Marsh, Robert “Bob”

January 5, 1938 ~ July 27, 2021

Robert John Marsh passed away peacefully at home July 27, 2021, at the age of 83.  Throughout his 18 year long cancer journey, he lived with courage and fierce determination maintaining a positive attitude and appreciation for life.

Bob graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc in 1961 and completed a Masters in Education from Western Washington University in 1971. “Swampy” enjoyed being a teacher and was actively interested in every student.  He was known for his sense of humour and engaging students in science.  He retired after a 33 year career at Petrolia (LCCVI) high school.  In retirement, he was thrilled to run into former students and hear about their lives.

He lived and loved farming his whole life, including the community in which he was born and raised, and in which he raised his own family. He was a dedicated community member of the Sixth Line United Church, Mooretown Minor Hockey and Brigden Optimists.  An active sportsman, Bob enjoyed his hockey career and the camaraderie he had with his teammates on the Mooretown Old Pirates.  He spent thirty years enjoying cottage life on Stag Island where he appreciated the community spirit among friends and neighbours.  An enthusiastic and life-long singer (Marsh Mellows, church choir, Bluewater Chordsmen), he was constantly humming or singing a happy tune.

Bob and Jane enjoyed meeting new people, visiting family, school mates, friends and strangers alike.  Bob valued relationships and dedicated himself in maintaining contact with everyone. He was always ready to listen, learn new things or commit your family history to memory.  Bob always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. There was nothing Bob liked better than an interesting conversation with an old friend or complete stranger!

Bob will be missed greatly by his wife of 60 years: Mary Jane (O’Dell), and their 4 children and 9 grandchildren:  Paul/Shirley (Riley, Gillian), Dan/Elaine (Natalie, Ethan, Sophie), Andrew/Tammy (Cameron, Griffin, Avery) and Jennifer/Daniel (Sam).  Predeceased by his parents John and Nettie (Alderman) and siblings Calvin, Carol Alton (Bruce) and Marilynn Petherick (Edgar).

Bob’s children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of Bob’s kindness, sense of humour and generous spirit will live on through them.  He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and friends.  His life was well lived and he is an example others use for his strength of character, humour, kindness and for living well through happy and difficult times. He will be missed.

Many thanks to Dr. Yoshida and oncology staff for their years of care, to Melissa Miller and the palliative health care team for their excellent support.

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden followed by a private reception at the Brigden Fair Grounds. The funeral service will be streamed online on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2:00pm by clicking the link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83269239106. Zoom Meeting ID: 832 6923 9106.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Sixth Line United Church or Canadian Cancer Society (www.cancer.ca).

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  1. Swampy was a great mentor…..enjoyed life..always had time to talk…learned from him in school and learned from him in life…he will be missed by many

  2. Don and I send our heartfelt condolences to Jane and the Marsh clan….Bob’s legacy. We miss the telephone calls, the happy hours and especially that little crooked smile. He was a very special person. And even now he is probably humming a tune to old friends and new ones in his new heavenly garden. Rest In Peace Bob. We miss you dear friend.

  3. Bob was a wonderful man and role model for me as a teacher at LCCVI. Bob was able to keep life at school in perspective. To repeat his phrase, “You can take your foot off the accelerator now”.
    You will be missed.

  4. MaryJane and family
    What a guy! I always looked forward to running into Bob at community/sporting events, as he always had a story to tell that would see me leaving with a giggle and a smile. He sure will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.
    Lori and Ron Lebel

  5. To MaryJane and family
    My sincere condolences to you and your family at this very sad time..
    Shirley Lennan

  6. To the Marsh family,
    My condolences to you all. Although, I did not have Mr. Marsh as a teacher, I will always remember the great chats we had about farming and family. Mr. Marsh was very kind, funny and had the capasity to make anyone feel like you were his best friend. He is one of the great ones and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  7. Jane and family,
    Bob was an outstanding person, family man and role model. His kind and fun loving presence will be deeply missed. Take care of each other. Lots of love from Courtney Marsh and family Greg, Madison and Barrett Kirby. xo xo

  8. I was very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend to my parents and to my family.
    Although I did not have him as a teacher, I remember fondly one time when he took Debbie Marsh, Kevin Miller and I out of school for an afternoon so that we could judge a science fair. It was great fun (and a good learning experience) and a good excuse to get out of school! We were all grateful to him for that.
    My thoughts go out to the family.

  9. Mary Jane and Family; Our sympathies to you all. Bob was such a strong community presence who has left lasting memories in his Church, his students and coworkers. Howard has told us many stories about Bob over the years and I know he felt such respect for the family. We hope your memories will bring you comfort at this difficult time.

  10. Dear Mary Jane & Family
    In the fond memories of Bob – husband, Father & Grandfather — may you find peace & comfort through this time of sadness& loss..
    Thinking of you
    Penny

  11. Jane and family
    Thinking of all of you at this very difficult time. Bob was a very highly respected teacher and colleague at LCCVI and will be missed by so many. We will miss running into him and having a visit. Cherish the memories.

