Robert French

Robert French

Thursday, September 24th, 1936 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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French Robert (Bob) John Edward
(Sept. 24, 1936 – Apr. 9, 2020)

Robert passed away peacefully at home in his sleep, on Thursday April 9th at 83 years of age.
He is survived by his Loving Wife Dawn (nee Shillington), his daughter Sherry, and son Robert, as well as his son in law Paul, and daughter in law Krystina. Cherished grandfather to Tiana, Paul Jr, Lily, Berlyn & Emma, and great grandson Marcus.

Robert led an interesting and varied life, he was ‘the Gentleman Bank Robber’ in the 50’s, worked on Jet planes in the Canadian Air Force, Was one of the Queen Mother’s bodyguards during her 1963 visit to Ottawa, was Head Chef for the McMichael Art Gallery in the late 60’s and early 70’s, serving the Group of 7, Premier Bill Davis as well as the Queen’s sister and was a personal chef for AY Jackson. He loved to invent things: French Fried Ice Cream, the Coffee Kiss, and the Cream Machine – still used today in Donut shops everywhere to dispense Cream for coffee. In his later career, he was a salesman for various Dairy Companies in Toronto – he could sell Ice to the Eskimos. He was definitely a character, made everyone everywhere feel welcomed, and like family, and will be remembered forever by his tagline ‘keep smiling’.

He is greatly missed.
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