With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) John Davidson on the morning of February 28, 2022, at Princess Margaret Hospital, with Sylvia, his love of 31 years, by his side.
Bob was a beloved husband who will be so dearly missed by Sylvia Spielman Davidson and the Spielman family who welcomed him as a son and brother with open arms: father-in-law Nick (predeceased), mother-in-law Justina, sisters-in-law Erika Carroll (Clayton), Helen Spielman, and Hilda Yorke (Steve) and their children Nicole, Taylor, and Grant. Bob is remembered by sister Viola Phillips and her son Matthew.
As a TDSB Principal, Bob was a pillar, and his steady direction and positive influence over students and staff alike garnered respect and love. When he retired, Runnymede School created a recurring award in his name to honour a graduating student who showed kindness, mentorship, and a willingness to help others, which were the very best of Bob’s characteristics. Bob always encouraged excellence in the arts and music. Under his leadership, the Winona School orchestra travelled to Japan for a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience to share their love of music.
When first faced with a cancer diagnosis 26 years ago, Bob showed optimism and courage. When others told him that they had received a diagnosis too, he was compassionate with them and modelled the power of a positive outlook.
Bob loved people, nature, animals, art, music, travel, the cottage, and his hometown, Toronto. He had many interests. Bob was an avid reader, gardener, scuba diver, handyman and renovator. He started building his cottage when he was just a teenager and throughout the years friends and family pitched in to help with his projects. Bob was always busy and willing to help and share his expertise when needed. He was adventurous and forged friendships wherever he travelled. He enjoyed visiting Sylvia’s relatives in Austria and Ukraine who immediately adopted him as part of the family. Other favourite destinations were Barbados and Vancouver to visit his cousins, Marilyn Hajas and Shauna Jones. Bob and Sylvia were married in Jamaica.
Although Bob had many interests, family and friends were his main passion. To his nieces and nephews, who were like his own children, he was a kind, thoughtful, generous, fun, patient and devoted uncle. He cherished his long-lasting relationships with friends but also developed a rapport with their children and grandchildren. The different generations always included Bob as part of the family.
Bob’s optimistic personality, generosity of spirit and joie de vivre were deeply felt by everyone. Bob, you were un homme extraordinaire. Your love and spirit will live forever in our hearts. We will miss you always.
There will be a Celebration of Life in the future. Online condolences may be left by clicking Memorial Book in the top right hand corn.