Robert James Allen

Bob passed away in hospital in Victoria on July 17.

He enjoyed a long & successful career in the Federal Government in Ottawa, and was an optimist no matter the obstacles. He was a raconteur able to entertain his listeners with tales from his service with the RCMP, his “funny farm” in Woodlawn, and from his business association with the First Nation people in Northern Ont., following his formal retirement.

When he retired, Bob continued to be a driving force in society.  He volunteered at the Brain Injury of the Ottawa Valley as a fundraiser & their Treasurer.  When he wasn’t at the Bronson Centre, he enjoyed golfing with the “Legends” at Cedarhill.

After raising our daughters, Barbara & Karyn and developing lifelong friendships in Ottawa, we moved to Victoria in 2016.

In Victoria, he joined James Bay New Horizons & quickly forged friendships & volunteered his time once again.

He is predeceased by his parents & daughter, Karyn; he leaves behind his wife, Marion & daughter Barbara.  His sister Pat(Ted) & nieces: Cindy (John) & Linda (Jacques) grieve in Ontario. Bob’s family in BC are his in-laws, Lorraine, Gordon & Joyce & their children, Lee (Susan), Karla (Pat) ,& Kerri (Al) & their children Zakary & Chloe).

The family would like to thank the staff at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa & RJH hospital, Victoria for their excellent care during his long post op journey.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Ave. Victoria on Aug 11 at 2-4 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held in Ottawa on; Sept. 16 at Cedar Hill Golf Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Brain Injury of Ottawa Valley, 211 Bronson Ave. Ottawa K1R6H5

James Bay New Horizon, 234 Menzies Ave. Victoria, BC

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  1. Shirley Murdoch :

    Our memories of Bob were made in Florida as we were all “snowbirds “ from Canada & the US.
    We loved his enthusiasm for life as we golfed,
    socialized with “pot luck” dinners etc. His stories
    were always entertaining. He was a great guy.

  2. Ray and Iris Steg :

    Marion – Sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was a special guy, and will be remembered by his many friends and associates. I remember the time when I assisted in the return of his RCMP kit to the Force.
    We wish you all the best, and look forward to seeing you in September.

  3. Michaele Freeman :

    I’m sorry, Marion, to hear of your loss. It sounds like Bob was a very special person.

    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~Thomas Campbell

  4. Norma and Bill :

    Dear Marion and family; We are very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and will always remember ,with great fondness, those marvelous “tails” he passed on to us over our tapas and drinks in Bradenton. We had such good times together and they will never be forgotten. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Norma and Bill Adams

  5. Pat Cavanagh :

    Will always remember the fun we had with the Woodlawn Group, our crazy golf games, progressive dinner parties, the laughter and the tears. Bob is a loss to us all. I’m glad you are near your family for support Marion, but we miss you. Pat and John. ❤️

  6. joan dodsworth ware :

    Marion,
    I was so sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was an interesting and courageous man. I think about you both fondly and our time together on Stonecroft Terrace. You are often in our conversations here as we reminisce about Canada Day street parties based at the Allen driveway.

    I know you will stay brave with your family around you and I look forward to seeing you here on the 16th.

    Blessings.
    Joan

  7. Lanny & Valerie :

    A few weeks ago I was on le Balcon de Europa in Nerja Spain reminiscing about the times Bob & I sat there enjoying life with a café con leche and a Soberano brandy. Marion & Bob introduced Valerie & I, and were our hosts on our first of several trips to Nerja, Spain. Bob is already sorely missed, for his undaunted enthusiasm, optimism and generosity, and for being my friend.

  8. Diane And Daniel Bondy :

    Bob was certainly a force to be reckoned with …even as he was facing huge health challenges.
    His booming voice,his generosity and his dedication to volunteering especially for the head injured will not soon be forgotten.
    His love of his family was obvious in everything he did and was a gentleman to all in our neighbourhood on Stonecroft. Our life is richer for having know Bob

  9. Annie and Fraser Campbell :

    Marion,
    We were saddened to hear your news about Bob. We have a great many fond memories of times shared at New Years, at St. Thomas Church and with the gang in Woodlawn and later in Kanata.
    Our love and thoughts are with you and Barbara.
    Fondly, Annie and Fraser

  10. Anne Linttell :

    Marion:
    Thinking of you and Barb and remembering all the good times we shared
    when we left the city and moved to Woodlawn. Bob was our designated
    M.C. after the golf tournaments at Edgewood.
    “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone
    deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu.

  11. Deanie/Bob Nugent :

    Marion
    Sad to hear about Bob.Our prayers are with you.

  12. Leslie and Jack Pfeifer :

    We send our thoughts and prayers at this time to you Marion. He will be missed by everyone. Take care

  13. Bob played a big role in my career with Health Canada, and I have vivid memories of his lively personality. I will come on Sept 16 to offer my condolences in person

    Gordon Peters

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