Ellis, Robert (Bob) Edward, passed away in Toronto, Ontario, December 18, 2022, at age 82. Born in Toronto, May 19, 1940, to Darnley Ellis, Sr. and Kathleen Ellis (née Blair). He was the second youngest of eight children, including Thelma (Gerald Sr.), Aubrey Sr., Darnley, Jr., Roy, Delores, Victor and Yvonne. 

He was married to Estelle Amaron and father to Colin Ellis and Adrienne Ellis. Uncle to Gerald Searles (Neda), Keith Searles (Christine), Marilyn Searles, Lynda Searles (George) Kenneth Searles (Noel), Deborah Simon (Selwyn), Aubrey Ellis, Jr., and had many great-nephews and nieces. 

Bob graduated from the University of Windsor and was employed for many years as a youth service worker/supervisor at St. Christopher House (now West Neighbourhood House), where he coached lacrosse, basketball and other activities. To this day he has a loyal following of former players and other young men and women from the Alexandra Park Community. For many, he was a beloved father figure. 

After retiring from St. Christopher House, he worked for Family Services and George Brown College. He completed his work career as an employment counsellor at the YWCA helping many people, especially newcomers to Canada, with their career goals and job searches. 

Bob’s great joy in life was singing and, along with his friends Jay Jackson, Jack Gelbloom, and brother Roy Ellis (replaced by Shelley Miller after Roy’s death), formed Take Three Plus One, a do-wop group that rocked the old R & B tunes we all still love today. He loved jazz, sports, cooking and discussing politics.  He was a devoted family man, always encouraging and supporting Colin and Adrienne. As a husband he was kind, loving, a great listener, problem solver and best friend. He also had a fabulous sense of humour and his home was always filled with laughter. 

Bob lived his 82 years fully and has left a legacy of love that will never die. 

Please join us at Cardinal Funeral Home-Bathurst, 366 Bathurst St. to honour Bob’s memory, on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m.  You can also join the zoom link if you choose to attend virtually:   

A reception will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Scadding Court Community Centre 707 Dundas Street West. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would be pleased if you supported the Bob Ellis fund at West Neighbourhood House or to Sinai Health Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care.

Donations can be made at: or at


December 30, 2022
Cardinal Funeral Homes-Bathurst
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


December 30, 2022
Cardinal Funeral Home-Bathurst
12:00 PM



June 09, 2023
M Rozencwajg
Accept my belated knowledge of B.Ellis' passing, I know him as a neighbour. I give regards to those Bob left behind.
December 30, 2022
Elmer Cain
Dear Estelle & family, Bob is loyal, dedicated, trustworthy, kind, able, and his heart of gold: I will continue to count my blessings for the time spent with Bob. While this is a time of sorrow, please know that there are many who share love and the confidence that this is assuredly a memory that will sustain and influence you in wonderful ways. My prayers and condolences to the family.
December 28, 2022
Wanda Turner
Heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in my prayers.
December 28, 2022
James (Jimbo) Malott
Bob was truly one of a kind. He had such an impact on the many lives he touched. Especially those of us at St. Christopher House. He will live forever in my heart. Love you brother Bob!❤️
December 27, 2022
dave andrews
i can think of no one that i knew who improved as many lives just by teaching boys they were worthwhile
December 27, 2022
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
I was saddened to get this news about Bob's passing. I am sending heartfelt condolences. Bob was one of a kind. His contribution to our neighbourhood and to the community as a whole was so important, and these contributions continue to made a difference to so many. Your memories of him will carry you through these sad times.
December 26, 2022
Sarah Mason
Dear Estelle, Colin, Adrian & family, My heartfelt condolences go out to you. Bob was an advocate, educator and a very wise soul. He was so patient, thoughtful and had a grounding presence. He was a great husband, dad and a true gentleman. He was so proud of his family. And they of him. I will remember his wit, laugher and assuring smile. I will remember him fondly. We've lost a great man, but the universe received a beautiful new star that will shine on forever. Farewell friend.
December 23, 2022
Shannon McCauley & Chris Evers
Sending our love and sympathy to Colin and the Ellis family.
December 22, 2022
Zenek (Zen) Szewczyk
My deepest condolences for your loss! Bob was my first basketball coach at St. Christopher house back in the late 50’s. He was a mentor, coach and ultimately a friend. He always had a great sense of humor and a beaming smile on his face! Although I haven’t seen him or talked to him for many years I believe we would have picked from where we left off many years ago. May you find comfort that he is God’s hands now!
December 22, 2022
Deenie + James Lambkin
Our condolences to the family on their loss. Bob was one of the kindest and coolest people on this planet. We could use a lot more like him. he will be missed by many.
December 22, 2022
Michael Turner and family
My deepest condolences for your loss and may God comfort you at this time, I considered Bob one of my longest and oldest friend and thought of him as a father figure. I will miss him and all his wisdom he has offered me.