McDaniel, Robert ‘Bob’

McDaniel, Robert ‘Bob’

June 25th, 2021

At his residence in Woodstock, on Friday, June 25, 2021, in his 96th year. Beloved husband of the late Jean McDaniel (2016). Loving father of Wendy (Tim) McCoy and Dave (Nikki) McDaniel. Devoted grandfather of Sean (Michelle), Colin, Katie, Cameron, Nicholas, and Thomas; and great-grandfather of Henry and Aoife. Dear brother-in-law of Lois Ritchie. A memorial service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. Private family interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. The family welcomes friends to participate in the service via livestream. Registration is required to attend the visitation and service or to view the livestream.

To register to attend the visitation and memorial service, please click here: Registration page for Bob McDaniel's Memorial Service on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., with Visitation starting at 12:00 p.m.

To register for the livestream, please click here: Registration page for the livestream of Bob McDaniel's Memorial Service on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory at both indoor and outdoor services. 

Bon Voyage!

Within my floral-decked retreat

Old Friends once more come me to greet,

To reminisce about the past;

Those forty years before the mast.

We sailed around the Seven Seas

From Zanzibar to Hebrides,

But roving, now, is at an end;

In quiet ease our days we spend.

A gentle smile with pensive air

Reflects a state that has no care,

As, by my side, friends eulogize

A life now shorn of earthly ties.

Be not of downcast mien, old mates,

By what life’s end eliminates;

Just think of voyaging on a sea

That reaches to infinity!

~ Robert McDaniel

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Larry HobbsWhy oh why did I not phone him on one of the many times I thought of doing so? It would have been a fun conversation. My last memory of Bob will be dinner at a restaurant in Brockville on a warm summer day with wife Lynne, sister-in-law Nell and brother Don. I will miss him and enjoy the memories. The bagpipes at the Anderson family picnics at Springbank comes to mind.
Dinah Lee, Dave, Mark and LizWe are so sorry for your loss Wendy, Tim, David and Nikki and families. What a fantastic 95 years Bob lived and to go quickly, even though we will all miss him, was a blessing for him. He was so proud that he had lived the longest of any in the Anderson clan. Bob and Jean hosted so many of the wonderful Anderson picnics and he did a great job of keeping the family records updated. Chester and I thought the world of him. He went out every day for an ice cream sundae. Those businesses will miss him! He was so proud of his family and kept us up to date on how they were all doing. Lovingly, Dinah Lee, Dave, Mark and Liz.
Joanne RobilliardAs a fellow Piper in the London City Pipes and Drums, it has been an honour and a great pleasure to have known Bob. Bob taught our daughter when she attended Western and she remembers him kindly. We send our sincere condolences to all Bob’s family. Dan and Joanne Robilliard
George BruntonMy sympathy to Bob's family. I first met Bob when I was Band Liaison Officer. He was a valued member of the London Police Pipes and Drums. In more recent years I enjoyed his company at the Royal London Military Institute and at Vimy Ridge Legion gatherings. He was always friendly and a gentleman. He will be missed. Sincerely, George Brunton
Joan (Connors) ThompsonWe are so sorry to hear of the passing. Ted, Laura and I have fond memories of him, as a jovial personality down the street from us. Being neighbours for many years on Plantation Road, Our dad, Roy Connors, also sends his condolences.
Bill ExleyI met Bob for the first time in the mid-1940s at the home of my grandmother Margaret MacKenzie (nee Lock) on Ontario Street in London, where I also lived with my parents. He was a student at the time, and my grandmother told me that he was very intelligent. (Margaret had been very close to Nora, Bob's aunt, who was the daughter of Mary, Margaret's much older sister. I met him again in the early 1950s at Margaret's house on Regent Street, and asked him to explain Einstein's theory to me (I assumed that anyone educated would know about it). He patiently explained it to me, encouraging my youthful aspirations. Most recently I met him at the Anderson Reunions at Springbank Park on August 11, 2007 and June 26, 2010, and found that he was still humorous, considerate, and as intelligent as ever. I still have a video of him playing the bagpipes there in 2007. He was always a good friend of our family.
Janice Thinking of the family and all the fun times as kids running after Bob playing the bag pipes!
Doris BitzWendy, David and families - I'm so sorry to hear that you've said goodbye to your dad. He and your mom were cornerstones to our world on Plantation Road. I will always remember the bagpipes.
Chuck and Janis BoxWendy, Tim and Families Our Thoughts and Prayer are with you
Donna Wilson (Leitch)So sorry to hear about Bob's passing. I have very fond memories of both your parents. Hugs everyone! Donna
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