Robert David Arsenault
January 15, 1947 – March 25, 2020
Bob (Robert David) Arsenault : Born Sydney Nova Scotia in January 15, 1947 died on March 25, 2020 at 73 years of age. He passed peacefully, succumbing to heart disease. He was a son of the late Alex and Helene (LeBlanc) Arsenault of Sydney NS. He came to Toronto from Sydney in 1964 with his brother Ray to find new lives and careers. He spent most of his adult life working in the Ministry of Housing, specifically the last 13 years as Manager – Major Issues & Media Relations, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. He loved his job and often worked seven days a week making sure that office ran smoothly – finally retiring in 2006.
Outside of work, he loved to sit outside at a Toronto cafe with his coffee and newspaper and watch the world go by, taking in every nuance of the many people who shared the city with him. His personal life included a great love of mystery novels and mystery TV/movies (from Jessica Fletcher to Agatha Christie to Peter Robinson - whose writing courses he completed, along with his own novel entitled “Murder at Queen's Park”). He loved classical music and was also a big fan of Celtic music; he loved to attend Rita MacNeil concerts when she was touring in the area. Bob had a wonderful laugh and enjoyed humour where ever he could find it in life, especially enjoying the Golden Girls and MASH on TV.
He had a love of tea, and a rum & coke or wine in the evening – he always said there were three things all Nova Scotians had in common: gathering around the kitchen table, unions, and rum & coke. He loved animals, owning both rescue cats and Bernese Mountain dogs. He always had a love of his home city Sydney NS, and had always planned to retire there. But sadly after sharing his niece Madonna /nephew Marvin's home in Scotsville NS for three years, life brought him back to Toronto to the city he loved, then on to Brampton and finally, albeit briefly, to Cambridge with his brother Ray and niece Lesley and her daughter.
He will be very sadly missed by his surviving siblings Ray (late Pat) (Cambridge, Ontario) and Isabel Tell (Fred) (Sydney, NS), and many nieces, nephews and cousins, both down home in Nova Scotia and up here in Ontario. He was previously deceased by sisters, Mary-Jane Delaney, Lake Ainslie, NS and Julia, Sydney NS; brothers, Emile, Clifford, Linus, Joseph, Sydney, NS. As well he leaves behind many good friends from the Toronto area (Will Carmichael, now of Brighton,ON), from the Municipality of Housing as well as others he met socially over many years in Toronto.
This poem, written to accompany the introduction of the Inverness Tartan, NS in 2003, best sums up his love of Nova Scotia.
Inverness County Tartan Colours Poem:
Blue for honour, ocean, rivers and lakes,
Yellow for friendship and golden oat-cakes,
Black for the coal, Cabot Trail, and slow trains,
White for “forerunners”, peace and snowy lanes,
Green for the splendour of farm fields and hills,
Red for courage, crimson skies and strong wills.
Written by: Verna MacMillan
Any donations in memory of Bob can be made to: Canadian Heart & Stroke Society or Toronto Animal Services.
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Robert David Arsenault
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March 30, 2020
So sad to hear of Bobby’s passing.
Many summer days were spent on June’s step talking. My son, Josh, spent time with June and Bobby. They both would laugh and smile as he played around them. Bobby was thoughtful and when he went back to Ontario he would send cards in the mail to Josh. He was so kind and we feel blessed to have known him.
Rest In Peace Bobby 💛
Danny, Lorraine and Josh MacKinnon
Mira Road Cape Breton
Gloria Warren Demone
March 29, 2020
We are very deeply saddened to hear that Robert has passed. I remeber his visits with June and would always have a great chat while he was there. He was always smiling and laughing. He was always friendly and a pleasure to be around.
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