Robert MacWilliam

Robert Gordon MacWilliam

November 9, 1931 - October 19, 2019
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Robert “Bob” MacWilliam; 87 years, of Windsor-Essex County Area, passed away quickly and peacefully on October 19, 2019. Predeceased by his wife Joyce. Loving father of Cal (Lori), Julie, Robert (Cynthia), John (Sherri) and Tim (Beth). Adored Pops of Keenan, Leigham, Hannah, Mariah, Peter, Katie,Tawney and his four great-grandchildren. Also predeceased by his companion Marilyn Renaud. Bob will be missed by many as he touched many lives through his family, friendships and business endeavors, his many sports, hobbies and other interests.
A celebration of Bob’s life will take place at his daughter Julie’s home (1046 Cherry Ave, Kingsville) on Saturday October 26, 2019 from 2-6 p.m. Come join Bob’s family as we celebrate a truly special man and share a memory.
Memorial donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Julie MacWilliam's house
    Address Not Available
    A memorial visitation will be held at Julie MacWilliam's house located at 1046 Cherry Ave., Kingsville.


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John Haviland

Posted at 03:05pm
I did not know Bob MacWilliam well, but I had the greatest respect for the man. He came along at the right time and gave kids in St. Clair Beach, Tecumseh, and everywhere out to Belle River the opportunity to play hockey, and for this I shall be forever grateful to him.

Kathy Breault

Posted at 02:40pm
Heartfelt condolences to the family. Always enjoyed and looked forward to seeing Bob. He was interesting, calming and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed but always remembered with such fondness and a smile.
Paul, Kathy, Danielle and Jamie Breault


Nancy Sleeth

Posted at 06:37pm
Bob was the kindest man. He gave our family a chance to be part of his. We leased the barns at Merrymac Farms, enjoying every day we were there. Bob made sure we were all doing well, and shared what he had with others. He gave wonderful advise and loved to laugh. He taught everyone who would listen so much. His children have become the same kind of persona. Our lives were so much better because he was in them. Bob encouraged everyone to live their dreams, to plan well and get ahead. We are so sorry he is not with us anymore and will always remember and be grateful for the time he was with us. A life well lived.
Nancy Sleeth and family.

Steve Price

Posted at 02:37pm
Bob was a great man who had a smile for everyone. A great family man . He was a visionary entrepreneur whom built and owned the St. Clair Beach arenas which in its heyday was the busiest arena complex in south west Ontario. Many of us who worked there became arena managers, arena operators , hospital administrators to name a few. We owe alot to Bob and are very grateful to have served under him in his many business adventures that included ice rinks, hockey and figure skating schools, quarter horse operations as well as the Grand Bend enterprises. A lot of great people graduated into other walks of life all from the school of Mr. MacWilliam and his proud family.

Bob McGuire Posted at 07:51pm

Well put Steve! What a great man and incredible family! Mr and Mrs Mac, Bob & Joyce, and the heritage continues. It was truly an honour and blessing to be included in the MacWilliam family, because that's what it felt like. Great memories heading up to Grand Bend for the weekend with the family in the station wagon. Building the Giant Slide, seeing the moon landing in the Ice Cream shop, serving folks in the Dollar House with sawdust floors. Mr Mac loved 'keeping an eye on the beach' from the Duck In... just to make sure everyone was safe... I'm sure. Many memories at the arenas and the farm.. and the occasional rum and coke when visiting. Thanks from the mentoring in my early working years... I have been truly blessed and am grateful that our paths crossed! Well done Bob!

Dave Vigar Posted at 08:25pm

Steve and Bob have done a great job of capturing what so many of us experienced by being in the presence of Bob and Joyce there is not much to add. What I will say is after working for Bob for 14yrs I learned more life and business skills from Bob and Joyce than anything I took away from graduate school. They were my mentors, they gave me the confidence to reach for things I never thought I could ever achieve. I was so fortunate to have them come into my life. As Steve and Bob have stated so many of us owe so much to Bob for which we can never repay and knowing Bob he would never take any credit. He is and will be missed by many.

Elfrida Yanosev

Posted at 01:08pm
My most sincere condolences to the family. Bob was a great friend and neighbor for many years. So many fond memories. He always had a special place in my heart.

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