Obituary of BURNS, Robert Kingsley

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Burns, Robert Kingsley (November 3, 1940 - November 2, 2015)
Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, at the Northumberland Hills hospital. Beloved husband of 48 years to Rowena, loving father to Steven Burns (Angela) and Fiona Wood (Spencer), devoted grandfather to Rhianna and Tristan Wood and caring brother of Judith Rees-Thomas.
After a career as a Chemical Technologist at Outboard Marine and Zircatec, Bob enjoyed his retirement years running Burns Water Gardens with his wife. He will be remembered for his love of nature, adventurous spirit and his ability to fix or build anything. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Service Information

A Celebration of Life will be held at Columbus Hall, 232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg from 1-4pm on Saturday November 7, 2015 with a Tribute beginning at 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences received at


Lori and Peter Kegel

Bob was a lovely and kind man. We are blessed to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time.

Ben and Becky Waters

So sad to hear of Bob's passing. We met Bob through business connections but soon came to see him as a friend as well.will really miss his advise and meeting up with him during the gardening season. Our thoughts are with you all Rowena. Take comfort in knowing Bob is now pain free and probably water gardening on the other side!

Elaine & John Washington

so saddened to hear of Bobs passing. We were childhood friends,and I was delighted to meet him again when Rowena brought him to see me. As I said then,it was as if his father had walked into the room.We enjoyed reminiscing of the past in Peterborough. My sincere sympathies to Rowena,Judith,and the family

mel petersiel

Robert was a special person and much looked up to in the water gardening world. My heartfelt condolences go to Rowena and the Burns family.

Danny Benjamin, Hazorea Aquatics

We were so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Take comfort in your memories of him and keep him in your hearts forever. Life goes by so quickly and we should all cherish every moment. Sorry we cannot make the Celebration of Life but our prayers will be with you all at this sad time.

Lynda and Ted Hook

Our hearts and prayers go to you all during this difficult time. A very happy and easy man to work with, Bob will be missed. Customers like him are rare. God Bless.

Mike and Kelly Wood

Our thoughts are with you at this time. Robert was a fine gentleman and will indeed be missed.

Coboug Horticulrutal Club

Dear the Burns Family, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Bob. My deepest sympathies are with you at this difficult time and your family is in my prayers. My favourite summer job was working with Bob at the water gardens. I remember him as very knowledgable, always knowing what a customer needed, and a truly hard worker. He'd be up with us in the morning even when he wasn't feeling well because he loved the business. I'm sure he will be missed by many. With my deepest condolences, Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson

My thoughts and prayers are with you Rowena and your family. Love You

Marilyn Quemby

Sorry to learn of this. Sincere sympathies to Rowena and family.

Malcolm McDonald

Bob was such a wonderful welcome when we'd walk down the street to the Water Gardens. When Amy was little, he'd give her some fish food to take home to feed the tadpoles she had just found. We're so very sad to hear of this news. Don, Cori and Amy Arthur

Cori Arthur

Melissa Inglis

We were so sad to hear about Bob. Rowena, you and your family our in prayers and thoughts. Rowena, we were remembering the four of us, in several cities, wandering around looking for interesting restaurants. We also were remember in Portland, when were invited to a "Rave", so funny! Our love to you

Nancy & Lynn Jewett