In Memory Of Dobie, Robert


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Kane & Fetterly - Salon A
5301 boul. Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
January 30th, 2021 11:00 AM

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Robert (Bob) Dobie, 78, of Montreal, died January 11, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sheila O’Carroll, his children Paul (Darlene), the late Brian, Monica (Keith) and Kevin (Jackie) as well as his adored grand-children Collin, Lauren, Noa and Jonah, as well as his faithful dog Abbott. He was brother to Ron, the late Louise, Carole and Johanne. Bob was a proud husband and father. He loved his family, with whom he celebrated his life to the fullest. Professionally, he touched the lives of countless people throughout his lengthy career in education, trade unionism, politics and seniors’ housing. 

Born in Montreal, Bob began his career in education at Sarsfield School in Pointe St. Charles and went on to teach at other schools across the city, including St Ann’s in Griffintown and James Lyng High School in St Henri, among others. He later became a champion for the rights of teachers in Quebec as a union leader in times of great struggle during the early and mid-1980’s, when serving as Secretary General of the Provincial Association of Catholic Teachers (PACT). During this time, he was a tireless defender of Anglophone community rights.

Following his retirement from education, he helped found Holy Cross Residence for seniors in 1986, which he ran with pride until July 2020 – his personal legacy. This community is at the heart of the neighbourhood of Ville-Émard-Côte St Paul, where Bob lived most of his adult life, housing seniors from its Anglo, Francophone and Allophone community.

Bob was a staunch Quebec Liberal Party member and activist. He devoted countless days to the party and to politics. He campaigned relentlessly for the people and policies he believed in. He worked with many senior politicians, some of whom rose to cabinet positions both provincially and federally. He loved politics, one of his life’s passions.

Bob Dobie was an enthusiast for life, a bon vivant. He was a very generous man. He loved travel, food and good times – a true original, a classic. Bob will be truly missed.

There will be a private funeral service. To celebrate his full and accomplished life, a more appropriate memorial service will be held at a later date.

Many thanks to all for the outstanding care at CHSLD Réal-Morel and the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Cardiac Care Unit.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations go to John’s House, Anne’s House and Nazareth House.

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Messages for the Family of Dobie, Robert

From: Isabelle Melancon

Je tiens à vous offrir mes plus sincères condoléances. J'ai eu l'immense privilège de militer avec Robert et je garde de très bons souvenirs de nos discussions et de nos échanges.
Je vous souhaite tout le courage et la sérénité pour traverser cette épreuve douloureuse.

Salutations particulières à Kevin.

Isabelle Melançon MNA Verdun

I want to express my heartfelt condolences to the family. I've known Bob for such a long time. Actually, since I was a kid. I will always remember him as a bon vivant, always smiling and happy. A great person that loved to joke around and make people laugh. He will be deeply missed.
From: Liza Frulla

Mes sympathies sincères.C’est avec un immense regret que j’ai appris la nouvelle du décès de Bob.
Il a été présent durant toute ma carrière politique autant fédérale que provinciale. À toi Bob , un gros merci🙏❤️
From: Jean Charest

To Sheila and family,
My wife,Michele,and I are saddened to learn the passing
of our friend Bob.We have great memories of our political
adventures.He was passionate,thoughtful and always a staunch
defender of the Anglophone community.
We will miss him.
Please accept our condolences.
Bon courage,
Michèle Dionne
Jean Charest.
From: Monique Jerome forget

En tant qu’ancienne députée j’ai bien connu Bon. Un homme engagé avec de profondes convictions. J’offre à toute la famille mes plus sincères condoléances doléances
From: Jacques Lamoureux

À Sheila et à tous les enfants,

NIcole et moi vous offrons nos plus sincères condoléances.

J'ai connu Bob au PLQ et il est devenu un grand et fidèle ami. Je garde un excellent souvenir de notre engagement au Parti, de nos parties de golf et de nos lunchs réguliers. La pandémie nous a séparés et alors qu'on peut espérer reprendre nos activités normales dans un avenir prévisible, malheureusement tu nous quittes. C'est triste.

