Robert William Fennell

April 17, 1939January 8, 2021

Robert (“Bob”) William Fennell passed away peacefully at Juravinski Hospital on January 8, 2021, at the age of 81. Lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Joyce Elizabeth Fennell (nee Long), son Shawn (Wendy), and grandchildren Calvin, Kendra, Zach, Vanessa and MacKenzie. Missed by his brothers David, Ron and Ted.

Bob was a loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather. His family meant the world to him, and he would do anything for them. He was a carpenter by trade, yet he was so much more of a creator and builder whereby he was always fixing things and helping family and friends complete many projects. He was a humble man who was an amazing role model to Shawn, imparting his guidance, and lending support to his son’s endeavors. Bob enjoyed traveling with the love of his life, Joyce. They went on road trips to many beautiful places making many memories. He was a lover of trains, and was an avid collector of model railroads and enjoyed sharing this hobby with his son, grandchildren, and friends. He was a proud employee of Mohawk college for many years.

Bob will be missed, but for those fortunate enough to have had him in their lives, he will never be forgotten. His smile lit up the room. His gentle soul and his kindness will be cherished forever. He could always be counted on to lend a helping hand when needed.

A private celebration of Bob’s life will take place on Saturday January 16th. You can view the ceremony live or on replay at

The family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Juravinski Hospital for all their care and support in his final days. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to the Hamilton SPCA would be appreciated.


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, January 16, 2021



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Lyle and Marie Jeakins

January 16, 2021

We attended the online funeral service in memory of Bob. Certainly captured the essence of his loving and giving character. So many memories to treasure. Thanks for sharing.
Lyle and Marie Jeakins.

Paul Fennell

January 14, 2021

How sad to read of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Joyce and family. Bob’s smiling face and good humour always brightened our family picnics. Rest In Peace.

Paul and Mary Fennell

Bob and Joanne Packham

January 13, 2021

Our sincerest condolences to Joyce, Shawn and Wendy, Calvin and Kendra in the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather.

Carolyn Morris

January 13, 2021

Dear Joyce, Shawn, Wendy & Grandchildren, Thinking of you with the passing of your dear Bob - husband, Dad & Grandpa. May your precious memories of your time together give you peace in the days ahead. Sincerely, Carolyn Morris

Catherine and Patrick Fennell Arbour

January 13, 2021

So very sad to hear that cousin Bob has been ill for the past couple of months and has now passed away. The picture with the beaming smile that you have included with this obituary is so typical of how he always looked when we saw him at the many Fennell family picnics. I have wonderful memories of Bob, along with his three brothers, always chuckling and taking part in the crazy fun. My thoughts are with all members of Bob’s immediate family at this sad time.
Catherine and Patrick Arbour

Mary Fowler

January 13, 2021

Sincere sympathy to Joyce, Shawn, Wendy and all family members. He will certainly be missed.

Fred Fennell

January 13, 2021

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the family !

Best Regards
Chuck Fran Fennells Familys


January 13, 2021

To Shawn, Wendy and Family,
We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Bob's passing. I always made sure to have a conversation with Bob at the family picnics. Bob always had the time to have a conversation with us and was indeed such a nice person. May he now Rest in Forever Peace...
Most Sincerely, Ted & Jan Fennell

Stephen Fennell

January 13, 2021

Very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. A wonderful sense of humour and a great smile. I fondly remember the baseball games and conversations at the many family picnics when we were younger, and seeing Bob when we could all make it to the picnics of later years. Thinking of Joyce, Shawn, Wendy & family, the brothers, cousins, aunts , uncles & entire family.

Cheryl Gzik

January 13, 2021

Dear Joyce, Shawn and Wendy and all the grandchildren...

We wanted to express our condolences to you. Most of all, we remember his kindness and his smile. We are thinking of you with love. Sincerely, Cheryl, Tony, Nelson and Matthew