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Tuesday November 27, 2012

LANNING, Robert George Nov. 23, 1927 - Nov. 24, 2012
Bob passed away peacefully after a festive celebration for his 85th birthday. He will be dearly missed by his wife of 63 years, Muriel (nee Wilson). Bob is predeceased by his brother Alfred and his sister Margaret, as well as by Muriel and Bob's only daughter, Mary Elizabeth. He was the father of John (Ann) of Belleville, Ont., Bruce (Lynda) of Reading, PA, David (Jane) of Belleville, Ont. and Charles (Kathy) of Ottawa, Ont. He was immensely proud of his ten grandchildren. Bob attended University of Toronto School. He joined the Navy in September 1944, graduating from the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads in 1946. Upon leaving the Navy, he joined his father and his brother in the family hat manufacturing business. He and Muriel were married in 1949 and moved to Belleville to set up a new manufacturing facility. He worked tirelessly in the community, serving as a Rotarian for more than 47 years, taking on the duties of Club president the Rotary Club of Belleville for the 1969-1970 period, the year of the Club's 50th anniversary. He was devoted to Muriel. Bob was patient and gentle, quietly generous and exceptionally loyal. He was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and a fine example of how to lead a life well-lived. Family and friends are invited to Burke Funeral Home, 150 Church Street, Belleville for visitation on Thursday from 3-6 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 201 Church Street, Belleville on Friday November 30, 2012 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations would be graciously accepted to the Canadian Cancer Society, The Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. Online condolences at

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