OBITUARY

Robert Brimbecom

3 August, 19358 March, 2021

It is with sadness that we announce Bob’s passing at Hillsdale Estates in Oshawa on March 8, 2021 due to complications of Lewy Body dementia.

Born in Toronto on Aug. 3, 1935, Bob is predeceased by his parents, Gertrude and William Brimbecom, and his sisters, Marjory Cliche and Lillian McNeice. He is survived by his sister, Daisy Brimbecom; Gail, his wife of 59 years; his children, Lori Brimbecom (Doug Henson) and Barry Brimbecom (Barbara Shecter); and his six grandchildren, Natalie Henson (Travis Kelly) Rebecca Henson (Christy Li) Alexandra Henson, Bridget Henson, Allan Brimbecom and Diana Brimbecom.

Bob graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor of applied sciences degree in electrical engineering in 1958. He became a professional engineer the following year. His long career included co-founding electronic equipment developer Commutron Ltd., serving as vice-president and general manager of Lofthouse Brass Mfg., and supervising a research and development team at Plessey Canada. He concluded his working career as a technical writer at Parker Design, where he was delighted in meeting inventors and helping them explain their work.

For almost 60 years, Bob was a dedicated member of Westminster United Church in Whitby, where he twice served as chair of the board and sang in the choir. As an extension of his work with the church, in 1978 Bob co-founded Manning Mews, a nonprofit housing project for seniors, and went on to serve as its president for 40 years.

Bob was a devoted family man and a caring brother. He was an avid gardener and hunter who loved being outdoors, and was the first to dig in when there was a job to be done. His agile mind was always alert to opportunities, and he found pleasure in applying his analytical skills to repairing, designing, building and renovating. Whether building a barn or soldering a circuit board, he took pride in doing every task to the best of his abilities, and was as comfortable entering data on a spreadsheet as he was swinging a hammer.

In the final chapter of his life, Bob received kind and compassionate care from Dr. Arnold Lurie and the staff of Pineridge Place at Hillsdale Estates in Oshawa. His family is extremely grateful to them, and for the support of the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.

A virtual celebration of Bob's life will be held via Zoom on Saturday, March 13 at 1 p.m. Please see below for the link to the Zoom Service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Westminster United Church or the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region in Bob's honour.

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Paul & Karen Kneebone

17 March 2021

Gail and family, Karen and I pass along our lovely memories of Bob and his wonderful wit, understated talents and sharing with others. Your 59 years together is a tribute to all you accomplished as a team and individually. He was a special soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

bob bentley

13 March 2021

Bob's grandparents, parents and family came to their Pickering cottage during the summers in the early nineteen forties. My parents lived in a nearby cottage and our families became good friends. Bob was older than me but I always enjoyed seeing him and the whole family. He was good friends with my older siblings Alan, Jacqueline, [both deceased] and Helen.. As we got older and life moved on Daisy would keep me posted about Bob and his family. We had a lot of fun back in those days as kids, especially when the Brimbecoms would have their annual summer party for all the kids. It was a beautiful service today and it is obvious that Bob made a positive influence on everyone who had the good fortune to be his friend. [My wife Mary and I still live where Daisy and those cottages where located. We lost touch with Daisy and mail to her was returned from Viva, hope she is well, please say hello for us, thanks you.]

Karen Marks

13 March 2021

Gail,
My sincere condolences to you, Lori, Barry, and families. I knew Bob as a kind and thoughtful man. He will be missed.
Peace and Blessings
Karen Marks

Holly Hobart

13 March 2021

It was always great to hear fond memeories about my grandparents from Bob, having never met them I always felt like I knew a little more about my family from the fun loving memories of childhood that were shared. Then there was that colourful funny metal bird he probably was never sure what to do with, or completly knew what to do with. I am so sorry that death is a reality of life, and hope this way of a funeral is enough closure.

Alana Robinson

13 March 2021

Thinking of you at this difficult time Gail, Lori, Barry and families. We have made a donation in Bob's memory to the church.

Carol Doughty

12 March 2021

Gail, I am very saddened to hear of the passing of your husband, Bob. May you call upon our Lord and Saviour and He will give you peace during this difficult time. May the happy memories of the times you spent together allow Bob to live forever in your hearts, soul, and mind.
Carol Doughty

Mary Lofthouse

12 March 2021

I like to remember Bob best carrying on the traditions of the family table. The unfailingly generous and fun loving gatherings so typical of the Brimbecom family he grew up in.
No matter how many people showed up, there was always room for another place at the table.

Ann and Bud Clark

11 March 2021

Dear Gail
Thinking of you and sending our condolences to you, Barry, Lori and their families.
Hoping in time you will remember all the good times together.

With greatest sympathy
Ann and Bud Clark

Kerry Delaney

11 March 2021

Dear Gail and family
I am so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Know that you are surrounded by love and support as we hold you up in our thoughts and prayers.

Sending a big virtual hug

Kerry and Seana

Rita Maio

11 March 2021

Sincerest condolences to Daisy Brimbecom, and all the family, on your loss. I worked with Daisy for many years and had great respect for her. May your brother rest in the peace of our Lord.

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