    Roy and Kerry Jacklin

  12. Jane and Family: So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Bob was a great teacher friend and we always enjoyed your visits.

  13. Thinking of you Jane and family, and very sorry for the loss of your dear Bob. I am sure he will be deeply missed, not only by his family but also by his faith family at Sixth Line Church, his many students and the wider community and all those whose hearts and minds he touched.

  14. Jane & Family:
    We were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He certainly fought the good fight against this horrible disease. We have many great memories of him, his wonderful smile, his love of farming and he certainly was one of our favourite teachers in high school. The world lost a good one when he passed and our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
    Brad & Tami

  15. The Lyon’s families in Ottawa were very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We wish to extend our condolences to Jane and family.
    Bob was a true gentleman, a fine mentor, an exceptional educator and a great family man. Bob always had a smile on his face and he lit up any room he entered. Bob was an exceptional man and will be missed by all.

  16. To the Marsh Family,
    Our thoughts are with you during this time. We have wonderful memories of Bob (and you all) and will treasure them.
    The Finch Family

  17. It is with saddened hearts we send condolences to the entire Marsh family. Bob was a special kind of gentleman who greeted everyone with a smile. His teaching humour radiated throughout every school he taught at. It was an honour and pleasure to be one of his students and friend. We will all miss Bob on Stag Island. RIP Mr Marsh.

  18. Sincere condolences to you for your loss. To be sure, Mr. Marsh was a great person as a teacher.

  19. Bob was a wonderful colleague and mentor. When I first came to LCCVI as a young music teacher back in 1978 Bob was so welcoming and encouraging. I last saw Bob at the Lambton County Music Festival where he was singing in the Highlights Concert. He was always so positive and kind. I will keep all of his family in my prayers to be comforted by many warm memories.

  20. Mary Jane and family So sorry to hear of Bob passing. He was a great guy to run into anywhere always a big smile and time to chat up the cousins. He will be truly missed Ruth and John Perkins

  21. To the Marsh Family,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father, Bob. I feel honoured to have gotten to know him as he always welcomed me into his home or cottage with a smile, a beer and a great story. Be comforted knowing that his love and values have been passed on to his children and grandchildren who will miss him dearly. This fellow Gryphon was surely one of a kind.
    The Dimitroff Family

  22. Dear Jane and family
    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father, father in law and grandfather. I know he was also much loved by Mary, Jesse and Ariel and I am glad that they and Michael were able to be with you today. I’m also thinking of Carol and Bruce and how much he meant to them as well. He will certainly be missed by all.

  23. Our sincere condolences to Mary Jane and all of the Marsh Family on your loss of Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Mary Jane and Family.
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. and remember him fondly from Guelph, and the summer I lived with him and his parents in Mooretown. We just watched his funeral service via Zoom, and enjoyed the remarks from your 4 children. Bob was a great man, and we will miss him.
    Phil and Constance.

  25. Condolences to Bob’s family. I have vivid memories of a very kind colleague at LCCVI(1976-79). May He rest in eternal peace.

  26. Dear Jane
    We were setting out to come to the funeral but Max had chest pains so we decided that we should not come.
    We will be with you on zoom. We will get together for a picnic very soon.
    Love to you and the family
    Deirdre and Max

  27. I am honoured to have known Bob my entire life. In my humble opinion, he led the way and set the bar as a shining light for all humanity. He showed by example.A finer person has rarely walked among us. He will be greatly missed.
    With Sincere Condolences.
    Bill and Linda Boyington. London, Ont.

  28. Dear Jane
    We were setting out to come to the funeral and Max had chest pains so we decided that we should not come. We will be with you on zoom. We will get together some time soon
    Love to you and the family

  29. Mary Jane and Family, So sorry for loss. Bob was a great man who will be dearly missed by family, friends and all who knew him. Our sincere condolences to all.
    Randy & Gail

  30. To the Marsh family sorry for your loss. He was always treated you as a friend and was interested in what you where doing.

  31. Dear Jane and family…Bob was someone I always enjoyed talking to, such a great guy, never saw him without a smile on his face and a sincere welcoming greeting. He was someone to whom one could be very serious with and also share a good joke, all occasions memorable. This is such a sad and difficult time for all of you and my heart goes out to you. Knowing how much he was admired, loved and appreciated hopefully will help ease this sadness.

  32. To the Marsh family
    I will always remember the great chats we had about farming and his family. Bob could make anyone feel like you were his best friend. He will be missed. My condolences to the family.

  33. To the Marsh family,

    We are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

  34. Sad to hear of Bob’s passing. He will be missed by many. Respected by all that knew him. He loved to strike up a conversation whether he knew the person or not. We will remember our trip to Nfld and our many golf days.
    RIP Bob

  35. Mary Jane and family,
    So very sorry for such a huge loss for you all. Mr. Marsh was one of my very favorite high school teachers. Eric and I remember him as such a very nice man and his smile was the best. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time.

