Peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, Robert Peter Sekeris, 63, of Sarnia was called to his heavenly home on December 29, 2012. Rob fought a valiant cancer battle with strength, humility, humour and an unwavering faith.
Rob will be forever missed and held tightly in the hearts of all who loved him near and far. Rob is survived by the love of his life – his wife, Angela Small Sekeris; his pride and joys – his three daughters Ester (Jason) Glavin, Christina (Scott Francis) and Emily Edwards; his grand-daughter – the light of his last year, Isla Leny Francis and his faithful companion and best friend, Moxie.
Rob was predeceased by his parents Peter and Leny Sekeris and his sister Tineke Mooy.
Rob was born in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands on April 27, 1949 and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1966. Rob was a lifelong skilled craftsman of loudspeakers, custom furniture, cabinetry, countertops and sign carvings. Rob had a passion for cooking, enjoyed photography, loved music, and had the most wonderful sense of humour and wit with eyes that twinkled and warmed the hearts of everyone he met. Rob had a love of life and always saw ‘the glass half-full’. He had a genuine appreciation of the simple things in life of which he never took for granted. Rob often talked about how fortunate and thankful he was for his many blessings, always saying “I am the luckiest man on the planet.” Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and a celebration of Rob’s life will be held there by Rev. Poelman on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Cremation has taken place.
Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Rob Sekeris Memorial Oncology Nursing Education Bursary at Bluewater Health or to the Palliative Care Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).
The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ken Yoshida and all the staff and volunteers of the oncology clinic at Bluewater Health; to Dr. Glenn Maddison and Sherry from the Palliative Care Clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospice; to Jennifer Phillips – Palliative Care NP and to Anne Wallace VON (whose support made it possible to honour Rob’s desire to remain at home).
We are also deeply grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and support received in many heartfelt forms from friends and prayer warriors that all added to Rob’s enduring strength this past year. We thank God for the gift of Rob’s life and the blessing of the time spent with him. Our lives are richer for having known and loved him.
“See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”