Robert 'Bob' Smith

Robert 'Bob' Smith

Wednesday, June 26th, 1935 - Wednesday, August 5th, 2020
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SMITH, Robert Henry Cyril

Robert Henry Cyril Smith, born June 26, 1935 in Stratford, Ontario, was reunited with his sweetheart and the love of his life, Colleen Smith (nee Gair) on August 5, 2020 at his home in Collingwood, Ontario.

Much loved father to Cheryl Cameron (Don), Kimberley Vachon (1961-1996), and Jill Usher (Jeff). Proud grandfather to Tristana, Braden, Jordan, Heather-Lynn (Seth), Sarah (Andrew), Robert Alexander (a.k.a. Sandy), Christopher, Tara, Barry (Jenine), Teena (Adam), and Patrick (Agata). Robert had much gratitude and joy when he became a great-grandfather to Annabelle, Nicholas, Pippa, Reese, Charlotte, Cash, Wyatt, Giselle, Oliver and Sonny. He treasured every opportunity to connect with all of his grandchildren. Cherished son of Ada Allen (nee Barrington) and John (a.k.a. Jack) Smith. Dearly loved brother of Joyce Graham (Irwin), Dorothy Barker (Norm), Donald Matheson (Patricia), and Ronald Matheson (1942-1988).

Robert will be missed by many, including cousins, nieces & nephews and friends. He was a man who left an imprint on all with whom he came in contact, as he showed a genuine interest in all whom he met. Bob has been described as a man of deep faith that guided him in how he treated others and in how he lived his life. He was seen by many as a true gentleman who was humble, kind, loyal and a wonderful role model; a man who believed in teaching by example and who taught the importance of unconditional love and forgiveness.

To anyone who asked, Robert always said that his greatest accomplishment and source of joy was his family. Robert was a proud member of the R.C.M.P. for 30 years, 6 years of which was in Search and Rescue with his best canine friend, Rex. Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration while working and raising a family. As a retired Inspector, Bob remained active by serving on the Collingwood Police Services Board for several years, including as Chair, and serving as advisor to the local cadet program at one point. Robert was passionate about the work of his church and about his part in starting the local Hospice organization. He believed in the need to be involved with and contribute to his community and he did so in many ways, at both the municipal and federal levels. Bob held his brotherhood in the Masonic Lodge close to his heart.

While Bob travelled and worked all across Canada, he was always drawn to the waters of Georgian Bay, a place that he believed could bring solace, faith, peace and sanctuary to all who visited its shores.

A memorial service is being held to honour Robert on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 12 noon, at his home (3 Raglan Street, Collingwood, Ontario). In order to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines, please know that the number of people the family are able to accommodate on the front lawn at any one time needs to stay below 100. For anyone who wishes to sit during the service, please bring a personal chair to set on the lawn.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be considered to Brain Canada ( in Robert’s name.
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  • Service

    Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, August 10th, 2020 12:00pm
    Smith Family Home
    3 Raglan St.
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    A service of remembrance will be held on the lawn at the Smith family home. 3 Raglan St. (Sunset Point) In order to follow the current COVID-19 guidelines, please know that the number of people the family are able to accommodate on the front lawn at any one time needs to stay below 100. For anyone who wishes to sit during the service, please bring a personal chair to set on the lawn.
    Rev. Brian Goodings
  • Interment

    Trinity United Cemetery
    Poplar Sideroad
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Posted at 07:21pm
With many fond memories and love from brothers-in-law Ken and Hugh and sisters-n-law Rosemary, Diane, and Carroll.

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alan copeland

Posted at 04:13am
It is sad to hear of your fathers passing Cheryl , and you too Jill . I've seen some of your posted pics of your Dad with his grandchildren and you too Cheryl , he shows so much love in his eyes when he is amongst his family . My condolences to the Bob Smith families .
I remember our parents sharing B.B.Q. 's in each others backyards , that was how all us kids met , me thinks .
I remember your father volunteering his time to a youth club at our church , I now can play a pretty good game of golf ( Thank you very much Mr . Smith ) .
I remember your Dad as a really great man .

Kathy Thompson

Posted at 10:02pm
Our warmest condolences for the passing of a dear Father and Grandfather. Love from the Thompson family, Kathy, Howie, Jeff & Hana
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Bryan Marshall

Posted at 08:10pm
I’ll always remember Bob as a true gentleman, caring, respectful, kind. He was not one to ever complain & put others ahead of himself. Respect.

Donald Wilcox

Posted at 08:13am
On behalf of Dianne and myself we send our deepest sympathy. I served with Bob on the Collingwood Police Service Board and other committees. May he rest in Peace. Lest we Forget.
Donald and Dianne Wilcox

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