Gurney, Robert James
Bob passed away on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 in the Perth hospital. He was born in Whitby, Ontario on September 15th, 1923, the youngest child of Edward and Sarah (Kean) Gurney. At a very young age, his family moved to Toronto, where he attended Earl Haig High School and the University of Toronto. Leaving school early in 1941, he joined the RCAF, as a navigator, serving overseas, with Coastal Command. At the end of the war, Bob returned to Canada with his young War Bride Audrey Williams and their infant son David. Bob continued his career in the RCAF, retiring in 1969 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Bob then joined Urwick Currie as senior consultant. He then joined the CBC as Vice President Human Resources, retiring in 1984. Bob and Audrey spent their leisure time travelling the world. Bob is survived by his bride of 72 years, Audrey (Williams); his son David Gurney (Wendy Easey), Richmond, Ontario; his daughters Marilyn Gurney, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Lesley Gurney (late Peter Couch), Buckhorn, Ontario. His grandchildren Morgan Smith (Jamie Pellegrini), Grand Bay- Westfield, NB, Tyler Gurney (Chelsey MacPherson), Perth Ontario and Bethany Burney, Richmond, Ontario, his great grandchildren Jiorgia and Luca Pellegrini, Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, his sister Helen Gurney, Toronto, Ontario. Bob was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Edward and Roy and his sisters Florence and Eva. Bob will be sadly missed by Lesley’s former husband Bob MacDonald, all his family and friends. Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial will be held at a later date in Barbados. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Lanark County, 115 Christie Lake Road Perth, ON K7H 3C6. Arrangements are under the care of Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore Street West, Perth, Ontario, K7H 2L7. Condolences may be given to the family through the website: www.blairandson.com.