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Robert Édouard Pharès

November 15, 1931 - February 26, 2020

Peacefully with his family by his side, at Victoria Hospital, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, in London, Ontario, in his 89th year. Beloved husband and life partner of Santina Lidia Pharès (née Causarano) for over 60 years. Devoted and loving father of Gino (Debra) and Daniela. Adored and cherished nonno (grandfather) of Adam (Catie), Michael (Magda), Robert (Keri), Marc, Paul (Amber), and Jessica (Erick). Dear great-grandfather of Benjamin and of a new baby girl (May 2020). Fondly remembered by Zia Romilde, Zio Joe, Gene, Jenny, by extended family in Montreal, Italy, and Egypt, and by his best friend, Rex. Predeceased by siblings Raimondo, Armando, Rico, and Lisa.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Edouardo and Natalina (née Fugà) Pharès, Robert immigrated to London, Ontario, in 1964. He obtained multiple university degrees, and spoke Italian, French, English, and Arabic. He was a talented French teacher for over 28 years and left behind a teaching legacy within the family. A gifted musician and composer, Robert also long served as the organist for St. Maria Goretti Parish and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He composed hundreds of original pieces of music, and translated and prepared London’s very first Italian Mass. Robert had a love for animals (particularly German Shepherds), Volkswagen Beetles, and classical music. Above all things, he had a love for family and took great pride in being a marito, a papà, and especially a nonno. The family extends a warm thank you to Camilla, his PSW, for her dedication to Papà.

A celebration of life will be held at NORTHVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTRE, 1490 Highbury Avenue North, in London, on Saturday, February 29th, 2020, at 1 p.m., with visitation commencing two hours prior (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Robert are asked to consider the Humane Society London & Middlesex

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Geno and family, Sending my heart-felt condolences to your family as you grieve the loss of your father, Robert. May the memories you've made over his lifetime bring you some measure of comfort as you reflect and Celebrate a life well-lived. May God Bless you and comfort you. Jackie B

~ Jackie

My heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to your family as you suffer the loss of such a wonderful man. Robert (or as I knew him Mr. Phares) taught me French at Northbrae Public School and he was one of the best teachers I have ever had. It doesn't surprise me that he was such a talented man and such a family man. His passion for the language and music came through in his teachings and he wanted every child to succeed. I will not forget the influence he made to my life. God bless.

~ Martin (Marty) Foster

Sorry for your loss, thinking about you and your family at this time. Joseph Ruscio 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

~ Joe Ruscio

Robert Pharès always was a compassionate man who carried himself with dignity. A true gentleman who will be missed.

~ Brian Watson

I remember how lovely it was that Uncle Robbie played the organ at Mario and my wedding in 1984. He was so generous. My condolences to Aunt Lidia and the family.

~ Joanie Causarano

My sincere condolences to the entire family. I have many vivid memories of Nonno (and all of you) that will stay with me forever. Sending love xo

~ Danielle Gendron