Blackburn, Robert (Bob)

BLACKBURN, Robert (Bob)


It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of Robert William Henry (Bob) Blackburn. After a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer, Bob passed away peacefully at his home in Chamberlain on May 20, 2023 at the age of 81, surrounded and lovingly supported by his family.

Bob is predeceased by his loving wife and companion Cherryl (Wells), sons Robert and Jeffrey Blackburn, brother in law Don Church, Earl Craig, Raymond Bate, Ron Trumble, Ralph Clarke, Al Keizer, Greg Wells, and sister in laws Wendy and Mary-Ann, his parents Phillip and Bertha Blackburn, and parents in law, Eugene (Gene) & Inez Wells.

Left to mourn his passing are his beloved daughter Lisa (Darren Porritt), his grandchildren Kendra “Maggie”, Kelsey (Alex), Ashley (André), Amber (Ryan), Jordan Porritt, Christopher, Shawn, and Amanda Blackburn, and siblings Elizabeth “Betty”, Ardon “Jake”, Ruth (Barry), Gerry (Marion), Myrna, Murray, and Doug (Sharon). Also, sadly missed by many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Bob was a lifelong resident of Chamberlain- farming and working the land he cherished with his brother Murray, serving on the township council, and captaining the many competitively successful Chamberlain Flyers fastball teams. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him as a friend, the community at large, and by the local farming fraternity.

Consistent with Bob’s wishes, a private family service will be held at the Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative in Englehart, @ 11:00 am Tuesday, May 23, 2023. Internment to follow at the Englehart cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Wheelchair Bus, the House of Kin, or a charity of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged”.

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Lisa and family and Bob's brothers and sisters and familues

It is with heavy hearts that we extend sincere sympathy to the Blackburn family. Bob was such a great neighbor and friend for many years. Lots of memories. He will live on in the hearts of many.

Chris and Deb Milks, May 22, 2023

Blackburn family

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a great friend and neighbour. My condolences to his family.

Marj. McKee, May 22, 2023


I’m so sorry Lisa. Bob was a great man. He will be missed by many. Sending big hugs xo

Trudy, May 22, 2023

Blackburn family

I offer my sincere condolences to all who loved Bob at this deeply painful time. May you all find peace and healing.

Sharon Black , May 22, 2023

Lisa and family

My condolences Lisa for your loss. ShirleyCook.

Shirleycook, May 22, 2023


So sorry for your loss. Our condolences .
Alfred & Peggie Saunders

Peggie , May 22, 2023

Blackburn Family

Condolences to the family

Wendy Middaugh, May 22, 2023

The Blackburn family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to all.

Jack & Lydia Scott, May 22, 2023


I'm so sorry to hear the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Take care and big hugs!️

Sherry Knight , May 22, 2023

The family

Sincere sympathy to all of you. The farming community has lost a great contributor to its’ history in our north. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Madelin Vickery, May 22, 2023


Condolences to the Blackburn families.
Laura Fraleigh

Laura Fraleigh, May 22, 2023

Lisa and family

We are very saddened to lose the best neighbor anyone could ask for. Bob was always there whenever he was needed as both a neighbour and a friend. We have many great memories . Our sincere sympathies to the whole family. Keeping you in our thoughts.

Gerald and Tracey Gemmill, May 22, 2023

Blackburn Family

My deepest sympathies to all of Bob's family. RIP Bob.

DOUG TUBMAN, May 23, 2023

Bob Blackburn

Our Deepest Heartfelt Condolences to Lisa, Darren, and Family, on the passing of such a Wonderfull “Dad , Grandfather, Uncle, and Brother”,…. that “Bob” has always been.
I will always have Many Great Fond, “Cherished Memories”, of the “Hard Working Man”, Bob was, along with Murray,…. Milking the Cows on the “Dairy Farm”,… for “The Cows” ,…. “Never Took a Holiday”,…., But They “Bob and Murray”, were they there 5:00 am, and 5:00 pm. 7 days a week,…
while We, were there for Christmas Dinner s,, Haying Season, and many other Family Dinners, some of the Men, would pitch in, and give them a hand. You could always count on having a “Good Cold Glass of Milk”, from the “Milk Tank”… which Bob Took “Pride in Every Drop of Milk”,…
“Sunday, Summer Bar B Q’s, at the Pool”, while the Hay Wagons were coming and going, with the Young Men, heaving the Bails of Hay Up to the Hay Mow…
.all while working the land, of many acres of crops.
Bob was one of the Best “Back Catchers”, around,… in the Area, Together with some of the Other “Blackburn Brothers”, and Players, wether it was “Baseball or Broom Ball”, They Always had an “Outstanding, Competitive Team”.
We All have “Our Special Memories”, of “Bob”,……that We Can be Comforted, as “We Celebrate” the Life of a “Truly Hard Working Man”, that was “Fun Loving Family Man”, when the “Work Was Done for the Day”.
May You “Rest In Paradise”,.. “Bob, Your Work Here on Earth is Done, Go Rest High”….
Until We All Meet Again,…. We Will Miss You,….️
Charlie, Courtney, Brittany, and Avery, Marchand-Wells.
We Miss You All, Especially at Times Like These….

Charlie Marchand - Wells, May 23, 2023

Blackburn Family

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, we had 20 great years (and beyond) years of friendship with him and his family, lot of laughs, shared great farming conversations and "barn meetings", great full to have known him

Hans and Lydia Bissig , May 23, 2023

Lisa and family

Deepest condolences!

Thinking of you all with a heavy heart!

Debbie Desjardins , May 23, 2023

Lisa and all the Blackburn family

Our sincere condolences to all of you. Bob was a great man and a very good friend, always ready and willing to take time to talk. We will miss him. May the good memories you have help you through this difficult time.

Daryl and Lynne Rowlandson , May 23, 2023


Lisa, so sorry for your loss. I have great memories on the farm I often reflect on. Robert helped me grow in to the person I am today. Respect!

Herb Gray

Herb , May 23, 2023

Lisa and Family

Wishing you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

Kelly, May 24, 2023

Blackburn Family

Sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
Our sincere condolences.

Mike Warn and family., May 24, 2023

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