  36. Dear Marshes, thinking of you during your time of loss. Bob’s friendship meant so much to the McKinley’s. His is a tremendous legacy. Sending love from Waterloo.

  37. Jane and family: so very sorry to hear of your losing Bob. although I left the community many years ago, there are people that will never be forgotten. I remember the threshings at the family farm, Our times together at church,The quartet of Bob, Calvin Artur and Bill Miller. So many good memories and he was part of them all. God Bless

  38. Jane, Paul, Dan, Andrew & Jen:
    My sincerest sympathy on the passing of Bob. As a little girl, my earliest memories of him were at the Moore Centre and Waubuno diamonds coaching Danny and Bill. I recall the good times that were had throughout the season, camping for weekend tournaments and the y/e windups. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him since my highschool days, but I can see he continued to be the same great man. May he Rest In Peace.

  39. Jane and family, so sorry to hear about Bobs passing.
    Lots of laughs shared at hockey games.

  40. Entire Marsh Family,

    I was one of the many fortunate students at LCCVI that was taught by Mr. Marsh. Everything written about him is true. He seemed to never forget a face and always took the time to say hello when we crossed paths (mostly at the arena). It always amazed me how he remembered all his students even if it was many years after they had graduated and how genuinely happy he was to connect with them.. We lost a great one.

    My sincere condolences to the entire family.

    Nick Salaris
    Petrolia

  41. To May Jane and Family. It was sad news when I learned that my cousin had passed away. When I was taking Chemistry in Bob’s class I was always treated as a student and not a cousin. Bob was a great teacher and cousin. I will always remember his smile and the way he could make the class laugh. Thinking of you all at this time and sending sincere condolences.
    Ruth Anne (Walker) and family.

  42. My condolences to the Marsh family. I remember Bob as a defence man for Brigden in the River League. He was teamed with Doug Henderson. He always had a smile and would hit you with his dry humour. He touched many lives as can be seen by the number of condolences sent.

  43. To Jane & Family. We wish to express our condolences for the recent passing of Bob. He was obliviously a well appreciated person. Thinking of all of you.

  44. Jane and Family: So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at LCCVI. He always had a smile and a kind word. Ross and I enjoyed visiting with him whenever we met. Sincere sympathy to you all.

  45. Sending heart-felt condolences to the Marsh family at this sad time. Elliot and I had met Bob only once, at Andrew’s 50th, but his smile and good humour left an indelible impression on us both. May he Rest In Peace.

  46. I am so sorry to hear the passing of Mr Marsh. He taught me at LCCVI High School in Petrolia and I loved his science classes! He always made you feel welcome and his approach to teaching was great to make you feel valued and important to the class. He always made the classes interesting and fun! My deepest sympathy to his family. Kind wishes from Kathy Wright (formerly Kathy Moore when I lived in Canada).

  47. Mary Jane and family we send heartfelt condolences on the loss of Bob.
    He was an example of a life well lived, loved by all who met him and will be remembered for his caring ways, his smile and humour.
    Take care of each other during this difficult time.

  48. Great memories of a real gentleman..Bob was my teacher at LCCVI, a Mooretown hockey acquaintance, and someone I always enjoyed meeting up with when he was on his singing rounds at local retirement and long term care homes. I will always treasure the visits I had with Bob. My sincere condolences to the Marsh family.

  49. Our deepest sympathy to the Marsh family.
    Bob was a great man. Whenever I met him we always had a good conversation as he was always so easy to talk to. I did not have him as a teacher but I expect he was good at that as he was such a good man!

  50. So sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He put up a great fight. Loved seeing him coming in for his CAT scans. Always had a great story to share. Favourite teacher and I’m sure that is shared by many. Never forgot a face or a name.
    Our deepest condolences to his family
    Sheila (VanSchyndel) and Randy Cunningham

  51. Sending our Sincere Condolences to the Marsh Family….
    “Mr.Marsh” was One of a Kind and could never be replaced…Such a fine man and gentleman….Bob taught our daughter Many many years ago and yet whenever we saw him he always asked how she was.. his memory was impeccable. Heaven has gained another Angel for sure.
    Our thought and prayers are with you All at this most difficult time.

  52. We are deeply saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed chatting with him at the Labour Day Marsh get together. Bob was a very engaging individual and he was the kind of person you wanted to be around as he was so personable and entertaining. Our sincere condolences to the Marsh family.

  53. Sending my deepest condolences to Mary Jane and Family. Bob was a great guy with such a positive attitude and he will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to cross his path in this journey we call life.. He had such a genuine personality and smile that made everyone feel comortable in his presence.. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  54. Genuinely sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was such an amazing teacher, colleague and just an all around great man. Deepest condolences to your family.

