the discourse and made a path for change when it was sometimes hard to see. I had the good fortune to meet Linda and Bob in the heyday of abortion activism in TO and it was a crucible of social justice learning for me and I know for many others. We will all mourn his passing and he will be sorely missed.
Janet Mawhinney
September 2, 2014
Dr. Bob was always on the both sides of the soccer pitch we shared, the right side of things and the left side of my chest. He was always my boss (Chief), role model, mentor and a wonderful friend. He is leaving a gaping hole in my heart, an empty soccer flank and a profound sense of sadness for so many whose lives he touched. I will always cherish his friendship, super-sized sense of humor, beautiful mind and good nature. My deepest sympathy to Linda and the rest of his family.
Frank Piekielko
September 2, 2014
I am extremely saddened to hear of this loss. Bob made a huge impact on my work and on my life. He was always so generous with his time and wisdom and I looked to him as a mentor for most of my public health career. My deepest condolences to his family. He will be missed by many.
Stephanie Lefebvre
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda and the Gardner family, our deepest sypathies of the passing of our friend. He will always be smiling in our hearts. Blessings, Anthony Mohamed and Rick Hirtle.
September 2, 2014
I am devastated to hear that Bob has passed away. He was a wonderful person to work with-full of devilish humour and solid principles. My deepest condolences to Linda and Deborah and the rest of his family.
He made a huge difference with his time in this world. !!
Joan Roberts
September 2, 2014
What a profound loss for the health and social justice community. Last time I saw Bob, he was in great spirits, fighting the good fight. He always had a smile to offer and great energy. Our condolences to Linda and the family. Bob will be so missed.
Faria Kamal
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob's contribution to social justice and health equity will long be remembered.
Ilene Hyman
September 2, 2014
Dear Linda -
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. (cousin) Sandi Wong and Uncle Hank
Sandi Wong
September 2, 2014
I am saddened to hear of Bob's death. I met Bob in the late 80's through AIDS Action Now and was always impressed by his passion and commitment to fairness.
Billy Downer
September 2, 2014
I was very sorry to read of Bob's death. He was a committed social activist, and always a nice guy. He was my first sociology professor. I was pleased when our paths crossed again when he became Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute. My condolences to Bob's family. He will be much missed.
Toba Bryant
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