Obituary of Robert Kenneth Abbott
ROBERT KENNETH ABBOTT
January 22, 1954 - November 28, 2023
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
Robert Kenneth Abbott (Bob) of Newcastle, Ontario, fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith, passing into glory on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 4:49 pm, where he heard the Lord say,"Well done thou good and faithful servant".
Eternally loved by God his Heavenly Father, Unconditionally Loved by his beloved wife Janice Louise Abbott (Ewald) happily married for almost 42 years through thick and thin, and Proud Loving Father of Amielia, Amberlea, Madeline & Nathaniel. Also missed by our God-Daughters Rebecca Cole, Kierryn Zimmer and family Jason & Jesse Zimmer.
Bob was born on January 22,1954 in Toronto, the oldest of 3 children and is survived by his
Mother Jennet Elizabeth Abbott, 2 brothers Allan Abbott & wife Pinky Agnew and William (Bill) & Jody,
Nephews Peter & Emma, Great Nephew Luca, and Nephew Michael & Trish,
predeceased by his Father Kenneth Wilfred Abbott.
He is missed by his sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law
Carol Ann & John Bender, Frank & Pamela Ewald, Bruce & Angela Ewald, Barbara & Rob Halpin,
many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews,
predeceased by his Father-in-law Frank W. Ewald & Mother-in-law Anna Ewald, who loved him like a son.
Bob loved long distance cross country running and was proud of being the fastest track runner in Scarborough during his high school years. He loved being a cross country running coach with a group of high school students voluntarily throughout college and first 6 years of married life. He spent his teen years attending Bendale Bible Chapel Coffee House where he became a Christian at 18 yrs. of age.
He graduated from Ontario Bible College with Bachelor of Theology and Graduated from Centennial College with Civil Engineering Degree and Computer Programming.
His career started in Civil Engineering at Totten, Sims Hubicki then after marriage at the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto as Filtration Plant Operator for 17 years and then working as CMO at Regional Municipality of Durham,
retiring after 20 yrs. He was known by his co-workers for his one-liners from random favourite 60’s, 70’s 80’s music!
His work ethic was the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do for you!”
Bob was a man of God’s Word and loved knowledge. He had a great love for books and reading, from dictionaries to atlases, to the Holy Bible, and exchanging that knowledge whether sharing trivial bits of info with strangers, or people he met at church. His studious nature came through in continuously studying Greek grammar in the Greek Bible.
He loved family life and would skip sleep during his years of shift work to spend time with his children at parks, reading and making up bedtime stories and loved taking the family camping.
His greatest hobby in retirement years was vegetable gardening, dreaming of the produce grown, and canning many jars of pickles, spicy salsas, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, mulberry and blackcurrant jams, etc. Bob loved baking and made the best pecan pies in the world. He enjoyed baking and gardening right up until his hospitalization.
He loved walking his 2-mile route every day, meeting and talking with all our neighbours about anything and everything and was hoping to regain his health after kidney and heart failure but sadly was taken too soon by Listeria Meningitis. Thank you to the entire Critical Care, Respiratory and Palliative care teams at Lakeridge Health for their compassionate care the last two months.
His greatest love is His Lord & Saviour, Jesus Christ and loved to share his faith with family and others. Although he liked to be right all the time, he would be the first to admit he is far from perfect and that nothing he could do would warrant his salvation. He greatly relied on his favourite scripture from Roman 8,
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…” His greatest desire was that everyone would be saved and assured of their eternity in heaven!
Bob was a member at Newcastle Fellowship Baptist Church for 35 yrs. He loved meeting new people and meeting their spiritual needs through prayer and visitation whether as a member, Deacon or Elder at
Newcastle Fellowship Baptist Church.
We are heart-broken to have to say good-bye for now but look forward to the day in heaven when we will be re-united together again praising God forever!
32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other,
just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
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