  55. So sorry to read about Bob’s passing. He will be missed by his many friends and family.
    Bob always lit up a room with his warm smile and and caring greeting.
    Jane, and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  56. My deepest condolences to the entire Marsh family during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob at Andrew’s 50th Birthday party – such a sweet, caring man. You are all in my thoughts.

  57. Gary and I are deeply saddened to hear of your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Bob was a great teacher and friend, he will be missed dearly.

  58. Mary Jane and family.
    Jack & I are saddened to learn of Bob’s death. He indeed, loved life, family, friends and laughter and singing!! We hold you in our hearts.
    Jack & Janis Paulley

  59. My deepest condolences to your entire family. Mr. Marsh was a wonderful teacher. He took took us to the Bruce for a camping trip in our environmental science class. One of my best high school memories. I know how hard it is losing a dad or grandpa, sending you love during this difficult time.

  60. Sorry to hear about Mr. Marsh passing. He was a great teacher and mentor. Always struggled with chemistry but he got me through it.

  61. Jane and family. Sending our love and hugs to everyone. He will be truly missed. Swampy was such a great man, teacher, and friend. Take care of each other!

  62. I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Robert. The only thing I can say is I wish I would have known him.

  63. My deepest condolences to you Jane and your family. I always enjoyed chatting with Bob! He was a great community minded person and a pleasure to be around!

  64. Jane and Family
    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. He was a wonderful man and left his mark on so many people. Fred and I are so privileged to have know him as a dear friend. We have many fond memories to cherish and will never forget his friendship and loving smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  65. Jane (Mary Jane) and all your family, I just received notice of Bob’s passing and I am so very sorry. You and Bob and your whole family were such a source of joy and friendship. Thank you. Debra P. McGill

  66. Mary Jane & Family
    I was very saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. He was an outstanding teacher and a wonderful man.
    My sympathy to you in your loss.
    Sincerely,
    Carol Moran

  67. Dear Andrew, I wanted to express my deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father. I am sure he was a wonderful father, you are an example of this.

    Sincerely,

    Stephanie Vicari

  68. Mary Jane we are so very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He did always have a smile on his face and he never saw our daughter without talking to her.
    Bill and Joyce O’Brien

  69. Jane and family,
    Mr. Marsh (or Bob as I finally became comfortable calling him!) was my favourite teacher! Bob was always eager to strike up a conversation anytime we would run into each other. Such a kind man, always smiling..and such a character! He will be so missed, but always in our hearts. My thoughts are with you all.

  70. It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of such a great guy Our thoughts are with you MaryJane and your family Rest In Peace Bob Al and Dianne Storey

  71. Jane and family. Very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. We did admire his courage as he lived with cancer those many years. I will always remember him in the quartet in the musical at LCC VI. And of course on our trip to Japan. Bob lived life to the full, joyously. He was an inspiration to all of us
    . God’s peace to you, Bill and Annalee

  72. Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Jane and Paul, Dan, Andrew, Jen, and families, as well as the community will miss him. I bought a farm from Bob (he even held the mortgage) and he said he was going to buy a cottage on stag island at the time.
    I was recruited to play hockey on the Mooretown Old Pirates. Bob and Doug Henderson picked me up for the game very early. When we had to stop for a bowl of soup at the Watford Hotel before the game, I knew then I was an Old Pirate)!

  73. Mary Jane, Andrew, Tammy and the whole Marsh family:
    We were so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He was such a great member of the Antique Car Club and I always remember he spoke to you like you were the only person in the room and truly interested in what you had to say! Always a joke and a sense of humour! He will be missed! Our prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  74. Sincere condolences to Mary Jane and family. Bob was a terrific guy, always had a smile on his face and always had time for a little chat. The whole community will miss him. Rest easy Bob.

  75. We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He always had such a genuine, positive attitude that would leave you smiling when he left. He certainly will be missed by many.
    Our sincerest condolences to the Marsh family.

  76. I’m upset to hear about this. GREAT teacher. Warm, kind, and funny man. He made science and chemistry classes a lot of fun. Among others, I have a specific memory of something he said once when I was struggling. “Don’t get so hung up because you have trouble balancing equations. You’ll still grow up, get a job, and have a family even if you can’t balance equations.”

  77. Sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He had a good life and enjoyed every minute of it according to his smile. We will miss him. Bob always spoke and knew us. We are thinking of all the family and you Jane. Larry and Wendy

  78. My deepest sympathies to the Marsh family on your sad loss. He was my favorite teacher at LCCVI, and came to all of our class reunions in the many years since. You can be proud of the impact he had on his students over the years. He was one of the good guys for sure. Rest in Peace Bob.

  79. So sorry to hear of your loss. Mr. Marsh (still can’t call him Bob) was a memorable teacher, and I enjoyed bumping into him at the many choir events or various church dinners In Lambton County. He will be missed by the greater community but especially by you, his family, with whom he was so proud of and loved dearly.

