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Dr. Robert Allen Everett, PhD.

14 julio , 195310 mayo , 2021
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Robert Allen Everett, PhD (1953-2021)

Robert Allen Everett has succumbed to the prostate cancer diagnosed in 2016 but sadly left unwatched until an advanced stage – all “secret, black and midnight” – for many years. Son of the late Donald and Margaret (née Dunsmore), Robert was proud of his Newtonbrook, Ontario upbringing, his Scottish heritage and humanist strivings. He is survived by dear siblings Diane (John), John (Juanita), and James Barry (Heather). He cherished his nieces and nephews Stephen, Liz (Jeff), Catherine (Raj), Gregory, Caralyn (Ryan), Michelle (Logan), Chloe and celebrated their many accomplishments. Robert was deeply appreciative of the love and support shown by friends and loved ones, especially that of his partner Lesley Greenspoon, who devoted countless hours to his comfort and joy. How magic that circle of Anne Marie, Barbara, Cheryl and Paul, Don and Susan, Jean Pierre, John and Dianne, Karen, Liz, Merv and Linda, Michael, Mike and Marie, Mildred, Nancy and John, Phil and Susan, Renata, Rick and Claudia, Roy and Sue, Steve, Tim and many other kind hearts and steadfast loved ones. Colleagues generously shared their sustaining energy and camaraderie. His treatment was skilled, sensitive, timely and invariably compassionate.

Robert held degrees from Carleton and York universities. Beginning in 1985 he taught York courses on media and politics, environmental journalism, and federal dynamics, earning teaching awards along the way. He contributed to scholarship and public policy in dozens of published works -- including reports for a House of Commons standing committee, the CRTC and a royal commission – and through lectures, presentations and media appearances. In his work at the University Secretariat, over the course of three decades he supported York’s Senate and Board of Governors and served the wider community. He led countless professional workshops internally and externally in his capacity as Senior Assistant Secretary of the University at York. Upon retirement in 2019 two awards were established, and the Senate Chamber renamed, in his honour.

Out of a bar band past he loved to compose and record music on raggedy guitar and a growing collection of exotic instruments gifted to him. Other passions were film, history, cycling, photography, maps, astronomy, social justice and charitable work.

Robert will be interred next to his parents in a wee plot, purchased in 1940, at the very back of Westminster Cemetery now overlooking scenic G. Ross Lord Dam Park. His spirit may be caught in the Gaelic tune Chi Mi Na Morbheanna (Mist on the Mountains) or in that special interplay of light and dark of the gloaming. He barefooted through Shakespeare’s “mingled yarn” of a beckoning, bedevilled world.

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Glenda Charlton

19 mayo , 2021

Dr. B has left a legacy at York which will continue to shape the institution for years. His caring voice tone and reassuring smile and quick wit will remain with me for a lifetime. SIP Dr. B and as the legendary Jamaican folklorist, the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou) would say, "walk good"! I will miss our little chats and so much more. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Steven Gunning

19 mayo , 2021

When Bob started at york at the Vinson centre for students . There where Peter and John and Bob. I met Don too

N. P.

17 mayo , 2021

A dignified night on The Kingsway.

Alicia Pinter

17 mayo , 2021

My dearest Bob-O,

You will always hold a special place in my heart because to me you represent the very best of humanity and the epitome of what we should all aspire to be. I will always remember the first time I met you. It was at a low point in my life for despite completing my UG studies earlier that year, I had just lost my grandmother. I was sad, nervous and worried about not fitting in but then you walked into the resource room with a warm smile on your face and introduced yourself with a joke and a high five :) Your presence and kind welcoming words put me immediately at ease and let me know that everything was going to be okay. In that moment I felt the same sense of safety, comfort, peace and belonging that I always felt in my grandmother's presence; it was like she sent me a friend when I was in need and you made me laugh like I hadn't done in awhile.

It truly pains me that we won't have more time to laugh as we always did but I feel truly blessed to have the precious memories I do and I will cherish them always.

Sending prayers of peace & support to you and to those you leave behind. Rest in peace my friend. Yours always, Aleek.

Elaine MacRae

17 mayo , 2021

My dear friend Bob, we began simply as colleagues but soon became dear friends. You taught me how principled, collegial governance can have such a positive impact. With diplomacy and kindness you were the bridge over many troubled waters. I will miss your wise calmness and reassuring ways; our wonderful chats about our Toronto sports teams, the beauty of the Haliburton Highlands and the Ottawa Valley. I will miss your wickedly wonderful wit; our giggles. You are forever in my heart.
My deepest sympathy to Lesley and Bob’s family.

Paul Axelrod

17 mayo , 2021

I had the honour and pleasure of working periodically with Bob at York, and saw him intermittently in recent years. Here are some things I know. He was diplomatic, principled, and wickedly funny. He cared deeply about words and used them adroitly. He was the calm in the eye of the storm. He made everyone he touched feel that they mattered. He’s too soon gone but left an enduring legacy, professionally and personally.

Paul Axelrod

Sue Sbrizzi

17 mayo , 2021

What a special man Bob was. What a gift his friendship was to all of us. I was lucky enough to become a registered member of the Kharma Gheezers's fan club in 1989 and got to see Bob in his quiet but devilishly happy element over the years of the band's existence from that point on. It was always an experience getting to watch and listen to this group of 5 very different men come together to play! These were some of the happiest days of all their lives, I reckon, and perhaps more so with these bittersweet memories now that Bob has left us far too soon. Roy and I wish we had kept in better touch. Time moves quickly and teaches us: too many beautiful Christmas cards can be exchanged over the years without a plan to gather. We will need to gather (when that is possible again) to remember, laugh, cry and hug for the gift that was this wonderful friend, Bob.

Megan Wong

17 mayo , 2021

I always loved seeing Bob with Lesley at our gatherings over the years; he was always warm and kind, and clever... Jeff especially appreciated Bob's welcoming nature. He and Lesley were such great partners and supports for each other. I only regret that we never got around to making music together. My heartfelt condolences to all of Bob's loved ones.

Rhonda Lenton

17 mayo , 2021

Bob's contributions to York University will continue to shape the institution for years to come. He will be missed by all the faculty, staff and students who he helped along the way. My warmest condolences to his family and friends.

Melissa Schiralli

17 mayo , 2021

The world has lost a bright and generous soul. I will always remember our chats in the elevator at York and how you always had a happy smile no matter what the day would bring. Your strength and positivity has inspired me to live life to the fullest everyday. I will miss you. Rest in peace dear friend.

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Bobby

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With Les

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Hotel Henry

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Elora Gorge

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Finally retired!

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Great friends, with John and Don

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With mom.