Retired Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, passed away peacefully at home on November 6, 2019. Beloved husband of Donna. Loving father of Dawn Clarke (Guy), Wendy Davis (Jerry) and Meghan Moore (Patrick). Cherished grandfather of Adam, Ryan, Zach, Alexandra, Jamie, Jacquie, Austin, Hannah and Mason. Proud great-grandfather of Greyson, Addison, Hudson, Brooklyn, Levi, Braxton and Georgia. Survived by his brothers, Hugh (Kamma) and Michael (Deborah) and his sister, Mary Boyd (Jim); his mother-in-law, Evelyn Gilpin, brother-in-law, Bob Gilpin (Renate), and sister-in-law, Mary Compeau (Dave). Predeceased by his parents, Clint and Anne Thompson.
Rob was a partner in the law firm of Boddy, Ryerson from 1974 to 1996, where he practiced criminal and civil litigation and family law. During that time he also served as Federal Prosecutor for the Department of Justice. On February 20, 1996, Rob was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice, General Division, now the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and presided in this role for some 20 years in Owen Sound and Walkerton, before transferring back to the Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk area to be closer to his growing family members until his retirement on December 31, 2017.
Rob’s other interests and hobbies included carpentry, building, farming, gardening, photography, travel and fishing. His family will be kept busy for many months (years?) completing his projects. Too many plans – too much ambition – never enough time.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Alex Quinlan, the doctors and interns at London Health Sciences Centre -Transplant Unit, Dr. Paul Howatt and Woodstock General Hospital staff, and the staff at Brantford General Hospital. Rob and his family are also very appreciative of the excellent, compassionate, home care and companionship provided by the many nurses, PSW’s, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists during his illness.
At Rob’s request there will be no formal funeral or memorial service. A private family visitation is to be held followed by cremation. Arrangements entrusted to the Keith Ovington Funeral Home, Burford, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, any expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to London Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital) – Transplant Unit or to Woodstock General Hospital (Palliative Care). Keith Ovington 519-449-1112 www.keithovington.ca