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THE REVEREND ROBERT RUMBALL Passed away peacefully on June 1, 2016. He is recognized as the individual who had the greatest impact on the quality of life, human rights and services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Special Needs community in the past century. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday, June 18th at 7 p.m. at The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, 2395 Bayview Ave. For those not able to attend, on Friday, June 17th from 7 - 9 p.m. there will be a drop in visitation time with friends and family. For more information please go to

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Published in Toronto Star from Jun. 3 to Jun. 4, 2016.
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July 1, 2016
I am so sorry to hear that Bob Rumball passed away. My son Jason Cruickshank has been living at the center for many years. Jason has a wonderful life there due to this man. May God bless you and your family...Laurie Jones
June 24, 2016
Reverend Robert Rumball is a true lion deserves our respect always. Rest In Peace Reverend. Raymond Young club secretary on behalf of all members of Toronto Cathay Lions Club.
June 24, 2016
Lion Bob will always be remembered for his generosity and service to Lionism. I live in Leaside; Bob Rumball Centre and Church on Bayview Avenue bear witness to his efforts to provide the very best to those who are Deaf.
Lion Raija Rosenthal Past District Governor
June 20, 2016
Dear Rumball Family,

It was very touchy last Saturday at BRCD for memorial service. He had many good models to deaf community and church. I thanked him for what did he done for Deaf people. May God rest him and be with his beloved wife in Heaven! We miss him.
Anna & Peter Lutz
June 20, 2016
Rev.Bob Rumball was a very, kind and loving man. The Memorial and Celebration of his life on Saturday evening was truly a beautiful and inspirational one. I met Rev. Rumball in the early 1970's at the church on Wellesley on Fridays. You could see how much he loved the Deaf and the Deaf loved him and were a family together. During my ministry with the Catholic Deaf over the years and even now, I considered him a friend and a true Advocate for the Deaf in Ontario and all over Canada. We will all miss you, but you are at Peace with the Lord. We know You and your wife are looking down on your family and your Deaf family and friends with love. Rest in Peace.
Carol Stokes
June 16, 2016
I've known Rev. Bob since the late 50's as a teenager, young person entering Deaf Education as a teacher and later as an administrator. In every phase of my career and life, Bob would be there in times of need especially when Deaf kids, and especially special needs Deaf kids needed a voice. His life was a shining example of what we are called to be and do and he did it so well. Rest in peace Bob, we will never forget you.
Mary Lamont
June 7, 2016
Rev. Rumball is a true role model to me. He has given me the guidance to move on. If he was not in this community, we were not be here today. What a great man he was and missed.
Christine Nelson
June 7, 2016
may the memory of a disciple of Jesus Christ sustain each of you in sympathy and love . your loved one knew how to serve his Lord. what a wonderful legacy he leaves.
Jean and Lorne McCauley
June 5, 2016
No one has improved the lives of the deaf like the Rev Bob Rumball He has been pastor and friend to all the deaf community including my parents Bob and Martha Nucholl since 1954 when he took over ministering at Wellesey Church for the Deaf. He has been family friend to all of us and to all of his parishioners at BRCD Bayvuew Ave and the Camp at Parry Sound where even my husband was fortunate to help build on weekends. Knowing Bob was an experience I will never forget. Thank you Bob for your interest, love and support especially during the 8 years my mother lived at the Seniors centre You improved her remaining days and ours.
Maureen Hunter. (Nicholl)
June 5, 2016
I remember where I first met Bob. It was well he was still playing football. It was a father and son banquet at Willowdale Baptist. I have never forgotten him. Without his own handicap he would not have been able to do the ministry hehad.
Fred Culver
June 5, 2016
Very sorry to hear about his passing, he christened both of my sons when he was the Metro Police Chaplin, he spoke with great feeling, passion and added humour as well. Condolences to his family and friends.
Wendy Hill
June 5, 2016
Dear Rumball Family.

I have known Rev. R. Rumball since on Wellesley Church and he was a great minister for the deaf and hard of hearing. Rev. Rumball was a good support to our deaf community. I thank him for establishing to BRCD, and long-time Deaf Camp and many other programs. I thanks him for the privilege and honour of knowing him and all that he has done. He is shining example and now stands with the Lord. We will never forget him and remember him in our prayers. He is resting in peace and be with beloved wife in Heaven.
God Bless Rev.R.Rumball.

With Sympathy & Prayers,
Irene Kessel
June 4, 2016
Bob Rumball was well liked and respected in the Po;ice community. In 1960's he would drop into 4 Div for a chat and always had a word for us on the beat as
he jogged by. Men like Bob pass this way but once. A life well lived & and a job well done. May he rest in Peace.

Gord Grant (Ret MTPF)
June 4, 2016
I rember attending a service he did for the deaf in Milton. He knew some of us could hear so he signed and spoke. A wonderful and kind man. Rev. David Leggatt
June 4, 2016
If only there were more men of God like this man.I met him early in the beginning of his ministry and have been glad that his ministry lasted for over 60 year. God grant peace and comfort at this time . One thing for sure we will meet again in Heaven.
Fred Culver
June 4, 2016
Dear family of Rev. Robert Rumball,
I have always looked to him as a shining example in Deaf ministry and as a personal friend and mentor. We are keeping him in our prayers and Masses in our Catholic Deaf community in Ottawa. May he now see his Lord face to face!
lovingly in Christ,
Father Peter Monty, SJ
Father Peter Monty
June 4, 2016
Bob Rumball was a personal friend and shining example of Christian witness especially in his ministry with the Deaf.
Peter Monty
June 4, 2016
Rev. Rumball married my husband and I almost 23 years ago. He made the day so special for both of us. His contributions are an inspiration. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sandra Gregory
June 4, 2016
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Joseph Penna
June 4, 2016
Bob was a great athlete, hard nosed, but could also be a gentle man. His life long commitment to hearing impaired people was second to no one. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Gone but not forgotten.
Paul Johnston
June 3, 2016
Bob was a great friend to all of us including all the deaf people.. He was a wonderful man to us. He will be dearly missed. Our prayers and condolences to the Rumball's family.. God be with Bob.. God bless y'all..
Craig Dafoe
June 3, 2016
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Tony Mastromattei
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