  80. I remember Bob well from teaching with him. He was a man with a sense of humour. On one camping trip a number of people went on, the Piddle in the Pine, he became famous for his Swamp Eggs- eggs cooked in beer on a griddle. He was a great guy and I’m sorry to hear that he has passed away. The world is a poorer place without him.

  81. Dear Jane and family …. Extending our deepest and sincere condolences in the passing of Bob. We will be forever grateful for having known him as an influential teacher who became a great friend. An invitation to your cottage 8 years ago, brought back treasured memories of Stag Island.
    God Bless and comfort you all during this difficult time ❤️🙏
    Pam & Brian Irwin

  82. The Marsh Family,
    Bob was an amazing person, his laugh filled my heart every time I would hear it. He had a way of bringing so much joy to every person he was with, he was always so positive and happy it was contagious. He will be truly missed.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time. The island has lost an incredible man.

  83. MaryJane and Family,
    I was so sad to here of Bobs passing. He was always a Ray of Sunshine when I would
    Walk by your cottage. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Kristine (Garant) Zucchiatti/S23

  84. My condolences to the Marsh family. I was very saddened to learn of your loss. I was glad to have had Bob as a teacher and the experience of working with him at LCCVI. It was rare to see him without that warm smile. His sense of humour and good nature were always appreciated by students and colleagues alike. He will be missed.

  85. Bob was one of the first people we met through our church community after moving here from Windsor. He had a way of making people feel comfortable around him, and always was positive and encouraging toward others. His love of music was evident in his participation in church choir and the Sarnia Bluewater Chordsmen. When Bob discovered I was a music geek, he hounded me for years to join the Chordsmen. When I finally did, I discovered a whole new way to make beautiful music. Thank you Bob, for making my musical path make that left turn.
    We will never forget your charming smile and positive attitude.

  86. Our hearts were greatly saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our Sincerest Condolences to the Marsh Family. I would see Bob at the arena watching his grandson power skate. He was so very proud to watch his grandson every week!❤️ Bob’s smile said it all!

  87. Dear Jane and family.
    We are sorry to hear that Bob lost his long battle with cancer.
    Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Bob will be missed by many, he was a very special person.
    Jack & Gitte Monteith

  88. Dear Mary Jane, Paul, Dan, Andrew, Jennifer and Families,
    We are so sorry to hear the news of Bob’s passing. Bob was a great person! Anyone who ever met him, will remember his kind spirit, his sense of humour and his genuine caring nature. Bob will be missed, but happy memories of him will live on forever!
    We are sending our sincerest condolences,
    Miami Fader and Family

  89. Dear Jane & family, please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Bob. He was absolutely one of the kindest, most incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He was an incredible teacher and became a friend to so many of his students.
    I have enjoyed so many conversations with him over the years whether it be up town in Brigden, at the arena or on Stag Island. He always had time for a quick catch up and was always so interested and curious about how everyone else was doing. He will be missed by many. RIP Bob.

  90. Dear Jane & family, please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Bob. He was absolutely one of the kindest, most incredible people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. He was an incredible teacher and became a friend to so many of his students.
    I have enjoyed so many conversations with him ver the tears whether it be up town in Brigden, at the arena or on Stag Island. He always had time for a quick catch up and was always so interested and curious about how everyone else was doing. He will be missed by many. RIP Bob.

  91. Hi Marsh family,

    Sending my heartfelt condolences. Bob (it seems weird to call him that….uh…..Mr. Marsh) was my taught me Chemistry a couple of years at LCCVI. He was a great teacher that actually got through this thick head of mine. Chemistry was my highest mark in grade 12 thanks to his teaching.

  92. We will celebrate and remember Bob’s life for his friendship, his love of family, friends, and all those he met. We became friends in 1971 and remained in contact for 50 years. What happy joyful family times we experienced during our visits. Thank you Bob and Jane.
    Marg & Bob Merriam

  93. Jane and Family: We, along with so many others, mourn the passing of this great guy. What a loss to your family and the entire community. He will sure be missed. He fought such a brave battle with a vicious opponent.

    Bill considered him a 5 percenter. What’s a 5 percenter? A five percenter is those people that you meet in your life, the cream of the crop, the top 5 percent. A perfect description of Bob Marsh.

    We send sincere, heartfelt condolences.

    Bill and Betty Watson

  94. Jane and family – Our sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your family. Our paths have crossed in many ways.
    Charlie and Isobel Nisbet

  95. Mary Jane
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Bob was a remarkable man.
    He will be greatly missed.
    Please accept my deepest sympathies.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tom G.

  96. Mary Jane and family.
    We are very sorry for you loss at such a difficult time.
    Sending our sympathy and prayers to you
    Al and Barb

  97. Thinking of the Marsh family at this sad time. Swampy taught me chemistry a long time ago and I never let him forget it every time I would run into him. When I got to class his car keys and money where sitting on my desk once a week. My job was to drive his car up town to the donut shop for delicious warm long johns. We would laugh about it every time I saw him. Great teacher, you will be missed by many.