Salut Bob

Jacques et Nicole Lamoureux
From: Claire Tardif & Jean-Guy Desrochers

Chère Sheila,
Nos pensées et nos prières vous accompagnent toi et ta famille en cette douloureuse épreuve. Nous nous souviendrons de nos rencontres politiques avec Bob, son tempérament fougueux et son rire communicatif. On s’ennuie de ses cafés irlandais. Nos plus sincères condoléances.
Claire Tardif
Jean-Guy Desrochers
From: Filomena Rotiroti

My sincere condolences to the whole family. I had the opportunity to work closely with Bob, he was a great person, always with a smile on his face. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
From: Line Beauchamp

Mes condoléances à la famille et aux nombreux amis de Robert Dobie. Il sera pour toujours un modèle d’engagement, de dévouement, d’enthousiasme et de modestie. Sa contribution à la vie politique et à la démocratie est inestimable.
From: Larry Doucette

Condolences on the passing of Mr. Dobie.
He was one of my teachers in 1972.
From: Giorgio DiNardo

My condolences , sorry for your loss
From: Leanna Ring

We are so sorry for your loss... we only crossed paths on occasion but I personally have fond memories of man who always gave a warm hug and made me laugh. I know he will be missed by many.
From: Kathleen O'Carroll

Sheila, Paul, Monica and Kevin,
Bob, his stories, laughter, energy, enthusiasm and kindness will be so missed by family and friends. The world is now just a little darker without Bob in it.
Where lives pass, memories carry on forever, and may your wonderful memories help you through the sad days ahead.

Kay O'Carroll
From: Mario Agostini

Our deepest condolences to the Donie Family
From The Agostini family!
From: Richard Lalonde

Our condolences to Bob’s family

Jo-Ann Volikakis & Richard Lalonde
From: Antonio Vescio

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our good friend Bob.
We will always remember him for his spontaneity , humour, generosity and above all his humanity. Love Tony and Joanne Vescio
From: Mirella and Vincent

We are immensely saddened to learn of Bob's passing. He gave so much of himself and his time to help others.
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all those whose lives were touched by his generosity.

Mirella and Vincent
From: Clare Romandini

My sincerest condolences to all the family. He was so proud of all of you. I will miss my best friend.
From: gino russo

My sincerest condolences to the Dobie Family.

I will miss your presence Bob.

Gino Russo
From: Gina Clemenza

Dear Sheila, Paul, Monica and Kevin,
I was devastated when I learned yesterday of Bob's passing. I spoke to Bob in the spring and we promised that once this pandemic was over and done with, we would get together for supper. He even mentioned we could do it at his place with you Sheila. You know how fond I was of Bob. He was my teacher at James Lyng High School and then my Boss for many years at the Provincial Association of Catholic Teachers (PACT). Although my Boss, he was also my friend, a very good one. He gave me the opportunity to get to know all of you and he was absolutely right when he said he had an amazing family. He also had the opportunity to get to know my family as well and oddly enough, he also worked with my late husband Denis Ratcheff. What a gift it was to have known Bob. He was such an amazing man, devoted husband and Dad and a true friend to all. I'm sorry that I didn't have the chance to have that supper with him. He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this incredibly sad time. Take care of yourselves, be well, stay safe and healthy. May he rest in peace.
From: Dave Lennon

I am sorry to hear of Bob Dobie’s passing. We worked together in the late seventies when he ran PACT and I was President of QACSA ( Quebec Association of Catholic School Administrators) and we had a number of overlapping concerns such as Bill 101 and related issues. I found Bob to be a very effective, articulate and passionate defender of English Catholic education. And he was very popular with the rank and file members of his association.
May he Rest In Peace.
Dave Lennon
From: Gilles GAGNON

Toutes mes condoléances à la famille éprouvée.
Gilles Gagnon, président du Conseil régional de la Capitale-Nationale
From: Joan Rinaldi

Dearest Sheila, Paul, Monica and Kevin,

My heartfelt condolences to each of you and your families. Bob will be so missed!
We certainly enjoyed our visits to Montreal and his visits to California over the years.

You were all so exceedingly kind to Sean and me after 9/11- he made a terrible time an adventure for Sean - our nightly “good bye dinners” to the patates frites he supplied for Sean.

Bob was a bright light in the world - his humor and joie de vie was infectious. I am so glad to have had a chat with him at Christmas time.

I am so sorry that this pandemic makes it impossible to celebrate his life as you would like to do. It does make the grieving much harder not to get a hug.

Frank has a buddy up there with him. I am sure they are were both welcomed with joy in heaven.

God bless each of you as you mourn his passing. We pray to see and hug you in the not too distant future.

Joan and Family
From: Patricia Moffa

My deepest sympathies to his wife and entire family. I have wonderful memories of working with Bob at James Lyng High School. He was always so supportive of the students and his colleagues. He accomplished much in his life and I know he will be missed.
From: Cathy Belisle

My Sincere Condolences to you, Sheila and to your family .
You are all very much in my thoughts and in my prayers.
From: andrew gorham




From: Carol McCormick

On behalf of the United Irish Societies of Montreal, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bob. We will keep Bob and all of you in our thoughts and in our prayers.

