December 15, 2015
Robert Burns
Robert Burns
Robert Kingsley Burns passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer at the Northumberland Hills Hospital.

The beloved husband of 48 years to Rowena, he was the loving father to Steven Burns (Angela) and Fiona Wood (Spencer), and devoted grandfather to Rhianna and Tristan Wood and caring brother of Judith Rees-Thomas.

After a career as a chemical technologist at Outboard Marine and Zircatec, Robert Burns enjoyed his retirement years running Burns Water Gardens with his wife. He will be remembered for his love of nature, adventurous spirit and his ability to fix or build anything. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Long-time members of Landscape Ontario, with booths at Garden Expo and sometimes Congress, Burns Water Gardens was one of the recipients of the first Green for Life Awards.

The couple ran the business as a partnership for 23 years. It became one of the largest water garden specialists in Canada. Robert Burns was also on the board of the International Water Gardening Society. The business was closed this past spring.

A Celebration of Life was held at Columbus Hall in Cobourg, on Nov. 7.