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Robert Arthur "Bob" Spooner
Celebration of Life

MacCoubrey Funeral Home Reception Centre
30 King Street East, Cobourg

Sunday, April 7, 2024
1:00 - 4:00 PM

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Robert Arthur "Bob" Spooner

November 13, 1935 - March 30, 2024

Passed peacefully at Ed’s House Hospice surrounded by the love of family Saturday, March 30, 2024 at the age of 88. Devoted and deeply loved husband to Beverley Spooner (nee Stark) for 66 years. Proud father to Tammy (Michael) Haynes, Robert (Jacqueline) Spooner and Brian Spooner. Papa of Mitchell (Autumn) Hickerson, Zach Haynes, Ryleigh Spooner, Sam Spooner, Jennifer (Tim) Lane, and Joshua (Laura) Alls. Bob was born November 13, 1935 to Clara and Arthur Spooner. He is predeceased by his sister Shirley (Roy) Welsh. Bob was exceptionally devoted to his community and held a love of all things sport. He spent his years umpiring baseball reffing hockey, and coaching hockey teams. He was an active member of Legion Minor Softball and the Probus Club. He also loved to play hockey and was a devoted Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan. Bob was an active and lifetime member of the CCHL and spent many years devoting his time to their many sports dinners and banquets. If you happen to be a Cobourg Cougar, Port Hope Panthers, Lindsay Trent Muskies or the WHA Birmingham Bulls fan you will know the bold and triumphant voice of Bob as he broadcast their games through CHUC-FM. Perhaps you even tuned into Spooner on Sports. Bob gave so much of himself to his community he assisted in raising money for Pad 2, the community lights for Donegan and Legion Fields. Bob even went so far as to dye his hair red to raise money for United Way. He had one of the most generous hearts that thrived to help others. Bob also spent a great deal of time investing in change for a better future. He was the trustee on Northumberland and Newcastle Board of education and then worked many years for the Cobourg Council. After many years of dedicated hard work, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal and Bob was incredibly honoured by this achievement. The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to Dr. Cunningham, and the team of compassionate members of Ed’s House as well as all of the staff members at Palisade Gardens for all of your gentle care and kindness. A celebration of life in memory of Bob will be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home Sunday, April 7, 2024 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. A private family burial will be held at Cobourg Union Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre or Church on the Hill.

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Sheila McCoy - April 11, 2024

A long time ago, but Bob was a good member to sit alongside at the Parks & Rec. Advisory Committee. I had that privilege. A guy with his feet on the ground. My condolences to members of his family.

Peggy Stark Driver - April 9, 2024

So sorry to hear of Bobs passing . Too many years have passed since the family reunions. Good times and great memories . Love cousin Peg

Wendy and Richard Bowman - April 9, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Marc Papaleo - April 8, 2024

You will be missed by SO many but your inspiration lives on thru the many people you touched. I reflect fondly on your support of your favourite sports teams and how you challenged my judgement on mine. If anyone could have made me change my mind it was you. I am so glad we were able to reconnect albeit only briefly. You will be missed my friend but never forgotten.

Susan - April 7, 2024

I was proud to have known "Bob" through his sports activities in Cobourg. He was a great person.

Margaret & Ronald Shortreed - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Church on the Hill

Jane Storey - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Suzanne & Peter Delanty - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Wanda Douglas - April 7, 2024

My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. He was such a nice man. He will be missed by many in Cobourg.

Homelike Inn - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Gus & Jennie BamBridge - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Anthony & Carol Farren - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Arthur and Nancy Dalgarno - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

John Henderson - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Frank and Sharon Crossley - April 7, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Tony & Carol Farren - April 7, 2024

Dear Bev and family Carol and I would like to send our sincerest condolences on Bob’s passing. He was a great community supporter and we served together on Cobourg council. He will be missed. Tony Farren

Herb and Orenda - April 7, 2024

We were so saddened to hear about the passing of Bob. It will be such a difficult time for you, Bev, and your family! Bob was such a friendly, outgoing and welcoming member of Church on the Hill; always at the door with a hardy handshake. His obituary certainly defines a man of many talents; he has left a great legacy! Again, we are so sorry for your loss! Praying God's comfort and strength for the coming days.

