OBITUARY

Robert Levi Leroux

August 6, 1934April 15, 2021

LEROUX, Robert (Bob) Levi - Our father lived such a full, remarkable life that it is difficult to compile it all into one account - something the ever-humble Bob would never have done. Born to Donalda MacMillan and Levi Leroux and raised in Cornwall, Bob met his beloved Kathleen Charbonneau in 1955. Smitten by her beauty and charm, he proposed two weeks later, and they married October 6, 1956. They were married 55 years, until her death November 2, 2011. Their strong partnership was the backbone and safe place for our entire family.

Bob is survived by three children, Brock, Kent (Debbie Bertrand), and Kristen (Steve Terriah), grandchildren Amber (Brandon Wainwright), Vanessa (Brock Marsolais), Alexandra, Amy, Thomas, and Grace, and great-grandchildren Lucy, twins Lewis and Ainslie, Miller, Myla, and Remi Rose.

Bob’s incredible work ethic was evident early on in his adulthood. As a newlywed, he worked full time at Chalet Glass while attending the University of Toronto by correspondence to become a Chartered Accountant, graduating with honours. In 1968, he brought his family to Pierrefonds to begin his career with Pfizer, then Bruck Mills, then Cadbury Schweppes as comptroller. Bob and Kathleen developed lasting friendships with our neighbours on King Street, with regular backyard get togethers with the adults (there may have been some shenanigans and a wheelbarrow incident with Helen Clark) while all the children played nearby on the green and in friends’ houses in what was the most idyllic neighbourhood and childhood experience for all of us.

In 1977, during the FLQ Crisis, Bob moved the family back to Cornwall and started as comptroller with SDS Kerr/Beavers Dental in Morrisburg. After the retirement of Vice President and good friend Wally Latchum, Bob took on the role of VP and GM until his retirement in 1999. He was so loved by the employees in the office and factory, and spent many lunch hours sitting in his three-piece suit playing cards in the factory cafeteria with the people he managed but saw as friends. He knew everyone by name, as well as the names of their family members. He’d eat lunch from his brown paper bag, then fold it up and reuse it the following day. With Beavers, he had the opportunity to travel the world, to beautiful countries like Austria (his favourite), Germany, Singapore, Japan, Fiji, and Italy, to name a few.

Throughout his life, he had a heart of service. This is what many will remember him for. He was treasurer for the North Shore soccer league, comprised of innumerable teams, and coached his boys’ teams. He never missed a soccer or hockey game for either son. He was fiercely protective and tremendously proud of his only daughter. In Cornwall, he was a member of the Board of Directors for the Family Counselling Centre, the Canadian Liver Foundation, then was very involved with the Cornwall hospitals. He was instrumental in helping to create the Nursing Advisory Committee with CEO Murray Halkett at the Cornwall General Hospital, and was on the Finance Committee. He was a member of the Joint Executive Committee which oversaw the amalgamation of the two hospitals, and was then a member of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Cornwall Community Hospital, and spent 5 years as the Chairman of that Board. He also served as a eucharistic minister at St. Peter's Parish alongside his good friend Father George Maloney, and volunteered his services as bookkeeper. His many contributions to his community could go on and on.

After our mom’s death, our dapper father was aggressively sought after by the widows at his church. He connected with Sylvia Desjardins (Martin) for a cup of coffee that winter, and they became inseparable until the time of his death. The beauty in this story is that Sylvia was our mother’s Maid of Honour when she married our father. Sylvia adored our Dad, and we will be forever grateful for the comfort and companionship she provided to our father. We are certain he wouldn’t have thrived without her in his life.

Dad absolutely adored his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. There was nothing and no one more important to him, or that brought him more joy. He and Mom lived by the rule that you treat others with care and kindness, and treat them like family. Everyone they met felt important and good after an encounter with either one. This is a legacy they’ve left for the three of us, and we all try to emulate the same in our lives. They taught us to see the good in people. Mild-mannered but mischievous, Dad was the kindest, funniest, most loveable human. He knew the secret to the caramilk bar, sported fabulous sweat suits, gave scratchy moustache kisses, had a love for sweets, economics, crosswords, Carol Burnett, jazz, and he drove painfully slow. We will treasure every moment and memory. Dad’s last year was very difficult for him, particularly the last 4 months which were spent in hospital, mostly alone due to Covid. True to his good nature, he rarely complained. During his last 24 hours, he was surrounded by his children and some grandchildren, in a bubble of safety and extreme love, while we shared stories of his life. He is free now, no longer in pain, and reunited with our beautiful mother. Together forever in eternity, at last.

