Robert (Bob) Carmichael

December 20, 1937July 16, 2016

CARMICHAEL, Robert-Ralph (Bob) – Passed away peacefully at Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) on Saturday, July 16, 2016 in his 79th year. Husband of Gwen Keatley. Son of the late Robert and Lila Carmichael. Brother of Andy (Lorraine), and Dan (Judy). Brother-in-law of Wayne Keatley (Arlene), and Glen Keatley (Janice). Bob will be missed by many nieces and nephews. As per Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service held. Memorial contributions to ARCH would be gratefully appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (492 Wellington St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, 705-759-2522).


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Robert (Bob) Carmichael

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David Stein

September 30, 2016

Dear Gwen,

Very saddened at the news.

First knew you both, when you were my prof at the University of Alberta in 1968.

I remember, particularly, Christmas dinner at your home the following year.

All the best.

Trudy Vogel-Harvey

August 22, 2016

Dear Gwen: Although we haven't seen each other for a while I find myself feeling his passing deeply. He and James were good friends and he always intended to get back to see the two of you one more time. Jim always talked about Bob and respected him as an artist and a good man. I am sure that now the two of them are kibbitzing together and enjoying each other's company. I truly appreciated the friendship and kindness you both showed me each time we visited . you and Bob have been in my thoughts quite a bit lately and my girlfriend told me of Bob's passing. May you find strength and peace in your continuing journey

Barbara Galbraith

August 5, 2016

Andy, Dan and families: I am so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I was a few years older than Bob and part of the West family across from your family home on Albert St. in our younger years. I am the proud winner of the sketch Bob did of Central Public School on Albert St, raffled at a reunion 20 some years ago.
I called him 2 years ago and told him when I die this sketch goes to the Sault Public School Board. He seemed pleased.
Sending my sympathy to Gwen and all the families - Barbara (West) Galbraith - Ottawa

Karin Court Doleske

July 27, 2016

Dear Gwen: I remember Bob's kindness as well as his professionalism. His art was and remains thought provoking -- a feast for the heart and mind. I feel honoured to meett Bob as well as you, his wife. with sorrow for your loss, Karin Doleske

Aili and Greg Dunne

July 26, 2016

It was only recently we heard of Bob's passing and wish to extend our condolences. You've lost someone who touched the lives of many and who will be deeply missed.

Karl Tuira

July 20, 2016

Dear Gwen, I am so sorry to hear that Bob passed away. I will always remember my visits with you and Bob whenever I was at my boyhood home in the Valley.
I will remember Bob through his many paintings that I treasure every day. I thought of him as friend as well as an artist.
Deepest condolences Gwen, and I will look for you the next time I am in the Valley

Valerie Keddie

July 20, 2016

Dear Gwen, Andy & Lorraine, Dan & Judy & Families,
I am very sorry to hear about Bob. Although I never met him personally I heard many stories about him through his Mom Lila and my Aunt Edna. He has truly left a huge legacy through his creative and inspirational art. My sincere condolences...cousin Valerie (Maki) Keddie.

Mireille Gagnon Moes

July 19, 2016

Gwen, I am saddened to learn of the passing of the gentle man that was Bob. His thoughtful vision of the world will be missed. My heartfelt sympathies to you.

David and Anne Aurandt

July 19, 2016

Dear Gwen, We were stunned to hear of Bob's death on the National News last night. He was a truly unique person, and his work is distinctive in ways that will persist and inspire all of us far into the future. I will remember him especially for his quiet strength and the disciplined poetry of his paintings, his ability to give us the depth of his feeling and knowing about nature and the human condition. We are so glad to have spent some time with you both last fall.
David and Anne

July 19, 2016

I first saw Bob's work in the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1972 and was so enthralled by it that I later wrote the gallery to find out who he was. A surprise: he was from the Soo, my home town. I eventually went to visit him and Gwen in the farm house outside of Echo Bay and bought 2 of his works. They hang on our walls to this day. It was a fun day then with Gwen and Bob. Every day I reminded of that day by his handiwork.
It's sad to hear of his death and my best wishes to Gwen for the future.
Brian Latham (Yellowknife, NT)