  98. Mary Jane and family my thoughts and prayers are with you.Lots of great memories to help you through this difficult time.

  99. To the Marsh family, the world has lost a great man and you can be very proud of him. May many wonderful memories warm each of your hearts and God give you comfort. Goodbye Bob. Alan and Marie Stephenson

  100. Bob or as he was fondly remembered, Mr Marsh, was one of my favourite and best teachers. He was just as was described in his obit. Always came to class happy to teach, engage with his students and always humming. And remembered us long after we graduated. Whenever I ran into him it was time to catch. You will be missed, RIP now, there will be another angel going the choir. Bonnie

  101. Mary Jane and Family, so sorry for the loss of Bob he was a great person. Thinking of you all at this sad time!!!

  102. Jane and family,
    Our sincere condolences to all the family. Bob certainly left an impression with all he met. He will definitely be missed. Our prayers are with you.
    Pat and Bill Davidson

  103. To Mary Jane and her Family: It was the worst news we could have received that our cousin and friend had passed on to a better place. We did not have the privilege of attending his classes, but our boys did. We can share many memories of those who write condolences. Bob’s pain and suffering is now gone and he can enjoy signing in the Heavenly Choir.
    We will be thinking about you all and wish you many happpy memories of the past.

    Bob and Frida Alderman

  104. To the Marsh Family
    Please accept our sincerest condolences. Bob was great in everything he did. He will be missed! Please know that you are in our thoughts and we are sharing in your sorrow.

  105. Mary Jane and family our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

  106. Deepest condolences to you Jane and your entire family. Bob was a wonderful and kind person. He was one of my teachers also.

  107. The outpouring of sentiment of these messages say it all. We didn’t have Mr Marsh as a teacher but he was so friendly in the hallway. Made you feel noticed. Our condolences.

  108. Mary Jane and family Anne and I are sorry to hear of Bob (Swampy,s) passing he was my teacher in 1969 many great Memory,s

  109. My condolences to the Marsh family for their loss of a kind and caring man.with a great sense of humor. Nancy Hibbert

  110. My condolences to the Marsh families he will be truly missed by everyone. He was an amazing teacher. I will always remember his wit and charming warm smile.

  111. So sad to hear the news of Bob’s passing. We have great memories of our time with Bob and Jane over the years. He will be greatly missed by msny.

  112. Larry and I are so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. We are sending our thoughts and hugs to Mary Jane and her Family. Bob was a warm and kind man who I enjoyed getting to know at our Senior Fitness gatherings; Larry has memories of him from hockey. Larry and Diana Zink ♥️

  113. Bob was my homeroom teacher one year. I learned a lot about farming, cows and life in his class. Oh and some chemistry too.
    One of the good guys for sure.
    Condolences to all.
    Terrie (Snell) and Allen Farr

  114. So sad hearing this. I do remember his infectious smile. Nothing ever seemed to bring him down. My condolences to the Marsh family. I know he will be dearly missed.

  115. I’m sad so to hear of Bob’s passing!
    He will be missed on Stag Island by so many Islanders. I will cherish his big hugs that he would always give me. I never thought the fall of 2019 would be my last.
    Sending love, hugs and prayers to Jane and the family during this difficult time.
    He will always be one of my favorites.
    He was special.

  116. We were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing, it was our pleasure to have known him over the years.
    Our sincere condolences to you Maryjane and your family.
    Sam and Betty Fraser.

  117. Jane and the Marsh Family, So very sorry to hear that Bob has passed, a great man who will be dearly missed by family, friends and all who knew him. Our condolences,

  118. So sorry for your loss,m prayers and thoughts to all of the family. Bob was a wonderful and caring person, he will be missed.

  119. Dear Jane
    So sorry that you have had to say goodbye to your best friend. I read the obituary – he certainly lived a good life
    Glad you had enough supports that Bob could die at home. He would have wanted that.
    Sad that John and I will not be able to see him when we next come back to Mooretown – I have lots of good memories shared with hm, including him singing at our wedding
    Blessings
    joyce henderson

  120. A great man and teacher who made science fun. He taught from your perspective. He didn’t make fun of you when you wanted to
    farm but showed you how science and farming went together. RIP

  121. Sending our condolences to all of the Marsh Family. Mr. Marsh was such a wonderful person. I enjoyed him as a teacher and also enjoyed our talks at hockey games. I ran into him last summer at a coffee shop in Petrolia and had a great visit. I don’t remember a time that he didn’t have his beautiful smile on his face.

  122. So sorry for your loss. Bob was an incredible teacher, boss(science CL) and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Take care.

  123. My condolences to Jane & family on the passing of Bob. Bob was a really great fellow, always smiling & so friendly. He will certainly be missed by so many people & mostly by his family( I know that from experience). Remember all the good times you had. Marie Sheppard

  124. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. I loved nothing more than running into him and facing a great conversation. He will definitely be missed.