Lorraine Brace - April 6, 2024

Bev and Family Bob will be missed and remembered for his many contributions in various capacities as a dynamic Cobourg resident, sports enthusiast, politician, husband, father, church member and friend. Thinking of all of you and reaching out with condolences, love and shared memories of a life well lived. Lorraine and Paul Brace

CAROL BUTTAR - April 6, 2024

Sincere condolences on Bob's passing. He made many contributions to the town of Cobourg & the sports community. Eric & Carol Buttar

Kellie Mcphilemy - April 6, 2024

My husband and I delivered the Northumberland news to Bob & Bev and i reconnected with them when i briefly worked at Palisade Gardens . I wont be able to come tomorrow as im unwell but i wanted to say im so sorry to hear about Bobs passing , he was a kind man , our thoughts and prayers go out to Bev,Rob and Jackie and the rest of the family at this very difficult time . Kellie & Wayne Hie

Marg & Ron Shortreed - April 6, 2024

Our condolences to your family ! We first met Bob on the radio, Spooner on sports every Saturday morning . This will be in our memory forever. Bob rest in peace forever

Kevin and Sheryl Walt - April 6, 2024

Brian and kids, we are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He will be remembered as a man of great integrity. We are sending you our deepest condolences, and we hope the memories you hold dear will see you through this difficult time.

Susan & Dalt Spicer - April 6, 2024

We are saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a huge contributor to our community and a wonderful support to the local Utility while on Cobourg Council. We will remember him fondly. Our sincere condolences to Bob’s Family.

Maria Ashley (DiDomizio) - April 6, 2024

I remember Bob Spooner as such a nice neighbour. Always a smile and a kind word. He will be missed by many.

Katherine Johns - April 5, 2024

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Robert and Ann Scott - April 5, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Heather Carrigan - April 5, 2024

Bev, Tammy, Rob, and Brian, I was so sorry to hear of Bobs passing, what a huge loss to you all and everyone that ever met or knew him. He is and was an unforgettable soul that touched so many people with his never ending commitment to the community, friends and neighbors. I have many wonderful memories of Bob and the Spooner household growing up just down the road and was honored to share a birthday with him. I will continue to think of him every year on that day. Sending lots of love and peace to you all.

Fran Marsh - April 5, 2024

I will always remember his kind words to me when my husband died. My sincere condolences to his family.

Carol Ann Heffernan - April 5, 2024

So very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Tom & Carol Ann

Joanne Drury - April 4, 2024

Brian and family. I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. Sending my sincere condolences.

Carm Goodrich - April 4, 2024

My deepest condolences to the entire family . Fondly remember Mr Spooner growing up in Cobourg . Also remember him willing to talk sports with a smile on his face . RIP Sir

Joan Chalovich - April 4, 2024

Bev and family. My condolences to the family on the passing of Bob. I enjoyed working with him during our time together on Cobourg Council. He was a great contributor to our community.

Susan Visneski - April 4, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Steve Robinson - April 4, 2024

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing - my heartfelt condolences to Bev and family. I look back fondly on many good years working with Bob at the Town of Cobourg. Steve Robinson

Shelagh (O’Brien) Momy - April 4, 2024

Brian & family - deeply sorry for your loss.

Eunice Kirkpatrick - April 3, 2024

Dear Beverley and family, I extend my condolences on the passing of Bob. Bob was always so passionate about his community and I recall the many animated meetings we had around our YMCA Board table and the fun and entertaining stories that he shared. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Anne and Paul Burnham - April 3, 2024

We would like to extend to Bob's family our sincere condolences. Bob was such a friendly person, always happy to have a chat and pass on some community news. And as you say above, his dedication to local sports was immense. He certainly left his mark on this community!

Sibylle and Mark Richard - April 3, 2024

Our condolences to Beverley and Family. Bob was not only an amazing neighbour who always checked in on others to make sure they were okay. He was also a role model for the neighbourhood children. Beverley and Bob took in my children while I was at work and spoiled them. Bob will be missed by many. 😢💔🙏🏻

Danny Wilcox - April 3, 2024

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, everything hockey he was my coach, i was very lucky to be twice on Spooner Sports alway treated me great when i played in Cobourg and Port Hope. If i was in Town i would stop at Kelly's and have a chat and a beer, good man he will be missed

Ted Trela - April 3, 2024

My condolences on your loss.

George and Alma Beston - April 3, 2024

Dear Bev and Family, We are very sorry for your loss of your companion for 66 years and Dad and Grandad to your family. Bob was a pillar and cheerleader of our community and a supporter of sports. He lived a good life and we are richer for it.

Jack Russell - April 3, 2024

Dear Beverley and Family Bob and I have had many laughs over the years. He has become even more important now that I am Robert Js’s father in law. May be rest in peace.

Patsy (Currelly) Hand - April 3, 2024

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Bob's contributions to our sporting community are many! One of his most memorable contributions was calling the Cougar games on our local radio station. His talent and ability to bring his audience "into the game" enveloped the fan base and supported and enriched our community growth. Thank you for all that you have done. Rest in Peace.

