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Robert Charles Mackintosh

February 6, 1947 - December 27, 2020

In Memory of Rob Mackintosh


Surrounded by his loving family, Rob Mackintosh passed away peacefully on December 27th in London. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Jackie; his children, Sean Mackintosh (Maria) and Carrie Mailloux (Dean); and his grandchildren Gabriella, Jackson, Andrew, Luke, Hannah and Morgan who affectionally called him Popa.

It’s through his grandchildren Rob will continue to live on. They were his greatest treasures and he passed on the most beautiful gifts of compassion, curiosity, creativity and his love of music.

Rob was a proud graduate of the Beal art program and started his own successful graphic design business in 1974. He also shared his design talents as a part time teacher at Fanshawe College in the early ’80s. In his retirement Rob reconnected with his love for painting, fine art and photography.

Growing up across the street from the Moncton airport fueled Rob’s fascination with aviation. He would sneak over to watch the planes take off and land. When he turned 50, he realized a lifelong dream and earned his private pilot’s license with the London Flying Club.

Music was everything to Rob. The soundtrack of his life included ’60s and ’70s music and especially any Beatles song (minus Yoko). From an early age he played guitar and sang in many bands. Over the last few years he continued to play the local bar scene in a reunion band with lifelong band brothers Rob Wilson and Fred Parry. Their friendship meant the world to him.

Rob will be missed by many including his siblings, Gord (Alyce), Joan, Pam (Kevin) and Donnie; as well as his Hatherell family (Ray, Sharon, Wayne, Jeff, Brian and Terry) and his loving cousins from the Kitchener area. Predeceased by his parents Donald and Pauline Joyce Mackintosh.

A celebration of life is planned for summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, you might consider a donation to the London Regional Cancer Program (519-685-8409) which was very important to Rob during his 6 year battle with cancer.

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In loving memory of Rob Mackintosh

~ Terry Hatherell

Donation In memory of Rob by Sharon & Paul

~ Sharon Leacy

(Donated to London Regional Cancer Program)

~ Wayne Hatherell

Our deepest sympathy to you during this difficult time.

~ Clarence and Jessica Covey

Jackie and family: There is little that I can say at such a difficult time in your life. Treasure your memories of a very special husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Pam Soontiens (Goodwin)

~ Pam Soontiens

We were saddened to learn of Rob's passing. Thinking of you all.

~ Randy & Marie Hatherall

Sending you sympathy as you mourn the loss of a husband , father and grandfather. Glad to have experienced the fun of Rob's musical talent when he was kind enough to visit with his guitar when Carrie was a Brownie. Sincerely, Sue Phillmore (Brown Owl)

~ Sue Phillmore

Rob was a genuine family man and his grandchildren held a special place in his heart. A fond memory I have is from many years ago when my parents, siblings and our children (including Sean and Carrie) all had trailers at Wildwood in Bayfield. Our trailers were in close proximity. Every weekend in the summer we went to “the trailer”. Most nights we had a camp fire where Rob would play his guitar and sing with us all singing along. After our children went to bed, we played cards including the horse racing game that Dad designed and built. Those were such fun times! Rob was a wonderful brother-in-law and will be missed! ❤️ Love and Hugs, Sharon & Paul

~ Sharon Leacy

We will always remember Rob's very kind and compassionate demeanor. He had a great sense of humour that always brought smiles to faces. His guitar was never far away and we loved the many classics he would play and sing - Daniel was a favourite. His love for his family shone through and his face always lit up when his grandkids were close. Rob will be sorely missed but never forgotten. With heavy hearts, Terry, Karen, Tyler, Kyle, Austin and Connor

~ Terry Hatherell

Too Jackie and family, Sandy & I (Greg) send our condolences and know that he is in a better place free of pain and hopefully playing his music again. Our thoughts are with you.

~ Greg Forristal

On behalf of his nephew, Kevin Mackintosh and myself, Marian Price, we would like to express our sincere condolences to Jackie, Sean, Carrie and family.

~ Marian Price

Gary and Diane Enright posted our condolences Dear Jackie, Sean, Carrie and Family, Diane and I are very sorry Rob has passed. Rob was a true family man and a very friendly, smiling and talented guy. He was always welcoming and interesting to talk to. We are sure everyone who knew Rob will miss him. May your many memories of Rob give you comfort, Gary and Diane Enright

~ Gary Enright

Rob was a very creative and gentle soul. He was a “Mac” guy long before Apple became what it is today. Whether it was his painting, designing, or guitar playing he was all in. When the question of who sang a particular song was in question I would call up Rob as he was the final authority. At family gatherings when his guitar came out, he would play “Comin into Los Angeles” (Argo Guthrie) for me. We are left with so many wonderful memories and Rob will be sadly missed. Wayne, Diane, Tarra and Tonya

~ Wayne Hatherell

We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Carrie and family. Thinking of you and hope you find comfort in your many wonderful memories with your family. Hugs to all. Lynn, Denis, Eric and Nicholas Thibodeau

~ Lynn Thibodeau

Rob taught me how to play guitar. We'd ride the same bus to school every morning, and he'd show me how to play chords and solos. We'd talk about records and bands, and the time would fly. The older brother of my friend Joan, Rob always treated me like family. I was awestruck that a guy who was already in a cool local band would take me under his wing, and impart the secrets of the E chord and other wonders. My sincere condolences to all Rob's family and close friends. He was a warm light in the world and his kind heart and deep spirit will be fondly remembered.

