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Robert Scullion

June 13, 1935 — January 1, 2024


Robert Scullion

Bob (Robert) Scullion passed away, after a few weeks of rapid decline in his health, on the 1st of January 2024, in his 89th year. Bob was born in Toronto on the 13th of June 1935, the son of Jack (John) and Rowena (née Scott); his younger brother Bill predeceased him. Married for 62 years to our mother and grandmother Lorraine, who passed away in 2018, Bob was the deeply loved Dad of Karen (and Joe), Vicki (and Carl), Scott (and Vasiliki), and Rob (and Marcy); Grandpa of Dylan, Ryan, Robbie, and Corinna; and Great-Grandfather of Lauren, Joshua, Nathan, Emily, and Sophia. Bob is survived by his partner Jovita Nagy, whom we love very much and to whom we’re endlessly grateful for the great happiness she gave Dad in his final years. 
We’re grateful to the staff at Credit Valley Hospital Heart Function Clinic, Unit 3B Coronary Care Unit, and The Palliative Care Unit for their exceptional care and help. A special thank you to Dr. Robinson for her empathy and expertise in Dad’s last days. 
Dad/Grandpa was a wonderful man, over the course of his long life a very loving grandson, son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and we’ll miss him terribly. He was a hard worker and a good and prudent provider for his wife and family, and he was loyal to and loved by his circle of close friends. Dad was a man of exceptional and admirable strength of character; like everybody, he made mistakes, but unlike many he honestly acknowledged and learnt from them and did his best to put them right. He was fair-minded, free (like his parents) of any prejudice or bigotry, and a progressive person who kept learning new things and applying his humane insight and wit throughout his life. In all these ways he set us an example of life well lived. 
Dad/Grandpa was generally a man of few words, but his profound love and care for his family and friends were always absolutely clear, and his few words were well chosen and often highly memorable—we two (Scott and Corinna) both have favourite funny, wise things he said that we’ll never forget, and are sure that many others have had the same experience. Over the last few years, through the blessing of Skype, we two and Vasiliki were able every week to see and talk to him and then to him and Jo from our home in the UK, and the renewed happiness he found at Jo’s side after the many difficult years of Mom’s decline and passing were obvious in a novel and delightful chattiness. 
Dad was proud of all his family and always keen to keep up with our lives and accomplishments, and he was good at bolstering our confidence in ourselves, standing by and consoling us at tough times, and conveying constantly, just by who he was, that he was completely there for us, a rock that we could always rely on. It’s painful to lose that anchor of our lives, and the best way we can honour his life and memory is to be anchors for one another as he was for us, and to try to live up to his admirable combination of goodness, strength, and modesty.
It was Dad’s very strong and characteristic wish that there not be the “fuss” (his word, of course) of a formal funeral, but that his ashes be placed by his family with those of our mom Lorraine when Scott, Vasiliki, and Corinna come to Toronto from the UK next summer.
We can hear Dad/Grandpa laughing if we could tell him that it’s a good thing the computer was invented because we’d never have finished writing this on paper from smearing it with our tears. And we know that he was too modest to have been completely comfortable with all we’ve written here, but he’d also have known in his heart that it’s true and would have totally embraced the huge love with which we write it, and which we share with all who had the good luck to know him.

Scott Scullion
Corinna Scullion
(writing for all of Bob and Lorraine’s family)

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