Liz and Dean McCaughey - April 3, 2024

Many good memories of Bob over the years. Our deepest sympathy.

JoAnn Kropf-Hedley - April 3, 2024

I knew Bob and remember him fondly through my years at social services , my years on the police services board and most fun from Kelly’s . He was a wonderful person and always had time for a conversation.

Gerard Bondy - April 3, 2024

Very sorry for your loss.

Elden and Isabel Newcomb - April 3, 2024

Bev and family...we were so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Praying for God's comfort to surround you in the days ahead. Cherish the memories

Nicholas and Geraldine Moon, - April 3, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Dennis Rogers - April 3, 2024

So sorry to hear about your Dads passing Brian. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Patrick and Cheryl McCoy - April 3, 2024

Our sincere sympathy to the Spooner family. Bob will be missed by many people and will be remembered for many legacies. He was truly a caring People Person and very action oriented. He loved to chat with people and to obtain their opinions. Once you met Bob, you were a friend forever. He has probably already organized groups of friends to chat with in the big Tim Hortons in the skies. Farewell dear friend Bob .We will miss you too.

Lester Mills - April 3, 2024

Our deepest condolences go out to the family during this difficult time, Bob was definitely a Community minded people person , I remember the years at Church on the Hill and his support for ministry , especially when we did our events in town . Thanks for the memories Bob .

Bonnie Soucie - April 2, 2024

It was my honour to be Bob’s daughter-in-law. Always kind, always genuine, with his huge heart, quick wit and honest opinion. You will be missed Dad My deepest condolences to the entire Spooner family.

mike wilson - April 2, 2024

rest in peace bob

Charlene Doyle - April 2, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Charlene and Travis Doyle - April 2, 2024

We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Thinking of the whole family.

Sharon Broadworth - April 2, 2024

My sincere condolences to Brian and the Spooner family at this sad time. I enjoyed working with Bob years ago. Cherish the memories.

Nicholas and Geraldine Moon - April 2, 2024

Bob was a long-time friend and business associate while at the Board of Education. He had a great sense of humour and will always have a special place in our memories. Condolences to Bev and family. Kindest Regards, Nick and Gerry Moon

Kevin and Michelle Robinson - April 2, 2024

Dear Spooner Family, we are so sorry to hear about Bob. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Ray & Sue Provost - April 2, 2024

Dear Bev, Tammy, Rob, Brian & family. We were so saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful neighbor, friend and strong supporter of the Cobourg area. He will definitely be missed!!

Sheryl Grills - April 2, 2024

Mom and I were sad to hear of Bob's passing. Mom was glad she got to spend a bit of time with him at Palisade Gardens before he went to Ed's House. Donna Dingler and Sheryl

Pat & Shelley Rutherford - April 2, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Bob Mac Dermaid - April 2, 2024

Our condolences to Bev and family on Bob's passing. He was a great guy and neighbour. We enjoyed his chats and knowledge especially in the sports area. He worked hard for his community. Bob will be missed. Bob and Margaret

Terry Barrett - April 2, 2024

When you think of Bob Spooner you think of Community. And he left old memories and his mark on the our local community. Loved his old radio show Spooner on Sports. I respect Bob for all his efforts and time devoted to others. To all his Family please know you are in our thoughts. RIP, Terry

Larry Landry - April 2, 2024

Rest in peace my friend Had a lot of fun with the Cobourg cougars when you were there

Brian Smart - April 2, 2024

I am reaching out today to a family in mourning for a great man, Bob Spooner, who they shared so unselfishly with others to the benefit of us all. Bob made our community a better place, with generous contributions of his wisdom, philanthropy, humour and heart. May the wonderful memories of him remain with you and continue to provide comfort and inspiration.

Cori Arthur - April 2, 2024

What a pleasure it was to work with Bob at Northumberland County decades ago. He was a true gentleman. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Glenn McGlashon - April 2, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Tom Briand - April 2, 2024

My Condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss Bob was a good friend to my family.

Nancy Moran - April 2, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Ed's House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre

Maggie McKessick - April 2, 2024

RIP Bob…..felt privileged to have met and worked on a political campaign with this man

Glenn McGlashon - April 2, 2024

Truly saddened to hear the news of Bob's passing. I had the pleasure of working with him on Cobourg Council for many years. He was extremely devoted to his community and will be missed. RIP.

Vaughn and Alberta Munro - April 2, 2024 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada

Dave Cromlish - April 2, 2024

Very sorry to hear of Bobs passing. He was a wonderful guy and will be greatly missed in the community!