  125. Sincere condolences to Jane and family for your loss Bob was one of a kind and will be truly missed

  126. Bob was a charming and welcoming neighbor and will be greatly missed on Stag Island. His courage and outgoing nature was appreciated by all. I especially welcomed our open conversations and mutual support throughout the battle. Our heartfelt condolences to Mary Jane and the family. May he Rest in Peace!

  127. Bob fit the definition of “friend” as well as anyone I know. Pat and I will always remember him.

  128. I am so saddened to hear this news. My condolences to Jane and the whole family. What a wonderful tribute you have written to help us remember the Swampy that we knew and loved. Good bye old friend, we will remember you.

  129. Please express our heartfelt condolences to Jane and the family.He was one of a kind. A kind gentle human being. We met him through Moore Minor Hockey. Always had time for a chat and a laugh. Wonderful to kids and treated us with respect snd downright fun. He will be missed. Len and Connie Howlett and family.

  130. Sincere sympathy to Mary Jane and the family,,he was a well liked man❣️❣️

  131. Bob was a lovely man. One of my best memories was of him and his quartet stopping me on the sidewalk in front of his cottage and serenading me. Hugs to the Marsh family.

  132. My deepest condolences to The Marsh Family. The impact “Swampy” had on me as one of his many students will last a lifetime along with memories of his humour and how he approached a life well lived. I am sure he has heard these words spoken to him from his Heavenly Father “We’ll done good and faithful servant”
    Rest In Peace Mr. Marsh

  133. Mary Jane, Jenn, Paul, Dan, Andrew and families-
    Bob was one of a kind. He led with kindness and sincerity and his joy was infectious. I am thankful that I got to be his neighbour. I’m sending love and hugs to all of you.

  134. Bob was the “music” in so many people’s lives. In fact , he sang at our wedding. He was someone you liked on first meeting and that just increased over the years knowing him. The many cousin adventures are legends in the family history. Family celebrations and gatherings won’t be same without Bob. He will be sorely missed.

  135. To the Marsh Family
    We were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Bob was never without a smile and had a genuine interest in everyone he met. He had a lasting impact on his students, the community but most especially to his family. Please except our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Sincerely Mark, Gail, Kyrie and Evan Freer

  136. Sorry to hear of Swampy. He really was a teacher not many would ever forget. I think most students spent more time laughing at him than we did each other. Long battle with a horrible diagnosis. Deepest sympathy to all the lives he has touched.

  137. Mr. Marsh was one of my all-time favourite teachers, and as Deanna mentioned once a student – always a friend! Whenever we ran into one another in the community, he always made a point to speak with me, ask me about my family and showed a genuine interest in hearing about my life. What a loss for your family but the incredible memories and knowing how many people Mr. Marsh had an impact on will hopefully comfort you. Sending the family our deepest sympathies and prayers.

  138. We enjoyed our many visits with you and Bob ,Jane, and will miss him dearly. All of the ACCCC car club’s meetings and tours were enhanced with the two of you participating. J&B

  139. He was truly an inspiration and will be missed immensely on the island. Our thoughts are with all of you that he loved.
    Dave & Deb Dudman

  140. Dear Jane and family
    We go way back to the days when you came to Midland for Bob’s first teaching job. What fun we had, both of us having our first babies, sharing notes and having such good times together. I am so glad that I talked to Bob a couple of weeks ago. It was great to reconnect since Ernie had died 11 years ago and I lost touch with you. My heartfelt condolences and prayers for blessings on you and your family. Pat Cowden

  141. Jane & Family,
    Terry & I are so saddened by the news of Bob’s passing. Our hearts are heavy and we are sending you loving thoughts and prayers. Bob will be so missed by everyone that was fortunate enough to have met him. We will always remember his smile, kind ways and funny stories!

  142. My Mom, Noreen Reynolds always enjoyed Bob’s visits. When Dan and Elaine and the family were visiting up the sideroad; Bob would bring Sophie for a visit down the sideroad. Mom really appreciated those visits. Thanks, Bob
    Bob will be missed by all who knew him. As you enter the Spirit World, Bob please keep singing and smiling. Jane and family please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences. Darlene and Doug Riddoch

  143. So sorry to hear of Bob / Swampy’s passing. He was a great teacher, and helped us by tutoring Brent after his accident. He will be missed by his family and the community. Sincere condolences.

  144. Our deepest condolences to the Marsh family Bob was an icon of LCCVI always had time to chat when seen him around the area Thinking of you during this difficult time
    Doug Wendy McLean

  145. I am saddened to hear of Bob’s passing and my sincere sympathy is extended to all his family and friends. I am sure his loss will be felt deeply but I hope that knowing that so many will share in your loss helps the healing just a little bit.