Carol McCormick
Corresponding Secretary
From: Joanne Szwec

My sincere condolences to Sheila and family. I remember many good times with Bob at James Lyng and later when he was responsible for the Holy Cross senior's residence. My parents lived there for many years. Bob was so good to the seniors. I will never forget his laugh. May he rest in peace.
From: Patricia Betournay

To Sheila, Paul, Monica, Kevin and the entire family,

It is with sadness that I read of Bob's passing... he was such a figure in all our lives growing up in Ville-Émard, at James Lyng High School (as one of my teachers), at Holy Cross Church and its residence. I remember graduation and many happy memories of that evening, his laugh and encouragement to us all (and, of course, the moving house!). We all think of Bob fondly and will miss him dearly.
Marc and Patricia (Gagné) Bétournay, Ottawa ON
From: Catharine Ring

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hold on to each other at this time, and allow your lifetime of memories of Bob to help you through these difficult days. He will be missed by many.
From: Emilien Nadeau

Toutes mes condoléances a la famille.
From: Josephine Tobia

Dear Dobie family.
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Dobie was my teacher throughout my years at James Lyng and he was indeed one of my favorite teachers. I am certain he will be forever in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
From: Tina Carriero

My sincere condolences to the Dobie family. I am saddened by the loss of a dear friend.
I will miss his bear hugs and big smile.
From: Lisa Russo

Dear Sheila, Paul, Monica, and Kevin,
Bob was well loved and respected. He was a thoughtful man with a big heart!!! I will cherish the memories of all the wonderful times I got to spend with him. My most sincere condolences to all of you.
From: Wayne and Lillian Hogan

Dear Sheila and family
Our most sincere condolences on Bob's passing. Fond memories of attending the annual teachers' convention for many years and the annual St. Patrick's Society events. He was always very cordial and greeted you with a smile. He will truly be missed.
Sincerely, Wayne and Lillian Hogan
From: Barry Wilson

Bob was one of a kind and a passionate defender of the English-speaking community. Bob gave us a seat at the table. He was also a real “great guy”. I had so much respect and admiration for him. Sincere condolences to the Dobie family
From: Maria Mucci

Dearest Sheila,
In this time of sorrow you are in our hearts and in our prayers. May you find peace and consolation in knowing that Bob lived a full and generous life and leaves a fruitful legacy. And may the faith you shared give you strength and courage to go on. Our deepest condolences to you, your family and all those whose lives he touched.
Maria, Lisandra & Matteo
From: Peter Yaworski

Dear Sheila and family,
Please accept my sincerest condolences. We shared many a moment when Bob was secretary general of PACT- strikes, marches in Quebec City and Montreal and, of course, lengthy meetings trying to figure out how we we could get something good out of the government. One of my favourite memories is of when Bob came into a meeting of the PACT negotiation team and announced that he had tickets for all of us for his beloved Expos home opener at the Olympic Stadium. So off we reluctantly went. Our seats were two rows from the rim with the wind blasting us in the face and then bouncing off the wall to get us in the back. Thank God for our parkas! And Now in retirement we met at ACRA and I am very grateful for his support for our golf tournament.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Keep safe,
From: Helene DiLallo

I was truly saddened to hear of Mr. Dobie's passing. He was one of my teachers, in my early years of high school, at James Lyng. I remember his booming voice, his laugh, at even at the young age of 14, I could recognize his sharp wit ! Bumping into him throughout the years, in a restaurant, on the street, or at a function, he always seemed genuinely interested and pleased to talk and catch up. He lived such a full life and I know he will be missed and remembered. My deepest condolences to his family and many friends. Rest in peace sir .
From: Ranee Lee

My family and I are truly saddened by the news of Bobs untimely passing
Our sincere and heart heavy condolences to all his family, dear and close friends and associates.
We will all miss him terribly.
From: Rich Rinaldi

We will always remember Bob's hearty laugh and love for life & family. He was a great storyteller - he lived a big life, collecting adventures he then spun into his world class tales. I always loved when Bob & Sheila would vacation with Frank & Joan... now Frank & Bob can continue the party together... love, Rich, Corina, Francesco & Fiona Rinaldi
From: Julie Mac Murray

Cher Kevin,

Mes condoléances les plus sincères pour la perte de ton papa.

Ton ex-collège,
Julie M M
From: Terry Quinn

We met Bob, Sheila and family at holy Cross not long after we moved back to Montreal in the early 80's. The friendship grew quickly, as one does with Bob, and we worked together getting the HC residence built but Bob was the driver in what has become a very successful seniors residence. We enjoyed many laughs and visits over the years and he will be missed. RIP old friend, Terry and Sylvia Quinn
From: Steve and catherine

We had the privilege of breaking bread with Bob and a few friends. Such a nice gentleman! Sending family and friends are deepest condoléances!
From: Jean jubinville

