Robert William McCauley

July 8, 1926March 1, 2013

Robert William McCauley July 8, 1926 – March 1, 2013

With deep sorrow we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Robert McCauley. Surrounded by family at St. Mary’s Hospital, Bob lost his battle against heart disease. Pre-deceased by his parents, Herbert and Mary Jane McCauley (nee Mahaffy) who hailed from Lurgan in Northern Ireland, a place close to his heart. Devoted husband of the late Erika McCauley (2000). Loving father of Eva, Heidi and Fred McCauley and father-in-law of Marimar McCauley, affectionate, loyal caregiver and friend. Doting grandfather of Jacob McCauley of Toronto, Matthew Cote of Montreal and Erika McCauley of Kitchener. Special surrogate “Opa” to many children who liked to view his intriguing science experiments. Bob grew up in Cabbagetown but made Kitchener his permanent home when hired by Waterloo Lutheran University in 1965. Bob triumphed in his career as professor of Biology, Physiology and Zoology, conducting research on a plethora of fish species and teaching his students with his ubiquitous wit and enthusiasm. Bob continued to actively pursue his passions for music, creative writing, travel, photography, astronomy and literature since his 1992 retirement. Bob was a gifted writer, and widely published in a variety of newspapers and magazines such as the Waterloo Region Record, the Globe and Mail, Mother Earth News, the Waterloo Historical Society newsletter as well as in prestigious scientific journals. He engaged in writing articles right up until his death. Bob was an accomplished musician who enjoyed entertaining friends and family with his harmonica, recorder and tin whistle with a recent emphasis on traditional Celtic music. His irrepressible sense of humour was appreciated by his wide circle of friends. Bob will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He will be cremated and his ashes will be buried beside his beloved wife in Williamsburg Cemetery. A private family ceremony will be held at the gravesite and his life will be celebrated at a traditional Irish wake on April 6. Please contact the family ( to determine location and other details of this event by March 31. We extend our sincerest thanks to the dedicated medical team at St. Mary’s ICU and CCU for their fine nursing care.


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Jocelyn Cote

March 16, 2013

I have never had a dull conversation with Bob. He was full of this wonderful sense of humour. Bob was a fabulous Opa to my son, Matthew. He will be missed.

Laura Park

March 13, 2013

My son remembers Opa making him paper airplanes and doing science experiments together - including cooking tasty hot dogs in a unique way! He spent quality time with the kids and will be long remembered for those experiences.

March 11, 2013

Fondly recalling many long walks and talks with "The professor" as well as our maple syrup operations each Spring. I'm sure he will be well missed in the neighbourhood.

Ron Mcleod, Calgary Alberta

Sheila McKee-Protopapas

March 5, 2013

I had the pleasure of being a student in Dr. McCauley's animal physiology class and then later working with him in the Biology Department. He was a wonderful teacher and colleague and a lovely man.

March 3, 2013

I met Robert at the Concordia Club at our round Table and travel'd with him and our Friends on occasion Wine tasting Trips to Niagara on the Lake, Robert and I both had Fun playing our Harmonicas.It was always nice to talk to him in my German Language.Nice Gentlemen to talk and to know him.He will be missed and he will always be in our Round of Friends.With deep Regrets Heinz , Maria Schumann and Friends from our Round Table.

March 3, 2013

Remembering a remarkable man and his delightful sense of humour, with love.
Yvonne Munk

March 3, 2013

With fond memories of a dear colleague and friend:
Hart and Marilyn Bezner