Rob Donovan Celebration of Life

It is with deep sadness that KesPres gathers to remember and celebrate the life of Rob Donovan on Sunday, October 1 at 2 pm at Keswick Presbyterian. Visitation with the family will take place at 1 pm and a light lunch will be served following the worship service. We pray for those closest to Rob that God’s peace may rest upon them.

“Beloved husband of Melinda, Rob will be forever missed by his sons Patrick (16) and Matthew (14). Cherished son to Don and Penny Donovan and son-in-law to Berndt (Mary) Schwarze. Dearly missed by brothers Ian and Jeff (Andrea) Donovan, and brother-in-law Attila (Sivan) Schwarze.

Rob had many joys in his life but none was more important than his family. He enjoyed his vacations and retreats and many of these came to be much anticipated family traditions.   He was an active member of his church, serving in many ways. He found both inner peace and understanding of the world around him through his faith.  Rob was a kind man whose gentle smile and laugh will never be forgotten.

He was a scientist both by profession and by heart and had a strong commitment to his work.  He expressed gratitude for the ability to work among some of the world’s top scientists. These included his early days on University Avenue in Toronto and more recently at Sciex in Concord.

Rob grew up in Thunder Bay where he attended elementary and secondary school.  His senior high school year at the Ontario Science Centre was a particular highlight and he was chosen as class valedictorian. Rob attended The University of Waterloo for his undergraduate and graduate engineering degrees, before settling and raising his family in Newmarket.”

The family has asked of those who would like to make a donation may do so through Keswick Presbyterian Church. All monies will go to an item, project or ministry which was close to Rob’s heart and will be decided upon at a later date.

20 Comments On “Rob Donovan Celebration of Life”

  1. Penelope Ernould

    I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences.

  2. Lesley Chiu

    Dear Donovan family,

    As a colleague of Rob, it saddens me that I never got a chance to work directly with him at SCIEX. Since his passing, I appreciated learning more about his life. Like him, I share the same faith in Jesus Christ and am consoled, as I believe you are, that he is in the best possible place now.

    Lesley Chiu

  3. Mircea Manolescu

    Good Luck, my friend, wherever you are…

  4. Bret Pehrson

    Rob (“RD” as I’d call him) was a good friend of mine from work (SCIEX). I enjoyed every moment that I was around or working with him. True, honest, and a downright good person. He was thoughtful and knew his stuff, always a pleasure to work with – always happy, always a smile. I’ll miss him and am deeply saddened with his passing.

  5. Gillian Barrett

    Dear Melinda,

    You have my deepest sympathies for the shocking and upsetting news of Rob’s passing. He was a good friend and I will always regret not keeping our monthly lunch appointments this summer.

    Take care of yourself and your family, and I wish you peace and acceptance, however long they take to come.


  6. Dhara Joshi

    Dear Melinda and the Donovan Family, my heartfelt condolences for your profound loss. My thoughts are with you. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish.


  7. Taras Worona

    Melinda and family, please accept my condolences.
    Rob and I worked together for a few years and we sat beside each other during that time. I was heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Rob’s passing.
    I will always remember him as a person who treated others with utmost respect and humility. It was always a joy to run into Rob when we no longer worked with each other. He had a great smile and he always made you feel very welcome.
    I am deeply saddened by this news but know that I am richer for having know him.
    Rest in peace Rob.

  8. Darryl Spencer

    When I worked at Sciex, I knew Rob as both a talented and a decent person you could trust. My condolences to his family. Jesus will surely welcome him home.

  9. Dianne Howie

    Dear Donovan family,
    My deepest condolences for your loss. Rob was a wonderful colleague and friend when we worked together at Sciex. He greeted everyone with a smile and was always ready to help. He loved to post his children’s beautiful artwork and share stories of family adventures. It’s hard to imagine that he is no longer with us. He has left the world a better place and will live on in the many people he touched.

  10. Jim Bohannon

    Echoing Bret’s comments above, I had the pleasure to work with Rob on the CLiquid project at SCIEX for several years. He was a good guy who always had a pleasant demeanor and was great to work with.

    I will miss him.

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  11. John Mason

    My deepest sympathy to the Donovan Family. Rob and his family were and are, an integral part of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Thunder Bay, going back to his grandparents, parents, and Rob and his siblings. Recently, Rob and I had a wonderful conversation at his grandfather Harry’s “Celebration of Life Service” , that I will always cherish. His family and Christian values, and integrity, are beyond reproach. God bless you Rob!

  12. Bogdan

    Sincere condolences to Rob’s family, I can not believe he is not with us anymore.
    Rob was a great colleague, and one of my closest friend at work. We used to share thoughts, jokes and hopes together. We always started and ended our conversations with big smiles. Every time he proudly talked about his sons and his family.
    Rob was one of a kind person: super intelligent, kind, generous, honest and absolutely genuine. I will miss him forever.

  13. Lloyd Berger

    Dear Melinda, Patrick, Matthew and Donovan family,
    Bibi and I were deeply saddened to hear of our dear friend Rob’s passing. He was one of the most genuine and generous people we have known. I cannot recall a time when he was not there to help out whether in good times (toasting us at our wedding) or not so pleasant. We have a feeling of disbelief that he is no longer among us. We are with you in this most difficult of times. God bless you all Lloyd and Bibi

  14. Karen So

    I am deeply saddened by the loss. My condolences to his family.

  15. Clevys J. Monasterios

    I had the fortune to work with Rob, one of the Test Group originals, a great guy indeed. My deepest sympathy for his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

  16. Adrian F

    Dear Melinda and Family:
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    I was fortunate to work with Rob on many projects at Sciex; I got to know Rob as an outstanding professional and a wonderful person to work with; he will not be forgotten.
    Adrian F

  17. Elaine and John Jensen

    Dear Donovan Family,
    We extend our heartfelt condolences for your profound loss. We have been long time friends of Penny and Don, growing up as neighbours in Thunder Bay.
    We know from those who knew Rob, that he was a cherished son, devoted husband and father. May you find peace and love in your memories of Rob.
    The Hays Family

  18. Kush B

    Dear Melinda, Patrick, and Matthew. I’m so sorry for your loss. I honestly don’t know what to say… Every time I think about Rob I tear up… Rob and I spent a great deal of time together when I was at Sciex, and I feel very privileged to have known him. He was always witty, cheerful, incredibly patient, and just a real genuine person. I’ll never forget your smile. Rest in peace buddy.

  19. Scott Wiper

    To the Donovan family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Rob at Sciex, he was my project manager and friend. He would go out of his way to help you in any way he could and if he couldn’t he’d find someone who could. He was the glue that held the team together, we will all miss him deeply. I really enjoyed our recent trip to Singapore that allowed me to know Rob outside of work. We were able to just hang out, have coffee and talk. I found out so much more about him and his family. He talked about his life in Thunder Bay, his brother, working at the mill, the local hockey team he enjoyed watching as a kid, He was a dear friend and I will think fondly of him always.

  20. Ed and Jean Rawana

    Dear Penny, Don, Melinda and family.
    We are truly saddened to hear of Rob’s unexpected passing. I remember your boys from St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church family in Thunder Bay. Always courteous, kind and considerate. I pray that at this difficult time you find peace and may his memories always bring you great comfort.

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