Karl John Rebbetoy

January 22, 1954February 7, 2021

Karl John Rebbetoy (b. 1954) passed away peacefully on February 7, 2021, after a courageous fight against cancer.

Just as he went through his journey in life, Karl managed his illness with strength, perseverance, and most of all, his positivity. Karl was known for his “live your life to the fullest” attitude, and his positive energy was always able to touch and impact those around him. In his final days, Karl was surrounded by his two children in the care of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton, Ontario. Karl is survived by his two children, Kathryn and Andrew; four brothers, Jim, Dan, Patrick and Jack; two sisters, Mary and Anne; and grand-daughter Sophia, and will be missed by many.

As to Karl’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service, and that his body be cremated. His celebration of life will take place at a later date. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice in Hamilton, Ontario.


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Karl John Rebbetoy

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Sue Fowler

February 28, 2021

I am one of Karl’s first cousins on his mom’s side.
Karl and I always had a connection every time I saw him we would take up where we left off years ago.
Always laughing, smiling, grinning, he was a joy to be around.
Hugs to all

Donna Heddle-Bowers

February 26, 2021

I met Karl at church in Tucson. I loved to listen to his Canadian accent since my grandparents and my father were from Ben Miller and Goderich, Ontario. I was surprised to learn that Karl's hockey team played against the team in Goderich many moons ago. Karl was one of the most full of life social butterflies I have ever met. He had unlimited good advice too, such as stashing the largest parka you can find ( XXL) in your car in the winter (among other things) in case you get stuck in a blizzard for hours and hours or longer in Canada. We in Tucson, and others all over the USA and Canada were beyond blessed to have known such a warm and kind soul as Karl.

michael roche

February 12, 2021

Karl;knew you for well over 40 years,always a smile on your face and a plan for the future,you could'nt sit still without devising some other fantastic thing to do.I worked with you ,played with you,shared some of lifes finest moments together-thank you for being my friend. Michael Roche

Edward Moreno

February 10, 2021

I am heart broken to hear about Karl’s passing. We became friends during my time when I lived in Tucson, AZ. He always was very positive and was great to be around. He was very warm, loving and fun person to be around. I am going to miss his great energy and positive spirit.

Timothy O'Hara

February 10, 2021

I am so saddened by the news. In a way Karl and my lives were intertwined. We went to St Stephen's in grade school, I later worked at the Esso and he would hang around, and found later to both be in Alberta. The picture he posted of the hockey game on their back yard rink, I am in. It was so nice to follow and hear from him on Facebook. We share in the loss and hope in consolation we can share some of your sense of unfair loss and emptiness and take some of that burden for you. Tim O'Hara Calgary.

Keith Mackay

February 10, 2021

Dear Katie and Andrew I am so sorry for the loss of your father. A kind and wonderful friend who was always happy to help any one and in many cases myself. he would work in my store on the road and even if I didn't keep in touch for a while his warmth and friendship were always there. He invited me to church for a bike ride and for a beer. He always was cheerful and handled any challenge or disappointment with dignity and cheer. In the last few years every time before and during his illness he bragged about you two. He would boost about the wallpaper Queen and was so proud of the Engineer and would talk of your latest successes. He was proud of both of you for your successes but especially for the people you have become. My prayers go out to you and I hope you always feel his love, have little talks with him and know he is up in Heaven watching out for you and laughing with you in all your joys. May peace be with you.