Robert Passien

PASSIEN. On Monday, November 14th at 8:40am Robert Donald Passien passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospital, London surrounded by his “girls”, as he liked to say. Bob’s wife of nearly 50 years and his high school sweetheart Patti, his daughters Cari and Jennifer and his sister Wendy Sams. Born December 4, 1947, Bob was the son of Don and Poppy Passien. After spending the last 5 years in weekly dialysis, it was a surprise diagnosis of lung and bone cancer less than 2 weeks ago that took him from us so quickly. In recent years our family circle had gotten smaller and smaller, but Papa will definitely be missed by his 3 grandsons William, Harrison and Maddox, as well as his son-in-law Nick Hudson, all of England. Uncle Bob will also be missed by his niece Stephanie, her husband Jeff Furler and their girls Jessica and MacKenzie. Also, nephew Jeff Sams and his wife Kristen and their girls Hadley and Isla of Dundas. Bob thought of himself as lucky to have had a lengthy career as a long haul truck driver. He loved the freedom and adventure of the road, the places he visited and the people he met along the way. One of his famous expressions was, “I’ve backed up more miles than you will ever drive ahead.” Bob made friends easily and loved to talk about almost anything. Bobs fur babies Charlie and Murphy are going to miss being fed at the table every night and will likely be found curled up on his bed in the coming weeks. Thank you to all the Drs and Nurses who have helped care for Bob over the last several years, he couldn’t thank you all enough. Also, many thanks to all the friends and family who called, visited and emailed.

It was Bob’s wish to be cremated and not to have a funeral service, as he wanted people to remember him in happier times. In lieu of flowers or cards, donations to the new animal shelter would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences are welcome at

11 Comments on “Robert Passien”

  1. Patti and girls,

    So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We had kind of lost touch over the years, but the last couple of years I had the chance to talk to him a bit at Maroons games. He was obviously struggling, but his passion for life was so evident while watched the games. Pleas e know we are thinking of all of you in your time of sorrow.

  2. So sorry to hear this Mrs.Passien , Cari, Jen and the rest of your family 🙁 Thinking of you all and sending a hug your way. Take care to you all.
    Love Kathy, Cherie, Chris, and Candy XO

  3. Allan and Carol , Dyana and Jason Charlton all send their condolences . Trevor Richardson #7 from Chatham Maroons also sends prayers to the family.

  4. Our sincerest sympathy to Patti and Cari and Jennifer, on the passing of Bob. We are thinking about you all and send our prayers to all. Love from Tom and Sharron Johnston.

  5. Our deepest sympathies to our neighbour Patti (and Cari and Jennifer). We are so saddened to learn of Bob’s death. He was larger than life in his passion and opinion and will be missed. Please let us know if we can do anything to help.

  6. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. I have fond memories of laugher and his jolly smile. Hugs to all – Jill (Wilcox) Pickford

  7. We first met Bob on Copperfield Crescent. I went out one night to ask him why he was working on his truck in front of our house so late at night. I was told that the light was better and there was more room in front of our house. He was bigger than me so I didn’t ask him to move the vehicle, at least not then. It didn’t take long to find out that he was a kind man with an even bigger heart. His family will miss him dearly. Our sympathies.

  8. Our sincere and deepest sympathies to all the family. Bob’s great spirit will be missed by the many friends he left in Chatham.

  9. Dear Patti
    My deepest sympathy is extended to you at the loss of your husband Bob. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come.
    Tom & Lynda Cadotte

  10. So sorry for your loss. Bob was a kind and jovial person who will certainly be missed by all who knew him. My heartfelt condolences to all of the family at this most difficult time.

  11. Our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing to Patti, Cari , Jennifer and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time, we are thinking of you all. Sincerley, Melodee and Brian Delrue (Syd Kemsley Florist)

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