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LUMLEY, Robert Joseph



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It is with heartbreak and sadness that we face the death of Robert (Bob) Joseph Lumley. Our world is forever changed and seems unimaginable. Bob was a dedicated husband to Marlene (nee Gilmore). The girl he loved the first day he saw her. His daughters Deborah Lumley, Heather Lumley (Mario), Jennifer Holmes (Bruce) were his pride and joy. He was a very proud grandfather to Josh, Joe and Jeff (Ally) Holmes and Maya Callender who he adored. Son-in-law Bruce held a very special place in his heart. Our Dad cherished family, life, travel and spending time with his many friends. In retirement from DuPont, Dad dedicated his time as a treasurer for the Lion’s Club for many years. He took pride in caring for those in the community at the Blind Picnic. He led the Inn of the Good Shepherd, he packed meals for Meals on Wheels while carrying his oxygen tank and using his walker. He looked forward to Wednesday poker days with friends. He loved his online and in person workout classes with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. He valued the support he received from Dr. Kim, Dr. Veinberg, Dr. Shetty, Dr. Al-Zubaidi, Sarnia Pharmacy, Nurse Tracy, and the Community Paramedic program. Lummer (as known by the DuPont team) put in years of hard work, dedication and pride as an employee at DuPont. He valued his work place and the important life long friendships that he developed there. He was never short of a joke or a wise comment when sitting around the lunch table. When thinking of you Dad we will all smile as we remember your ‘most handsome one at SCITS’ smile, your sharp wit and infectious laughter. We will travel to Yellowstone National Park, the West Coast and the East Coast reminding ourselves of the adventures you gave us as children driving cross country. We will reminisce about your Northern fishing tales with the guys, we will continue to put bird seed out and feed your backyard furry friends peanuts. We will revisit memories of baseball calls from Coach Dad, we will continue to cheer for the Vikings and Canadians, we will do leaf tours in the fall to honour you. We will travel to the mountains and the iceburgs carrying you with us. We will build giant sand castles and bonfires in the summer to remind us of cottage days. We will play bingo and throw in some lightning rounds for candy. We will play cards, majong, scrabble and build puzzles as you loved to do. We will place your carved ducks in special places in our homes. We will go on long drives as you loved to do. We will make 4 o’clock, “What’s going on over there?” calls each day to check up on one another. We will retell your stories of living in Point Edward, playing hockey, showing chickens with Grandpa, sitting in the Point Edward fire truck and playing skitscat around the dinner table with Grannie (Mary Scott-Lumley) while Gramps (Joe Lumley) rocked in his chair on Alice Street. We will watch the funny movies you watched with Maya, Joe and Jeff. The ones that made Grannie mad! We will sit at the lighthouse watching the water, eating Albert’s French fries wishing you were with us still. Most importantly we will gently care for Mom who will be lost without you. As you said, “You loved her the first day you saw her”. We will focus our love and care on her as you have done for the past 62 years. Dad, we will see you in our minds, hold you in our hearts and hear the whispers of your voice encouraging us, supporting us and loving us forever. We would like to invite family and friends to visit Mom at home over the next few weeks and months to support her and share their fond memories of Dad. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation for Dad - we know he would love it to go to the Community Paramedic program or Ducks Unlimited. Thank you for caring about our Dad through your friendship and support. Cremation has taken place. In keeping with Bob’s wishes, no services will be held. Arrangements entrusted to Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.