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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Robert Norman Warner

December 13, 1950June 27, 2020

WARNER, ROBERT NORMAN It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Robert (Bob) Warner, age 69 of Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 27, 2020. Born in Grimsby, Ontario, on December 13, 1950, he was the son of Florence and Norman Warner. Bob is survived by his wife of 48 years, Rachelle, his son, Marc (Jody), daughters Jennifer (Todd), Lisa (Peter), grandchildren, Luc, Michael, Finn, Sadie and Jamie, mother Florence, sisters Donna (Neil), Gerri and his nieces and his nephew. He was predeceased by his father, Norman. In lieu of flowers or other tribute, the family appreciates contributions in Bob’s name to the Men’s Hockey program at Saint Mary’s University. To make a memorial gift for Bob Warner BA’75, please go to https://giving.smu.ca. A celebration of life and more details regarding the scholarship to follow. Online condolences can be made at: www.jasnowfuneralhome.com Bob’s early years took him to various parts of the world. Upon returning to Canada, he graduated High School from Sir Wilfrid Laurier in Ottawa. Around this time, a young lady by the name of Rachelle caught his eye. He ventured into the world of professional hockey, suiting up for the Johnstown Jets located in Pennsylvania. Bob would off-season in the Ottawa area, and was invited to the Montreal Canadian’s training camp in the summer of 1971, Bob’s life would be forever changed. He met Bob Boucher who was the head coach for the Saint Mary’s Huskies and offered Bob the opportunity to become a student athlete. The following summer, he married the love of his life. He and Rachelle set off on an adventure of a lifetime. Their time at SMU would form loving friendships, memories and 4 national championship appearances. After graduating with a BA, Bob signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs and would continue his professional hockey career with stops in Oklahoma, Dallas, Toronto and eventually Moncton. Retiring after the 1980 season from the New Brunswick Hawks, he would call Riverview NB home for the next 10 years. His early post-hockey career landed him in the Sales & Marketing world, working for Koho Canada, Hersey’s Canada, Cuddy Foods and ultimately Moosehead Breweries. Moosehead would re-define Bob, as his larger than life personality and character was the perfect fit. A transfer would move him to Douglastown in Miramichi, NB. He loved being outdoors with his black lab ‘Lady’, venturing off for hunting, fishing, and many other outdoor activities. His final transfer was to come home to Halifax NS in 1996. Back in Halifax, he rekindled many old friendships and became involved with the Huskie alumni and watching his Huskies. Bob was honored in 1999 by being inducted into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame. After his successful career with Moosehead, Bob joined the team at Glen Arbour golf course and was part of bringing the LPGA to Halifax. He went on to Scotia Plastics and as his professional life started to slowdown, he became a fixture at both the old and new Ashburn Golf courses where you were always greeted by his trademark smile. Bob set a high standard in everything he did. He was a Hall-of-Famer, a dedicated teammate, a leader, and a friend. Warnie was passionate about his hockey career, but his favourite team and titles were devoted husband and loving father to his three adored children. His most cherished activity was spending time with his beloved grandchildren. Bob’s genuine love and kindness was felt by many. Whether it was on the golf course, greeting friends, or watching the boys play hockey. Nobody left his presence without a little love or laughter. It is said that when a candle burns out, it makes you smile to think about all the lives it lit up along the way. Bob’s spirit lives on in our memories.

The Warner family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Halifax Infirmary ICU team especially Bob's nurses and doctors.

Always a Huskie. Always the Captain of our hearts

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Paul Villeneuve

July 8, 2020

Hi Rachelle,

I was very sad to learn of Bob's passing. He was a great guy, always positive.

I wish you and your family well; I know you will miss Bob very much.

Paul Villeneuve
(son of John)

Wayne & Pat Kelly

July 8, 2020

Dear Rachelle and family please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences over Bob's passing. Loosing a lifelong partner and parent leaves a deep wound that only time and love can heal.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad time.

Love,

Wayne & Pat Kelly

Dianne Villeneuve-Labonté

July 8, 2020

Raymond and I were shocked and saddened upon hearing of Bob's passing. He was one of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Rachel, we wish we could be there to express our heart felt sadness in person. Sending lots of love to you and your family xo.

Lori Funnell

July 8, 2020

Rachelle, Neil and I were shocked and saddened to read of Bob's passing. We have great memories of him and were so glad to see him in January. Our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts are with you.

Lori and Neil Funnell

Sherri Lonar

July 8, 2020

Rachelle, Marc, Jody, Lisa, Jenn and families,
My deepest condolences for you as you grieve and go through this very difficult time. I was shocked and very sad to hear about Bob’s passing. My heart aches for you guys. Bob was an amazing human...kind, loyal, personable and full of life. He was loved by everyone that knew him. His zest for life, his fun and caring nature will live on in your memories and watching the grandkids grow and develop into a little piece of Bob Warner. His spirit will never die. I hope that your close family, your love for each other, your memories will comfort you during these hard days. All our love from the Annapolis Valley, Sherri, Sean, Madeleine and Brigid Lonar xxoo

Paul and Judy Jennings

July 7, 2020

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bob. The world has lost a compassionate, considerate, people person. With his booming voice and his positive outlook, Bob had a knack for making people laugh. His big heart and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. Rachelle, you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Kerri Boucher-McQuigge

July 7, 2020

Rachelle, Marc, Jennifer and Lisa,
I was so sad to hear about Bob's passing. He was such wonderful presence. He would smile and always grab you for a big hug! All the work he did with the Bob Boucher Hockey Foundation was amazing and that legacy touched so many hockey players lives. Hold on to your memories, they will help you through this difficult time. I know I will always remember Bob with a smile. Sending love to you all.

Kerri Boucher-McQuigge

Roddy Bossy

July 6, 2020

Dear Rachelle,
I was very sorry to hear of Bob's untimely passing. As a past member of the hockey Huskies myself (1967-1969), I had occasion to meet and connect with him over the last number of years at various games and other functions. I always remember how fiercely proud he was to have played for the team. A true and loyal friend to all.

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God bless you.

Roddy Bossy
Bedford, NS

Lowell Loveday

July 6, 2020

Rachelle and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a good guy, a good friend. I have nothing but good memories of the times we all spent together.

Even with a heavy heart when I think of Bob it is hard to not smile a little.

Our thoughts and prayers,
Lowell and Angela

Helen Dorrington-Price

July 6, 2020

Dear Rachelle and family,
My sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father, Bob.
I have very fond memories of Bob when we were at St Mary’s University. He was such a warm and nice guy; a true gentleman.
Thinking of you at this time.
Rest In Peace Bob🙏🏽
Warm regards,
Helen Dorrington-Price
Truro, NS
SMU Grad ‘74
SMU Grad 1974

FROM THE FAMILY