Cremation has already taken place. A Memorial Service will be scheduled for a later date in late summer. Details will follow. Arrangements under the care and trust of Lahaie & Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West (613-932-8482).

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Cheryl Miller

May 1, 2021

Your Mom and Dad were very special friends with Chuck and I. We spent many a Saturday night playing bridge and having enlivened conservations. They were true friends over the years.
So sorry to here of Bob's passing.
My deepest condolences and my prayers are with you.

Cheryl Miller

Louise Bisson

April 26, 2021

Sorry to hear about your loss I worked with Bob on the Board at Family Counselling for all the time he was there and always enjoyed the time we spent together on the Board. Have not seen much of him in the past year or so but was always happy to meet him in the stores and talk about our time on the Board. He will be missed.

Louise Bisson

Diane Depatie

April 26, 2021

My deepest condolences to the cousins I have never met. Bobby and I crossed paths often though, mostly at family funerals, then again during the amalgamation of the hospitals - on opposite sides.

You did not mention his genealogical work on the family. He always had his notebook with him when I saw him, asking questions of everyone. He will always be fondly remembered.

Your second cousin Diane Leroux Depatie

Wanda Fortier

April 24, 2021

Dearest Brock, Kent and Kristen:

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved father, Bob.

I knew your parents, given that I worked with your mama at the Ministry of Community and Social Services, in the late ‘70’s. What an angel Kathleen was .... and with your handsome dad by her side, they were (and are, in heaven), a couple to be reckoned with. Such love for each other, for those they encountered, and especially for their children!!

Your dad always made Dave and I feel special whenever and wherever we met.

Your parents were especially proud of their children and this tribute is a great reflection of your returning love for them.

God be with them and with you!!

Wanda and David Fortier

Tom Heard

April 23, 2021

Bob was a great guy and a distant second cousin
I served with him on the newly formed Cornwall Hospital Board , he from the General and I from Hotel Dieu, trying times for the Community and all the Hospital staff but the new board came together and one by one resolved the issues at hand
I’m sure he will be missed

Kelly-Ann Benoit

April 23, 2021

Brock, Kent, and Kristen,
What a beautiful and well-deserved tribute to your father. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Given that your parents were my “godparents”, they always had an extra special place in my heart and I am forever grateful for the little bonus times that I got to spend with them and you - especially spending Summer weeks in Montreal. My heart was sad when your mother left us; but, for some reason I have a glimmer of calm knowing that your father will be by your mother’s side again.
My children will always remember Uncle Bob for handing out gum when he saw them, including in church during mass!
You will be missed Uncle Bob.
Kelly-Ann Benoit

Tim Cryderman

April 23, 2021

My condolences to the family. It was my pleasure working with Bob thru the years at Beavers Dental , He always had a smile and definitely quick witted . When I would cross paths with Bob around town he always enquired about the family and my in-laws who had worked at Beavers also . Rest In Peace Bob

Fay Leroux

April 22, 2021

Brock, Kent, Kristen and families

My deepest sympathies on hearing about your Dad’s passing. May you find comfort in knowing that he is by your mom’s side. May he Rest In Peace !

Fay

Denise Proulx

April 22, 2021

Brock, Kent, and Kristen,

I am sending my condolences to you and your extended families and the friends who knew “Bob” and got to know his special personality. Stanley and I spent many wonderful times with Bob and Kathleen throughout their lives, including our fun card parties; and, they will forever have a special place in my heart. I take comfort in knowing that Bob will be reunited with Kathleen – the love of his life. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during your time of grief and healing.

All my love “Aunt Denise”

Linda Helmer

April 22, 2021

What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I lived on Bergin Ave. when your grandparents lived there. I was a young girl and I had a crush on Bob. He was so nice and always gave me a big smile when he would walk by our house. Later in life, if he and I would meet, we always had a good talk. He is remembered by me as a true gentleman. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure he was welcomed in God's loving arms.

FROM THE FAMILY