Bob passed away after a courageous fight on Wednesday October 16, 2013 at the General & Marine Hospital, Collingwood surrounded by family in his 80th year. Bob, a summer resident of Wasaga Beach, Ontario, a winter resident of Springhill, Florida and a former resident of Brampton, Ontario leaves his beloved wife Sherrin, loving sons Bruce (Laura) and Neil (Nancy) and his cherished grandchildren James and Nicola. Bob will also be missed by Sherrin’s siblings Todd Wilson and Shelly (Ove Hansen), his many nieces and nephews including his buddy Chad and his many cousins and second cousins including Tommy & Ozo Whiteford of Fountain Valley, California. He was predeceased by his parents Bert and Venora Whiteford. Bob led a full life surrounded by family and friends. He had a distinguished career at Ontario Hydro including time as the Brampton Area Manger. Freemasonry was important to him and through which he forged many friendships. As a Mason at Ridge Masonic Lodge #398, Homosassa, Florida and a Shriner at Sheba Shrine Club, Barrie, Ontario, he was able to fundraise in support of Shriner Hospitals for Children. He was the Rameses Shrine Ambassador to the Egypt Shrine Centre, Tampa, Florida and in turn the Egypt Temple Ambassador to all of Canada. He treasured his camaraderie with his Brethren. Bob was a tremendous supporter of the arts, particularly community theatre. He was the founding manager of the Lester B. Pearson Memorial Theatre and was instrumental in the resurrection of the Capitol Theatre, both in Brampton. He was a member of the advisory committee for the Sheridan College Theatre Arts program. He believed in the value and power of the performing arts. Bob loved the game of baseball. He spent many hours volunteering with Minor Baseball in Brampton and Leaside where he coached and umpired. Later in life golf became his athletic passion. He enjoyed the good natured fun of a round with his buddies. He became the unofficial tournament coordinator and spent time marshalling so he could justify more time at the course. He had a larger than life personality. He had presence. He fostered friendships wherever he went, he will be missed by so many. Bob’s family wish to thank his many doctors – Dr. Stephen Reingold, Dr. Allen Davison and Dr. Jennifer Young and their nurses for the exceptional care during Bob’s fight. There will not be any public ceremonies. Bob will be interred with his parents at Brampton Cemetery. If desired, remembrances to the Rameses Shrine Hospital, 3100 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3M 2H4 would be appreciated by his family. Arrangements entrusted to the Carruthers & Davidson Funeral Home – Wasaga Beach Chapel (1-888-429-8766). For further information and to sign the Book of Memories, log on to

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