COX, Dr. Robert 'Bob'

March 1, 1942 - September 30, 2022

At the age of 80 with his loving family by his side, Bob passed peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa after a brief battle with Leukemia.  Beloved husband of Sheila for 53 years and loving father of three daughters, Meredith (Chris), Stephanie (Mike) and Julia (Sam).  He loved and was so proud of his seven grandchildren Jamie, Dahlia, William, Gavin, Eleanor, Celeste and Matthew.  He will be greatly missed by his sister Joanne, many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. 

Bob was born in Oshawa where he attended O’Neill Collegiate and was an active member of the football team.  He was an avid curler and spent his weekends skiing at Kirby Ski Club.  Following high school Bob earned a BA in History from the University of Western Ontario, followed by his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Toronto.  While at U of T Bob was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. It is while studying to become a dentist that Bob met the love of his life, Sheila, and they married.  Following graduation Sheila and Bob returned to Oshawa where he enjoyed a successful dental career for over 45 years.  His staff and patients remained loyal to Dr. Bob; many of his team were with him for the majority of his career and when he retired he was proud to say that he had been the dentist to many families for generations. 

One of Bob’s favourite pastimes in life was skiing.  Most winters involved a ski holiday somewhere in North America with his ‘skiing buddies’, the memories of which he cherished long after he hung up his skis.  Summers were spent at the family cottage where Bob loved pulling the kids on water-skis behind the boat or watching the sun set over the lake from the deck.  The only thing that kept Bob away from the cottage in the summer was the annual fishing trips he took with his group of amazing fishing friends. Thoughts of sipping scotch by night and catching fish by day were some of Bob’s most treasured memories.  For several years he was involved with the Oshawa Hawkeyes Football Club.  He was proud to claim a pilot’s license as one of his great achievements.  He also enjoyed scuba diving when the chance arose while on vacations in warm climates.

Lately, sitting on his deck watching his grandchildren playing in the pool, was Bob’s happiest pastime.  He was a doting grandfather, a loving husband and proud father.  He will be greatly missed by all. 

Donations made to Lakeridge Health Oshawa are welcome in lieu of flowers.  We would also like to encourage Bob’s family and friends to please consider becoming regular blood donors.  www.blood.ca

Arrangements have been entrusted to McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home Ltd., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558).

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Bob’s life at Mount Lawn Funeral Home, 21 Garrard Rd., Whitby on Sunday October 16 from 1– 4 p.m.

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  • Oct 4, 2022

    Lynda Hatfield
    Dear Sheila and girls, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Having been a patient of Bob’s dad since a very small child, I always heard stories about what Bob was doing. We were only a month apart in age so I guess Rex thought Bob stories would relax me . When Rex passed and Bob took on his clients I already felt like I knew him well, and he was my friend. That feeling lasted long after he retired and I never really have had that same comfort with another dentist no matter how pleasant they are.  
    Bob’s stories, like his dad’s, we’re always about his family. I remember his excitement when each baby arrived. I heard about the adventures at the cottage and about the holidays together and the graduations and marriages and the arrival of his beloved grandchildren. I heard about his kindness to others and his conversations and his shared love of scotch with his next-door neighbour. I love Bob’s laugh and I can still hear it.
    Sheila I know you will miss him very, very much. You are so fortunate to have so many wonderful memories to warm your heart. There is no denying that his loss will be especially felt when you have been away and come back home and he’s not there with a hug and a laugh. It will be tough but you are a strong woman and I know the love of your family will get you through the tough nights and days. 
    Be strong my friend I know that others are thinking of you too.  God bless.
    LyndaHatfield 
    
    
    
  • Oct 4, 2022

    Lynda Hatfield
    , Dear Sheila and girls,
    I am so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing.  Having been a patient of Bob‘s dad since I was a very small child I always heard stories about what Bob was doing. We were only a month apart in age so I guess Rex thought that hearing stories about someone my own age would help me relax.  when Rex passed and Bob took over many of his patients , and I was one of them, I already felt that I knew him well and that we were friends.  That feeling has remained even long after he retired. 
    Bob’s stories were very much like his dad’s, always about his family.  I remember his excitement when each of his girls arrived,  about adventures at the cottage, about family vacations or get aways for just the two of you, for graduations, marriages, and the arrival of his beloved grandchildren.  I know about his kindness to others and his love of a few drinks of scotch with his next door neighbour.I love Bob’s distinctive laugh and can almost hear it still.
    Sheila, I know you will miss him very much. You are fortunate to have so many wonderful memories to hold close and warm your heart.  There is no denying that you will feel that loss especially when you have been away and come back home and he is not there with a hug .it will be tough but you are a strong woman and I know that your great memories and the love of your family will get you through.
    Be strong my friend and look ahead. Some day soon the clouds will part and the sun will break through. Bob would have wanted that for you. God bless you and yours
    Lynda
  • Oct 5, 2022

    Les & Sue Shemrock
    Dear Sheila, Girls & Family,
    Les and I were very saddened with the news of Bob's passing and send
    our Heartfelt Condolences to you all.
    We so enjoyed the time we spent with Bob and Yourself whether it was on a Trip, Celebrating Special Anniversary Occasions or just for a lunch visit. Sheila, Bob may no longer be here with you and dearly missed however I know he will Always be Remembered, Cherished and Never Forgotten by all.
    Thinking of you at this very sad time.
    Hugs,
    Les & Sue
    
    
  • Oct 7, 2022

    John And Kathy Cousins
    We are saddened to hear of the passing of our family dentist and friend.  You have our deepest sympathies. The Cousins' family: John, Kathy, Phillip and Matthew 



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