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Robert M. McIsaac

1926-2018

Robert M. McIsaac
Robert Murray McIsaac passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville, NB with family by his side. Born December 28, 1926 in his parents’home in East Florenceville, NB he was the youngest of 6 children of the late James and Ethel(Tompkins) McIsaac. He was also predeceased by his wife of over 69 years, Margaret (Dyer)McIsaac, and by all his siblings -- Roy, Lorne, Laura, Frank, and Harold; also granddaughter Karen Hunter.

Bob is survived by his 7 children … Allan (Judi) McIsaac of Fredericton, NB, Darlene (Kendall)Hunter of Riverbank, NB, Laura (Malcolm) Beckett of Oak Point, NB, Ruth (Russell)Dockendorff of Stanhope, PEI, Dean (Terri) McIsaac of Brookfield, Massachusetts, Murray McIsaac (Judy) of Florenceville, NB, Polly McIsaac of Florenceville, NB; 14 grandchildren …Andy McIsaac, Jodi McIsaac, Mark (Karen) Hunter, Kristy (Andrew) Laidlaw, Ben (Joanna)Beckett, Sarah (Trevor) Cook, Cindy Dockendorff, Jacob (Brynn) Dockendorff, Adam (Lisa)McIsaac, Scott (Heather) McIsaac, Heather McIsaac (Ocel Dauphinais-Matheson), Patti (Adam)Jurczak, Jimmy (Sarah) McIsaac, Bobby McIsaac; 21 great-grandchildren … Lauren and Willow Martens; Rachel and Caleb Hunter; Annabelle, Carrick, Evangeline, and Devlin Laidlaw;Thomas and Aaron Beckett; Dylan and Lucas Cook; Charlie, Madeline, and Nora Dockendorff;Leyton, Lili, Brielle McIsaac; Eli and Ryan Jurczak, Isaiah McIsaac.

Bob (aka Bobby, RM) graduated from East Florenceville High School in 1944, and completed 1 year of accounting through Kings College, at the firm Hudson-McMacken in Moncton. He happily returned home to mixed farming with potatoes as the main crop, along with dairy and beef cattle (helped fulfill his father's dream of farming with 3 of his sons -- Lorne, Harold, Bob). He followed that by buying, selling, and trucking pulpwood, and his last 20 years of employment were as county superintendent for NB Department of Transportation. After retiring in 1991, hispart-time hobby became his full-time sweat and joy … cutting, splitting, and hauling firewood from the back 75 acres on the farm (over 100 cords every year).

Dad-Grampy was a person of faith, strength, determination, commitment, compassion, honesty,and integrity. He liked to have fun, snowmobile, sing, entertain and visit family and friends, play crokinole and Rook, study the Bible, teach and preach, do anything to help family or friend, and(as he put it) watch the Toronto Maple Leafs . . . lose most of the time. He started singing in the McIsaac Quartet in 1954, and had to stop only after suffering a serious stroke in 1999. (He sang baritone and bass, but bass was his real passion.)

Some community involvements: refereed minor and men’s hockey, played softball, member of Orange Lodge, Carleton County Council, Northern Carleton Hospital Board, Rotary International, Gideons International, and roles in his church and Baptist denomination too numerous to mention here.

The family would like to express appreciation to Janice Turnbull (home caregiver), the caring and supportive crew that gathered daily at Tim Hortons, and Dr. Bruce Lockhart (the only doctor
that knew anything, in Dad’s opinion).

Visitation will be held at True North Baptist Church, 167 Burnham Road, Florenceville-Bristol,NB on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 3-8 pm and. A memorial service of celebration will beheld on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:00 am at True North Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Palmer will officiate, with the assistance of Rev. Dustin Day and Rev. Charles Thompson. The interment will be in the Lower East Florenceville Baptist Cemetery immediately following the service. Donations are appreciated, and may be made to True North Baptist Church, TNBC Cemetery Fund, or The Gideons. The family appreciates the professional and personal services of L.R. Giberson Funeral Directors as they are entrusted with the arrangements.www.gibersonfuneraldirectors.ca (506) 392-1115
Service Date
Wednesday, October 24, 2018