Robert Sare

Robert Sare

Wednesday, August 7th, 1946 Sunday, May 19th, 2019

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Obituary for Robert Thoreurn "Robin" Sare

Dr. Robert Thorburn Sare 1946-2019
At 72 Robin did not have time for getting old - Peter Pan with a dental practice. He could debate healthcare reform, discuss ancient Persian politics, ski the glades and beat his 30 year-old nephew in a sprint down the beach.
Our beloved Robin died May 18, 2019 while living the life he loved – at full speed. Growing up in Montreal, Guelph and Lac Ouimet, Robin was especially adventurous, always leading with true purpose, a song at the ready, or reciting a poem. As a young man, his days were filled with sock-hops and malts, a summer spent lifeguarding at the Banff Springs Hotel scavenging leftover lobster to afford rides by horseback through the Alberta wilderness.
He put everything into fuelling his adventures – writing home for money because he had saved none; having second or third helpings from friends on camping trips because he believed in travelling light.
After university in Toronto, he began his dental career with C.U.S.O in Uganda until forced to leave by the politics of the region. He was drawn to Thunder Bay by its rugged wilderness and vibrant culture. There he married, raised a family and immersed himself in local activities. His life was one of searching -for everything: truth, the meaning of life and how much of it could be experienced.
Old man of the river, he outlasted generations of his paddling partners and still kept a characteristic spring in his step. Together, and over decades, they constantly defied the river’s grasp, with heroics to the end. The bravery and endurance of his last paddling partner and the recovery team cannot be overstated and will always be remembered.
A celebration of Robin’s life is planned with his loving family on Tuesday, May 28th in the Valhalla ballroom from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. with words of tribute beginning at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers or donations in Robin’s memory, please help out someone in need.
He is the moss on the hills, the rushing water, the loon’s cry echoing in the bay. He will be with us always.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 11:00am - 2:00am
    Ballroom of the Valhalla Inn
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    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
    11:00am - 2:00am
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Ballroom of the Valhalla Inn
    Address Not Available
    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
    Archdeacon Deborah Kraft
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 |
    Mountain View Cemetery
    1351 Broadway Ave
    Thunder Bay, Ontario
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    Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

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Graham Barnett and NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage sent flowers to the family of Robert Thoreurn "Robin" Sare.
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Graham Barnett and NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage sent flowers to the family of Robert Thoreurn "Robin" Sare.
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Alain Mulaire

My condolences to the family. Robin was a true gentleman, and always a pleasure see.
Comment | Posted at 05:23pm via Condolence

Sharon Gilbert

Diana: We are so sorry for your loss. We remember Robin as a extrovert and an energetic man who enjoyed challenges. You and your sons will miss him surely.
Allan and Sharon
Comment | Posted at 07:11pm via Condolence

Karen Payetta

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Sare as I have many fond memories during the years I worked with him. Robin was kind, generous and fair. He always interested me with his fascinating stories, unique points of view and spellbinding knowledge. He had a spring in his step and always followed his own path. I am sure he will be sorely missed by the many lives he has touched. My prayers go out to Diana and his family...
Karen Payetta (nee Erickson)
Comment | Posted at 09:26am via Condolence

Mary Ellen Ripley / Al Comeau

A tribute to Robin Sare, a man with endless energy for all things outdoors.
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Glen Paterson

Diana and family, Donna and I were greatly saddened by the news of Robins passing. He was always a man of celebration - celebrating the little things that others often overlook - celebrating the wonders of all things in nature - celebrating life and love - celebrating friends and family. We are currently in Edmonton for Alyssa’s wedding and have proudly shared
Robin stories. We will not be able to attend the celebration of Robins life but be assured we will raise a glass in his honour and reach out to you upon our return.
Comment | Posted at 04:13pm via Condolence

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