FRANKLIN, Robert Michael - January 6, 1947 - February 20, 2020 -
We are heartbroken to announce Rob’s death on February 20, 2020 after a brief, intense battle with melanoma.
He died peacefully in the Sunnybrook ICU surrounded by his loving family, made comfortable by the caring and compassionate hospital staff.
Rob was Husband to Pinky, the love of his life, for 46 years.
He was Dad to daughters Signy and Ali (Michael), and son Tad (David).
He was Grandpa to his favourite little ‘urchins’ Finna and Ruby.
He was also the legendary and adored Uncle Rob to nieces, nephews and cousins, and beloved Brother-in-law to Pinky’s siblings.
Predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Peggy Franklin, and sister Sandra.
Rob was born in Rouyn-Noranda, QC, and grew up in Toronto. He went to college in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he made lifelong friends. He returned to Toronto, joining his father in business, and going on to a successful and wide-ranging career that took him around the world.Rob was respected and admired throughout his career, known for his honesty and integrity. He strongly believed in giving back to the community, and was a proud board member and contributor to Pathways to Education, and other organizations. He was a gifted athlete, excelling at skiing, tennis, sailing, windsurfing, hockey, and football. He loved golf, though it didn’t always love him back.
The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles, Toronto on Monday, February 24th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m, and Tuesday, February 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at The York Club, 135 St. George Street, Toronto, on Wednesday, February 26th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Remarks at 1:00 p.m. Please note that jacket and tie are required.
In lieu of flowers, donations to charity of choice are requested.