August 28, 2014
Bob McCannell
Bob McCannell
The industry lost a committed, long-term volunteer leader recently, when Bob McCannell passed away peacefully on Aug. 13 at the age of 69. McCannell was predeceased by his parents, Norma and Lindsay McCannell and survived by his wife Nina, his three boys, James, Will and Kevin and his sister Mary.

McCannell was the Garden Centre representative on the LO Board of Directors and served on the Congress, Garden Centre Group and Branding Committees.

“Bob lent his wisdom and experience to the Green for Life re-branding of Landscape Ontario a number of years ago. The Green for Life industry branding has now expanded across Canada and into some U.S. States,” said Tony DiGiovanni, LO executive director. “Bob was also a contributor to Landscape Trades magazine and was the author of the Garden Centre Group Employee Manual. He was a very effective industry consultant, because of his integrity, knowledge, experience, passion for people and his exemplary character. He will be missed.”

Past president of LO, Phil Charral, stated, “His unique and tireless contribution to LO will be missed.”

Former first vice-president of LO Tim Kearney CLP said, “I am shocked and saddened to know he won’t be around to make me laugh and offer encouragement. His work for the Garden Centre Sector Group and the Green for Life branding committee was priceless.

Bob, you are in a place where gardens mean everything. Cheers Bobby!”  

There will be a celebration of life held to honour Bob at the Hampton’s Restaurant at 754 Bronte Road on Sept. 27 from 2-4 p.m.