19 October, 1939 – 28 April, 2021
Passed peacefully on April 28, 2021 at his home on Farmingdale Road, Toronto, at the age of 81.
Bob was born on a farm located in the Cummer Valley, October 19th, 1939 to Chrissie and Walter Richardson and was the youngest of 4 boys, Bruce, John and Don (all deceased). Life on the farm taught him his strong work ethic, rising with the sun to complete chores before school, the unbreakable bond of family, friends and animals and a true love of tending the earth and the people around him. He met the love of his life, Penny (nee Robertson) when she rode her horse into his field and it was love at first sight. They went on to an epic love affair that endured over 62 years and were blessed with 3 children.
After graduating from Earl Haig Secondary School, Bob went on to Teachers College and graduated in 1961. His first job was as a teacher but his thirst for knowledge never waned and he completed his B.A. and Masters of Education from York University. His love of helping students, especially those who were the most vulnerable, led him to become a Guidance Counsellor and his unique ability to connect, correct and guide students made him the best. He was a true advocate for students and a passionate, engaged and humorous team member which was evidenced by the long standing friendships he forged with his peers over a 35 year career.
We will always recall his boundless energy, loyalty, delight in a good debate, that hearty laugh along with the twinkle in his eye and his belief that life and people are basically good. Most of all we will remember his unconditional love – pure love like that is a rare and beautiful thing. The world is dimmer without him and although our memories of him will live on, his presence will forever be missed by all his family and friends.
He will be deeply mourned by his wife, Penny, Children, Rex (Daliah), Robin, Toni (John), Granddaughter, Courtney (Karel), and Great Grandsons, Forrest & Theodore.
A private ceremony will be held at Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home next week. A celebration of his life will take place when we can all gather again and share our memories.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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9 May 2021
I had the privilege of growing up across the street from the Richardson family, forming a lifelong friendship with my second family. Summer trips to Green Point, where Bob was amazed at the speed two little kids could hit when being chased by a herd of cows! Going to the Queen’s Plate each year, as well as riding the Flyer at the Ex. The many parties over the years, where I graduated from calling him Mr. Richardson to Bob. Trying to convince us that Cow riding is better than horseback, not sure Penny would agree! The times when Toni would debate with Bob where always entertaining, she learned from the best. He was always very kind and fair and raised a wonderful family. He will be missed by all.
5 May 2021
My deepest condolences to the Richardson family. My last visit was on Christmas day in 2019 when Rex and Dahlia were in town. I was invited to join them for Brunch. Bob and Penny made me feel at home as they always do, it is memory I will always cherish . Peace be with you Bob.
4 May 2021
I am so saddened by the loss of my Uncle Bob. He was the sweetest man I knew. He helped out every one he could. With Aunt Penny there right along side of him. I have never seen a couple more in love. Uncle Bob used to call me , ever birthday. I was born on his Dad's birthday. I always look forward to seeing him every chance I got. He was such a special man. I am glad I have so many wonderful memories of him. He will always be in my heart. I love you uncle Bob. RIP.
3 May 2021
I had the good fortune to work with Bob at Downsview Secondary School where he was the Head of Guidance. Bob was very well-liked and highly respected by both students and staff. He was a valued member of the School Leadership Team for his input and loyalty. His genuine care and concern for others, along with his work ethic, calm demeanour, integrity and sense of humour were qualities I admired. The staff enjoyed several social gatherings hosted by Bob and Penny at their home on Farmingdale Road.
Bob was an easy and fun person to work with - I thoroughly enjoyed our professional relationship as well as his friendship.
2 May 2021
My heartfelt condolences. I have many fond memories dating back decades including cottage Pictionary and joyful Christmas parties. So fortunate Rick and Rex were such good friends and I have such great memories over the years. Will always be here for Penny and her family xoxo
2 May 2021
Bob was beloved by his friends and family, and by his children’s friends too. He was never Mr. Richardson to us, just “Bob”, but we respected him and appreciated the genuine interest he always took in us, even when we were being typical, annoying teenagers. I will never forget the famous Christmas parties in “The Conservatory”, the tin ceiling of which Bob insisted on painting fire engine red… with a paint brush. There had to be three Christmas trees always – one for Penny to decorate, one tall, skinny one for the foyer, and one for Bob to indulge in his passion for unreasonable amounts of tinsel.
There were many other parties, of course, and Bob reveled in the camaraderie and festivities. Forget waiting for the parents going to bed early so we teens could continue partying unsupervised, that’s all I have to say on that.
Penny, your love story with Bob is my all-time favourite. Bob devoted himself entirely and lovingly to you and your children, your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren. It was wonderful to be welcomed into that circle as a friend and enjoy some of the spill-over. I will miss Bob’s kindness, his crafty sense of humour, and his political opinions. He was a lovely man, and we will be remembering him in stories for many years to come.
1 May 2021
I was lucky enough to be welcomed into the Richardson family as an honorary member in my childhood and I have so many happy memories of spending time with Bob and Penny at their beautiful home with my bestie Courtney. Grandpa Bob was always so warm and welcoming and he will most certainly be missed by all that knew him. He was a very special soul. Sending my love and condolences to Courtney, Robin, Grandma Penny and the rest of the family.
30 April 2021
That little farm in the valley at Cummer produced generations of wonderful individuals. Stalwart, generous souls; soldiers, engineers, nurses, teachers. Bob was the last of these originals, representative of the best of them all. A gracious, honest man who will be deeply missed.
30 April 2021
I first met Bob shortly after my arrival in Canada in the early 1970s. His ready laugh and natural ability to put people at ease was a pure gift. He was kind, non judgmental, compassionate and generous and I took to him straight away. Bob was a gentle soul with an open heart. Through the years we have shared many happy moments, celebrating at the famous Christmas parties, partaking in family gatherings, reminiscing about the Cummer valley, fun times in Niagara and chatting around the kitchen table or on the deck at Farmingdale. His passion for life and everyone around him will be truly missed.