    I don’t think Bob ever ran across too many ‘strangers’ in his lifetime. It was always a pleasure running into him and catching up. Once a student, always a friend. He taught my mother in the 60’s in Sarnia and always remembered that when we spoke. The world is a little less bright today 🌻

  146. Our deepest sympathy to the Marsh family.
    Bob was my teacher and a great person of the community who will be missed greatly.
    Dave and Mary Steadman

  147. Mary Jane and family Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Bob’s smile and friendship will always be remembered.

  148. Our deepest sympathy to the Marsh family. Bob was a wonderful person with an outstanding sense of humour. Always ready for a conversation very time we would cross paths He will be missed by many. Our condolences. Joe & Bonnie Dawson & family.

  149. Mary Jane and family, so sorry for your loss and thinking of you. One day at a time, you have great memories to help you through this difficult time.

  150. So sorry to hear of Bob passing. Our prays are with you Mary Jane and your family.
    Ruth Ann (Cowan) and Ernie Spicer

  151. Sorry to hear about Mr Marsh. Although he never taught me, I feel like I knew him. Always smiling and he had a great sense of humour. I am sure everyone student at LCCVI knew him.
    RIP Swampy.
    Dawn & Myron

  152. Jane & family our heartfelt sympathies we extend to you. Bob was truly one of the good ones we both will fondly remember all the great times we had on our Canadian travels. May those wonderful memories keep his spirit with us all ❤️
    Don & Penny Phillips

  153. How sad to hear of the passing of Bob. he will. Be missed. Always friendly, smiling and interested in ones family etc.
    Contribute so much to our community. Real fun guy! Even thought he has had a struggle the past years you would never know it as he was so cheerful. Loved your smile, Bob.
    Our sympathies to all the family.
    Gord and Barb

  154. Bob was a great dad, husband, teacher, friend and community member. Thinking of the Marsh family and sending sincere condolences.

  155. Our sincere sympathies to Jane and the family. We still called him Mr. Marsh even though we are now in our fifties. He was a wonderful teacher, and a joy to have a conversation with. He had a gift of making others smile and will be truly missed.

  156. Mary Jane, Paul, Dan, Andrew & Jennifer

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. He was truly one of the “good guys”. I cannot remember a time he didn’t have that infectious grin. He was warm and welcoming and always seemed to have the time to engage in conversation. He will be missed.

    Ron Fowler & family

  157. Our deepest condolences to Jane and the whole family. We are very sad to hear of Bob’s passing. So have enjoyed our chats over the many years and memories throughout our school years. Bob was one of the best guys we have ever had the pleasure of knowing and he will be missed by so many. All of our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
    Brenda and Rick Dennis

  158. Mary Jane and family
    Bob enjoyed conversations with friends and strangers more than anyone I have met. Years past I would run into Bob at the Brights Grove coffee shop at 6 am wondering how he could be that far from Marsh territory that early. Bob played hockey against the student hockey team well into his mid 50″s and that amazed us younger teachers. Bob had no problem questioning silly school administrative protocols and that modeling carried over to younger teachers like myself. His jokes and stories and wit and dry humour will be missed by those that knew him. RIP Bob, you will be missed by so so many.

  159. To the Marsh family,
    Heartfelt condolences on Bob’s passing. He was a great teammate on the Old Pirates and great to talk to any time you had the opportunity to visit with him. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Gary and Patty Newman

  160. Mary Jane
    Sending my sincere sympathy and love to you and your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will surely be missed.

  161. Dear Jane, Paul, Dan, Andrew and Jennifer;
    Sending our sincere condolences to you and your entire family during this difficult time. Bob was a wonderful man – an exemplary father, grandfather and a great friend to many. Doug and Joanne

  162. Jane and family, sincere condolences on the passing of Bob. We had a lot of great visits with Bob over the years and always enjoyed his stories. He will be greatly missed.
    Paul & Julie Vandersteen

  163. Such a wonderful man and teacher to a lot of people! I can’t imagine how many lives he touched!
    Laurie and Rick Lightfoot

  164. Jane and Gang, we are saddened by your loss but will remember with fondness and joy of a life well lived. Bob was the epitome of a friend and I am proud to say I counted him as such.

  165. Our Sympahys to Jane and family. We new him helping with Brigden fair and other projects. He was a friendly guys that never complained about anything. He will be sadly missed. Chuck & Betty

  166. Mary Jane and family
    Sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. He was a kind and caring man and I always enjoyed talking with him whenever we met. He will be missed by all who knew him
    Donna

  167. Dear Jane & Family: We were so very sorry to hear of your incredible loss of such a wonderful man, husband, father, and Grampa. Bob and you have been a part of our lives in many capacities and we consider having known Bob a privilege and an honour. Please except our sincere condolences. May God bring you and your family much peace and love during this most difficult time! Leslie & Frank Vye

  168. Mary Jane and family, we are sending our sincere condolences. I will miss my visits with Bob, he was always so interested in everything that was happening in Brigden. He and Dad had many good visits at the coffee shop as well and when Dad wasn’t able to be there he reached out to him, which Dad appreciated. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

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