Reaburn, Robert-W150Quietly at South Huron Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife Sheila and several family members at his side, Robert George (Bob) Reaburn of Exeter, formerly of Ilderton, Hensall, and Chesley in his 84th year.

Beloved husband of Sheila (Robertson) Reaburn for 61 years.  Dear father of Joe and Cherie Reaburn of Calgary, Jeff and Cindy (Sid) Reaburn of Hensall, Paul and Patricia Reaburn of Toronto, Deana Drost and Pete Sweiger of Chesley, and Chris and Tammi Reaburn of Woodstock.  Loving  grandfather of Adam and Tammy, Craig; Jamie and Jeff, Ben and Camille; Robert; Kim, Dave and Sarah, Greg and Lindsey, Dallas, Harley, and Travis; Adrienne; and great-grandfather of Nora; Lexi and Cali; Jason and Wyatt.  Dear brother of Ruth Lahn of Woodstock and brother-in-law of Nelson Robertson of Port Elgin.  Predeceased by his brother Allen Reaburn and wife Jean, brother-in-law Rob Lahn and son-in-law Ken Govers.

Bob had a long and distinguished career in education as a teacher and principal of Hensall Public School from 1953 through 1972, followed by Holmesville Public School from 1972-79, before returning to Hensall Public School until his retirement in 1986.  Bob took great pride and joy in the development of his teachers and students and his success can easily be measured by the outstanding accomplishments of his many students. Mr. Reaburn was regarded as a firm but fair teacher and principal who was always available to give extra help to students. He prided himself on remembering all of his students and was always interested to hear from and about them, even years after they had graduated.

Bob was a recreation director, hockey coach, member of Hensall United Church and a long-time member of the Hensall Kinsmen and K40 Clubs. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the Village of Hensall and surrounding area. Bob had a strong interest in sports, particularly hockey and baseball in his younger days and golf and curling later in life.

Bob’s family will miss his wonderful sense of humour, which he had to the very end, the sparkle in his eye, his generosity, his care and compassion and most of all the love and attention that he bestowed upon them, but they have many wonderful memories that will ease the pain of his passing.  Although he was a prominent local citizen, Bob was also a very private person and at his request, there will be no visitation or funeral. A private memorial service for family and close friends is being planned.  Cremation with inurnment Exeter Cemetery.

Donations to Cancer Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or South Huron Hospital would be greatly appreciated by the family.

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