CLAYTON: Robert John “Flash” – October 19 1921-February 6, 2015. We woke this morning to know that you are gone. On Friday, February 6 at 7:00 am Bob passed peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital K Wing. He has worn many hats, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, GG Bob, Brother, Uncle, Soldier and Comrade. He wore them all so well.  You are a true hero to many! Bob was born in Toronto the eldest of 8 children.  Joined the army in 1939 and was captured by the Japanese December 25, 1941. Bob came home to marry the love of his life, Jessica, in September 1946 all this and his wondrous life was just beginning. Bob and Jessie have been married for 68 years. “I love my Jessie” he has been heard to say from time to time. Bob and Jessie were blessed with two daughters, Veronica (Rickie) and Janet Elaine (predeceased).  They have a favourite son-in-law Dr. Bruce Edey. Bob was a devoted Grandpa to Christine, Lance and Jennifer and the proudest GG Bob to Kristin, Jake and Carter. He leaves behind sister, Shirley (John) and Brothers Harley (Helen) and Lorne, predeceased by Sister Audrey and Brothers Ron, Wilfred and Howard. He was Uncle Bob to many nieces and nephews related and gathered and all were loved. Bob was a Sargent in the Royal Rifles, Royal Canadian Regiment and was a Lifetime member of the Hong Kong Veteran’s Association and a Japanese POW survivor.  Bob was honored with a lifetime membership to the Royal Canadian Legion Brechin- Mara Branch 488 where he served many years as a sgt at arms for the branch. Bob was never happier than when he was carrying a baby over his shoulder or enjoying the great outdoors.  He inspired many people to be more than they thought they could be. “One remarkable man with so many accomplishments, the biggest of all was the respect and love he received from those whose lives he touched. What a gift he was to all those who loved him.  Heaven is a happier place this morning. Jan- I’m sending Dad to you.  God speed Pop”. There will be several celebrations of Bob’s great life in the near future. Please contact Mangan Funeral Home in Beaverton for further information The love, care, respect and devotion of the staff of K 3 East is truly worthy of any great soldier. Please honor Bob’s memory by donating to Sunny brook Hospital K3 East  or 416-480-4483 .  Online condolences are welcomed at

Love ya, Pop, Love ya, R.J.


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