Robert Timothy FRANKFORD
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FRANKFORD, Robert Timothy Stansfield - Dr. Bob Frankford, retired General Practitioner, former Ontario MPP, Social Democrat and Activist died in Toronto on his 76th birthday on August 1, 2015. Beloved husband of Helen Breslauer, father of Rachael Frankford (Ed Garibay), Elizabeth Mackay and the late Emma Frankford and Grandpa to Malcolm, Lila, Sebastian, Olivia and Theo. A memorial to honour the life and work of Dr. Bob will be held the afternoon of September 6th at the Mount Pleasant Visitation Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Toronto Public Library Foundation, the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario, or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Further information may be found online at

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Published in Toronto Star on Aug. 8, 2015.
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August 16, 2015
I was terribly saddened to learn of Dr. Frankford's passing, and wish to extend heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. So many lives were touched by his caring nature, great wisdom, and commitment to bettering circumstances for others/all. I'm especially grateful for his advocacy on behalf of individuals with sickle cell disease and involvement in improving care in this province and nationally. It was my privilege to come to know him under these circumstances. I'm comforted to know that the good work and important policy strides that he helped to shape will continue, and believe that they shall serve as a fitting way to honour him, too. Thank you, Bob...
Sandra Newton
August 13, 2015
I am saddened beyond words at this news. Bob and I first met when I was a young reporter, and he was a physician fighting the good fight against extra billing. He later became my GP, and later still, my boss. I was honoured to serve as his first Executive Assistant during his appointment as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health. He continued fighting those same battles from inside government, and I learned a great deal from him about passion, commitment and integrity during those heady first days. He was fearless in defending his views, and did so with intelligence and logic. My heartfelt condolences to Helen and the rest of his family.
Larry Till
August 10, 2015
To Helen and family, Please accept my sympathies for your great loss. I always enjoyed having you both as neighbours, as NDP colleagues and friends. I admire you both so much for your dedication to family, health and social justice issues, and community.
Jane Murdoch Adams
August 10, 2015
I am saddened at the news of Bob's passing and the coincidence that after so many years I found myself wondering had become of him.
Bob was our doctor when both of my children were born and he and I enjoyed many lively squash and tennis games in the 70's and 80's. I am so sorry I didn't stay in touch and offer my most sincere sympathy to his family. I will remember him fondly.

Steve (and Deborah) Mason
August 10, 2015
Tom and I were so sad to hear of Bob's sudden death. He was such a kind, honest and compassionate person, physician and politician. Our thoughts are with Helen and their family.
Julie Mathien
Julie Mathien
August 9, 2015
I am so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. From being my family doctor to working with Bob at the Health Center, he has always had a special place in our family's life. He was always so good with my Mom and Dad. He will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences go out to you, Helen, Rachel and Liz. Sue Lyttle
Sue & Victor Lyttle
August 8, 2015
I often saw Bob and Helen at the Wychwood Barns on Saturday mornings. Helen had been a patient and Bob was a real role model for me as an MD who chose to make a difference by serving in public office .... Although he was at Queens Park and a member of the NDP, he led the way in the role MD's can play working on the social determinants of health and as a voice for patients and health care providers where the decisions are made that affect them.

I was therefore hugely shocked and saddened to learn from Helen this morning at the Barns, that Bob had passed away last weekend.
Such a huge loss to our community. He was a tireless advocate for social justice. He will be missed. All our thoughts and love are with Helen and all the family.
Carolyn Bennett
August 8, 2015
Bob was a loyal, principled, generous human being, with a sense of humour that was a comfort and a delight. My sympathies to his family and his community.
Lynn Spink
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