The passing of Dr. Bob Spencer

On November 4th, 2017 at the grand age of 93, Dr. L.R. (Bob) Spencer MD kept his final appointment, with his loving family at his side. Bob is survived by his 93-year old wife Joan, sons Martin (Cora) and Tony (Troy), as well as grandchildren, Carmina and Benjamin.

Born in London, England in 1924, young Bob had dreams to be an actor but his true calling was family medicine. Earning his MD at Cambridge post-WWII, Bob entered the RCAF and emigrated to Canada in the early 1950s with his newlywed wife, Joan Leech. Together, they built a bustling private practice out of their home in suburban Don Mills, where he became one of the true pioneers of family medicine in Ontario.

Bob smoked a pipe, drove a Jaguar, and made housecalls. With a droll wit as sharp as any scalpel, he was adored by patients for his multidisciplinary and preventive brand of personalized medicine. Skeptical by nature, he was nevertheless an early adopter of healing modalities like Acupuncture, provided they worked for his patients.

A sailor in his prime, Bob was a man of few hobbies unless you count spaghetti al dente, Coronation Street, mystery novels, dry martinis, hot soup, Savile Row suits, and anything with salt. He escaped to Rotary Club and the RCYC for leisure and loved ’76 Trombones’ from ‘The Music Man’ by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

In home life, Bob valued his privacy, loathed the phone, and loved wife Joan’s gourmet cooking in a marriage that endured for 66-years. He may never have become an actor, but Bob’s private practice gave him all the stage he needed for the role of a lifetime.

A Celebration of the Doctor’s remarkable life will be held on the 18th of November at Rosedale Presbyterian Church at 11:00 A.M. for family, old friends, and former patients.

Memorial Service

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rosedale Presbyterian Church
129 Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M4W 1R4

Additional obituary information can be found online.

2017 Halloween at Sturgeon Point

2014 Halloween at Sturgeon Point

This year Halloween festivities are taking place on Saturday, October 28th.

Raft Reckin’ Event

The raft from the Sturgeon Point Public Dock is beyond the state of repair.

Volunteers from the community are invited to come out to help dismantle it.

When: Sat.Oct.7th

Time: 9am

Where: Sturgeon Point Public Dock

Contact Judy Haverkort if you have any questions.

social@sturgeonpoint.com

Bears at the Point

Bears

There have been various reports of bears around the Point.

There is apparently a mother bear and two cubs. One of the cubs may be on it’s own now

As bears travel in search of natural food, they can be drawn to human-caused, unnatural food sources. These sources include:

  • Garbage
  • Bird food (seed, suet and nectar)
  • Food put outside for pets or wildlife
  • Compost, grease and food residue on barbecue grills
  • Food smell (baking or cooking with open windows or doors)
  • Agriculture crops such as corn and soya

For non-emergency encounters call the Bear Wise reporting line1-866-514-2327 (April 1st to November 30)

Call the Bear Wise reporting line if a bear is:

  • Returning often to your property
  • Roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • Breaking into a vehicle, shed, garage or unoccupied building
  • In a tree in an urban area
  • Pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • Injured or dead

For emergency encounters: Call 911 or local police if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety.

For information from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry please visit ontario.ca/bearwise.