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In memoriam
June 12, 2021

Dr. Robert Prentice

Dr. Robert Prentice passed away in Kingston on June 12 at the age of 84 after suffering complications from a heart attack.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Gwen, their children, Gwen (Pierre), Greg, and Laura, and their grandchildren, Thomas and Laina. He is predeceased by their oldest son, Bob.

After graduating in Queen’s meds ’60, Bob worked as a pathologist at the Hotel Dieu Hospital. Part of the reason Bob and Gwen chose to stay in Kingston was a budding interest in sailing. Their adventurous spirit and Bob’s interest in all things mechanical made sailing a perfect fit for them. A slide of a sailboat at anchor often found its way into Bob’s lectures on skin pathology at Queen’s.

Bob’s spirit of adventure found outlet in other ways too. His kids remember their dad riding his 125cc motorcycle — tie flapping — from the house in the suburbs into work.

After retiring, Bob turned his attention to having fun and enjoying life with his family and friends. He and Gwen had by that time left the Kingston suburbs and settled on a lakefront property in the Napanee area. Country living put Bob on a new learning curve where he was very happy. His beloved workshop expanded with each new passion — home improvement projects, rebuilding old tractors and outboard motors, and lovingly restoring old cars. Bob loved to fix — and fix again — things that didn’t work.

We thank the nurses and doctors of the KGH ICU for the excellent care they gave Bob.

A gathering for friends will be held at a later date.

As an expression of sympathy, we suggest a donation to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. Share your condolences online.