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Robert "Bob" Leslie Reynolds

7 January, 19368 September, 2021
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Robert Leslie Reynolds

Jan 7, 1936 – Sept 8, 2021

Bob passed away suddenly at the Lakeshore General. He leaves behind his wife Nancy (Gould), daughter Hayley, sons Cuyler (Annie), Jaime and grandchildren Dorothy and Emerson, sister-in-law Ellen (late Murray). He also leaves behind his twin brother David (Anne) of Georgetown, sisters Katherine (late Ted) of Vancouver, Marilyn of Cornwall and their families, Dan, Steve, Sarah, Bonnie, Kimberly, Peter and memories of Rob. He thought fondly of cousins Jim (Eileen) Ross, Alan (Susan), Brian (Arlene) and Joanne (Bob) Conrad.

Born in East Angus, his family lived during depression times in a variety of pulp and paper towns in Quebec and eastern Ontario, where his forestry engineer Dad found his employment. Having a ready-made companion and left to their own devices as was child-rearing of the time, the twins spent their days making their own toys, playing out in the woods, railway tracks, rivers and turbine ponds of the wood mills. Shadowing his brother’s lead is what got them into trouble, at least according to Bob. The stories they tell have the family wonder how they survived. As a young man, he followed in his Uncle Wally’s footsteps where he trained and was briefly a pilot in the air force. He worked for the same company for some 40 years, selling marine hardware well into his 80th year.

He and Nancy found their home in Beaconsfield where they brought up their children. He drove them all to their activities and spent many early mornings in cold rinks for the boys’ hockey practices. Saturday night baths getting ready for church, Bob’s pancake dinner while watching Star Trek, created family bonds as fans which continue today. A handy person, he did some woodworking and there was always some shelving unit to build or bathroom to refinish around the house. He was very skilled in cutting glass and before children arrived, he worked with Nancy in stained glass, selling their pieces at craft fairs. As the craft leader in the Boy Scouts he was responsible for a most notable project getting the boys to learn how to string their own snowshoes. Summers were spent in nature, camping, hiking, cooking over campfires and swimming in our cherished spot in Glen Sutton, thanks to the Ghikas family.

Later on, he joined his sons at the Pointe-Claire Canoe Club, where he enjoyed wonderful comradery training and competing in Dragon Boat and kayak racing. The opportunity to compete in the War Canoe race in Ottawa in 2015 along with his two sons was a real dream-come-true for Bob. He and Nancy did some travelling and shared many great memories with family on the beach in Saint Martin. In his final years, he stayed very active able to sprint kayak, cross country ski and his daughter devotedly would take him biking, ice skating and for many, many walks.

He leaves a large hole in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you consider donations be made in Bob's memory to: The Alzhiemer Group Inc, agiteam.org or Nova West Island, www.novawi.org. They so compassionately helped to keep his mind and body active these past few years.

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Mrs. Diana

18 October 2021

Dear Nancy, Hayley, Jaime, and Cuyler,
Bob (and Nancy) were a fixture in my life. Whenever I visited Glen Sutton in the summer, they were in the meadow busy relaxing. I miss seeing that and the company. Our families have known each other a long time. Bob and I went for a walk up to the springs a few years back. He was showing me the ropes. He mentioned that he and my father, back in the day, walked the perimeter of the property marking its boundaries. Bob chipped in whenever help was needed. That was just his nature. We were fortunate to have the Reynolds in our lives and I will miss Bob very much. Love, Diana

Kim & Mike

18 October 2021

So many memories - our love for the outdoors was fostered as kids spending time with Uncle Bob & Aunt Nancy - cross-country skiing on the farmlands near where we lived in Munster - gone so long that Uncle Bob had to tuck our little mutt, Poochie, into his jacket because his feet were too cold. The times that we spent near Knowlton camping and learning how to take freezing cold baths in the mountain stream. The times we spent playing Trivial Pursuit and were amazed at the stream-of-consciousness thinking that always made Uncle Bob the winner. The stories of when Uncle Bob, Uncle Dave, Aunt Kathy, and Mom were kids.....and wondering: how did they survive? Love to Aunt Nancy, Hayley, Cuyler, and Jaime. Uncle Bob was a much-loved member of our family and will be very missed. XOX

