ROBERT ALEXAN­DER HAIG

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

“Bob” Died peace­fully on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 9, at the age of 92. He was born in Toronto on May 24, 1926. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ters Mar­garet Haig (Yves Par­adis), Pamela Haig Bart­ley (William), and Ju­dith Haig-Tul­lio Carmine) ( along with his grand­chil­dren Daniel Par­adis. Kather­ine Par­adis, Alexan­der Bart­ley, Paige Tul­lio, and Chris­tine Tul­lio and his can­tan­ker­ous but loyal dog Gemini. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife of 62 years, Mary Haig (née Van Wyck), his daugh­ter Barbara Haig, and grand­daugh­ter Ni­cola Tul­lio. Bob trained as a para­trooper dur­ing World War II, and when the war ended, he at­tended the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto where earned his Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Forestry. He then be­gan an ad­ven­tur­ous and suc­cess­ful ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional forester in the On­tario Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources. He then tran­si­tioned to the Fed­eral De­part­ment of Forestry which took him and his young and grow­ing fam­ily from Parry Sound to Win­nipeg, Ot­tawa and fi­nally Sault Ste. Marie, where he ul­ti­mately be­came the As­sis­tant Direc­tor of the Great Lakes For­est Re­search Cen­tre. Apart from his pro­fes­sional skills and achieve­ments, he will be re­mem­bered for his ac­tive ser­vice as a Ro­tar­ian, and as a mem­ber of the United Church. He was an avid out­doors­man and sports­man. He will be re­mem­bered by his fam­ily as a lov­ing fa­ther and hus­band whose courage and quiet strength helped them all to carry a greater bur­den of trou­ble than could ever be car­ried with­out these qual­i­ties and, for that rea­son, was the guar­an­tor and guardian of their hap­pi­ness. He will be re­mem­bered by every­one who knew him for his ra­zor sharp wit (sup­ported by his ef­fort­less rec­ol­lec­tion of pas­sages from the King James Bible, Shake­speare, Ten­nyson, and Gil­bert and Sul­li­van, all ap­pro­pri­ate to any pos­si­ble hu­man sit­u­a­tion), his gen­eros­ity of spirit, his tal­ent for friend­ship, his hos­pi­tal­ity, his ci­vil­ity, his blend of judg­ment and char­ity, these are virtues of what used to known in ear­lier gen­er­a­tions as a Chris­tian gen­tle­man. Friends are in­vited to visit at the Arthur Fu­neral Home - Bar­ton & Kite­ley Chapel (492 Welling­ton St. E. 705-759-2522) on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 13, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Memo­rial ser­vice to be held at Cen­tral United Church on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Lau­rie Mil­ito of­fi­ci­at­ing. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions to Sick Kids Foun­da­tion, Ni­cola’s Triathlon for Kids, or to Parkin­son Canada would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated. There is a pas­sage from Shake­speare that might cap­ture him: “As for his bounty, there was no win­ter to it.”

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