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GILMOUR, Robert A.

GILMOUR, Robert A.

GILMOUR - Robert A. April 12, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Elaine Gilmour; loving father of Shelley (late Udo) Stephan, Scott (Ellen) Gilmour and Liane Gilmour (James Grant); cherished grandfather of Liane (Brian) Jensen, Jennifer (Bryan) Lastwika, Marc Stephan, Alex, Stephen, Hunter Gilmour, and Melisa (Mike) Beauchesne-Ellis; survived by 10 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; brother of the late Bernice (late Jim) MacDonell; also survived by nieces and nephews. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, Bob graduated from the U. of Manitoba in Electrical Engineering (1950) and from Harvard's business program (1971). He worked for 35 years with Westinghouse and WABCO in both Canada and the USA, culminating with his role as VP & GM of WABCO worldwide. Bob had a passion for helping others. Prior to his retirement in 1986, Bob volunteered as a ski guide for the blind. He also served on the executive of the Rotary Club of Hamilton, was a founder of the Burlington Breakfast Rotary Club and then served as a member of the Rotary Club of Stuart - Sunrise in Palm City, FL. He was honored with multiple service awards from Rotary International, including his favorite award for 60 years continued service without absence. In his early 70's, he took up scuba diving and became a certified Master Scuba Diver, Dive Master and underwater videographer. He then served as a diver for the Florida Oceanographic Society as well as educational tour guide, reef builder and administrative volunteer. At 80, he served with the Coast Guard auxiliary where they were so inspired by his enthusiasm and zest that they now have an award named in his honor. Known to all as "Captain Bob", he was a boating enthusiast who maintained the "Maple Leaf", a 1936 Taylor craft, at the Starport Marina at Lake Simcoe. Starport honored him with an award for being the "oldest boater, oldest tenant (40 years) and oldest boat. Bob had an incredible impact and effect on all, but his greatest legacy will be the love he gave to his wife and family. The family will be present at the John E. Roberts Funeral Home (Amherst Chapel), 280 Grover Cleveland Highway, at Bailey, on Saturday, April 21 from 10-12 noon where a Celebration of Life will follow at 12 noon. Share condolences online at

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