Remembering Robert W. MacQuarrie, Q.C., 1926-2007

MACQUARRIE, Robert Waldron "Bob" Q.C., B.Sc., LL.B.
November 24, 1926 - January 11, 2007.

Still working and in his 81st year, Bob died suddenly at home. Born in Rexton, N.B. Bob, his wife and young family, relocated from the Maritimes to Gloucester, ON, in 1954. Beloved husband for over 55 years of Eleanor (MacMurdo) and cherished Dad to Maureen (Peter Foulds, Toronto, ON), Bill (Marcia), Debbie (Cold Lake, AB), Marjorie (Frank Derickx) and Doug (Donna).

Special grandfather to Fraser, Philip, Heather, Kate, Amy, Malcolm, Cameron, Leah, Conor and Duncan. Predeceased by his father, the Reverend Dr. Waldron A., his mother, Annie (Auld), his sister Louise Whalley and his brother, Walter. Survived by his step-mother, Janie (Georgetown, PE), his sister-in-law, Doreen (Dartmouth, NS), his aunt, Kay Wood (Charlottetown, PE) and numerous cousins. Also missed by Eleanor's brothers and sisters-in-law in Kelvin Grove, PE (George "Bud" and June, Ian and Wanda) and by his many nieces and nephews.

Between 1959 and 1985, Bob served the citizens of the Township of Gloucester, the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton (RMOC), the Provincial Riding of Carleton-East and the Province of Ontario in the varied roles of: Township Councillor, Deputy-Reeve, Reeve, Hydro Commissioner, Police Services Board Member, Chairman of the School Board, Ottawa-Carleton Regional Councillor, Member of Provincial Parliament, Parliamentary Assistant to the Provincial Attorney General and a later, additional appointment as the Parliamentary Assistant to the Provincial Solicitor General.

During his time in public office, Bob's most significant achievements included: organized suburban planning (such as the Orleans Official Plan); The Township of Gloucester Act (requiring increased 'green space/parks' in subdivisions above the amount required by provincial statute); expanded recreation services (significant increase of Gloucester's parks and recreation services); compulsory smoke detectors in new and existing multiple dwelling units and single family homes; capital project funding (significant provincial funding for many capital projects in the area).

In 2004, the County of Carleton Law Association honoured Bob for 50 years of distinguished service as a practicing lawyer in Ottawa. In late August 2006, Ottawa City Council passed a motion to permanently rename the Orleans Recreation Complex in his honour. He was a friend and advisor to many. Bob will be remembered for his exceptional generosity, modesty, wisdom, principles and deep rooted sense of community service.

Decades of service complete, daily trips 'to the office' no more, and willing hands now at rest. Forever in our thoughts, he will be dearly missed by family, friends and colleagues. In accordance with his wishes, he is to be cremated, and buried in Prince Edward Island at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ottawa General Hospital, CNIB or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

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