Robert Ross Parker Jr.
Aged 73, passed away peacefully in Ajijic, Mexico after prolonged health issues. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Theresa (Terri) Keleher and his sons: Robert, a theatre director, and Jonathan, an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.
A proud old boy of St. Andrew's College ('60) Rob started his professional life as a broadcaster for CBC in St. John's, Newfoundland where he married his first wife, Elizabeth Cook. After returning to Toronto, he worked in broadcast journalism. He ran for and was elected to the 30th Canadian Parliament in a 1978 by-election in the riding of Eglinton- Lawrence. After his short lived parliamentary duties, he was employed by the Royal Bank of Canada, eventually rising to Vice President of Government Relations. Skill at lobbying propelled him to his own government consulting firm 'The Rothwell Group', representing the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council amongst other clients.
In 2007, he moved to the Lake Chapala district on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico. Where he spent his time welcoming other expat Canadians hiding from snow and official bilingualism. He and Terry became involved in the local charity 'Los Niņos Incapacitados'. He spent years searching for the perfect Panama Hat, forgetting his wifi password and reminding everyone in Canada that there is no snow predicted for this winter.
He will be survived by many friends and family that knew and loved him: his sister, Linda and her husband, Roy; their children, Michael and Kevin; his American cousins, the Shelburnes; his sons and his wife, Terry. Friends that never got to say goodbye include Judy, Pamela, Barry, Jim and of course his only granddaughter, Zoe that called him, affectionately, 'Grumpy'.
A celebration of Rob's life will beheld at the family home in Ajijicon 29 Marchand in Ottawa later this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in his memory to the St. Andrew's College Foundation atwww.sac.on.ca
Wednesday March 23, 2016
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