Mes sympathies à toute la famille !
From: Debbie Keene

My sincere condolences to the family.....
From: Maria and Amos Alter

Dear Sheila and family, our sincere condolences for your great loss. Bob was a great person that will be greatly missed. Amos and I will always remember the good times shared with you both at our country house. May he Rest In Peace.
From: Lucie Martineau

Chère Sheila,
Très sincères condoléances à vous et à tous les membres de votre famille. Je suis très peinée pour vous.
Que Dieu vous garde,
Lucie Martineau
From: Marc-Andre Blanchard

Dear Sheila and to the children and grand-children - please accept our most sincere condolences. Bob was unique in so many ways. He was generous, inspiring, bringing hope and joy wherever he was, and a solid judgment on every thing. J’ai siégé avec lui pendant de nombreuses années au sein de l’exécutif du Parti libéral du Québec. J’en garde de précieux souvenirs indélébiles. He was a rock to so many of us. Mon épouse Monique Ryan se joint à moi pour exprimer nos sympathies et notre amitié. Son père Claude Ryan avait un immense respect et une profonde amitié pour Bob.
From: Lise Lemonde

Très sincères condoléances à toute la famille de Bob.
J’ai siégé à l’exécutif du PLQ plusieurs années comme conseillère régionale, il défendait avec ardeur ses convictions.
Toujours prêts et disponible nous aider et surtout donner de son temps pour la bonne cause. Je garde le souvenir d’un gars très inspirant et d’une loyauté indéfectible.
Lise Lemonde Saint-Hyacinthe
From: Daniel Johnson

To you, Sheila, and your whole family, my deepest and most sincere condolences on Bob’s passing, especially as I write this on the 23rd of January. I will never forget and always miss Bob’s constant energy and contagious enthusiasm in planning, arguing and achieving all manners of issues and activities: a solid supporter, a trusted partner in our political projects, a great positive attitude at all times, en anglais comme en français, un ami fidèle amoureux de sa famille et généreux avec ses amis. Suzanne et moi nous souviendrons de nos rencontres dans le comté, dans les conseils généraux et congrès, et entendons encore sa voix et son rire. Avec nos sentiments les plus amicaux.
From: nicholas wynnik

My condolences on the passing of Mr. Dobie. I was in his 6th grade class at Sarsfield. He was a good teacher and have a fond memory of him. My favorite memory of him is his using a yardstick as a hockey stick and trying to flip a piece of chalk into a wastepaper basket.

Nick Wynnik
From: joseph maselli

I like to Express my deepest sympathies to the family of Bob Dobie.
From: Pat & Joe Froio

Sheila and Family,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you. May your memories of Bob bring comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Sincerely Pat & Joe Froio
From: Robert Gentile

My condolences to the family. May he Rest In Peace . I remember Mr.Dobie watching Brian and I playing hockey. A true gentleman. He will be missed.
From: Terry Quinn

My sincere condolences to the Dobie Family.
As both a fellow member of ACRA and as a former teacher, I had many opportunities to interact with Bob. He was gregarious and engaging. It is, however, his involvement with the Holy Cross Residence that I will always remember and be thankful for. My parents were Holy Cross residents for many years and Bob was always so very kind in looking out for them and the other residents. His care , enthusiasm and good humour were sincerely appreciated.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
From: Roger Plamondon

Dear Sheila and family

We are so saddened by the passing of Bob; we shared great moments throughout time ... - TEACHER - he was Rita’s and my professor in high school where we got to see the passion that drove him; he encouraged me to think and act out of the box by directing me to be DJ at our high school radio and write for the « underground » paper ... - POLITICAL MENTOR - I cannot count the hours spent speaking about the political landscape .... - ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNER - It was always a rush to get on that call that said « let’s get ready .... elections will be called shortly », that trigger would mean that 30-45 day period where we would probably spend more time together than with our respective families....what a rush .... but most importantly he was OUR FRIEND, our families intertwined and I will always remember our ritual of the breakfast on election day, just talking, making jokes, hearing that laugh ... and then seeing him beaming when victory was confirmed in the evening

Bob, we will forever miss you and I am certain you must be organizing some campaign in heaven .... hope we get to work it together ....
From: Joe&Jean McKenzie

Our deepest sympathies to Sheila and family
From: Norman and Patricia Hannan

Bob, may God bless you and keep you. Rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.
From: Benoît-Marc Boyer, prêtre

Apprenant ce 13 février le décès de Robert je transmets mes condoléances à Sheila et toute la famille. Je me souviens de son témoignage et célébrerai une messe.

Avec amitié et prières,

Benoît-Marc Boyer+
From: Jim Quealey

My deepest sympathy to Shiela and the family , Bob was a true fighter for the English community in general and ville emard in particular

I had the privledge of teaching with Bob at james Lyng and remember him fondly, especially his sense of humor and his loud and jolly laugh

Jim Quealey