In Memory Of Keller Dr. Robert


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Dr. Robert Alexander Keller

December 1, 1940, Winnipeg - January 24, 2021, Montreal

With deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Robert (Bob) Keller.  He will be dearly missed by his wife Evelyn Sarmiento, son John Keller (Tamara), daughter Elizabeth Keller (Rob), and grandchildren Thomson, Isabel, Landon and Arlan.  He is predeceased by parents Alex and Jessica (Jessie, nee Kostyk), and survived by sisters Margaret and Lisa. 


Following graduation in Medicine from the University of Manitoba, Bob spent time in Philadelphia and New York City in the ‘60’s, prior to settling in Montreal in the 1970’s, a city which he loved.  As Head of the BTU (Brief Therapy Unit, Psychiatry) at the Allan Memorial Institute (Royal Victoria Hospital), and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, he took great pride in his time spent there, and was dedicated to the care of his patients. In his spare time, he was an avid downhill skier and long-distance runner, always planning the next ski trip, and completing the Montreal and New York City marathons.


There will be no service or funeral.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the McGill University Health Centre Covid-19 Research Foundation at:

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Messages for the Family of Keller Dr. Robert

From: Diane Borisov

From: Miguel Fernandez

Dear Evelyn and family,
It was very sad news to find out that Bob passed away, please accept my sincere condolences. I will miss his intelligent conversations, discussions about practically anything, and his no BS approach to things. I sill remember many of them and laugh when thinking about his interpretations of some of the nonsense that goes around in everyday life. He will be missed!
Thinking of you,
Miguel Fernandez
From: Patricia Ollevier

My sincere condolences go to the Keller Family of the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and brother, I read Bob's obiturary in the Winnipeg Free Press. I did not know Bob but I am reaching out as I believe we may be related. Bob, along with his sisters, Maraget and Lisa may be cousins, that I did no know of. My father was John Keller who had 9 brothers and sisters and his parents were Alexander and Pauline Keller. Bob's father, Alex was one of my father's older siblings. i never met my Uncle Alex. But from working on my Family Tree i know he had a wife named Jessica and that is why I believe we may possibly be related. I am sorry to not have had the opportunity to ever meet Bob (or his sisters) given that I have lived in Ottawa for many years and have often travelled to Montreal.
From: Emmett Francoeur

Certainly my condolences to the whole family. Just wished to share how special Dr. Keller was for me in my early years of Medical School when he set up a Group Therapy session for some of us like-minded student. Very supportive for us all and rekindled my interest in the importance of self-reflection and mutual support in our profession. Thanks Dr. Keller!!
From: Susan J Keller

My deepest sympathy to the entire Keller family.
My name is Susan Keller and I believe Bob’s, Margaret’s and Lisa’s cousin. I read Bob’s obituary in the Winnipeg’ Free Press and felt compelled to reach out to you and offer my condolences . My father was John Keller and Uncle Alec was his oldest brother. I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet Uncle Alec and his family, and am deeply saddened that I will never have the pleasure of meeting or knowing Bob. I sincerely hope that I may have the pleasure of meeting and getting to know all of you.
Feel free to contact me as I would like to have the opportunity for us to become acquainted with one another. Please take care,
Susan J Keller
From: D. Shanks

My deepest sympathies to the family. My thoughts are with you. I was treated by Dr. Keller for some time at the Allan Memorial and he was excellent at what he did and he had a gift of empathy. He also had an amazing sense of humour. So sorry to read of his passing..
It will be an honour to plant a tree in honour of Dr. Keller. A wonderful human being