Joanne Conrad

29 September 2021

I am cousin Joanne from south of the border. We started “reunions” long ago in the 1950s when we’d travel north to see my Dad’s Canadian family. I was a toddler then. Fast forward about 30 years and we had another reunion in the 1980’s at Bob and Nancy’s house in Beaconsfield. At that time Hayley was the toddler! We’ve happily been better about reunions in recent years and we’ve so enjoyed our cousins, their grown kids and now the grandchildren. Bob has always been a friendly, gentle man to me. A warm smile, a soft-spoken conversation about our lives, and hearty laughs when prompted by cousin antics. I’ve always so admired his zest for life and the outdoors. He was clearly a wonderful husband and father, for all the family “doings” which we heard about annually in their holiday letter, pictures included. Bless you, Bob. Rest In Peace for a life well lived.

David Ghikas

28 September 2021

I have very fond memories of spending time with Bob in Glen Sutton. Such a generous soul with an endearing smile.

Katherine McLean

27 September 2021

I will always miss my brother Bob. As young children, we lived in the north of Quebec where I followed "Bobby and David" around like a shadow. In that small town, we were three little troublemakers!
Later in life I moved to Vancouver and made my life here.
Among other visits, in May 2017 Bob, Nancy, Dave and Anne came to Vancouver for the Celebration of Life for my late husband Ted McLean. It was a short but memorable visit.
My brothers have always continued to support me.
I love this picture that Anne took of Bob, Nancy, Dave and myself.
I will join the service on Livestream since I cannot attend in person.
Missing you Bob, your loving sister Kathy.

Dave & Reynolds

25 September 2021

Bob was always a kind, gentle, soft spoken man who had the best smile ever!
Bob & Nancy came to stay with us in Florida in 2018. We had such a nice visit with them relaxing by the pool and enjoying dinner at one of our favourite restaurants in Naples.
We will really miss Bob. Dave was very close to his twin brother. It is hard for him to believe his brother is no longer with us.
Rest in Peace Bob, knowing you were loved very much.

Deane Cornell

22 September 2021

Dear Nancy, Hayley, Cuyler and Jaime,

We are so saddened to hear of the death of your beloved husband and father. He was a very special friend to me and my children, and later to Jan as well. We were there at your wedding, and had some wonderful and fun times together; at your house, in Sutton, at Metis and, more recently in St. Martin. He was a lovely person, so kind and interested in everyone. He had amazing skills with glasswork and camping and we loved to listen to stories of his childhood on the North Shore. Even though he began to slip away a few years ago, he was still Bob and we will miss him very much.

Love to you all at this sad time,
Deane and Jan

KUTTEH FAMILY

19 September 2021

Sunday Sept 19, 2021
Dearest Nancy, Hayley, Cuyler, Jamie and Family,
We were deeply saddened to have heard of the sudden passing of your husband, father, grandfather and our dearest neighbour, Bob. We had seen him a few days prior, hurriedly walking to his home. The posted photo of Bob with his always-friendly and always-smiling face is precisely how we remember him. Another permanent vision etched in our mind, is of Bob mowing the front lawn, with Cuyler, as a toddler, sitting in the backpack-child-carrier, the flowing white-blonde head of hair, peering over his dad’s right shoulder, totally intrigued with the lawn task - it’s no wonder, Cuyler became as handy as his beloved father. We also fondly remember how, our son, Adrian, was always so welcomed to join the Reynolds family on the many Sutton camping trips, that he will forever cherish. For this, we thank Bob and the family for this positive experience in Adrian’s formative years. Starting circa four decades, whereby our families and others, started planting our roots, raising our children, participating in the annual Ruskin BBQ every June, and so forth, with dear Bob alongside all of us, know that we are also left with a hole in our hearts - but also a hole in our neighbourhood. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. May Bob Rest In Peace - we will not forget you, Bob. Much love to all of you. Marida, Willy, Adrian and Stefanie Kutteh

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