~ Doug Varty

On behalf of the Fanshawe College Retirees' Association I would like to extend our sincere condolences and sympathies at this sad time. I know that a number of the College's retirees remember Rob fondly. Regards, Sandra Detering, President FCRA

~ Sandra Detering

Jackie, Sean & Maria, Carrie & Dean, and family, Thinking of you in your time of loss. May the lessons your father gave you last a lifetime. May all your memories bring you comfort during this very difficult time. Bill, Paula, Matt, Allie Granger

~ Bill and Paula Granger

Jackie, Sean, Carrie & family We were very saddened to hear of Rob's passing and want to express our most sincere condolences. Neighbours for the past (almost) 40 years, Rob generously helped us out many times with his snowblower when the snow was especially heavy, and always offered a friendly smile and 'hello'. And his love of music was always evident. We shall miss him and want you to know that we are here for you if we can help in any way during this very difficult time. Hazel & Doug V

~ Hazel & Doug

Dear Jackie, Gord, Joan, Pam, Donnie and family Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. May your familial love bring you peace and acceptance. There are many memories from my friendship with Rob as classmates at Bealart and the connection our two families have dating back to when Joyce, Dot and our mum Lilian worked at the barrage balloon plant in London during WW2. Our mothers reunited here in London and our families have attended many get togethers, weddings, showers and funerals over the years. In recent years Rob and I reconnected when we attended a student reunion with Beal grads which was also a memorable event. I enjoyed Rob telling me about his life both as a family man and artist and how happy he was continuing his painting and music. Rob was good natured with a warm smile and humorous wit. I remember Rob as a gentleman, a gifted artist and kind man. He always aimed for excellence in his artistic practice. For sure he touched the hearts of many in life in his many pursuits and the best tribute for Rob is to remember him and his qualities and share them with others. My warmest regards, peace and love. Dan Crawford

~ Dan Crawford

John Dickson -- Sarnia & London This is very sad news for the family. I first met Rob in 1984 when Northern Telecom (London) was seeking an expert to help train staff being newly introduced to MacIntosh computers. Finding Rob was a pure stroke of business luck.... not only was he a MAC genius, he was also a gentleman and an expert teacher. By coincidence, his name was obviously perfect too! Following that success, I kept in touch with Rob whenever a graphic design issue required a solution. In that specialized field of presenting colours and fonts perfectly, he was simply the best! He will be remembered forever by many. My wife Sylvia and I will not forget Rob.

~ John & Sylvia Dickson

We are sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed seeing Rob at the grandchildren's sporting events. We know how much he was loved and how greatly he will be missed. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Peace, prayers and blessings. Jason and Neena Enright

~ Jason and Neena Enright

I'll always remember Rob singing with his guitar at the campfire in Bayfield, and Christmas at Ray's a decade back with an unusual piece of new technology i'd never previously seen, an "ipad". I'm sorry for your loss.

~ Chris Leacy

Carrie / Dean and Sean / Maria ( and all the Mackintosh / Mailloux grandchildren... ) On behalf of the Keating famity ; we are saddened to hear of the passing of your father Rob ( Popa ) and express our thoughts and prayers for your family. I recall seeing Rob many times at the rink - excited to watch his grandchildren play hockey. Take care and God Bless John , Sharon , Johnathan , Riley and Finley

~ John Keating

Jackie, Sean and Carrie, I was so sorry to hear of Rob’s recent death. He was a good neighbour and a very talented and nice man. Please accept my sincere condolences. Jean Doherty (Peeling)

~ Jean Buchan

To our friend Rob and his loving wife and family. (Musical quotes from Empty Garden by Elton John) “Who lived here? He must have been a gardener that cared a lot, Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop” When I first called Rob about putting the band back together, it was as if he’d been thinking about it for some time… saying something like, “Sure Fred, what do have in mind.” And just like that… déjà vu! “And we are so amazed, we're crippled, and we're dazed, a gardener like that one no one can replace” But now, Robert and I, won’t be playing with Rob any longer. “And I've been knocking but no one answers. And I've been knocking most of the day… can’t you come out to play?” He faced and fought his cancer head on… trying hard, in and out of treatments, to be able to stay and play a little longer. He loved life… a warrior to the end! Forever in our hearts, Fred and Judi Parry

~ Fred Parry

Dear Jackie, Sean, Carrie, and family, So very saddened at the passing of Rob. I am happy only knowing he is no longer in pain and at peace. He put up a great fight for many years. Rob was a true friend , anyone who has one knows what I am talking about. He was very talented as everyone knows but, it was music that was our glue. Although we lost contact for a while we reconnected in recent years and I am so happy we did. I will always remember Rob and I look forward to meeting him in rock and roll heaven so can continue where we left off... Rob Wilson

~ Rob Wilson

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