RClement - April 2, 2024

Bob was a great guy on sports.He was a true supporter of the Terry Fox Run. Sponsored me for many years .. prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time .Bob and Susan Clement

Calvin & Adeline Chaffey - April 2, 2024

Sorry to hear about Bob, sending our sincere condolences to the family, our thoughts are with you, he was a great person.

Dale Craig - April 2, 2024

Bev,Tammy,Rob,and Brian...So sorry to hear the passing of Bob...lot of memories always looked forward to his radio show every Saturday morning.

Elizabeth McMillan - April 2, 2024

Aunt Bev & cousins Tammy, Rob and Brian... I'm so sorry for the loss of your Husband/Dad. I have so many wonderful memories of being with all of you and Uncle Bob. I am sending my love & prayers to you all. Love, Liz

Brenda Todhunter - April 2, 2024

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a generous guy, with a wonderful sense of humour. Condolences to his family.

Ron Johnson - April 2, 2024

Sincere condolences to the family.

Linda Bloom - April 1, 2024

Bob was a good man and so very devoted to this community. I always enjoyed his hockey stories and he really had a good memory for the details. You will be missed here however God has called you home. Enjoy your reunion.

Bryan Marjoram - April 1, 2024

Bev, Tammy, Robert, and Brian, Bob was all about community. He was so giving of his time and energy. His loss has left a huge void in Cobourg. I always enjoyed talking sports with Bob. He left an impact throughout his life. We're going to miss him. Robert Arthur "Bob" Spooner November 13, 1935 - March 30, 2024 - REST IN PEACE -

Heb - April 1, 2024

Bob Spooner was a special man and I was privileged to know him.

Chuck Skitch - April 1, 2024

Thoughts are with the family at this difficult time

Blaine &Lynda Darling - April 1, 2024

I’m so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. He spoke at our mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. He had an amazing way with words. Back in my Cougar days he was amazing on the radio and great to all of us kids. He was a great man who will be missed. Our hearts go out to your family at this most difficult time.

wendy bowman - April 1, 2024

Dear Bev and Family We are sending our Love and Prayers to you's at this difficult time. Bob was certainly one of a Kind, always ready to pitch in and help in the community and help friends with anything that they needed. He was a valued friend . He is going to be greatly missed but we know he is resting peacefully with his Heavenly Father. Love Wendy and Rick

Diane Baldini - April 1, 2024

Dear Beverly & Family I am sorry to hear of Bob's Passing. I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending Love and Prayers Diane

Vaughn and Alberta Munro - April 1, 2024

We are so sorry to hear of our good friend of many years leaving us to be with his Father in heaven. Heavenly Father please be with Bev. And her family.

Rhonda Cunningham - April 1, 2024

This community has lost a legend. Bob was favourite of mine and I always enjoyed our visits. I know how devoted he was to the organizations lucky to enjoy his support. Thinking of the family at this difficult time.

Muriel Emerson - April 1, 2024

Dear Bev and family, I was sorry to read of Bob’s passing. He was a good neighbour as well as an avid community worker ! He will be missed.

Jonathan Mitchell - April 1, 2024

Sad to hear of Bob's passing. Always enjoyed his company and talking sports and politics. Bob gave his heart and soul to the community. Condolences to his family. RIP Bob

Linda Laliberte - April 1, 2024

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was a valuable member of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's fundraising dinner for several years. His community was so important to him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Laura-Lee Bowman - April 1, 2024

Bob, thank you for your friendship to me, my Grandma D and my entire family over many years we've all know each other. You are one of the last true "good ones" gone home. You will always be lovingly remembered and missed. Your family can take pride in the life you lived and the legacy you've left. Rest easy and thanks for everything xo

John Stillwell - April 1, 2024

Saddened to hear of Bobs passing. He was instrumental in helping me get my employment with the N&N School Board back in 1992. He was always ready to help in any way that he could .Condolences to all of Bobs family. He will be sorely missed. RIP my friend.

Gus & Jennie Bambridge - April 1, 2024

Bev, Tammy, Robbie, Brian & families Many hours spent with Bob at the arena, ball field, legion, work, New Year's Eve get together with Bob & Bev and Brian at our house in his younger years.. thoughts and prayers are with you at this time... special memories to cherish in our hearts.

Miriam Mutton - April 1, 2024

Saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Condolences to Bob's family and friends. I met Bob as a colleague on Cobourg Town Council. I remember him a gentleman and dedicated to his community. Bob was astute to the wishes and needs of the community he represented. His legacy long lasting.

Peter Dunn - April 1, 2024

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Remember Bob at the rinks and baseball diamond's. Also remember Bob hanging out at Dunn cleaners a great friend of my dad's Joe Dunn.