KILLINGBECK, Robert 'Bob' - Fondly known as "Killie" peacefully passed from this life to his heavenly life on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
He was predeceased by parents, Annie and Percy, and siblings Russ, Jack, Leona, Bunny and Marie.
Bob is survived by his devoted spouse of 68 years, Elsie and their children; Bunny (Jon), Cathy (Brian), grandchildren, Richard (Betts), Annie (Bernard), Amy, Chase and Meagan, and great-grands Owen, Casey, Beatrice and Jacob. Bob also adopted Tom and Sheree McGarrity and their sons Danny, Michael and Sergei, with whom he enjoyed a long relationship on Barbara Crescent.
He loved his family and cherished large family gatherings where there was always lots of jokes, laughter, good stories, crazy shenanigans and of course Elsie's good home cooking.
Bob was a master canoe builder and loved woodworking. He made his first boat at the age of 14 with wood he "borrowed" from the fence surrounding Prince of Whales School. Apparently the boat was written up in the Peterborough Examiner with pictures and he was never asked to return the "borrowed" wood. Bob was a humble man with a generous heart. He saw the best in people and loved to relate to them in a joking manner. He enjoyed playing tricks.
He worked hard to provide for his wife and family, gifting them with comforts he did not enjoy growing up during the Depression years. He was a Santa Claus all year long. His wants were simple, lots of wood to play with, the love of his children and Elsie's homemade apple pie. He believed laughter was the cure for all evil. His day was complete if he could make people smile.
He loved Richard and Annie and played with them as if they were all three children together asking them "who are the good guys?" and they always responded in glee "we are" and that made him blissfully happy.
His family will now gather to pay respect and say farewell to this quintessential good guy and true gentleman as he takes his final canoe ride to heaven. He doesn't have to wear a life jacket as his faith in all that is good in people and in this world will buoy him up, carrying him forward in safety and in love.
His laughter lives on in all of us forever. And somewhere in this world there are Peterborough Canoes, Chestnut Canoes and Beck Boats that his hands modeled and they will float forever.
A Private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
Donations can be made to Peterborough Humane Society, LAWS or the Fairhaven Foundation. The family wants to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Riverside 2 staff at Fairhaven and special thanks to Dana for keeping Bob comfortable and providing excellent care.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Peterborough Cremation Services.